June 1 2018: Yogonet reports that after the US Supreme Court's ruling cleared the way for states to implement sports wagering schemes, Delaware officials announced that full-scale sports betting will soon begin at the state’s three casinos.
As from next Tuesday, Delawareans will be able to make legal wagers on professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf and auto racing, and the NBA finals, which were to begin Thursday night and could run through June 17 if the championship series goes to a seventh game.
"Obviously the key is going to be the football season because the bulk of betting in America is on football," state Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger said Thursday. "We’ll learn a little bit in June and July, but we’ll learn a lot more in September."
Delaware was able to get a quick start because of prewritten sports betting legislation that was passed in 2009 and a pre-existing wagering system that offers multigame parlay bets on National Football League games.
By virtue of a failed sports lottery experiment in 1976, Delaware was one of only four states, along with Nevada, Montana and Oregon, that received grandfathered exemptions from the 1992 federal ban on sports gambling that was recently struck down by the Supreme Court.
In 2009, lawmakers authorized the state lottery office to promulgate regulations for betting on any professional or collegiate sporting event, except for games involving Delaware colleges or universities. A federal appeals court shot down the state’s plan, however. It said Delaware was restricted in its grandfathered status under the federal ban to offering multi-game parlay bets on National Football League games.
While the attempt to expand sports betting failed, the 2009 legislation and the state’s experience offering NFL parlay betting over the past several years meant the infrastructure for full-scale betting was already in place.