Online Sports Betting in Delaware

Delaware Gambling Laws

As one of the more progressive States of the Union in regards to liberal-minded gambling laws, the State of Delaware initially legalized online gaming as long ago as 2012 and the first online casinos began in the state in 2013.

Five years on, Delaware became the first state in the U.S. outside of long-legal Nevada to legalize single game sports betting on June 5th 2018. Delaware’s three land-based casinos all offer Vegas-style sports betting on major college and professional sports.

For the time being at least, there is no online sports betting in Delaware, but it should be a mere formality given the state’s relaxed attitude with other forms of online betting. The state’s casinos will not require advanced tweaking to extend sports betting to their existing gambling websites to fully make the switch.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Delaware almost boasts the full-house of legal gambling options with the exceptions being online sports-betting, an online lottery and online charitable gaming.

Other than that, Delaware offers the full gamut of legal gambling possibilities.

Gambling Type Legal Land-Based Legal Online
Sports Betting Yes No (Not Yet)
Casinos Yes Yes
Fantasy Sports (DFS) N/A Yes
eSports Yes No (Not Yet)
Poker Yes Yes
Horse Racing Yes Yes
Lottery Yes No
Charitable Gambling Yes No

Delaware Sports Betting Tax Rates

No gambling tax rate on winnings applies in the State of Delaware

Large gambling wins in Delaware over $1200 may be subject to an additional Federal Tax.

Contact your tax attorney for full details if you have a big win.

Sports Betting Age VS Gambling Age in Delaware

Delaware is like many other states in the Mid-Atlantic and New England region states in terms of its minimum age requirements for legal betting options; a 21 years-of-age requirement to bet in the State’s Casinos (which also includes sports betting), and 18 years-of-age for all other wagering types.

Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting 21 (land based)
DFS 18
Casinos 21
Horse Racing 18
Lottery 18
Charitable Gambling 18

Betting on Sports in Delaware

For the time being, the only legal venues at which to do so in Delaware are at the State’s 3 land-based casinos.

In the future, however, you may be able to bet on sports anywhere within the state of Delaware.

No longer is the answer to the question ‘Can you bet on boxing in Delaware?’ a no.

In fact, the state’s sportsbooks are looking to implement a number of sports under the state’s legal sports betting banner including NHL odds, CFL odds, Kentucky Derby and other Horse Racing Odds, NFL Odds, MLB Odds, Odds for PGA Golf tournaments, NCAA Odds, MLS Odds, NBA Odds and much, much, more.

Delaware Online Sports Betting Laws

For the time being at least, Sports Betting Online is not offered in Delaware and the State’s legal sports betting options are only offered at the state’s 3 land-based casinos. However, with Delaware being one of the most open-minded states to gambling legalization, it seems like it will only be a matter of time until we advise you of where you can bet legally online in Delaware.

For now, watch this space and we will let you know as the situation unfolds and the online sports betting sites that will become available.

Online Fantasy Sports in Delaware

Fantasy sports betting has mostly been exempted from US federal legislation as it is widely considered to be a contest of skill, not a game of chance with a random outcome.

A few of the less enlightened states do actively prohibit fantasy sports, however, Delaware’s state legislature never actively threatened to put an end to Fantasy Sports. In fact, in 2017, Delaware became the 14th state to pass state legislation to formally legalize and regulate fantasy sports.

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites must be licensed to operate in Delaware and are subject to numerous consumer protection regulations. Requirements include;

  • All sites must be licensed,
  • All sites must comply to truth in advertising,
  • All sites may NOT OFFER contests based on amateur or college sporting events.
  • They must only accept customers over 18,
  • They must be subject to independent audits and;
  • They must keep players’ funds in a separate account from operator funds (in order to protect customers’ deposits).
  • Sunset clause – The Delaware law on DFS will be reviewed in 2019.

Online Players have been able to play DFS online in Delaware for years prior to the 2017 state bill and little changed for players. The largest DFS sites applied for licenses immediately and all are currently authorized to continue holding DFS contests in Delaware.

Esports Online Betting Laws

Given the decision of the U.S. Federal Supreme Court in May 2018 in favor of sports betting in general, Delaware became one of the first states to have legal eSports gambling as a part of the package. Sports betting regulations have now been legislated to be made on a state-by-state basis, including Delaware.

eSports betting is already leading the way as a betting market mover-and-shaker in Delaware.

What are ‘eSports’?

eSports has transformed video game play at the highest levels into a full-time professional sport. In most scenarios, it’s played on an individual level, however, for the time being, eSports is mostly played by teams and in league and tournament formats.

The electronic games are equivalent to sports types, in some ways. For example, in eSports, CS:GO and Call of Duty are equivalent to, say, soccer and NFL. eSports is the overarching concept, whilst the different game types are the individual sport types.

Betting on eSports continues to gain in popularity each passing year. An increasing number of sportsbooks now offer a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments and formats.

The worldwide gaming market will pass the $100 billion revenue mark in 2018, and as such, eSports represents the highest-level competition in gaming today including the best and most-loved professional players in the world today, all with millions of fanatical fans across the globe.

Watch for betting on eSports at your favourite Delaware sportsbook.

Horse Racing in Delaware

Horse Racing Betting is legal (both on course/track side) for all residents of the state of Delaware. Federal laws allow each state to determine the legality of horse racing betting and most states allow their residents to wager on horse races both Track side, Off Track Betting and online. All of the nation’s largest horse betting websites have a presence in the state of Delaware.

Trackside Betting

Delaware is home to 3 live racing venues that accept wagers on horse races. Horse racing in the state is regulated by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and the Harness Racing Commission and administered under the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Off Track Betting in Delaware

Due to Delaware’s small geographical area, off-track wagering and simulcasts are offered at the 3 live racing locations across the state only. Wagering on races in Delaware and around the world are all available.

Online Horse Racing in Delaware

Major horse racing betting sites accept customers from Delaware. Each of the major horse racing betting sites are all headquartered in the United States and all hold licenses to offer bets on horses (thoroughbred and harness racing) and greyhounds in Delaware.

Visit our Delaware online casino gambling page to read about the states gambling laws



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