Delaware Legal Sports Betting Overview
|DE Sports Betting Law Details||Status|
|📆 Retail Sports Betting Launch Date:||June 5, 2018|
|📆 Online Sports Betting Launch Date:||N/A|
|✅ Licensed Sportsbooks:||Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway and Casino (all retail only)|
|💵 Legal Wagering Options:||Futures, moneylines, parlays, point spreads, same game parlays, teasers, totals|
|🔞 Legal Gambling Age in DE:||21+|
|🏈 Sports to Bet On:||NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, MMA, tennis, golf, boxing, motorsports, cricket, European soccer, college sports (no in-state teams)|
|🏦 Permitted Banking Options:||Mastercard, PayNearMe, Play+, Visa|
|⚖️ Delaware Gambling Regulator:||Delaware Lottery|
Delaware Sports Betting Summary
Delaware launched sports betting without any new legislation being needed after the US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in 2018. That’s because Delaware is one of the four states – alongside Montana, Nevada, and Oregon – with a history of legal sports betting during the PASPA era. Delaware already had a legal framework for betting following the first attempt to launch Sports Pick in 1976. Although the lottery-operated football parlay system failed, DE was excluded from the PASPA ban. This exclusion allowed then-Governor Jack Markell to sign legislation to relaunch Sports Pick in 2009 when other states weren’t allowed to legalize sports betting.
When the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA, Attorney General Matt Venn and the Delaware Department of Finance determined that sports betting was free to launch full-scale without introducing new laws. Gov. John Carney placed the first legal retail sports bet on June 5, 2018, at Delaware Park. Delaware lived up to its nickname, and the First State became the first US jurisdiction to accept single-game wagers outside of Nevada.
DE has three land-based casinos, each operating a retail sportsbook. These sportsbooks use odds powered by Caesars. You can also visit one of the 112 lottery retailers where Sports Pick is available. However, unlike residents in neighboring states New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, Delaware residents do not have online sportsbooks available to them, despite betting sites being legal.
Read our complete guide to wagering in Delaware for the latest information on legislation, how to wager, and the best DE sportsbooks.
Delaware Online Sportsbooks Summary
Although online sports betting is legal in Delaware, no online sportsbooks currently operate in the state. Officials of the Delaware Lottery have said it would be too expensive to set up an online betting market in a state with such a small population, which is the sixth smallest in the US. In addition, the availability of retail sportsbooks and lottery retailers offering parlay betting makes it more unlikely betting sites will launch in DE.
However, you can play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games online. Gov. Carney signed HB 249, or the Delaware Interactive Fantasy Contest Act, on July 26, 2017. This allowed operators like ESPN, Boom, Yahoo!, FantasyDraft, DraftKings and FanDuel to offer DFS games for all the major sports to anyone in Delaware over the age of 18.
Delaware residents eager to try their hand at wagering with an online sportsbook can make a short trip across the border to states where betting sites have launched. The likes of BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel are available in Pennsylvania, while Caesars is among the offerings in New Jersey and Virginia. To bet with NJ, PA, and VA sportsbooks, you must turn on your mobile device’s geolocation services to allow their sites and apps to identify you are within state borders.
How to Place a Bet in Delaware
If you want to start betting on sports in Delaware, read our beginner’s guide below. We take you through the step-by-step process you need to follow to place legal wagers:
Choosing what bets to place is exciting, so do your research before you get to the retail sportsbook. That way, you can place smart bets quickly.
Visit one of the state’s three casinos that contain retail sportsbooks with a valid photo ID to prove your age. These sportsbooks use odds provided by Caesars.
Ensure your bets are correct before you place them. You won’t be able to get a refund if you make a mistake while making your selections.
Place your wagers by going to the betting counter or by using a betting kiosk.
You will be given a bet ticket or sheet with your wagers. Keep hold of this, as you’ll need it to claim your winnings if your bets are successful.
Return to the betting window or kiosk if you win and follow the instructions to claim your payout. Be sure you’ve got your bet ticket.
Your bet ticket is eligible at any retail sportsbook, so you don’t have to return to the same casino. You can also redeem payouts for wins on Sports Pick wagers made at lottery retailers at any retail sportsbook.
Banking Methods Available in Delaware
As there are only retail sportsbooks in Delaware, you can only use physical payment methods like bank cards. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but you may encounter issues with some payment providers blocking transactions to casinos. You can also use Play+ cards to place bets and at betting windows. PayNearMe cards, which you can top up at 7-Eleven, Walgreens, and other retailers, are also available. However, Delaware bettors cannot use online payment methods like e-wallets and online transfers that are widely available in other legal betting states.
Who is Eligible to Bet in DE?
The legal gambling age in Delaware is 21, and you don’t have to live in DE to visit its sportsbooks and place bets. However, some people are restricted from betting in Delaware. Those are listed below:
Players, coaches, employees, or members of any professional or college sports team.
Officials, referees, or umpires of professional or college sports leagues.
Any individual who has professional or regulatory authority to influence players.
Any individual employed by a sports league who can create or influence rules for that sport (e.g., NFL, NCAA).
Any individual employed by an organization with licensing from the Delaware Lottery. This includes key staff members, officers, and owners.
Any individual who has an ownership stake in a sports team.
Any individual with access to non-public information about a sports team (e.g., player medical records).
Any individual prohibited from betting at a state or federal level (e.g., due to criminal history).
Individuals that have voluntarily excluded themselves from gambling activities.
Latest Delaware Sports Betting Updates
Current Sports Betting Status in Delaware
Retail sports betting has been available in Delaware since June 2018, and you can visit one of the state’s three casinos to place legal wagers. Online sports betting is also legal, but no DE mobile betting sites are available to date. College sports betting is legal, but you can’t bet on in-state college teams.
Through the Delaware Lottery’s Sports Pick system, you can also place parlay bets on the NFL and college football at 112 lottery retailers.
Timeline for Sports Betting in Delaware
January 20, 2020: Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk says the “substantial additional costs” of an online betting market prevent the state from pursuing it. However, he indicates the situation is being monitored “very carefully”.
June 5, 2018: Delaware becomes the first state outside of Nevada to accept legal single-game wagers. Three sportsbooks launch at the state’s land-based casinos.
May 18, 2018: AG Venn and the Delaware Department of Finance agree Delaware sports betting can launch without any further legislation.
May 14, 2018: The US Supreme Court strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), ending Nevada’s effective monopoly on full-scale sports betting.
August 2009: A federal court limits the effectiveness of Gov. Markell’s lottery sports betting bill, restricting the state from offering parlay cards on NFL and college football games.
May 14, 2009: Gov. Markell signs legislation to legalize lottery sports betting.
October 28, 1992: PASPA is passed, and sports betting is outlawed in every state where there are no existing sports betting laws. Delaware’s parlay card betting system, along with operations in Montana, Nevada, and Oregon, is exempt from this ruling.
December 12, 1976: Delaware Lottery Director Pete Simmons stops all bets on Sports Pick after widespread reports of players, coaches, and media involvement in match-fixing.
March 4, 1976: The Delaware Lottery introduces a parlay cards betting system called Sports Pick.
Delaware Sports Betting Background
The Delaware Lottery failed to launch an NFL parlay cards betting system called Sports Pick in 1976, but the attempt earned Delaware a standing legal betting status along with Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. The four states were therefore excluded from PASPA because they had sports betting legislation in place before the law passed, thus allowing them to continue offering sports betting under their existing legal framework.
Delaware was legally allowed to relaunch its Sports Pick betting platform in 2009 after the Federal Court limited the Delaware Lottery from offering more broad sports betting options. This regulation also meant DE did not need to pass any additional legislation to launch sports betting after the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018.
Future of Delaware Sports Betting
Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk said on January 20, 2020, that the “substantial additional costs” stop the state from pursuing an online betting market. However, he also indicated the situation is being monitored “very carefully.” There have been no recent changes to the First State’s online sports betting status. But given it is legal to offer online betting in the state, we may see the launch of a DE online sportsbook in the future.
Delaware Sports Betting Locations
The Delaware Lottery licensed the state’s three casinos to provide legal wagers with one joint license in 2018. That joint license means you can place a bet at one retail sportsbook and claim your rewards at another. The Delaware Lottery partnered with Scientific Games Corporation (now known as Light & Wonder Inc) and William Hill (now operating as Caesars in the US) to provide sports betting facilities and odds to retail sportsbooks. This partnership also operates all the parlay cards games available at Delaware Lottery retailers.
Delaware Park Casino
Address: 777 Delaware Park Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19804
Phone Number: (302) 994-2521
Operator: Delaware Lottery
You can find the Delaware Lottery-operated sportsbook at Delaware Park on the second floor Casino Side. Most betting takes place here, but you can also find betting windows and self-service kiosks at Track Side by Club 2. NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer, boxing and MMA and racing all available for betting on at the sportsbook. You can also bet on college football, but not on teams in DE. If you sign up for a Player Rewards Card, you can get exclusive promotions and notifications to book seats for big games and fights. A sports bar is next to the sportsbook that provides drinks, beers, and food like sandwiches and burgers. There are also nine other restaurants across the casino.
Address: 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Phone Number: (302) 674-4600
Operator: Delaware Lottery
Dover Downs Casino is operated by Bally’s, but the sportsbook is run by the Delaware Lottery. Dover Downs Sportsbook covers the most popular sports but also has markets for niche sports like MMA. The hotel has five restaurants and two bars where you can enjoy food and drink between betting, but refreshments are not allowed in the sportsbook. Dover Downs also has its own horse racing betting facility, which lets you wager on live racing or place simulcast wagers.
Harrington Raceway and Casino
Address: 18500 S. Dupont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952
Phone Number: (302) 398-4920
Operator: Delaware Lottery
Harrington Raceway and Casino provides a retail sportsbook called Murphy’s Race and Sportsbook. The Delaware Lottery operates the sportsbook through its partnership with Caesars and Light & Wonder Inc. You can visit the sportsbook to wager on professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, soccer, and auto racing. You can also bet on college football and basketball. The sportsbook is complete with its own sports bar where you can watch the latest action while trying Sous Chef George Parker’s famous food.
Delaware Lottery Locations
The Delaware Lottery operates sports betting in the state, and you can use its sports betting services at 112 retailers. Delaware’s parlay sports betting laws protected the operation from the PASPA ban. It re-started its parlay card service in 2009, almost a decade before the US Supreme Court struck PASPA down.
You can only place parlay wagers on professional and college football, specifically bets with three or more selections. You can collect your parlay cards for upcoming games on Wednesdays.
|301 Plaza||920 Middletown Warwick Road, DE 19709||(302) 376-8111|
|Airport Discount Liquors||1148 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901||(302) 674-8370|
|Airport News & Tobacco||275 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901||(302) 325-1664|
|Avenue Wines and Spirits||2000 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806||(302) 652-5151|
|Bay Back Tobacco||26396 Bay Farm Road, Millsboro, DE 19966||(302) 947-1199|
|Bodie's Dairy Market (Dagsboro)||33306 Main Street, Dagsboro, DE 19939||(302) 732-9050|
|Bodie's Dairy Market (Georgetown)||105 S. Bedford, Georgetown, DE 19947||(302) 856-7585|
|Bodie's Dairy Market (Millsboro)||222 Railroad Street, Millsboro, DE 19966||(302) 934-9882|
|Bodie's Dairy Market (Milton)||116 Magnolia Street, Milton, DE 19968||(302) 684-4284|
|Bodie's Dairy Market (Selbyville)||78 Church Street, Selbyville, DE 19975||(302) 436-5298|
|Books & News||756 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, DE 19713||(302) 366-0102|
|Books & Tobacco (Hockessin)||212 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, DE 19707||(302) 535-4637|
|Books & Tobacco (Wilmington)||4555 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808||(302) 994-3156|
|Boxwood Books and News||628 S. Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19804||(302) 996-0452|
|Brandywine Liquors||2718 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE 19810||(302) 475-9420|
|Bridle Bit Liquors||17384 S. Dupont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952||(302) 398-9096|
|Brookside Liquors||17 Chestnut Hill Plaza, Newark, DE 19713||(302) 737-9725|
|Cheswold News & Tobacco||62 Holly Oak Lane Street 1, Dover, DE 19904||(302) 747-7234|
|Cigar & Cigarette Outlet||2499 S. Dupont Boulevard, Smyrna, DE 19977||(302) 659-0318|
|Cigar-Ette City (Hockessin)||719 Ace Memorial Drive, Hockessin, DE 19707||(302) 234-1650|
|Cigar-Ette City (Newark)||390 College Square, Newark, DE 19711||(302) 369-8203|
|Claymont News and Gifts||2711 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703||(302) 792-1440|
|Convenient Store||207 W. 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801||(302) 571-9198|
|Country Corners (Georgetown)||22168 Dupont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947||(302) 856-7991|
|Country Corners (Milford)||508 S.E. 2nd Street, Milford, DE 19963||(302) 422-6576|
|Country Tobacco||5998A Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808||(302) 999-9609|
|Crab Barn Restaurant||32600 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, DE 19966||(302) 945-5555|
|Daily Market||420 E. Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958||(302) 645-8284|
|Dash In (New Castle)||288 Christiana Road, New Castle, DE 19720||(302) 326-0939|
|Dash In (Wilmington)||2001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806||(910) 769-9013|
|Delaware Cigarette & Tobacco||611 Governors Square, Bear, DE 19701||(302) 834-1222|
|Delaware News Center||10 Carpenter Station Road, Wilmington, DE 19810||(302) 475-3696|
|Delmar Liquors||1 W. State Street, Delmar, DE 19940||(302) 846-9658|
|De-Lux Dairy Market||10599 Concord Road, Seaford, DE 19973||(302) 629-2654|
|Express Food Market||2121 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803||(345) 610 2971|
|Fairfax News Stand||2121 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803||(302) 656-0013|
|Fairfield News||419 New London Road, Newark, DE 19711||(302) 731-7919|
|First State Tobacco||800 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801||(302) 571-8413|
|First Stop||104 W. Street, Laurel, DE 19956||(302) 875-4446|
|Fox's Pizza Den||200C Atlantic Avenue, Millville, DE 19967||(302) 539-6900|
|Fraizer's Restaurant||9 E. Loockerman Street, Dover, DE 19901||(302) 875-3925|
|General Store||20752 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes, DE 19958||(302) 864-9499|
|Goose Creek (Selbyville 1)||38452 Dupont Boulevard, Selbyville, DE 19975||(302) 486-3760|
|Goose Creek (Selbyville 2)||36656 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, DE 19975||(302) 304-5787|
|Grotto Grand Slam||17467 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958||(302) 778-6961|
|Grotto Pizza (Dover)||1159 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901||(302) 659-7672|
|Grotto Pizza (Middletown)||309 Auto Park Drive, Middletown, DE 19709||(302) 779-8507|
|Grotto Pizza (Milford)||102 Silicato Way, Milford, DE 19963||(302) 359-9055|
|Grotto Pizza (Newark)||45 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711||(302) 390-7707|
|Grotto Pizza (Seaford)||22925 Sussex Highway, Seaford, DE 19973||(302) 178-6533|
|Grotto Pizza (Wilmington)||1819 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806||(302) 835-4351|
|Hank's House of Liquor||69 Landers Lane, New Castle, DE 19720||(302) 535-6799|
|Harpoon Hanna's||39064 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, DE 19944||(302) 530-4489|
|Hi-Way Inn Liquors||3806 Governor Printz Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802||(302) 789-8993|
|Ho Ho Mart||2109 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19802||(302) 875-4171|
|Jack's Country Maid (Wilmington 1)||2400 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805||(302) 966-1768|
|Jack's Country Maid (Wilmington 2)||5605 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808||(302) 321-5283|
|James and Jesse's Barber||933 Bennett Street, Wilmington, DE 19801||(302) 670-9898|
|JD Shuckers||20750 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes, DE 19958||(302) 193-9259|
|Jeff's Tap Room||416 Market Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933||(302) 836-2414|
|Joe's Tobacco Superstore (Delmar)||38627 Benro Drive, Delmar, DE 19940||(302) 980-1800|
|Joe's Tobacco Superstore (Newark)||3124 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702||(302) 814-4413|
|Joey's Liquors||520 E. Basin Road, Wilmington Manor, DE 19720||(302) 834-6066|
|Kegler's Pub at Bowlerama||3031 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720||(302) 970-1377|
|Kirkwood Liquors||2440 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE 19701||(302) 589-9316|
|Mack's Mini Mart||128 Mario Drive, Bear, DE 19701||(302) 163-1572|
|Main Street Liquors||321 W. Main Street, Middletown, DE 19709||(302) 551-7571|
|Marydel Liquor & Tobacco||381 Halltown Road, Marydel, DE 19964||(302) 549-2832|
|McGlynns Pub (Newark 1)||108 Peoples Plaza, Newark, DE 19702||(302) 694-6321|
|McGlynns Pub (Newark 2)||8 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711||(302) 958-5858|
|Midtown Liquors||2B Liberty Plaza, Harrington, DE 19952||(302) 886-8313|
|Mike's Food Market (Dover)||1272 S. Governors Avenue, Dover, DE 19904||(302) 181-3632|
|Mike's Food Market (Milford)||264 N. Rehoboth Boulevard, Milford, DE 19963||(302) 478-3272|
|Milford Plaza Cigarette Outlet||676 N. Dupont Boulevard A, Milford, DE 1996||(302) 592-4465|
|Naamans Beverage||109 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE 19703||(302) 342-2969|
|Nicola Pizza||71 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971||(302) 340-5241|
|One Stop||780 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904||(302) 357-2290|
|Pike Creek Liberty||5821 Limestone Road, Hockessin, DE 19707||(302) 651-7231|
|Pleasant Hill Lanes||10001 W. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE 19804||(302) 851-7537|
|Quick Mart||103 S. Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19804||(302) 961-2828|
|Quick Stop||50 S. Market Street, Blades, DE 19973||(302) 536-7011|
|RNR Grill||30739 Sussex Highway N., Laurel, DE 19956||(302) 731-8949|
|Right Bottle||699 Jimmy Drive Street 2-5, Smyrna, DE 19977||(302) 923-9143|
|Royal Tobacco & Vape Outlet||786 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702||(302) 935-2199|
|Shell||3001 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720||(302) 141-9228|
|Samson's Country Maid||14 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711||(302) 948-3055|
|Shiva Grocery||1218 Vandever Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19802||(302) 860-1310|
|Shore Star||31507 Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro, DE 19966||(302) 400-4865|
|Smith's Liquors||5988 Summit Bridge Road, Townsend, DE 19734||(302) 981-9976|
|Smitty McGee's||37234 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, DE 19975||(302) 447-5799|
|Smyrna News & Tobacco||456 W. Glenwood Avenue, Smyrna, DE 19977||(302) 425-2947|
|Stanley's Tavern||2038 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19810||(302) 365-6246|
|Stateline Cigarette Outlet (Newark)||1168 Elkton Road, Newark, DE 19711||(302) 203-7434|
|Stateline Cigarette Outlet (New Castle)||2076 New Castle Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720||(302) 161-8969|
|Steve's Discount Liquors||1204 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808||(302) 749-6698|
|Stockley Tavern||26072 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947||(302) 150-8337|
|Stop & Shop (Dewey)||20880 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, DE 19971||(302) 887-3136|
|Stop & Shop (Dover)||1102 White Oak Road, Dover, DE 19901||(302) 747-2290|
|Sunoco||1500 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805||(302) 714-7343|
|Sunoco||1950 Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805||(302) 831-6689|
|Sunset Deli & Market||1224 Beaver Brook Plaza, New Castle, DE 19720||(302) 934-7844|
|Super Soda Center II||323 W. Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973||(302) 137-6557|
|Tobacco City||4637 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713||(302) 584-8391|
|Tobacco Express (Claymont)||333 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE 19703||(302) 324-4480|
|Tobacco Express (Wilmington Manor)||1609 N. Dupont Highway, Wilmington Manor, DE 19720||(302) 795-8572|
|Tobacco Field||5621 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803||(302) 301-7555|
|Tobacco Outlet||38650 Sussex Highway Unit P, Delmar, DE 19940||(302) 846-0510|
|Tobacco Time||108 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear, DE, 19701||(302) 130-4230|
|Uncle Willie's Woodside||5485 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901||(302) 269-3052|
|USA Gas||615 Kirkwood Highway, Elsmere, DE 19805||(302) 998-5409|
|Village Cigarette Outlet||13 Salem Village Square, Newark, DE 19713||(302) 690-8336|
|Windsor Market||500 N. Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801||(302) 560-7158|
Off-Track and Stadium Betting Locations
The only locations licensed to provide sports betting in DE are land-based casinos. Therefore, you can’t place legal bets at sports venues. Horse racing in Delaware is overseen by the Delaware Department of Agriculture Thoroughbred Racing Commission. Delaware has no off-track betting locations, but each horse racetrack provides simulcast wagering and other horse racing betting facilities. You can also wager at retail sportsbooks at every horse racing track at the licensed casinos.
Delaware Responsible Gambling Resources
Delaware Problem Gambling – Provide programs and services for problem gamblers, including support meetings, a helpline, and online live chat. (888) 850-8888
Gamblers Anonymous – Organizes support groups across Delaware with in-person meetings and Zoom calls. You can also call its hotline 24/7. (855) 222-5542
The Delaware Lottery operates a self-exclusion program where you can prohibit yourself from wagering at any of the state’s three casinos. This includes sports betting, gambling, and lottery draws. You must submit this form in person to the Delaware Lottery Office. If you gamble while on the self-exclusion list, you are committing a Class A misdemeanor, and all winnings will be forfeited.
Sportsbooks are encouraged to give further support to players. You can find contact information for problem gambling resources at the casinos that provide retail sportsbooks, and staff members are trained to spot and handle problem gambling.
Teams to Bet on in Delaware
There are currently no major league sports teams in Delaware. DE has the sixth smallest US population, with just under a million residents. While the state doesn’t have the size to support its own major league franchise, it is blessed by being close to teams in neighboring states. Check out the most popular sports teams in DE below.
|District of Columbia||Maryland||New Jersey||New York||Pennsylvania|
|Washington Commanders (NFL)||Baltimore Ravens (NFL)||New Jersey Devils (NHL)||New York Jets (NFL)||Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)|
|Washington Wizards (NBA)||Baltimore Orioles (MLB)||New York Giants (NFL)||Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)|
|Washington Nationals (MLB)||Buffalo Bills (NFL)||Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)|
|Washington Capitals (NHL)||Brooklyn Nets (NBA)||Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)|
|New York Knicks (NBA)||Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)|
|New York Mets (MLB)||Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)|
|New York Yankees (MLB)||Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)|
|New York Rangers (NHL)|
|New York Islanders (NHL)|
|Buffalo Sabers (NHL)|
Minor League Sports
As Delaware doesn’t have professional sports teams, minor league teams in the state draw the attention of sports fans. Baseball fans can watch the Wilmington Blue Rocks play in the South Atlantic League’s North Division. The team is an affiliate of the MLB’s Washington Nationals and has won five league titles and six division titles. While the team’s main mascot is a blue moose called Rocky Bluewinkle, the team also has a stalk of celery mascot, Mr. Celery, who dances to “Song 2” by Blur for every run scored.
If you prefer basketball, you can follow the Delaware Blue Coats, an affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Founded in 2007, the Blue Coats first moved to Delaware in 2013. The Blue Coats won a conference title in 2022, so there could be exciting times ahead for fans of this NBA G League team.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens: The University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens once boasted a Division I football team, which won the national championship in 2003 by crushing the Colgate Raiders 40-0. However, the team is now in the second tier of US college football, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The team has also won NCAA Championships for women’s field hockey and lacrosse.
Delaware State Hornets: The Delaware State University Hornets joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1970 and play in the division for most sports. Its football team won the MEAC football championship in 2007. Its women’s basketball team reached an NCAA Tournament in 2006, losing in the first round to Vanderbilt University.
There are no professional women’s sports teams in Delaware, but the Division I college teams field many successful women’s sports programs. Along with the NCAA Championship-winning field hockey and lacrosse teams for the Fightin’ Blue Hens, the women’s basketball team won the CAA tournament in 2012 to earn a place in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
How Does Delaware Compare to Other States?
Delaware’s sportsbooks provide coverage of major professional sports in the US like the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. You’ll also find niche betting options like the MLS and MMA. College sports betting is legal, but you can’t wager on teams from DE. This is more restrictive than other states like Michigan and West Virginia, where there are no limitations on college sports betting. Typically online sportsbooks offer a wider range of niche sports to bet on, so while there is a large market already in Delaware, it has the potential to expand further if online sports betting becomes available.
Competitive Odds & Prices
All of the retail sportsbooks in Delaware and the Delaware Lottery-backed Sports Pick use odds provided by Caesars. Caesars is available in 17 states across the US and has to compete with some of the biggest brands, so its betting odds are competitive. Betting lines for parlays on the NFL are particularly generous, and you can place these wagers at retail sportsbooks or at 112 lottery retailers. However, retail sportsbooks don’t offer odds boosts, or promotions like online betting sites do in other states.
The Delaware Lottery signed a deal with the three casinos and the operators providing sports betting and collects 50% of the revenue. The other 50% is split between the casinos, Caesars, and Light & Wonder Inc. In addition, Delaware claims 90% in taxes from any Sports Pick wagers placed at lottery retailers.
Delaware has a sports betting handle of $487,347,188 as of April 2022, and sportsbooks have kept $72,391,098 in revenue. At 14.9%, this is the highest percentage revenue hold of any US state. The state has collected $47,737,086 in taxes. This is a huge amount of tax compared to other states with much higher betting handles. For example, Virginia has a handle of $5,329,639,580 as of May 2022 but the state has only collected $33,675,796 in taxes. However, with nearby New Jersey making 11% more in revenue per person with online sports betting available, Delaware is missing out on the complete benefits.
Any gambling winnings are taxable, and you must declare all your sports betting winnings to the IRS. If you win more than $600, you may be asked to fill out a W-2G. Your sportsbook should send you this form if you qualify. Sportsbooks can also keep up to 25% of profits for tax purposes.
Your sports betting winnings are also included in your income tax. This ranges from 2.2% to 5.55% for anyone on an annual income lower than $60,000. The maximum income tax on a salary over $60,000 is 6.6%.
The Internal Revenue Code dictates that all sportsbooks pay $50 for every employee involved in taking sports wagers. In addition, sportsbooks pay an excise tax of 0.25% of each betting handle.
Who Oversees Sports Betting in Delaware?
The Delaware Lottery oversees sports betting in Delaware. The lottery provides the license for the three retail sportsbooks in the state while also operating its own parlay betting system, Sports Pick. The lottery is responsible for ensuring every sportsbook has strong safety measures to protect your personal and financial information. The regulatory body also collects and distributes taxes. The lottery operates the state-wide self-exclusion program, which supports responsible gambling measures in DE too.
Is betting legal in Delaware?
Yes, both online and retail sportsbooks are legal. However, Delaware sports betting is only available through one of three retail sportsbooks at land-based casinos because online sports betting hasn’t been launched in the First State.
Who governs sports betting in Delaware?
The Delaware Lottery oversees sports betting in Delaware. The regulatory body licenses all the casinos to provide retail sportsbooks with one license and also operates an NFL and college football parlay betting service.
How old do you have to be to bet in Delaware?
You must be 21 or older to place sports bets in Delaware. You must bring a photo ID to any retail sportsbook to prove your age before you can wager.
When did sports betting launch in Delaware?
Governor John Carney placed the first legal sports bet in person at Delaware Park on June 5, 2018. Online sports betting is legal but hasn’t launched yet.
Where can I bet on sports in Delaware?
There are three Delaware sportsbooks where you can place bets: the Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway and Casino. All of these sportsbooks use odds powered by Caesars.
Are sportsbooks in Delaware safe?
Yes, sportsbooks in Delaware are safe. The Delaware Lottery oversees each casino that provides betting, ensuring each operator provides adequate safety measures, including responsible gambling support. The lottery also constantly reviews its safety measures for Sports Pick.
Do I have to pay taxes on betting winnings in Delaware?
Yes, you must pay taxes on your gambling winnings. All gambling winnings must be declared to the IRS, and you may need to fill out a W-2G form if you earn more than $600. You must also include your gambling winnings in your income tax paid to the state.
Can you play DraftKings in Delaware?
DraftKings is not legal in Delaware, and you can’t access their online sportsbook. It is unlikely DraftKings will launch soon, as members of the Delaware Lottery have stated it would be too expensive to launch online sports betting in the state. However, you can play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games with DraftKings.
Can you play FanDuel in Delaware?
No, you can’t use FanDuel for betting in Delaware. You can use the operator’s Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games following legislation that Governor John Carney signed in 2017.
Can you play BetMGM in Delaware?
The Delaware Lottery does not license BetMGM and so you can’t use its online sportsbook in the First State.
Can you play Caesars in Delaware?
No, Caesars is not available in Delaware. However, all the retail sportsbooks and the Delaware Lottery-operated parlay betting use Caesars’ odds.
Can you play TwinSpires in Delaware?
No, you can’t use TwinSpires for sports betting in Delaware. The company is shutting down its sportsbook soon, so DE bettors aren’t missing out on much. You can use the TwinSpires horse racing betting app legally in Delaware.
Which sportsbooks will be available in Delaware in the future?
There are no new sportsbooks that are close to launching in Delaware. While online sports betting is legal, the Delaware Lottery has said it would be too expensive to launch an online betting market. A new sportsbook could be launched only if a new casino was built in DE.