By Julie Glass
The brave new world of sports betting dawns today at 1:30 pm in Delaware.
Though they won’t be unlimited when the expansion begins, Casino sportsbooks will be able to take single-game bets on a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, hockey, golf, soccer, and auto racing. Futures betting will also be available.
There is no official designation about which levels of sports would be covered in the state, though the website for the Delaware Park Casino was advertising betting on both professional and collegiate sports. The main restriction will be a prohibition on betting on teams that are based in the state, such as the University of Delaware’s basketball squads.
Delaware is no stranger to becoming an early adopter of new gambling options. The state was one of the first to offer regulated online poker, though it has brought in very little revenue from those games.
Delaware may have gotten an early jump on the rest of the nation, but other states aren’t far behind. Next in line is likely to be New Jersey, where lawmakers are currently debating a number of measures that will shape the way sports betting is regulated in the state. The Garden State is hoping to have its final legislation passed and signed by the end of the week.
Even ahead of those regulations, however, companies are scrambling to prepare for their opportunity to enter the lucrative New Jersey market. On Friday, daily fantasy sports firm DraftKings and Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino revealed that they had signed a deal that will allow them to work together to offer sports betting in the state.
“Everybody knows there’s a big opportunity out there,” DraftKings CEO Jason Robins told the Associated Press. “Anytime you’ve got a big market about to be created, there’s so much opportunity out there that everyone should benefit, as long as you do it the right way.”