Delaware is one of the first states that started to regulate sports betting and the U.S. government projected $5 million in revenue from Delaware. The legal operation launched in June 2018 but online and mobile sports betting is not yet legal in the state. Even with this handicap, Delaware report in 2018 a total handle of $86,800,000 and revenue of $9,633,140. Encouraging numbers considering the initial projection and no legal online sports betting happening in the state as yet.
What type of betting is available in Delaware?
Developing technological infrastructure is the main challenge for this industry in the “first state”. Online sportsbooks are not available in Delaware just yet, but they likely will be soon. This means that right now, if you want to get betting in Delaware, you’ll need to hit up one of the three state casinos, such as Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel or Harrington Raceway and Casino. They offer a full spread of betting options, casino technologies and are likely to launch their own online sportsbooks in the future. Delaware residents can also wager on Delaware Lottery’s football parlays at more than 100 retailers in the state; whether these parlay cards will be available online remains to be seen.
Once online sportsbooks become available, it’ll be important to check the reliability of any site you’re thinking of signing up for. Make sure the sportsbook you choose is licensed within Delaware and legally allowed to operate there.
How online sports betting works
Online sports betting works in the exact same way as land-based betting. However, instead of walking into a physical bookie, you simply go online. In order to get wagering, you’ll have to choose a sportsbook, sign up and verify your account. Once this process is complete you can select a payment method and make a deposit to your account. Once your deposit has gone through, it’s a simple matter of heading over to the sports listings, selecting the sport you’d like to bet on, and choosing an event or match.
Understanding betting types
Sportsbooks offer a number of different bet types, and they can be confusing. Parlays, moneylines, over/unders, props … what does this all mean? Prop bets, for example, are one of the more popular US betting options. They are simply wagers on a specific event occurring (or not) within a game, and do not affect the game’s outcome. Over/unders or totals will see the sportsbook offer a total score value across both teams – you simply wager whether the final combined score will be higher or lower. Parlays are combination bets, and each individual wager must be won for the bet to be fulfilled.
The best online sportsbooks
Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, we’ll just outline a few of the top sportsbooks you should keep an eye on. Intertops and BetOnline.ag are two that immediately spring to mind for Delaware players as they are currently making moves to offer their services in this state. Each offers a comprehensive collection of sporting events, all with competitive odds. Operators like Draftkings and FanDuel are also expanding their reach to a greater number of states. These sites also operate with high levels of player security, great payment options and strong support services so that if you get stuck, it’s easy to get help.
All that remains is to wait for online sportsbooks to make inroads in the state. If Delaware’s history of progressive betting legislation is anything to go by, we won’t have to wait long.
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