Delaware state takes in over $15m since legalising sports betting
June 25, 2018
The US state of Delaware have taken over $15m worth of bets since fully legalising sports betting on June 5th.
Delaware became the first state outside of Nevada to go ahead with the process of legalisation following May’s Supreme Court ruling, and in the three weeks of June over $7 million was wagered across the state while in July more than $8.2m was wagered, as per the Delaware Lottery.
The daily amount wagered was actually down for July with only $234,000 gambled daily compared to $350,000 in June, but that is believed to be down to the lack of sports markets open throughout July. The World Cup finished at the beginning of the month while in domestic sport only the MLB is currently in action out of the US’s ‘big four’ leagues. The numbers are expected to skyrocket when the new football season kicks off in the NFL in September and at collegiate level at the end of August.
Over 122,000 bets were placed in all with nearly $14m being won to offset the $15m wagered. The figures released by the Delaware Lottery aren’t solely related to sports betting, the numbers display the amount of money that has gone through the casino for all types of gambling.
Following Delaware’s legalisation at the beginning of June, New Jersey also fully legalised on June 11th while Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia also plan to permit sports betting in the future.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was enacted in 1992, prevented states from having their own autonomy over sports betting legislation.
After years of campaigning and a real shift in public opinion, the US Supreme Court heard New Jersey’s case in June 2017, and after 11 months of evidence and deliberation, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of New Jersey.
Delaware were able to push through legislation first because they had already been granted partial exemption of sports betting consisting of parlay betting on NFL games as it made a failed legislation attempt in 1976.
Author: Tom Mortimer
Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.