Delaware has passed online poker and casino games through the state lottery. In addition to the online lottery offerings, the Delaware State Lottery includes sports betting, video poker, slot machines and table games.
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Delaware Online Gambling
In June 2012, Delaware became the first state to legalize online casino games. These games include online poker, house table games like Blackjack, online video poker, and online slot machines. All online gambling will be controlled by the Delaware Lottery. Online gambling through the Delaware Lottery launched on October 31, 2013 to select players. It opened to everyone located in Delaware on November 8, 2013.
Online poker and casino games are available. No Limit Texas Hold’em, Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha are the only poker games available. Casino games include Jacks or Better video poker, roulette, blackjack and 13 different slot titles.
Poker and casino platforms owned by 888 were selected for use by the interactive division of the Delaware Lottery. Scientific Games will manage other aspects of the sites. IGT has also stated it will provide casino content to Delaware players.
The Delaware version of 888 peaks at around 50 players daily. The state announced a partnership with Nevada to share player pools. The hope is to have other states join the shared liquidity provided by this agreement.
Delaware Horse Racing
Delaware has three horse tracks. These tracks are Delaware Downs, Dover Downs, and Harrington. In addition to the live races, the tracks offer off track betting on simulcast races. As track revenue declined in the 1990’s, the track owners convinced the state to expand gambling. In 1995, they received their wish. The Delaware Video Lottery was born. Video lottery is only allowed at the three tracks in Delaware. No other establishments can offer video lottery.
Delaware Video Lottery
Delaware has a unique video lottery compared to other states that offer video lottery. Delaware’s video lottery is the state’s casino industry. Located only at the state’s three horse racing tracks, players are offered a wide variety casino games that resemble what would be a standard casino in any other state. The only difference between Delaware and most other states is that the state controls all of the casino style gambling without competition. Delaware requires all video lottery players to be at least 21 years of age.
In 1995, the first video lottery machines were installed Delaware Park and Dover Downs. In 1996, Harrington opened up their video lottery terminals. Between the three tracks there are over 6000 video lottery machines. These machines include traditional slot machines, video slot machines, video poker, video roulette, video blackjack and video Three Card Poker.
In January 2010, the Delaware State Legislature passed a law giving the state lottery the ability to add table games to the lottery offerings. The table games allowed include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Three Card Poker, Mini Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Let it Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Four Card Poker, Paigow Poker, Spanish 21, Big 6 Wheel, Mississippi Stud and Crapless Craps. Live poker games are also allowed. These include both cash games and tournaments.
Delaware Sports Lottery
Delaware is one of only two states with an active sports betting industry. Delaware is granted an exemption from the Bradley Act, which forbids sports gambling in 46 states. Delaware had offered parlay cards through their lottery in 1976 for just one year. In 2009, Delaware attempted to offer single game wagering on many different sports. The major sports leagues, as well as the NCAA, took Delaware to court. The sports leagues prevailed in their argument that the Bradley Act only applied to sports gambling that had been previously allowed. This meant that U.S. law only gave the state the right to offer betting on the NFL through parlay cards in which 3 or more outcomes were picked by the player.
On September 10, 2009, Delaware launched their sports lottery. Only wagers on the NFL are allowed. In addition to this, players must pick a minimum of three outcomes. The following bets are accepted:
- Half Point Parlay Card – 3-10 Teams
- Teaser Card – 3-12 Teams
- Super Teaser – 4-12 Teams
- Off the Board Parlays – 3-8 Teams
Halftime wagers are also allowed. Unlike in Las Vegas, the halftime bet applies to the full game’s score, not the last two quarters. In other words, if you bet a team that is a pick at halftime in Delaware, and they are losing by 7 points at halftime, you are actually betting the team to win the second half by 7 points. The minimum age for the sports lottery is 21. Parlay cards are available at state video lottery casinos as well as many bars.
Delaware Lotto and Scratch Tickets
The Delaware State Lottery dates back to before they got into the casino and sports betting business. The lottery was established on May 31, 1974. The first tickets were sold in October 1975. While only a small part of the current lottery’s revenue, scratch off tickets and lotto drawings are still held. Delaware’s lottery also joins other states in multi state drawings. The minimum age to buy lottery tickets is 18.
Delaware Charity Poker Room
Delaware law allows charity poker. There is one charity poker room operating in Delaware. It is called “The Poker Room” and is located in Wilmington. Blackjack is also offered at The Poker Room. The minimum age is 18 meaning this is the only poker room in the state that allows players that are 18-20.
Delaware Charity Gambling
In addition to the full time charity poker room in Wilmington, other charitable gambling is legal in Delaware. This includes all casino table games, poker, raffles and bingo.