State governor kicks off Delaware’s sports betting service

News on 6 Jun 2018

Tuesday a landmark day in state gambling as Delaware becomes the first state to take advantage of newly liberalised market.

The US state of Delaware met its pledge to launch intrastate sports betting services Tuesday when Governor John Carney made the first bet – $10 on the underdog Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs.

Nevada’s monopoly on full-scale sports betting lasted more than a half-century, but it ended when the US Supreme Court struck down the restrictive federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act last month, liberalising the market for states that wish to offer such betting.

Delaware’s three racinos took their first legal non-parlay sports bets Tuesday, watched by a large contingent of television and other media reporters, but initial reports indicate that it was a modest turnout by punters.

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