Wilmington, Delaware, USA: Delaware, On Tuesday, became the second state after Las Vegas to legalize full-scale sports gambling, with the state governor first in line to lay down money on a single game – taking advantage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Governor John Carney put $10 on the Phillies game Tuesday night and it paid off. The Phillies ended up beating the Cubs 6 to 1.
The big board at Delaware Park Racetrack and Casino was a veritable potpourri of wagering options. Everything from MLB to the NBA Finals to soccer was an option. The racetrack at Delaware Park has been around since 1937, but Tuesday was the dawn of a new day in the first state.
Full scale legalized sports betting (gambling) debuted at 1:30 p.m. In recent years, you could place a parlay bet (minimal three teams) during the NFL season. Now, take your pick. Straight, parlay, round robin, teaser, future. It’s all on the table. Much to the delight of the betting public who showed up ready to lay down their cash for a little action.
The crowd started filtering around 11 a.m. By 1 p.m., the place was buzzing, and the masses were itching for some legalized wagering. For many, Day 1 was an education in the world of sports gambling. “How To Bet Guide’s” were handed out at Delaware Park as some novices attempted to decipher everything from futures to money lines to reverses to vigorish.
The overriding sentiment from people on hand was, they were happy to not have the stigma that is attached by some to illegal gambling. Show up, lay down your money, win or lose, pretty cut and dry. You had everyone from the professional gambler throwing down thousands of dollars to the first-timer dropping a 10-spot on their beloved team.
On May 14, the Supreme Court #SCOTUS struck down a federal law that prevented states from legalizing sports gambling. The justices ruled that Congress can ban sports betting itself but said it can’t mandate what state Legislatures do or don’t pass.
While a number of states were poised to take advantage of the change in the law, Delaware was the first across the finish line.
That makes Delaware the second state with fully legal sports gambling, following Nevada, which had legalized the practice before the federal law was passed in 1992.