Delaware to be the first state to take advantage of new sports betting rules

Delaware will be the first state to take advantage of the recent decision to legalize sports betting across the United States, per A.J. Perez of USA Today. All three casinos in the state will launch sports betting on June 5.

Sports betting was legalized on May 14

On May 14, the Supreme Court ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, allowing for sports betting across the United States. Led by former New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s appeal of a 2012 decision that upheld PASPA in district court, states can now collect taxes on sports gambling without punishment. Previous to that, only Nevada was allowed to do so.

New Jersey was set to be the first state to open sports betting, expecting to be open as early as Memorial Day. But governor Phil Murphy and state senate president Stephen Sweeney introduced language requiring a state law to “determine regulations, including how much to tax betting revenues and whether to restrict casino operators who also own sports franchises from offering some wagers,” per northjersey.com. That meeting is scheduled for June 7, and there’s a chance sports gambling in New Jersey could begin in the hours after the meeting.

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California

A bill introduced in the California Assembly in July 2017 would permit sports gambling in California as long as it was similarly legal nationwide. It’s a toe-hold, which is more than many states have achieved.

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Connecticut

Connecticut lawmakers have begun pushing for a legalized sports gambling apparatus within the state. One caveat: the state will have to negotiate with local tribes, which hold exclusive gambling rights in the state at their casinos. The state has in its corner a bill signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy allowing gambling provided it’s deemed legal on the federal level … which it now is.

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Delaware

There’s already a structure in place in Delaware allowing for sports betting, but because of PAPSA, gamblers could only bet three-team parlays — for instance, you couldn’t just bet on, say, the Patriots; you’d have to bet on the Patriots, Packers, and Broncos to all win in the same week. Now that PAPSA is no more, the state will surely look to move to single-team bets. In Delaware, gamblers can play at the state’s three casinos or at more than 100 retail locations.

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Illinois

Illinois is one of many states which took a proactive look at the Supreme Court’s case and decided to get ready if the tides broke sports gambling’s way. In January of this year, the Illinois Senate introduced the “Sports Betting Consumer Protection Act,” one of two bills designed as a framework for sports gambling in the state, to be updated and codified once the Supreme Court ruled.

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Indiana

Indiana lawmakers began the rollout of bills designed to address sports gambling with some real-world tangibility: a 1 percent “integrity fee” for the leagues whose games would be gambled upon, combined with a 9.25 percent state tax on winnings. (You didn’t think this was going to go through without the government getting a taste, did you?)

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Iowa

Like many states, Iowa is considering recent legislation that would permit on-site, and possibly online, gambling.

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Kansas

A bill now under consideration in the state would permit sports gambling at state-owned casinos and the internet, to be overseen by the Kansas Lottery. Gambling would be restricted to bettors 21 and over, and anyone affiliated in a professional sense with a sports team would not be permitted to gamble.

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Kentucky

Kentucky’s horse racing gambling infrastructure puts it ahead of many other states, and a bill now under consideration in the state would permit sports gambling under the oversight of the state’s horse racing commission.

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Louisiana

A bill now under consideration in Louisiana would permit sports gambling only at the state’s land-based race tracks.

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Maryland

Maryland has a task force in place investigating the viability of sports gambling in the state, a precursor to any legislation that would allow single-game gambling.

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Michigan

Michigan casinos could begin taking sports bets at casinos if a bill proposed last summer becomes law.

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Mississippi

One of five states to join with New Jersey in its appeal to the Supreme Court, Mississippi stands ready to offer legalized sports gambling at its casinos now that the court has ruled, thanks to legislation passed last summer. The only barrier is how fast operators can get the gaming apparatus up and running. (Interesting side note: state leaders passed the law thinking they were legalizing only fantasy sports betting, but the law, as written, provides for gambling on real-world games as well.)

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Missouri

Missouri already has riverboat casinos in place, and this year saw the introduction of legislation that would allow those casinos to expand their offerings to sports gambling.

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Nevada

Congratulations, you can gamble on sports! But you probably knew that already. Nevada is the only state in the union that permits single-game sports gambling as of May 13, 2018, and even then only if you’re within the state’s borders. Expect Nevada to serve as a model for other states going forward.

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New Jersey

Given that New Jersey filed the original lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court decision, the Garden State is ready and willing to legally take gamblers’ money at designated casinos and race tracks. Some operators had pledged to be open for business within weeks of the Supreme Court’s ruling; most will likely target the start of the NFL season as their opening date.

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New York

While more than a dozen states prepared legislation to account for sports gambling when the Supreme Court ruled, few were as comprehensive as New York, which has drafted legislation governing everything from bettor eligibility to tax provisions, as well as an industry-pleasing “integrity fee” to be paid to sports leagues.

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Oklahoma

Like Connecticut, Oklahoma has struck deals with local tribes to permit gambling inside the state’s borders, and like Connecticut, Oklahoma will have to work with those tribes to allow for sports gambling. But with the major hurdle — allowing gambling at all — already cleared, sports betting could be coming to Oklahoma sooner than many states.

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Pennsylvania

One of the national leaders in gambling legislation, Pennsylvania has already passed frameworks permitting daily fantasy sports, online poker, and sports gambling. The state is likely to be one of the first after New Jersey to offer legalized sports gambling; Pennsylvania’s proximity to New Jersey surely plays no role whatsoever in the urgency with which it’s acted.

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of many states that prepared bills to legalize sports gambling provided the Supreme Court’s ruling broke the way it did, but in Rhode Island such gambling would only be permitted at two existing casinos.

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South Carolina

Legislation currently making its way through the state would permit sports betting under strictly regulated circumstances.

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West Virginia

In preparation for the Supreme Court’s ruling, West Virginia passed a law earlier this year permitting sports betting, contingent on federal approval. With that barrier now down, West Virginia can move forward with its plans to offer sports gambling.

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Delaware didn’t have the same hurdles as New Jersey did

Whereas Murphy and Sweeney didn’t want to rush into the federal decision, Delaware is going ahead with opening sports betting almost as soon as possible. As the release states, the state’s Department of Finance consulted the Attorney General’s Office and “has determined there are no legal obstacles to full-scale sports betting…” Delaware can allow betting on professional and college sports, though not on Delaware-based teams.

Delaware has three casinos — Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino — that will allow sports betting.

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