What We’ve Learned From Day 1 of Delaware Sports Betting

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The Highlights

  • Delaware sportsbook operators began accepting legal sports wagers Tuesday afternoon.
  • NBA, NFL, MLB and World Cup betting was immediately available, with more sports coming, including horse wagering for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes
  • According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, all bets over $1,000 will require approval.

Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET, Delaware sportsbook operators opened and began accepting the state’s first legal sports wagers. NBA, NFL, MLB and World Cup lines are currently being offered, with professional hockey, golf and auto racing also expected in the future, according to previous reports.

Delaware was not taking bets on Tuesday night’s WNBA game between the Connecticut Sun and Atlanta Dream. It’s unclear if WNBA will be offered in the future.


One interesting nugget to come from today’s opening is that single-game wagers of more than $1,000 will require approval, according to a Tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

While there technically are “no betting limits,” the state and operators (William Hill in this case) are basically reserving the right to reject any wager over $1,000 based on a bettor’s profile.

In layman’s terms, if you’re a losing player, your bets will be accepted. However, if your betting history shows signs of a winning bettor, they’re not going to take your action.

This is certainly a disappointing (but not surprising) development for many bettors, but hopefully this amount will increase as both regulators and operators get their feet wet regarding legalized sports betting, especially by the start of the 2018 NFL season.

Legal sports betting is certainly in its infancy, but the combination of betting limits and limited sports offerings illustrate why offshore sports betting is going nowhere, especially in the near future.

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