Delaware Sports Betting
DE Sports Betting Legalization & Mobile Sportsbook Updates 2023
Updated March 02, 2024
Despite being the first place in the country outside Las Vegas to launch sports betting after the fall of the PASPA, Delaware continues to go without mobile and online options, instead continuing to run just three retail sites in the state. Its small size, population and the proliferation of digital sports betting options in its neighboring states will leave the Diamond State a relative afterthought despite its quick start.
DE Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background
The Diamond State is the home to the first sports bet placed in the country outside Las Vegas, with Gov. John Carney cashing a wager on the Philadelphia Phillies in June of 2018.
Since then, three retail sportsbooks have opened up across the state:
- Delaware Park Casino in Wilmington
- Dover Downs in Dover
- Harrington Raceway in Harrington
However, we're still a ways away from seeing the online sports betting launch in the state.
Delaware Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for Beginners
If you’re new to sports betting, you likely have questions: How much should you be betting? Where should you be betting on the Delaware Blue Hens? How do you find the best odds? Every sport and bet type comes with different nuances. Our sports betting tips for beginners can help you make savvier decisions come game time.
Sports Betting Glossary
Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology -- favorites and underdogs, spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig and so much more. It can all be a bit overwhelming and intimidating for newer betting enthusiasts, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions on all the main terms.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
Sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. There will always be ups and downs, but if you stay true to our sports betting mistakes to avoid, your sports betting experience will be a much more enjoyable one.
Delaware Teams to Bet On
Delaware is on the short end of the stick when it comes to teams in the state to bet on, with no professional teams and two D-I college programs — however, Delaware doesn't allow you to bet on in-state colleges, so that option is out.
Here are the programs in the state if you're able to get to a different legal sports betting state and want to bet on a Delaware college:
NCAA Division I Football & Basketball
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens — Football | Basketball
The Blue Hens play their football in the FCS and Colonial Athletic Association, so even though the competition might not be as fierce as the FBS or in bigger conferences, you can still expect some solid action. Since 2000, the football program has a five conference championships, some deep playoff runs and a D-I AA National Title in 2003. The basketball team just appeared in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and have played in March Madness six times since 1992.
Delaware State Hornets — Football | Basketball
The Hornets have been the little brother in the Delaware college family when it comes to sports. While also in the FCS and another small conference in the MEAC, Delaware State hasn't performed up to the programs expectations.