When it comes to online gambling, Delaware has one of the most progressive attitudes of any American state, with the state introducing its own online gambling laws to allow residents to place real money bets at state-run casino sites. This article aims to explain our understanding of Delaware’s online gambling laws and let state residents know where they can safely and legally place real money bets online.
Online gambling laws in Delaware and the USA
To understand Delaware’s online gambling laws, it’s important to first understand the online gambling laws that preside over the entire United States. Prior to 2006, the online gambling industry (especially online poker) was thriving in America, but then the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was introduced and that put a quick stop to that. The UIGEA essentially made it illegal for any person or business to accept payments in relation to unlawful online gambling activities, hindering online gambling operators from legally being able to offer their services in the USA. As a result, the American online gambling market dried up, but that didn’t stop Americans from wanting in on the action. With nothing in the UIGEA to specifically punish individual players who continue to frequent online gambling sites, there are still plenty of offshore betting and casino sites that continue to accept players from the USA with deposits and withdrawals in USD/$, although some are much more reputable than others.
The interesting thing about America’s online gambling laws is that while the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 is the presiding piece of legislation surrounding online gambling, gambling laws in the USA are also regulated at state level. This means each state is free to introduce its own laws surrounding online gambling for residents within state borders.
So, is online gambling legal in Delaware?
Delaware residents will be pleased to know that Delaware is one of the few US states to legalise aspects of online gambling (along with Nevada and New Jersey), with the state introducing its own laws in 2013 to allow online casino and poker games in a bid to boost declining revenue in Delaware’s land based casinos. To play at the state-run online casinos, customers must be residents of Delaware and be over the age of 21.
There are three major brick and mortar casinos and racetracks in Delaware. It is these three gambling complexes that were issued licenses to operate real money online casino and poker games, with Delaware residents legally allowed to place wagers online at the Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway and Delaware Park online casino sites. Customers from all over the world are allowed to play casino games at these sites for free in practice mode, but only Delaware residents can sign up to play for real money.
In 2014, Delaware and neighbouring state Nevada also signed an agreement allowing residents from each state to play at one another’s licensed online poker sites.
Offshore casino and betting sites accepting players from Delaware
Despite Delaware legalising state-run online casinos, there are still some reputable offshore gambling sites that allow players from the USA. You can place real money bets using US-dollars on sporting events, racing and casino games at these licensed offshore casino sites:
These are not the most impressive online casinos on the Web, but Delaware’s official, licensed online casinos are also quite lacklustre when it comes to graphics and software, so the site you choose to play at will come down entirely to personal preference.
Online lotteries in Delaware
Delaware residents can participate in many different state and multi-state lottery draws, but unfortunately tickets to these draws cannot be purchased online. Lotto tickets can be bought in Delaware at lottery retailers including selected liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores.
In November 2017, it was announced that controversial online lottery betting site Lottoland will be opening a US division, with offices running out of New York. Lottoland has not yet released any information about its US operations, but with Delaware’s progressive online gambling laws we predict Lottoland may be intending to service the Delaware market. Keep an eye on our page for any updates, as we will provide information as it becomes available.
Online sports betting in Delaware
Sports betting is legal in Delaware, with residents able to place bets on multiple sports and horse racing events at Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway and Delaware Park. However, there is no legal online sports betting network in DE to speak of. Punters can place real money bets on sporting and racing events at the offshore gambling sites mentioned above, but do so at their own risk as these betting sites are licensed outside of US borders.
In July 2017, Delaware also became the 14th US state to legalise real money bets on daily fantasy sports (DFS), acknowledging DFS as a “game of skill” that stands unique from sports betting and online sports betting. Although legalised, the Delaware government implemented some of the strictest consumer protection regulations in the nation, including a $50,000 for league operators, plus an incredibly high tax scheme.