Delaware Online Gambling

Gambling Information and Online Casino Listings

The presence of brick and mortar casinos in Delaware is suitable for the state’s size and population, but still - online gambling offers much more if one doesn’t feel the need to physically be in a casino. Delaware locals were the first of all Americans to earn the privilege to access state-licensed gaming websites.

Yes, Delaware has its own online casinos, which leads to many US-friendly casinos excluding residents of Delaware from their list of accepted territories. There are still certain brands that gladly accept gamblers from the First State.

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Neighbouring States: Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

History of gambling in Delaware

Delaware may be a small state and an unassuming part of the USA, but the First State is at the forefront of gambling law in the Union. In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, earning the nickname The First State. Even before this important historical event, there was gambling in the Delaware territory. The first racing facility was built in the Town of Newark in 1760, during the colonial era. In those early years, people enjoyed lottery betting, as well. Gambling activities were forced underground during the18th and 19th centuries due to Puritan society. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the opponents of betting were subdued by the need for revenue.

In 1933, a commission was established to oversee and license horse race betting. The legalization of horse racing/wagering led to the development of racetracks in Delaware. As for casino gaming, it had a bit of a late start. Bingo games were allowed in 1957, under strict guidelines. In 2009, sports betting was legalized and allowed in casinos (only on multiple games like on parlay cards, not on single games). All the casino complexes in Delaware are linked to the racetracks, offering poker, slots and popular table games.

 

Land based casinos

Delaware residents can gamble if they are at least 18 years old on horse races and enjoy slots once they reach the age of 21. The entire state occupies less than 2,500 square miles and houses less than one million residents, so one can’t expect dozens of gaming venues upon such space. There are 3 casinos in total, joined with the racetrack facilities. So, technically, all three casinos in the First State are racinos.

All slot machines in Delaware are referred to as video lottery terminals; their activities are overseen by the Delaware Lottery. VLTs are required by law to offer a payout percentage between 87 and 95 percent. Other than slots, Delaware casinos offer blackjack, roulette, craps, and video poker. Visitors can also take pleasure in mini-baccarat, Pai Gow poker, Caribbean Stud, Big 6, bingo, keno, Mississippi Stud and Spanish 21, among other options.

Delaware Park, Harrington’s Raceway and Dover Downs are the three Delaware casino establishments, running 24/7, not including Easter and Christmas. Dover Downs is the largest casino; it is located in Dover and houses over 2,300 slot machines. Delaware Park is in Stanton, and features over 2,200 video gaming machines. Harrington Raceway in Harrington offers more than 1,700 slots.

 

Online casinos

In hopes that players will seek the legal state option rather than offshore alternatives, all three land-based casinos have launched their online betting platforms. 888 Holdings and Scientific Games were chosen to legally host online gaming sites in Delaware. Delaware Park online casino is hosted by 888 Holdings; it boasts many variations of poker, slots and other casino games, offering daily bonuses and rewards for new members. Harrington Gaming Online is the internet equivalent of the Harrington Raceway & Casino. This is an instant play casino with a downloadable poker platform. One other option exists in form of a free, Facebook-run online gaming site called Double Down Casino, powered by IGT. This seems like a temporary solution which provides real money games legal only for residents of Delaware.

 

Regulation and legality of online gambling

The US’ oldest state was the first to legalize both online poker and casino games. Delaware legalized online gambling in 2012; legislation was passed that allowed full-service betting websites which would offer slots and games like roulette, poker and blackjack. Real money users must be located within state borders and all the sites must partner with a land-based casino in the state.

Not only did Delaware allow online poker and casino, but it also signed a special agreement with Nevada in 2014. The intra-state liquidity sharing deal called Multi-State Internet Wager Agreement permits players from both states to play on each other’s licensed poker sites. Only weeks after Delaware officials struck a deal with Nevada, Congress supported a ban in online gambling. However, combining player pools helps the industry, and the gambling revenue contributes to the Delaware economy. At least, that is the general idea. Delaware did report a decline in revenue in 2017 (18% less than in 2016). An online gaming market has been established, but maintaining it seems to be the real challenge.

 

Fun Facts about Delaware

  • Delaware got its name from the Delaware River. The river, in turn, got its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr. He was the first governor of the Colony of Virginia in the early period when Europeans explored the territory. Thomas Jefferson referred to it as ‘a “jewel among the states”, and that’s why it was also nicknamed the Diamond State. Not because of diamonds, but due to its prime location on the Eastern Seaboard.

 

  • The grey fox is indigenous to Delaware. This unique species is believed to be 7-10 million years old; grey foxes are exceptionally fast at running and are the only type of fox that is able to climb trees. They also never hibernate.

 

  • Here are some of the most interesting laws and prohibitions in Delaware: It’s not allowed to pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk; pawnshop owners and employees are not allowed to accept a wheelchair or prosthetic limbs as payment or pawn; it is illegal to fly over any water, no matter the size, without having enough food and water in the aircraft.
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