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Wilmington Sports Betting Options
Delaware are something of a liberal phenomenon in the States in regards to online sports gambling. They have consistently shown a more progressive and relaxed outlook to the regulation of sports betting over the past years.
Wilmington, as in the rest of the state, has strict rules and licensing requirements. But the big difference is that they offer all forms of gambling to their residents. This has resulted in Delaware becoming a go-to place for visitors from neighboring states, lured in by their colossal race-track/ casino complexes.
Sports betting in Wilmington has a rich history going back to colonial times. 1760 saw the first race track, which was actually 27 years before Delaware became the first state. Lottery gambling was also present, but this caused issues with the British, who thought they were not getting their percentage of proceeds. Betting on horse racing was not legal at this time, although it is widely known to be prevalent.
Delaware is one of only 4 US states which were excluded from the 1991 Federal ban on betting on professional sports. However, in 2009 this exclusion was limited by the major sport-league bill, which limited it to betting on NFL parlays.
Players can indulge in more elaborate betting methods via off-shore books though. Both lottery and bingo games are legal and fully regulated. These have enjoyed a somewhat easy-ride compared with casino and betting legislation over the years.
In 2009 both sports betting and casino table games were legalized. This same year also saw a Federal act come into force, which limited betting on pro sports to NFL parlays.
Following the change in stance over the Wire Act in 2018 Delaware became the first state outside Nevada to offer players single-game sports betting.