Maryland explores faster way to approve sports betting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it’s unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020. Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires another voter referendum. Lawmakers failed to pass legislation […]

Republicans favor new federal regulation on sports gambling

House Republicans strongly favor new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to open sports books. At a hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee, GOP members expressed concerns Thursday about advertisements and online gambling platforms targeting minors, as well as the potential for match-fixing. “For Congress to do nothing is the […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More wasteful spending

So the state takes 43 percent off the top for the first three weeks of sports wagering for a profit of $437,000. That math equates to over $7.5 million for a year. Wonder what new programs our elected officials can come up with to waste it? I’m sure there’s a list somewhere. It’s amazing to […]

Sports betting starting Tuesday

DOVER — This time next week, you’ll be able to legally wager on your favorite sports, right in time for the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals. The state announced Thursday it will officially launch full-scale sports betting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Delaware will become the first state to offer expanded sports wagering since a […]

No sure bet for problem gamblers

DOVER — More sports wagering opportunities are coming to Delaware. Will additional problem gamblers emerge too? That’s no sure bet, state officials said this week. The potential effects of upcoming single game propositions will be monitored, and that’s a guarantee. “We don’t know whether the percentage of people who suffer from problem gambling will increase […]

Expanded sports wagering to start in June

  DOVER — Delaware announced Thursday it has been given the green light by officials to implement sports betting and hopes to launch new options, including single-game betting, within a matter of weeks. Expanded betting would only be available in the state’s three casinos. “Following Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and consultation with […]

Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for full-scale sports betting in Delaware

DOVER — The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. The justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law […]

Gambling addiction among military draws attention

  DOVER — The only real noise they generate is the seemingly constant clanging of change streaming out of slot machines or the clack, clack, clack of the roulette wheel. Other than that, the estimated 10 percent of military members and veterans who are battling with gambling addiction are fighting what one official calls “a […]

Big bet on the big game

  DOVER — They’re young and old, women and men. Regarding NFL interest, it’s game on for a wide swath of First State bettors. This season’s Delaware’s Sports Lottery will generate between $9 to $10 million for the state coffers no matter what today’s Super Bowl showdown. The final number hinges on the Eagles-Patriots score […]

COMMENTARY: Christie’s revenge: Sports betting challenge will prevail

You have to give outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie credit for perseverance: the long-fought battle to bring sports betting to New Jersey appears to have swung in the supporters’ direction after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to accept an appeal from a Federal circuit court. If New Jersey wins the case, titled Christie v. […]