Delaware sports betting begins with NFL opener

Sep 11, 2009 7:27 PM
Staff & Wire Reports | Sports betting in Delaware is officially under way after surviving a contentious legal battle with professional sports leagues.

Gamblers began placing their bets Thursday morning at Delaware’s three racetrack casinos before the NFL regular season opener between Tennessee and Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

The betting is restricted to parlays, or multiple bets on at least three NFL games. A gambler must pick all the games correctly to win.

Delaware officials were hoping to offer bets on single games and on sports other than professional football, but an appeals court ruled that was not allowed under the state’s exemption to a federal ban on sports betting.

The sports betting lounges built at the racinos had few customers, mostly a few people standing around, checking out the betting boards or grabbing long sheets of paper listing this week’s games.

There is expected to be more action on the weekend, when most of the NFL games will be played.