Delaware sports bettors get déjà vu

Nov 3, 2009 3:31 AM
Industry Insider by Ray Poirier |

For a while, it seemed to be another case of "déjà vu all over again" when winning sports bettors in Delaware were told they couldn’t collect their winnings because the computers were down.

When the state first attempted sports betting in the mid 1970’s, the state took such a bath that payouts were halted after the state experienced a major loss.

A week ago, with so many NFL favorites covering the spread, the state once again took a bath. This time, however, the state’s computer was programmed to halt all payouts when they totaled twice the amount of money wagered plus $100,000.

But the day after the games were played, the state says it was all square with the winning bettors.

Just goes to show that sometimes the lambs eat the lions, as the late GamingToday founder Chuck Di Rocco often wrote in his weekly column, "Heard on The Strip."

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