There is currently no way to legally bet on sports in Delaware online or via an app. Unlike New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Delaware currently does not allow for online sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel to operate in the state.
You can only place bets at one of the three sportsbooks—Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway & Casino—or parlays at various stores and bars throughout the state. You may also be able to place bets with offshore sportsbooks, but the legality and safety of these can is questionable.
We will keep this page updated with any news and developments that come out about online sports betting in Delaware.
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Why Isn't Online Sports Betting Offered in Delaware?
Online sports betting isn’t illegal in Delaware—it’s just not offered yet. All sports betting in the state is operated by the Delaware Lottery which hasn’t set up an online betting platform itself or partnered with an existing company.
The Delaware Lottery likely wants to see how profitable the sportsbooks are before making betting much more accessible by offering it online.
When Will Online Sports Betting Come to DE?
There hasn’t been any announcements from the Delaware Lottery about plans to begin offering online betting.
We do expect them to begin offering it soon, however, as the sportsbooks in Delaware have been open for nearly two years. By not offering a way to bet online, the Delaware Lottery is surely leaving money on the table. It is way more convenient to bet online as compared to traveling to one of the three sportsbooks in DE or over the state line into PA or NJ.
It’s worth noting that William Hill—one of the most popular online sportsbooks in other states—serves as the exclusive risk manager for the Delaware Lottery’s sports betting. When the Delaware Lottery is ready to bring its sports betting operations online, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that partnership expand by William Hill being the first app/website allowed in Delaware.
A Workaround: How You Can Bet on Popular Sportsbooks Apps
If you live close to the Pennsylvania border or are traveling in New Jersey, you are allowed to place bets on apps like DraftKings and FanDuel as long as you are physically located in the state.
If you wanted to, you could open an account with one of these sites, deposit money, and drive into the state to place your bets. You can typically withdraw your money from Delaware if you win.
Is Using an Offshore Sportsbook a Good Idea?
It’s not clear whether using offshore sportsbooks—often ran out of countries like Panama and Antigua—is legal. There are both federal and state laws that make it hard to understand whether depositing money, placing bets, and withdrawing money from these sites is legal.
That being said, there are very few reports online of U.S. residents getting in trouble for using one. It seems that the government is more interested in going after the offshore sportsbooks themselves rather than those using them.
You should know, however, that you have little protections when using an offshore sportsbook. If the site disappears while you have money in your account, you would have a hard time getting it back since you couldn’t take any legal action.
If you do decide to use an offshore book, be sure to do research to find one with a good reputation and understand what risks you may be taking.