Delaware’s BetRivers Sportsbook Officially Launch Online Sports Betting
Delaware’s online sports betting officially began last week when Rush Street Gaming’s BetRivers Sportsbook entered the scene. The launch, which marks the state’s 29th to offer legal sports betting, kicked off on December 27, 2023.
The transition to BetRivers came after the Delaware Lottery announced the partnership with the iGaming platform following the dissolution of its relationship with 888 Holdings. Delaware initially authorized iGaming back in June 2012, with operations going live on October 31, 2013.
With the introduction of BetRivers’ online sports betting, Delaware joined the ranks of 28 other states that have already established legal online sports betting.
Delaware was the first state to join Nevada in offering single-game sports betting after the US Supreme Court overturned the federal law called PASPA in May 2018. The state’s three casinos – Bally’s Dover, Delaware Park Casino, and Harrington Casino & Raceway – began in-person sports betting in June 2018.
Delaware holds a unique position in the world of sports betting. Before PASPA was repealed, it was one of four states granted some immunity from the federal sports gambling law. This was due to its allowance of parlay sports betting before PASPA was enacted.
Following the new partnership, BetRivers will operate the online casino sites on the state’s behalf for an initial term of five years, with the possibility of extension. Delaware’s iGaming industry contributes to the Delaware General Fund.
Delaware’s slow move into online sports betting was preceded by the success of parlay sports betting, which has been popular among bettors in the Mid-Atlantic region. Aside from sports betting, Delaware’s three casinos operate as an extension of the state-run lottery, which governs all sports betting operations, both retail and online.
The introduction of BetRivers’ online sports betting also saw the launch of the iGaming sites for Bally’s, Delaware Park, and Harrington, all now powered by BetRivers. This launch signals an exciting new era for online sports betting in Delaware, as it paves the way for future success in the industry.