The First State: Delaware To Begin Legalized Sports Betting Tuesday

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Delaware is about to beat other states to the sports gambling punch.

Legalized sports betting will begin Tuesday, June 5, in the Blue Hen State, Gov. John Carney announced Thursday, via USA TODAY. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, bettors will be allowed to place wagers on all major American sports at three locations in the state: Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino/

Delaware on Tuesday will become the first state outside Nevada to offer legalized sports gambling following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting. New Jersey was expected to win the race to join Nevada in offering sports gambling products, but Delaware will earn that distinction.

As sports leagues urge and wait for Congress to implement uniform standards, states like Delaware are wasting little time in setting up shop.

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