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Dover Downs Sportsbook, Dover, Delaware

Delaware Gov Places First Newly Legal Sports Bet, Wins on Phillies Wager

Delaware Gov. John Carney put $10 on the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday to beat the Cubs last night – and they did – making the governor among the first to be a winner on the first day of legal sports betting in the state.

Delaware joined Nevada yesterday in moving to allow sports betting following a Supreme Court decision last month saying that the federal government couldn’t block states from legalizing betting on sports.

Carney placed his bet at Dover Downs sportsbook in the state capital.

Three Delaware-based casinos — Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway — began offering single-game wagering Tuesday on professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer’s upcoming World Cup, ESPN reported. The sports books in the state plan to add hockey, golf and college football wagering.

Delaware expects that until other nearby states legalize sports betting – and New Jersey is expected to soon – the state will draw people from other states to make bets.

“We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer,” Carney said in a statement.


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