Delaware Bill Would Expand Sportsbetting in State

A bill introduced into the Delaware House of Representatives would amend the state's existing sportsbetting law to expand the industry should it pass into law.

The bill, which is formally known as House Bill 365, was introduced by Reps. Franklin Cooke and William Bush. It would expand the ability for casinos to partner with multiple sportsbooks, which could increase the handle and revenue generated in the state.

Delaware is competing with neighboring states that offer online sportsbetting and casino gaming to customers. The state also offers online casino gaming, which had handle of $117.2 million in February. The state's revenues were up 254.6% in during the month, but were just $3.9 million.

Regarding the bill, Rep. Cooke said: "The addition of online sports betting in the First State means additional revenue will benefit programs for the treatment, education, and assistance of compulsive gamblers and problem gambling.

"We're talking about $400,000 or 3.5 percent of the processed returned to the state for funding these programs. Those dollars will go a long way."

The bill has been referred to the House Administration Committee for debate, and will then go through the state's House and Senate for similar debates and votes.

We'll be following the progress of the bill and updating readers as it moves through the legislative process.

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Dustin Jermalowicz // News Editor
Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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