Delaware Casinos and Online Gambling
Delaware only has three casinos, all tied to horse tracks, but they are also one of only a handful of states that have a form of sports betting and legalized online casino and online poker play. Las Vegas seems to get all of the press when it comes to a full service gambling culture, but Delaware offers almost everything that you can find in Nevada, but on a smaller scale.
The horse racing industry has a long history in Delaware and was available long before the current casino and poker offerings. Progress consolidated the horse racing industry to two harness racing facilities and one thoroughbred racing facility. They each have a casino and poker room in addition to their horse racing schedules.
Top 3 Online Casinos
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino – Dover Downs Hotel and Casino is located in Dover, Delaware and has over 165,000 square feet of gambling and entertainment space. In addition to a full casino, Dover Downs offers horse harness racing and over a dozen bars and restaurants on the premises. The casino is open 24 hours a day year round except Christmas and Easter.
The casino has over 2,300 slot machines, blackjack, Golden 21, Pai Gow poker, High Card Flush, baccarat, big 6 wheel, 21 + 3, Three Card Poker, Dragon Bonus, Spanish 21, craps, roulette, WPT Heads Up Holdem and Mississippi Stud Poker. The poker room has 18 tables and they hold daily poker tournaments.
Delaware Park Racetrack – Delaware Park Racetrack is located in Wilmington, Delaware and is open 24 hours a day every day except Easter and Christmas. The casino and horse track features over 75,000 square feet of gambling space and over 10 restaurants and bars.
The casino offers blackjack, roulette, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, craps, Pai Gow poker, craps, Ultimate Texas Holdem, and Mississippi Stud Poker. In addition to offering the only thoroughbred horse racing in the state you can also play in the poker room that holds over 40 tables.
Harrington Raceway and Casino – Harrington Raceway and Casino is located in Harrington, Delaware and offers over 140,000 square feet of gambling floor space. Originally a harness horse track, they still run harness races in addition to a casino and poker room. They also offer a buffet, a lounge, a bar, and a café on site. Harrington Park is open seven days a week but closes at 2 AM every day.
The poker room has 10 tables and you can find over 50 total table games in the casino. Slots fans also won’t be disappointed with the almost 2,000 slot machines they can choose from in the casino.
Online Gaming in Delaware
Starting late in 2013 Delaware started offering online gambling for residents of the state. The state lottery runs online gambling in the state but the three existing casinos can offer games by using the software designed by the lottery.
In addition to a suite of online casino games, Delaware residents are also able to legally play online poker. An agreement between Delaware and Nevada allows the two states to share a player pool in poker. This means players from both states play together in the same virtual poker room. The importance of this is a poker room needs a minimum number of players playing at the same time in order for games to run. Delaware has a small population and would struggle to keep games running without outside players.
The agreement strengthens the available players for both states. Though politicians don’t always do what’s smart, as more states start offering online poker it would help the industry if they combined player pools like Nevada and Delaware.
Most people think the only place to legally place a sports bet in the United States is in Las Vegas. While this is true of some types of sports wagers, Delaware also offers limited sports betting.
In 2009 the state legalized sports betting but was sued by the large sports leagues in the country. The claim was that Delaware was violating federal law. After a court battle, it was decided that casinos in Delaware could start accepting parlay bets.
A parlay wager requires two bets to be won in order to pay off. For example, you pick two NFL games and they both must win in order for you to win the bet.
Residents of Delaware can play the state run lottery, started in 1975, or buy tickets for the multi-state lotteries Mega Millions and Powerball.
Slot Machine Ownership
Only slot machine collectors who have machines that are 25 years old or older may legally own slot machines in Delaware. Of course anyone can call themselves a collector, but no one can own a machine newer than 25 years old except the casinos licensed by the state.
Bingo and Raffles
Any organization that qualifies as a charitable business in the state of Delaware can offer raffles, bingo, Texas holdem poker tournaments, or instant bingo tickets. The rules and regulations are strict for operators, but players can easily find bingo games and raffles to enter.
In 2013 Delaware legalized the use of slot machines and video poker machines in some veterans clubs in the state. The organization had to have been in existence for at least 75 years, the state takes 40% of the revenue, and at least 60% of the organization’s share of the proceeds must go to a state approved charity organization.
For a state with a population of less than a million people and the second smallest state in size, Delaware sure has a great deal to offer when it comes to gambling. Three large casinos and racetracks make it a short trip to a gambling establishment for anyone in the state.
Delaware is also one of the few states that have regulated online gambling and offer sports betting. Each casino and horse track also offers a poker room and there’s a state lottery.
You can even find a thriving bingo and raffle industry in the state.
Delaware truly offers something for any gambling fan.