Published: July 1, 2024

Delaware Online Sports Betting Expansion Bill Dies As Session Ends

Delaware won’t expand past a single online sports betting operator this year.

The Delaware legislative session ended this weekend without passing the multi-operator sports betting proposal.

Rep. Frank Cooke sponsored HB 365, which would have authorized two skins each for the state’s three casinos.

Currently, BetRivers partners with the Delaware Lottery as the state’s sole online sports betting proprietor. The bill could have brought the total number of operators to seven.

The bill did initially advance from the House Administration Committee to House Appropriations on May 23. Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, who co-sponsored the bill, confirmed with PlayUSA that it died in June when Appropriations did not take it up within 12 legislative days.

BetRivers is also the state’s exclusive operator of online casino gaming through partnerships with the state’s three casinos. Although it was not part of HB365, bringing DraftKings and FanDuel into the Delaware online gaming market could eventually lead to an expansion of Delaware online casino as well.

Why Delaware online sports betting expansion didn’t gain traction

Delaware was the first state to follow Nevada in launching sports betting in 2018 after the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA.

With Delaware being a small state, the Delaware Lottery chose one online sports betting partner in 888. With 888 leaving the US market, Delaware transitioned to Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers last year. reported that representatives of the Delaware Lottery and RSI opposed expanding the market to six operators at the Administration Committee hearing. They also opposed the bill because of the potential loss of revenue with a new tax rate in the legislation.

A Delaware Lottery representative went so far as to say that opening up the Delaware online sports betting model would cost the state $3 million annually.


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