Delaware releases sports betting informatioon

Minimum wager $2, maximum $3 000

Moving on from its clash in the courts with the national sports leagues (see previous InfoPowa reports) the state of Delaware has released details of what sort of sportsbetting it will offer as it debuts the new sports lottery service this week.

Minimum wagers in the new lottery will be $2, with maximum wagers capped at $3 000, depending on the type of bet. For each wager, gamblers must pick the correct outcomes of at least three NFL games, called parlay bets, or as many as 12. This is in compliance with the recent court ruling, which restricts the state to parlay bets. Gamblers cannot wager on a single game bet or on sports other than the NFL, the ruling dictates.

Officials said the betting, which will be conducted only at the state's three racetrack casinos, will use three types of preprinted parlay cards offering different types of point spreads. The spreads will include half points to ensure there are no ties.

Betting will begin Thursday before that night's NFL regular season opener between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. But because each wager must involve at least three games, there will be no winners or losers until results are in from the Sunday and Monday night games.

"We won't have any winners Thursday night, but people will still be eligible going into the weekend," said acting state finance secretary Tom Cook.

Gamblers can wager on Monday night games as part of their picks for the preceding Sunday, or can combine a Monday night bet with picks in games to be played the following weekend.

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