After the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) took down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Delaware and Mississippi are preparing to have a legalized full-scale sports betting market within their respective regions. With the rules and regulations being set in place, both states will be among the first to allow sports wagering after the New Jersey case.
Delaware Expands State’s Parlay Wager Offers
Delaware has already legalized sports betting within the state only in the form of parlay wagers for National Football League (NFL) matches. This was made possible through a legislation passed by Delaware’s lawmakers in 2009 authorizing the state’s lottery office to regulate betting on professional and college sport matches. The legislation was shot down by a federal appeals court. But because of Delaware’s grandfather status under PAPSA, the state was allowed to provide multi-game parlay bets for NFL games.
The Department of Finance in Delaware received assurances from the Attorney General’s office that there are no legal obstacles to launching a full-scale sports betting market within the state. With a full-scale market, the state can legally offer single-game bets for various sports apart from American football.
Delaware officials said that only the state’s casinos will provide sports betting services like the Dover Downs Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino. There will be no bets allowed for college sports games that involve colleges and universities within Delaware. The state’s lottery and casino staff will shortly receive training for the legalization of sportsbooks in the state. Following this, Delaware sets to launch the state’s full-scale sports betting market in June.
Rick Geisenberger, finance secretary of Delaware, said:
“Following Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and consultation with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, we are confident that Delaware has the legal and regulatory authority to authorize sports gaming in Delaware. The Delaware Lottery has had plans in place for months, and we will begin training lottery and casino staff early next week. We will continue to provide public updates as we prepare to launch full-scale sports gaming in Delaware next month.”
Mississippi Releases Betting Regulations Proposals
The Mississippi Gaming Commission recently published several proposed regulations for sports betting across the state’s land-based casinos like the Horseshoe Casino and Bally’s Casino. The general public can view and comment on the regulations for 25 days after its publishing date. These regulations are expected to be voted on immediately by the Gaming Commission, to take effect after 30 days if the regulations are approved.
Mississippi eyes the middle of July as the launch period for the state’s sports betting market. While the date is a month later than Delaware’s launch schedule, it gives Mississippi a head start to establish a solid market before the start of the American football season.
One of the notable sports betting rules in Mississippi is that wagers are restricted within the state’s casinos only. While punters can place sports bets on mobile devices, they need to be within the premises of Mississippi’s land-based casinos.
Another rule was proposed for high rollers: Punters need to provide their name, address, as well as social security number, and present a government ID if they want to cash out payouts that are more than US$10,000.
With Delaware and Mississippi reshaping their sports betting landscape, more states are now expected to legalize sports betting, which is a multi-billion market. Meanwhile, states like California, Michigan, and South Carolina have an active legislation to make sports betting legal.