Delaware Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Delaware

Delaware’s casino industry isn’t as robust as those found in other states; however, it was the first to legalize online gaming.¬† The state has¬†three horse track and casino establishments, all of which are authorized to run online casino operations and sportsbooks.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 11.5.VII.1401-1432; 28.3-5; 28.11; 28.15; 28.18
Definition of Gambling There are no official definitions of gambling or games of chance in the Delaware code of laws.
Online Poker/Gambling The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act passed in 2012, legalizing online poker and casino games as well as lottery games. Internet gaming is done in partnership with the three racinos, which are all connected and pool players together from the three unique gaming sites. Per an interstate online poker agreement, Delaware online poker is also shared with players on the same platform in Nevada and New Jersey.
Live Poker Live poker is legal and offered at the racinos.
Casinos Existing horse racing tracks were allowed to expand to include video lottery terminals and then table games like poker in 2009. The three tracks are now full racinos.
Sports Betting With previous legal wording in place, the 2018 US Supreme Court decision regarding PASPA allowed Delaware to offer full sports betting. The state did launch a complete sports betting platform in the first half of 2018.
DFS Lawmakers legalized paid-entry fantasy sports in 2017, and that interactive fantasy contests bill became effective in August of that year.
Other Forms of Gambling Lottery, internet lottery, horse and harness racing with pari-mutuel betting.