Unfortunately for the Delaware sports betting supporters, they’re still waiting for mobile options to arrive for the state. This is a project that’s been in the works for a while, but the lawmakers haven’t been able to get on the same page with potential sportsbooks to get things launched. This has been troubling on several different levels. With that said, the fact that Delaware online sports betting continues to get delayed is frustrating folks.
There was hope that mobile options would be on the table for people to take advantage of by now. As soon as it was revealed that online sports betting was going to potentially become an option for sports supporters in the state, they were hoping that things would be ready to rock by the baseball season. Right now, even though Delaware doesn’t have a pro team, fans in the area have plenty of love for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies entered the season with high expectations, which is always going to be the case when you have sluggers like Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber in the middle of the lineup. Although Philly hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, they’re still hoping to be in a position late in the season to grab an NL Wild Card spot. If they end up making the playoffs, you never know what this team might be able to get done.
When the postseason does arrive, people all over Delaware will be ready to check the MLB betting odds to see where the Phillies stand. However, no one knows if online betting will be up and running in the state by then or not. For now, if people want to bet on the Phillies or any other MLB team, they can only do so at the authorized in-person sportsbooks. This is something people want to be changed as soon as possible.
Hoping DraftKings or FanDuel will be available in Delaware? You may be waiting a while, because they're not showing interest in how the First State wants to run mobile sports betting. #netde https://t.co/nrQHLeQvWB
— Sean Greene (@SeanGreeneWDEL) June 15, 2023
No online betting for the NFL season would be terrible
It goes without saying, but no online betting for the NFL season would be terrible and it’s the last thing that anyone in the state wants to happen. A few months back, it was reported that Delaware was hoping to have everything in place by Week 1 of the college football and NFL season. With early September right around the corner, it’s completely up in the air if anything is going to change in the next two months.
Now, we must remember that in-person betting remains legal in Delaware and people continue to make their way to local sportsbooks to drop their wagers. However, absolutely no one can argue with the fact that online betting is not only more convenient, but it would open the door for way more revenue opportunities for the state. As of now, Delaware is certainly missing out on millions of dollars.
With the NFL, similar to the MLB, there’s no pro team in Delaware. However, people in the state have high interest in teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Washington Commanders and New York Jets. With the Eagles, Jalen Hurts and Co. continue to hold strong NFL betting odds leading up to the season. After making it to the Super Bowl last year, Philly is hoping for a return trip.
With the Giants, Commanders and Jets, they’ve been quite busy this offseason in adding talent. The Giants have brought in star players like Darren Waller, Parris Campbell, Jalin Hyatt and more. The G-Men are hoping to make a splash in the NFC this year and they’ve got the potential to go on a deep postseason run if they make it back. People in Delaware are keeping their fingers crossed online options will be put in place, but a lot of football fans aren’t feeling optimistic.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 12, 2023
Recent Delaware betting numbers show the need for online options
Another thing to keep in mind here is that recent Delaware betting numbers show the need for online options. While we’re still waiting for the official numbers for June, it has been reported that the April handle was only $3.4 million, which was a big-time drop from the numbers in March. Around the United States, you’re seeing some truly head-turning stats come in for revenue and handles, but the same can’t be said for Delaware.
With only three options for in-person betting, people don’t have a lot to work with in terms of placing their bets. That’s why getting online betting finalized for people in Delaware is so crucial. The low betting stats that come in also showcases why mobile options would be a win-win for everyone involved. This is why so many bettors are angry with how things have been delayed.
As we mentioned above, no set date has been put in place for online betting to be available to the public, but this is something that simply must happen sooner than later. If a miracle can happen and online options are put in place by late August in time for the start of the football season, then people are going to be thrilled.