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Scientific Games Signs with Delaware Lottery for the First Sports Betting Platform in the U.S.

With Delaware casinos launching sports betting on Tuesday, the state is the first one to take advantage of the May 14 SCOTUS ruling which lifted the federal ban on sports wagers. It became clear that Gaming software provider Scientific Games will be powering its platform under the SG Digital brand.

Last week, Governor John Carney’s office announced in an official news release that Delaware would kick off a full-scale sports betting operation on June 5. Soon after that, Scientific Games, which has been a long-term partner of Delaware Lottery, said that would implement the expansion to betting on single sports events. The Las Vegas-based company will provide its integrated sports wagering technology, content and managed services so that punters can begin placing bets on single events. This will probably happen through Scientific Games Digital’s OpenBet platform.

Until now, the company has provided the state’s lottery with various products such as instant-win games, draw-based games such as Keno, video lottery gaming and iGaming options. The partnership between the two dates back to 2009 and one of the most successful products supplied by the company is the sports wagering platform. With it, customers in the state’s three casinos have been able to place parlay bets, also known as combination or multi-game bets. Since the beginning of the partnership between Scientific Games and Delaware’s Lottery, the state’s revenues from sports betting have increased from $10 million to more than $46 million.

Following the state’s decision to expand its sports betting offering with bets on single events, however, the gambling company has now added more options to its platform. They will be available on Tuesday, June 5.

Sports Betting in Three Delaware Casinos

Launching at 1:30 p.m. on June 5, the expanded sports betting options would be offered at the three land-based casinos across Delaware. These include the Delaware Park and Casino in Wilmington, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway and Casino. In order to place bets on single events, casino patrons will have to be physically present in one of these facilities as there are still no iGaming options available. Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk, however, said that they are currently working on a mobile application that would allow bets to be placed from anywhere in the state.

Kirk added that the lottery has been working with Scientific Games on the expanded gambling for a long time so that the new betting options could be ready soon after the Supreme Court of the United States issues its ruling. On May 14, the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which banned sports betting in all but four states, namely Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. The ruling says that the PASPA violates states’ constitutional right to decide whether to legalize sports betting or not. On Tuesday, Delaware becomes the first state in the country to introduce betting on single sports events after the Supreme Court decision.