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Major events in Delaware gaming history

1933

Delaware Racing Commission is created

1937

Delaware Park opens

1946

Harrington Raceway opens

1953

Brandywine Raceway opens

1957

Bingo is authorized via a constitutional amendment

1969

Dover Downs opens, offering both horse racing and motorsports racing including NASCAR events

1975

The Delaware Lottery begins ticket sales

1976

The Lottery launches the first sports lottery in the U.S., but it would be discontinued after 14 weeks

1982

Delaware Park closes in September

1983

The Lottery introduces Lotto

1984

Delaware Park reopens under new ownership

1989

Last year of racing at Brandywine

1994

In June, the legislature passes the Horse Racing Redevelopment Act, legalizing video lottery terminals at racetracks

1995

Delaware Park and Dover Downs open VLT casinos in December

1996

Harrington Raceway launches VLTs in August

2009

In September, the Lottery launches a sports lottery for the second time in its history when the three racetracks open sports books

2010

 In May, Harrington Raceway adds table games
In June, Delaware Park and Dover Downs add table games

2012

Internet gaming is approved in June, along with keno and the expansion of sports betting to non-racetrack locations
New locations for sports betting are approved in time for the fall football season

2013

The Lottery launches keno in January
Online casino gaming begins October 31

2015

The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lucky for Life in January


Online gaming

Legislation signed into law in late June 2012 approved Internet gaming under the oversight of the Delaware Lottery. The bill allows the Lottery to offer its traditional games online, and each of the state's three racetrack casinos may offer casino games through dedicated websites. The casino games went live in a limited test on October 31, 2013, with a full rollout on November 8.

 

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Delaware’s three racetracks are home to VLTs (slot machines), table games, keno and sports betting. Table games include roulette, baccarat, blackjack, craps or mini craps, big six wheel, poker, Let it Ride, mini baccarat, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Sic Bo and approved variations of these games. Tournaments are also allowed upon approval. The Delaware Lottery oversees all these games.

Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots – 2,330 VLTs, 41 gaming tables, 43 poker tables
Dover Downs – 2,247 VLTs, 40 gaming tables, 18 poker tables
Harrington Raceway – 1,780 VLTs, 31 gaming tables, 10 poker tables

 

Lottery

The Delaware Lottery began operations in 1975. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Multi-Win Lotto, Hot Lotto, Keno, Lucky for Life, Play 3, Play 4 and sports betting. The lottery also offers video lottery terminals and table games at the state’s three racetracks and online casino gaming through the racetracks' websites.
 
Lottery profits are sent to the state’s General Fund to use as needed.

Delaware Lottery
1575 McKee Road, Suite 102
Dover, DE 19904
Phone (302) 739-5291
Fax (302) 739-6706

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are three racetracks in Delaware, one offering Thoroughbred racing and two with harness racing. All three tracks have casinos with VLTs, table games, keno and sports betting; they began offering online casino games on October 31, 2013.

Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots
777 Delaware Park Blvd.
Wilmington, DE 19804
Phone (800) 41-SLOTS

Dover Downs
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone (302) 674-4600

Harrington Raceway
15 West Rider Road
Harrington, DE 19952
Phone (302)-398-RACE

The Lottery runs the VLTs, table games, keno and sports betting, while the Delaware Harness and Thoroughbred Racing Commissions oversee the racing activities.

Delaware Harness Racing Commission
2320 S. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone (302) 698-4599

Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission
777 Delaware Park Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19804
Phone (302) 994-2521

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo, raffles, pulltabs, card games including draw poker, stud poker and blackjack, devices such as big six wheels, dice games other than craps and Texas Hold’em are among the authorized games for qualified non-profit and charitable organizations.

Division of Professional Regulation
Board of Charitable Gaming
861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904
Phone (302) 744-4500

 

Last updated on March 18, 2017