Jeff Neiburg The News Journal
Published 11:53 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018
Tuesday afternoon, poker domino the First State will become the first state to offer single-game sports wagering outside Nevada.
The expansion gives gamblers an alternative to those NFL parlay cards and will allow for various bets on professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and more at the state’s three casinos — Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.
The News Journal will be at Dover Downs and Delaware Park Tuesday, taking in the scene of what is a historical day for the state and for the country.
No longer is Las Vegas the home for sports wagering, poker domino and no longer are everyday or once-in-a-while sports bettors in Delaware and elsewhere only subject to the illegality of using a local “bookie” or betting online at an offshore sportsbook, like the popular Bovada online casino and sportsbook.
The times, they are changing. And betting at Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington means no longer filling out a parlay card with three or more teams and turning your money over with about a 71 chance of actually getting anything back.
New Jersey is putting the final pieces to the puzzle together and will soon launch sports betting and become the epicenter of sports gambling on the east coast. Legislation isn’t far behind in Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York and elsewhere.
But, for now, all eyes will be on Delaware Tuesday.
And speaking of those parlay cards? Forget about them.
Never placed a sports bet before? poker domino Need a little refresher? Want to know what Golden State -5 means for Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night or how to bet the Phillies on the road against the Cubs Tuesday night? We’ve got you covered.
Here’s how you can sound like an expert when you get to the betting window Tuesday and get your first, legal straight bet in Delaware.
Important terms and phrases
Book: The sportsbook is an establishment that accepts wagering on sports. In Delaware, the three sportsbooks are Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.
Point spread: The point spread — or betting “line” as it is sometimes called — is the value assigned by the bookmaker that reflects an expected outcome of a game. poker domino For example, early indications are that Golden State is favored by 5 points -5 against Cleveland in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night. This means that Golden State is “giving up” five points to Cleveland and must win by 6 to cover the point spread. If you bet Cleveland +5, you win if the Cavaliers lose by less than 5 points or win the game outright. Typically, bets on the point spread are usually offered at 11-to-10 odds, meaning — for the sake of round numbers — a $110 bet will win the bettor $100.