In 2009, New York and Illinois sent an inquiry to the Department of Justice seeking clarification about online casino laws in the US. Two years later, the DOJ responded by saying the Wire Act of 1961 only prohibited sports betting.

As a result, New York, Illinois and all other states were free to legalize online casinos. In June 2012, Delaware became the first state to legalize online casinos, beating the likes of Nevada and New Jersey, both of which had plenty to gain from the news.

How has Delaware’s iGaming sector changed since 2012? Discover below.

Online Sports Betting is Legal

Delaware legalized online sports betting in June 2018, one month after the Supreme Court struck off the PASPA Act of 1992. A little bit background information—sports betting was legal in DE since 1992.

It was one of the few states exempted from the blanket sports betting ban that came with PASPA. As such, legalize mobile betting in 2018 was only a means to expand an already established sports wagering industry.

What can you bet on in Delaware? Before 2018, the Diamond State permitted 3-parlay betting on the NFL. Post PASPA, DE sportsbooks can take all sorts of bets besides wagers that involve local colleges.

For clarity, many states have similar laws. You can wager on the Major Leagues: NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and the MLS. And you can wager on international games. But when it comes to college sports, betting on state-based teams is banned.

A Lot More Slots and Card Games

Online gambling in Delaware is regulated through progressive laws according to Not only does the state allow competition amongst operators; but it also allows them to offer hundreds of slots and card games.

Six years ago, the games provided at Delaware’s online casinos came from a handful of software providers. Fast forward to 2020 and players in DE can play thousands of games from leading developers: Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, Evolution and Play’n GO.

The explanation is that many software providers are located outside of the US. And they didn’t have licenses to operate in the country until Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey permitted online casinos.

The presence of world-class software providers in Delaware has plenty more benefits that game variety. For example, these companies own the best-rated games online. And that means you have a high chance of winning at DE casinos.

Increased Banking Partners

When Delaware legalized online gambling in 2012, many banks and credit card companies were opposed to casino payments. Either they allowed you to deposit at high fees or they would deny payments as part of their policies.

Times have changed and now you can deposit money through dozens of payment companies. Visa and MasterCard are the most common options. Wire transfer, PayPal, Skrill and Neteller follow next.

At some casinos, you could also bank through cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple. But Note—many operators require that you use the same banking method for both deposits and withdrawals.

So, if you fund you account through PayPal and win $100. You can only cash out through PayPal. That’s alright, though. The main objective is to experience smooth, safe and fast payments.

Daily Fantasy Sports are Now Allowed

Like many states, Delaware didn’t embraced Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) until the industry grew big. The explanation was that DFS was similar to gambling. And as a result, it needed regulation before it was allowed.

Nonetheless, DE caved in to pressure from local punters and permitted DFS websites to operate in 2017. Today, FanDuel and DraftKings are the two most successful fantasy sports companies in the First State, serving tens of thousands of customers every month.

To be clear, DFS isn’t sports gambling in its finest. Instead, it’s a simulation of sports management. You act as a General Manager and Coach, drafting teams and lining them each game week. Your team’s performance is based on how the players perform in real life.

For example, if you draft a basketball featuring Lebron James and he scores a triple double, you get plenty of points. But if he performs poorly, your DFS team suffers as well.

Instant-Play Mobile Casinos

Mobile casinos have been around even before Delaware licensed online casinos. However, they’ve changed tremendously over the years. Back in 2012, most mobile websites worked through native iOS and Android apps.

In 2020, the majority of mobile casinos work through mobile websites. They also run games on an instant-play mode, which means they don’t require you to download games before you play them.

Adobe Flash isn’t necessary either. Instead, you log into your online casino account and select the games you want to play. As mentioned, you can play through a variety of devices: Tablets, android smartphones, iPads and iPhones.

Because mobile casinos are also portable, they are becoming more popular than desktop-based casinos. They also support advanced technologies, from 3D graphics to VR. As a result, they provide the same high-quality gaming experiences desktop computers provide.

Increased Annual Revenues

For some reason, Delaware doesn’t license new operators often. There are only four online casinos in the State. By comparison, New Jersey has 30 gaming websites, and it licensed iGaming in 2013, one year after DE.

Unsurprisingly, Delaware’s annual revenue has been growing slowly but steadily. In 2019, the state collected $3.6 million in taxes, a 38.5% growth compared to 2018. For reference, DE’s four casino welcomed $127.9 million in bets and paid out $124 million to winners.

Five years ago, Delaware’s online gambling scene was valued at $1.8 million, meaning it has double since then. However, $3.6 million is too low compared to New Jersey’s $482 million in 2019 and over $3 billion in betting handles.

In all fairness, New Jersey has a population of nine million people and has one of the highest annual income averages in the country ($70, 000). By comparison, Delaware has a population of less than one million people and the state’s per capita income stands at $33,000.