Casino begs state for online gambling as bets drop

Delaware's Dover Downs offers parlay bets on the NFL, but wants online gambling as well. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., which owns Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in central Delaware, says sales tumbled to $50.5 million last quarter vs $64.1 million a year earlier "primarily as a result of increased competition" in Pennsylvania and other states that are promoting their own gambling halls. Delaware has been trying to legalize forms of NFL game betting and keno, among other gambling.

In a statement, CEO Dennis McGlynn said he was lobbying Delaware state government to cut its gambling tax and allow Internet-based betting and other new games: "A business model that addresses the current competitive environment is in the best interest of all stakeholders...  There are a lot of iGaming providers extremely anxious to do business in Delaware. We are pleased to see that the State remains on its timetable and we expect to begin our first online offerings on or about the end of September.”