Del. set to launch sports betting next week; Pa. opens petitions for casinos to conduct wagering

Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision lifting the federal ban on sports betting, Thursday was the first day on which petitions could be filed by Pennsylvania casinos for approval to conduct sports wagering.

Meanwhile, Delaware will launch sports betting next week, Gov. John Carney announced Thursday.

In Delaware, wagering can begin in all three casinos at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Delaware will be the first state to open sports books, with New Jersey and others close behind. Pennsylvania officials are creating temporary regulations to govern sports betting, which must be completed before wagering can begin.

In Pennsylvania, casinos that gain approval for sports betting can operate it in the casinos, through an internet-based system, or for up to 18 months in a temporary facility. Racetrack casinos also could add it to a location where they conduct parimutuel wagering.

Kevin O’Toole, executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, said, “The actions taken by the board are the first in our efforts to launch sports wagering in Pennsylvania as soon as possible.”

The board also is soliciting feedback on the temporary regulations.