A proposal to expand gambling in Delaware to permit an online lottery, table games and increased sports betting throughout the state was approved by the House and will now proceed to the Senate.
The bill advanced on a vote of 29-8 after changes were made to benefit the state’s horse racing interests by means of additional revenue-sharing. If the Senate also approves the measure, Delaware residents could soon be enjoying certain forms of Internet gambling, as well as parlay wagering on NFL contests.
Delaware’s Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 was proposed, in part, because of gambling expansion in neighboring states such as Maryland. A new casino in that state threatens to take revenue away from Delaware because “fifty percent of our business comes from Maryland,” said Ed Sutor, President and CEO of Dover Downs race track, as well as chairman of the Video Lottery Advisory Council.