Mobile sports betting quietly introduced in Delaware

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With no fanfare, the operator of the widely advertised Bet Rivers mobile platform introduced igaming and sports betting through the state’s three racetrack casinos, Delaware Park, Bally’s, and Harrington.

The Delaware Lottery changed vendors to Rush Street Interactive, the Chicago-based owner of Bet Rivers, with the company working in recent months to move online betting to its system, which was rolled out this week.

Until recently, those using the Bet Rivers platform had to cross state lines to use the app. That was not difficult since neighboring Maryland and Pennsylvania have authorized that platform and others. As a result, Delaware lost out on sports betting revenue, even though it was, for a time, one of a few states authorized to allow sports wagering.

As noted above, there have been reports that Delaware may authorize multiple platforms. Such is the case in nearby states.

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Previously, gaming apps offered by Delaware casinos did not include sports betting, which had to be done in person at the three casinos or in some locations as multi-game parlays.

The Delaware Bet Rivers casino apps are limited to those using their mobile devices in Delaware for slots, table games, and online sports.

WDEL and Sports Betting Dime first reported the rollout of the apps.

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