Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Delaware may allow betting on all sports

The Delaware legislature will consider allowing wagering on all sports when its session resumes today.

While there is agreement among the governor, key legislators and the state's gambling interests on the broad issue of sports betting, making it a reality bogged down early in the session over the details.

"Delaware is a gaming state, and the governor wants to do what's necessary to protect Delaware's gaming industry," Joe Rogalsky, Markell's spokesman, told the Baltimore Sun. "Plus he wants to use it as an economic development tool."

Sports wagering in Delaware has become an appealing option thanks to a massive $750 million deficit in the state's budget and increased competition for gambling dollars from Pennsylvania's new slots casinos and Maryland's future slots parlors.

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