Blackjack and Table Gambling Come to Delaware
Delaware, which has tried to expand its gambling portfolio in many ways oinly to find its path blocked, will begin play at table games over Memorial Day weekend. Blackjack, roulette, poker, and other forms of casino gambling will be phased into the state's three racetrack casinos.
Harrington Raceway and Casino is expected to begin play at the new games on Monday. Over the following month, the games will be added to the other two racinos, Dover Downs and Delaware Park.
Delaware officials have struggled to keep state gaming revenue high as competitio from neighboring states has increased dramatically. Maryland has voted to install slot gambling at tracks and other locales, and Pennsylvania is adding table games to its extensive casino network.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell had hoped to have full-fledged sports betting available at the racinos, but a surprise court victory by the NFL prevented much of the lucrative sports gambling from being implemented. According to court rulings, only parlay gambling on pro football fit the grandfather exemption Delaware is granted by federal law banning sports wagering.
Millions in potential revenue was lost by the state when the courts decided to limit the sports betting plan, and the racinos were faced with the loss of investments made in preparing for sports gaming. State officials hope table games can help cover some of the lost revenue from the governor's planned gambling budget.
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