If you plan to make a trip to Dover, Delaware to check out the Sports Book, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the basics of Dover Downs sports betting. Dover Downs is one of three casinos in Delaware, all of which offer legal sports betting during the professional football season. Along with Delaware Park and Casino in Wilmington and Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Dover Downs is one of the only places on the East Coast to legally bet on football; the other three states in the country that offer sports betting legally are Nevada, Montana and Oregon. Legal sports betting at Dover Downs must be done in person in the Sports Book area of the casino. No odds are given or bets accepted over the phone or on the Internet. Unlike betting on horse races and casino gambling in Delaware where the legal age is 18, gamblers must be 21 to participate in sports betting.
- Sports betting season at Dover Downs runs from August through the Superbowl and is only offered for professional football. Bets are placed in the Race and Sports Book, the designated area for sports betting. There, stats are displayed on boards and all of the day's games can be viewed in hi-definition. Bets can be placed with a teller or at a self-service machine until kickoff. The Race and Sports Book is open from noon to 1:00 AM Monday through Saturdays and 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sundays.
- There are three types of parlay cards offered for Dover Downs sports betting: Half-Point, Teaser and Super-Teaser cards. Parlays are bets based on point spreads, where bets are based on predicting the point difference in the final score, and whether a team scores more or less than the wagered spread. Parlays are single bets that connect to other bets, and teasers allow players to simultanously bet on different games in the same parlay. Over/Under betting is not offered.
- Minimum bets for regular fixed-odds parlays are $2, with a $100 maximum. For off-the-board parlays, the minimum bet is $5.00.
Winning cards must be cashed out in person at Dover Downs, or in person at Delaware Park or Harrington Raceway.
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