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Bettors Find Loophole in Delaware Sports Betting Rules

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Bettors Find Loophole in Delaware Sports Betting Rules

Who says you can't make a single-game NFL bet in Delaware?

You actually can.

And many are.

Technically, you can't walk up to the windows of Delaware's three racetracks that offer NFL betting and bet on a lone NFL game.

You can't even bet a two-game parlay.

Under state law, the minimum number of NFL games you must bet at once is three.

In other words, you must bet a three-game parlay, and you have to win all three games in the parlay to win money.

A record of 2-1 is a winning record if you're betting individual games, but going 2-1 on a three-game parlay is a losing proposition.

So what do you do if you're in Delaware and you want to bet on just one NFL game?

You game the system, of course, and it's all perfectly legal!

Here's how it works:

Let's say the Eagles are playing the Giants next week and you really like the Eagles to cover the pointspread in that game.

Two other games next week which you have no opinion on are the Packers vs. the Rams and the Titans vs. the Colts.

You would like to just make a straight bet on the Eagles to cover in their game, but being in Delaware, the law requires you to bet a three-team parlay.

So what you do is make four bets: four separate three-game parlays.

In each of the four parlays, the Eagles are your "anchor bet" or the bet that is the same on all four parlay tickets.

The other two teams on the four parlay tickets are the four possible combinations of winning teams from among the other two games.

So parlay ticket no. 1 would have the Eagles, Packers and Titans; parlay ticket no. 2 would have the Eagles, Rams and Colts; parlay ticket no. 3 would have the Eagles, Packers and Colts; and parlay ticket no. 4 would have the Eagles, Rams and Titans.

If the Eagles cover, one of the parlay tickets is guaranteed to be a winner.

However, if the Eagles don't cover, all four parlay tickets will be losers.

So what's the payoff?

Let's do the math.

Using the above example, a bettor wagers $100 on each of the four listed three-team parlays, for a total wager outlay of $400.

Winning three-team parlays in Delaware pay out 6-1, or $600 on a $100 wager (plus you get back your original $100 bet).

Subtract $300 for your three losing parlays from your $600 windfall and after all is said and done you've made a $300 profit.

Since the most you could have lost using this scheme is $400, had your anchor bet failed to cover, and the most you can win is $300, should your anchor bet cover, you are risking $400 to win $300.

$400 to win $300 is the same as $133 to win $100, or a vigorish of -133.

Since normal vig is -110, or $110 to win $100, the Delaware parlay scheme yields a vigorish just a little higher than there would be on a normal one-team bet, and that makes the strategy viable.

And of course, as any bettor will tell you, the vig doesn't matter if you win the bet.

So there it is: the strategy many NFL bettors in Delaware are using to get around the three-team parlay minimum and bet single games.

(Bettors are also using the strategy in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where the same three-game parlay rules apply.)

National Football League?

In this case, NFL could stand for Newly-Found Loophole.

By Tom Somach

Gambling911.com Staff Writer

tomsomach@yahoo.com

Comments

DelawareSyndicate.com made us a ton of money last year. Their service gives you step by step details on how to bet & beat them almost every week
As usual another misinformed article from Somach. 3 teamers in Delaware pay 6.5 for 1. Meaning 5.5 to 1. So in your example the most you could lose is $400 and your win is $250. Yielding odds of -160. If you wanna bet pointspreads at -160, I'll take your plays all day long...
I guess if you want to make a large bet and you're sure it's going to win and you live on the east coast and don't want to fly to vegas and most important you win the bet, the vig doesn't matter
Why would anyone lay -133 on an NFL game? Send all the Delaware bettors to me, I will book the whole state's bets at -133 on every game.
Delaware sounds like the most corrupt state around parleys are they kidding every better will lose all their money what a joke" legalize this stuff an be done with it this is a joke the real reason they don't have straight bets is like the indian casinos don't . they don't want anyone to win money an they know you can win betting sports an slots an table games are for losers.
a vigorish of -133 is not bad i wonder if they know about this at the casinos and allow it
-133 is not bad? Are you insane?
wow, i was stunned when they told me that

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