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Delaware doubles bets venues for the NFL American football games

NFL FOOTBALLThe US state of Delaware has announced it is to more than double the number of retailers, restaurants and taverns where bets on NFL American football games can be placed for the upcoming season.

The website said that gamblers would have access to 66 outlets following the roll-out.

The move comes one year after the state opted to expand sports betting beyond Delaware’s three racetrack casinos to 31 retail and tavern locations. The expansion was approved in June 2012 as part of a new law that allows wagering on slots and table games.

Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery, said the new venues added last year accounted for a 40% increase in the amount of money wagered on the NFL, while casinos in the state reported a 7% rise.

Revenue from the Delaware Lottery’s NFL parlay cards has grown each year since they were first issued in 2009, and Kirk said this overall trend will continue with the planned expansion.

Kirk added: 'We generated a lot of interest last year. We generated $25.4 million (€19.5 million) during the football season. For a little state like Delaware, that’s pretty good.'

'Expansion did not hurt the casinos one bit. It looks like a good relationship. It’s not about competition – we are all in this together.'