Delaware has always been ahead of the game. It was, of course, the first state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1787. Fast forward 231 years and it will become next week the first new state to offer legalized sports betting after the Supreme Court’s decision last month clearing individual states to offer wide-ranging sports wagering options.

Ironically, I have always heard that it is absolutely delightful in Delaware this time of year. I think I’ll make a visit on Tuesday at 1:30 pm, which just so happens to when the state’s books will go live.

“Delaware has all necessary legal and regulatory authority to move forward with a full-scale sports gaming operation, and we look forward to next week’s launch,” Delaware Governor John Carney said in a press release issued yesterday. “We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer.”

A new state marketing campaign in the works? I think so!

Come for the Christiana Mall, stay to satisfy your legal compulsive gambling habits. #Delaware

SportsPick, the product that will operate the state’s betting action, will be available at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

And what this does is offer the average bettor options. You can head to one of these locations and do it the clean way. No more visiting a guy named Rocco behind a 7-11 to hand off an envelope stuffed with your hard-earned money, misery, and regret. Just give it to the state instead. Think of it as a “fun tax.” Just know, however, that any winnings over $600 are considered reportable winnings. Also know that winnings over $5000 requires federal tax withholdings of 24%.

The Delaware Lottery has published a comprehensive guide designed to answer questions about betting terms, procedures, rules, and regulations, but may I suggest you start with try the Crossing Broad sports betting FAQ instead.