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Update: Harrington Casino reopened after ‘technical difficulties’

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Harrington Raceway and Casino is temporarily closed due to technical difficulties. | DBT FILE PHOTO

Harrington Raceway and Casino is temporarily closed due to technical difficulties. | DBT FILE PHOTO

HARRINGTON — The Harrington Raceway & Casino was temporarily closed for five days due to “technical difficulties,” although it was unclear what exactly was the issue.

Harrington Raceway & Casino closed on Dec. 27 and reopened on Dec. 31. A statement from the casino on Dec. 29 stated that it was “experiencing technical difficulties that are causing a disruption to gaming and computer systems.”

The casino added that it had “significant resources, including cybersecurity specialists,” working to solve the issue.

Launched as a harness racing track in 1946 and later supported by the casino in 1996, Harrington Raceway & Casino has roughly $6 million in slot machines with 1,327 machines to play, according to Harrington officials. In addition, the casino has table games and sports betting as well as an entertainment venue that draws in about 1.5 million people every 10 months.

Full House Resorts financed the casino’s build in 1996, but later ceded daily operations to Harrington Raceway Inc. — a majority-owned company owned by the nonprofit Delaware State Fair — and the agreement expired in 2011.

Harrington Raceway & Casino draws about 1.5 million people every 10 months. As of November 2022, iGaming — which includes table games and video lottery — at the casino brought in $2.94 million in net revenue, according to the Delaware Lottery.

Delaware used to be one of the few states that allow sports betting since 2018, but only allows wagers to be made in person. At Harrington Raceway & Casino, last available data from June 2022 shows that net proceeds from the sportsbook was $523,786. Comparatively, that was just over a third of the proceeds from the larger Delaware Park.

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