Another chapter in the history of online gambling was written yesterday when Delaware’s three racetrack-casinos launched online casino games as well as poker for real-money.
Delaware joins Nevada as the only two states thus far that offer legalized forms of Internet wagering, with New Jersey scheduled to join the mix on November 26. But Nevada’s legislation is restricted to poker-only, which means that Delaware is the first state to provide a full suite of online casino gaming.
Slots, blackjack, roulette and poker are among the offerings that Harrington Raceway, Delaware Park and Dover Downs rolled out to anyone 21 years of age and older located within state borders. The online gaming platforms are powered by the primary vendor consortium of Scientific Games, one of its subsidiaries d/b/a WMS Interactive, and 888 Holdings.
Delaware Lottery officials anticipate the first fiscal year of operation to bring in roughly $5 million in revenue. Initially, $3.75 million of that will go to the lottery. However, a portion of the revenue generated beyond that amount will be funneled to the racetracks, Bloodhorse.com reported. It will increase purses at the racetracks, as well as provide a cut for horsemen.
The launch was not without a few bugs, as several reports from Delaware residents indicate that not all deposits and log on attempts went smoothly. However, as much as the online sites attempt to prevent such incidents from occurring, glitches in any new online gambling rollout seem inevitable.
Delaware’s population is slightly under 1 million and the state ranks 45th among all 50 states in that category. For that reason, interstate compact agreements with other regulated states to increase online poker liquidity have already been discussed. Expect a deal with Nevada to be worked out in due course provided that officials from each state can hammer out workable details.
Delaware hopes its online gambling endeavor will find favor among a somewhat younger demographic, particular those gamblers who are enjoying their 20s and early 30s. Officials would like to see older adults continue to visit the land-based racinos so that revenue from that area does not decrease.