Delaware becomes first state to legalize casino-style online wagering
June 29, 2012
Delaware became the first state to truly go all in on Internet wagering yesterday when Gov. Jack Markell signed the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, clearing the way for state casinos, under the auspice of the Delaware State Lottery, to offer consumers online slot machine, table game and poker play through their Web sites.
In addition, a yet to be determined number of non-casino venues will be allowed to offer online keno and football wagering, and the state lottery will be allowed to sell its products through the Internet.
The state hopes to have online wagering up and operating sometime in 2013, accessible to players not only through home computers but on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, according to local reports.
These online gaming options will be controlled and monitored through and central system run by the state lottery and limited to players within Delaware borders, which will be verified using geo-location technology.
The controversial measure passed the Delaware House and Senate by narrow margins, buoyed by proponent claims that it will aid state casinos losing business to recently opened gaming facilities in nearby Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Delaware is the second state to expand into Internet wagering over the past year. Earlier, Nevada legislators legalized online poker, and recently granted its first two Web gaming licenses to Bally Technologies and International Game Technology (IGT). A handful or other states, such as New Jersey and Illinois, are considering various online wagering measures.
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