Delaware Launches Online GamblingPublished November 4, 2013 by OCR Editor
Delaware residents can take advantage of Delaware's pioneering online gaming suite, which will open to the public on November 8.
October 31, 2013 saw the soft launch of Delaware's online gambling program, open to a hand-picked selection of real-money players. The program will open to the public on November 8, and will include a full suite of casino games, such as poker, blackjack, roulette and slots.
Delaware residents can access the system through any one of the three online Delaware racetrack casinos; the one condition is that they have a Delaware address, and that they are physically in Delaware at the time of their playing.
Delaware legalized gambling back in June 2012; it took quite a long time until the legislation turned into reality. Online gaming is expected to give a small but significant boost to Delaware's economy, bringing in an estimated $5 million in the first year.
Thomas Cook, Finance Secretary of Delaware stated, "This is another chapter in Delaware's history of staying competitive in the gaming industry. It is something that has to grow but we're in a fiercely competitive environment here. This is just one more opportunity for entertainment.''
And he hopes the entertainment will attract new players, in addition to the typical patrons of Delaware casinos who tend to be in their 40s-50s
Ed Sutor, Chief Executive at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, said that it was a smart move for Delaware to legalize online gambling. "The Internet is part of everyday life. You are either going to get on the train or be left behind. We are going to get on the train.''