This Week in USA Online Gaming Regulation NewsPublished July 28, 2014 by Elana K
Kentucky is plunging ahead with an online lottery proposal; Delaware shows an increase in state lottery revenue but a decrease in poker revenue; the first legal online poker site is launched in California.
Kentucky Moves Ahead with Online Lottery Proposal
iGaming Business has reported that the Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) has issued a request to move ahead with plans to initiate an online lottery system. The state is hoping that an online lottery will uncover a potential market and help boost Kentucky’s revenue.
Earlier this month, the KLC presented a timeline to state lawmakers, outlining its plan to launch an online platform. Included in the timeline is a request from providers for bids, scheduled to take place in the summer. This milestone is what pushed the KLP to issue to request for the online lottery.
The next step? Selecting a provider by autumn 2014. By 2015, the KLC would like multi-state games such as Powerball to be launched online.
Delaware Lottery Revenue Up, Poker Revenue Down
The numbers are in for June, and Delaware has shown an increase in lottery revenue and a decrease in online poker revenue. The industry as a whole has reported a June revenue of $184,944, an increase of 7.1% from May.
While elevated lottery sales are good news, Delaware’s online poker operators have shown a significant decrease in revenue, with combined profits $25,607 - 55% less than May.
First Legal Online Poker Site Launched in California
Santa Ysabel Interactive has launched the first legal, tribal regulated interactive poker website from the Tribes reservation, located just east of San Diego, California. The Tribe hopes that the new website will be a viable alternative to the unregulated gambling websites which are operated from off-shore locations.
Dave Vialpando, Chairman of the Tribe’s gaming commission, commented on the launch, "The Tribe supports the effort by the Legislature to enact interactive gambling legislation in the State, but has decided to rely on the tribal sovereignty and the provisions of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to offer I-poker from the Tribes reservation."