Online gambling now legal in Delaware

By: | Friday, June 29, 2012

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed his state's place in history, by making Delaware the second state in US history to legalise online gambling. Delaware will be offering video poker, keno, and other table games. Nevada made history last week by being the first state to legalise online poker.

House Bill 333, dubbed the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, authorizes Delaware to operate online gambling games. The legislation specifies that video lottery games, as well as table, casino, slots, keno will be included in games offered. The Delaware Secretary of Finance is scheduled to appoint a Director to oversee the operations. The Director will work closely with Delaware State Lottery officials.

An interesting piece of the legislation is the references to sports lottery games. The bill defines sports lottery by saying the term "shall mean a lottery in which the winners are determined based on the outcome of any professional or collegiate sporting event, including racing, held within or without the State, but excluding collegiate sporting events that involve a Delaware college or university and amateur or professional sporting events that involve a Delaware team."

Delaware likely intends to offer parlay wagering as it does in land-based licenced casinos. The Director would have the ability to add on new games in conjunction with the State Lottery department.