Delaware Experiences Online Gambling Boom

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Delaware is experiencing huge gains in their regulated online gaming market as evidenced by a 93 percent increase in the first six months of 2016. Much to the delight of the state’s coffers, Delaware gamblers are getting acclimated to betting from their PC and mobile devices.

Net revenue of $1.5 million was reported for the first six months of 2016 which was a stunning 93 percent increase over the $796,908 reported in the first half of 2015. Delaware’s three licensed online operators – Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway and Casino – all reported increased net revenue for the month of June.

It was the month of June that propelled much of the gains experienced from the first half of the year. Over $304,000 was taken in by the state which was the biggest month in terms of net revenue ever reported for internet gaming since Delaware began issuing licenses in 2013.

In addition, the merger between Delaware and Nevada for poker player pools has also boosted the online poker action occurring in the state. Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway all reported higher takes courtesy of the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) between the two states. The boost showed up in PokerScout’s global rankings which saw Delaware ranked dead last among 70 poker sites before the merger with Nevada, which now stands at 44th after the combined players of both states.

Bettors were responsible for $8.5 million worth of play, which was a gain of 164%, over the same time last year. Video lottery games were the option of choice and drew the largest revenue increase during the golden month. In June of 2015, $45,250.30 was reported versus $185,865.96 for June of this year. The net revenue for table games offered also soared from $32,811.98 to $82,697.39. The figures cited above were originally reported by GamblingInsider.

As one of the states with a specific exemption from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act ("PASPA"), residents of Delaware are able to enjoy limited forms of sports betting such as parlay card wagering. Nevada remains the go to place in the United States for unrestricted betting access on the outcome of sporting events, which New Jersey is trying their hardest to challenge.

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