Delaware is the US’s second state to launch intrastate online poker as well as online casino services, enabling its residents to play poker, slots, blackjack, roulette, and other casino games online for real money. The first US state to launch real money poker services was Nevada, but Nevada has chosen to remain a poker-only state while Delaware has legalized several forms of online gambling.
Delaware had soft launched its online gambling products on Halloween Day, and the online gambling sites had undergone a brief testing period. Now, all Delaware residents can log onto these sites and play for real money in a licensed and regulated environment. The soft launch turned out to be a great success, and online gambling has finally gone live in Delaware.
The online casinos can be accessed at the official websites of Delaware’s three casinos—Dover Downs, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway. The online casino and online poker games are being run on the 888 gaming software platform, and Scientific Games is supplying back-end solutions such as player verification.
Currently, Delaware’s online gambling sites offer NL Texas Hold’em and PL Omaha cash games at $2/$4 stakes. Besides, poker players can also choose from a wide range of Sit N Gos. Right now, Delaware’s online gaming sites do not offer any multi-table poker tournaments.
As previously mentioned, the country’s first licensed and regulated online poker rooms were launched in Nevada. While Ultimate Poker was the US’s first licensed online poker site, WSOP.com was launched five and a half months later. Both sites are doing extremely well, offering high-quality online poker gaming services to all those who are located within the Silver State.
New Jersey, which has already legalized and regulated online gambling, is currently in the process of granting licenses. The state has announced that it will launch its first online gambling sites by the end of November.
Recently, in an interview with Card Player, Vernon Kirk, the lottery director of Delaware, spoke about signing interstate gambling compacts with New Jersey and Nevada. He said: “We have had conversations with both states, and it’s a little bit too early in the process to project how that is going to work out.”
Stating that Nevada has expressed interest in signing interstate gaming compacts with Delaware, he said that this will take time, adding that the state will focus on the issue of such compacts only after setting up its online gambling sites.