Delaware becomes first U.S. state to legalize online casino gambling

Delaware residents will be able to gamble online by 2013 after the state governor signed the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 into law, fewer than 12 hours after the bill passed the state vote.

The same man who brought sports betting to Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell quickly turned the bill to law after a narrow and somewhat controversial vote. The Associate Press reports a Democratic lawmaker opposed the bill but backed it mistakenly thinking the bill was being amendment instead.

Those in favor of the law say this is a huge step forward for Delaware in its ongoing battle with neighboring states for gambling revenue. Pennsylvania and Maryland have both been increasing their casino options in an attempt to lure as many gamblers on the East Coast.

“We’re talking about a couple thousand jobs,” Markell told the Wilmington New Journal. “The competitive landscape for this industry has changed dramatically.”

The plan is to have blackjack, slots play, roulette, poker and other popular casino-style games available for online players by 2013. Geotargeting software will prevent people outside of Delaware from logging on and playing. 

Delaware is the only place outside of Nevada where U.S. residents can legally bet on sports, however, Delaware’s system is parlay/lottery style whereas Nevada offers single game wagering. New Jersey is fighting to have the same betting options as Nevada by the fall.

According to the Wilmington New Journal post, 2,500 Delaware residents are employed at state casinos and industry brings in $250 million annually in state tax dollars.

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Posted by earthWake
1 year ago

Does anyone have details on how it will run. Will you receive a card (similar to debit card) where you can cash out? Will you have to go to the Casino to Cashout? Common sense would say no, but would still love to know all the details and how it all works out.
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Posted by Maizeisblue
1 year ago

Unfortunately people need to be ACCOUNTABLE for ALL their own actions eh??
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Posted by go_opp
1 year ago

Well said tomnolan
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

we need sports betting in every state just as nevada has. come on man its 2012 everyone should be able to make a sports bet legally. just think how many jobs and the revenue for each state it would bring in. lets go already!!!
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Posted by Goin4Broke
1 year ago

if i lived in delaware i feel like my yrs of experience in learning that gambling should just be recreational (unless you have that gift of figuring it out) would be tested when 500 hands of blackjack are just a click away.
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Posted by Goin4Broke
1 year ago

this is bad...online casinos (slots, roulette, etc.) should never be legalized...the money can just go too fast (imagine a drunken online night of roulette). poker and sports betting(games with some skill involved) are the only online games that should be considered. i guess you could make a case for blackjack being a game of skill, but the hands per hour would be so much faster than at a casino, increasing the house edge against "optimal" strategy. ive been through the gambling ringer over the last 20 yrs and now enjoy winning or losing what i can afford to. i can just imagine the bible thumpers in a couple of yrs. pointing to all the Del. bankruptcies as reason to never legalize this or that.
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

"we need sports betting in every state just as nevada has. come on man its 2012 everyone should be able to make a sports bet legally. just think how many jobs and the revenue for each state it would bring in. lets go already!!!"