Delaware online poker goes live this month

October 01, 2013, Joel Gatlin  

Delaware is going live this month with online gaming and poker players in the state couldn’t be happier. Nevada went live with its online poker this year, and New Jersey is slated to have its online systems running in November. Delaware launched online gaming for play money last month.

In late August, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Harrington Raceway & Casino and Delaware Park initiated the first step in the process of having real-money games by opening play-money sites for users to play poker, slots, blackjack and roulette.

The state’s gaming commission had laid out the plan that each casino must complete to be authorized to allow any real-money play on their sites, and that allowed residents to get used to the interface and understand what to expect. Once the real-money sites are approved for business, the play-money sites will still be available for those who wish to play for fun. This also provides the casinos an opportunity to market and advertise their promotions and real-money games.

The money sites’ operations and management have been awarded to Scientific Games and 888 Holdings, who are involved in the online operations of sites in Nevada and are in talks with New Jersey officials to be on the forefront there as well. Since Delaware only has a little more than 900,000 residents, the state is looking into opening its online gaming to other states that allow online casinos.

Nevada is being discussed as the first state to potentially partner with Delaware in early 2014. This will allow them the ability to create more revenue for the state’s coffers and remain competitive against New Jersey. Tax revenues for Delaware are expected to be close to $4 million in the first full year of operation. This could increase dramatically once other states’ residents are allowed to play there.

FULT TILT UPDATE: The Full Tilt Poker Claims Administration released this statement about the refund process to the U.S. players: Starting on Sept. 16, GCG will email a notice with instructions on how to submit a petition for remission online to all potentially eligible claimants identified by GCG utilizing data supplied by Full Tilt Poker. The deadline to submit a Petition for Remission is Nov. 15, 2013. Instructions concerning the filing of petitions will be included in the notice and will be posted on (fulltiltpokerclaims.com). Please continue to check that website for updates. Please note the registration process for email notification is no longer available.
— Email Joel Gatlin at editor@anteupmagazine.com.