June 28, 2012 -
Delaware is poised to be the first state to offer casino style gambling on the Internet as Gov. Jack Markell signed online gaming legislation on Thursday.
The bill that would allow for intrastate Internet gambling passed in the state Senate, 14-6, on Wednesday. The measure had already passed in the state House.
In a comic note, one Delaware state senator who voted yes later said he meant to vote no and blamed it on a hearing aid.
Nevada has also passed legislation allowing for Internet gambling, but it is exclusively for poker. The state best known for gambling has already issued two Internet gaming licenses for technical support services—to Bally Technologies and International Gaming Technology.
The process in Delaware is significantly different because the state’s three casinos, who would offer the broad buffet of Internet gambling choices, already fall under the state lottery.
The bill that Markell signed also allows for other expansions of gambling, including offering keno games and NFL parlay cards in bars and restaurants. The keno games will be available in 100 additional locations and the pro football parlay cards will be in about 20 other places, other than the three casinos.