Delaware Legalizes Online Gambling | Casino Games Online
This week, Delaware grabbed the pole position and now enjoys the privilege of being the first state to allow all manners of full betting services such as poker, blackjack and roulette. The governor’s approval marks a possible turning point in America’s love-hate history with gambling and games of chance.
Though most states allow lottery tickets to be bought through the internet, and Nevada is on the verge of legalizing online poker, Delaware has quickly usurped the number one position in the race to legalize all forms of casino gambling. While states like California continue to drag their heels and are encumbered by internal squabbles amongst opposing special groups, Delaware will be the first to take advantage of the revenue potential from gambling activities over the internet.
The state already boasts three casinos, and they’re not being left out of the picture. According to the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, as the law is called, the state will provision a $3.75 million fund to offset the casinos’ cost of annual licensing, on the condition that the savings will only be used either for capital expansion or marketing activities. This is relevant to the 2,500 Delawareans working in those casinos and also takes into consideration from the fact that those three entities support a $250 million annual tax bill.
The close vote that gave rise to the bill being passed into law does reckon opposing arguments that gambling given access to the internet will spread its social disease to a much larger community – the state as a whole, in fact. However, the majority vote was clearly in favor of the motion, with the result that Delaware now has a new law to support an activity that is already rampant among Americans – the ability to go online and place their bets.
The move is also being seen as an ideal solution to the problem of Pennsylvania and Maryland offering their new wares to tempt Delawareans into crossing the line and depriving their own state’s casinos from gaining their revenue. New casinos across the state lines are already attracting several ‘holiday gamblers’ likely use the opportunity to mix pleasure with pleasure – a gambling vacation and some time off from the daily grind. The new online casinos will hopefully help curtail those numbers by giving their residents more access to gambling entertainment than they can possibly handle right in the safety and security of their own homes.
The gambling itself will be centrally controlled by the Lottery office, and websites will offer a host of casino games like online blackjack and poker. Because federal law currently (and this may well be a temporary situation, considering that states are mostly all pushing for nationwide access and the underpinning regulatory laws rather than regional access limited to groups of states) prohibits cross-border gambling, the centralized control will enable the state to use geolocation equipment to enforce the exclusivity for residents.
The launch of the first sites is planned for 2013, and the sites are likely to also support hand-held devices running on iOS or Android operating systems.