Delaware has officially legalized and regulated online casino gambling inside its borders. While there have been many other states talking about legalizing online casino gambling, and playing legal games as far as the online gambling legislation is concerned, Delaware simply got its act together and passed the legislation last week.
It took only one day after the Delaware State Senators passed the online gambling legislation for Governor Jack Markell to sign the online gambling legislation into law. It had been known that Governor Markell supported the online gambling bill beforehand, so there was little doubt that it would become law, although it is always possible that there could be last minute glitches. In Delaware's case, there were no last minute glitches and the state of Delaware can now proudly boast that it is the first US state to have legalized and regulated online gambling on a statewide level.
By Thursday of last week, the online gambling bill, HB3333, also known as The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 was accepted. Now that it has been adopted into law, the real work begins. The Delaware State Lottery Office will be in charge of licensing online casinos and other online gambling sites for the state. An important aspect of setting up the online gambling sites, is that there needs to be reliable geolocation software used. The geolocation software pinpoints the location of the gamblers, ensuring that they are within the state of Delaware's borders in order to ensure that Federal law is not broken, since online gambling has not yet been legalized on a Federal level.
Apart from online casino games, and other online gambling games, such as poker, those who wish to will also be able to purchase the Delaware state lottery tickets via the Internet. For many players who play the lottery, this will be a welcome change, since purchasing lottery tickets online is likely to be much more convenient.
Once the preparation to set up the legalized and regulated online gambling has taken place, and licenses have been issued, it is likely that the first Delaware legal online casinos will open their virtual doors to players in 2013. Players will of course be able to play on their personal computers at home. In addition to this, legal and regulated online gaming will also be available on mobile devices, such as on tablet computers and on smart phones.
The additional revenue for the state has been estimated at $7.75 for the first year. A portion of this revenue will be used to help set off the land based casino licensing fees in Delaware.