Delaware to Consider Internet Real Money Poker Partnerships with Europe and Nevada

February 19, 2013

Delaware is one of the few US states, apart from Nevada and New Jersey that supports offering online real money poker services to its residents. However, the US state is not populous enough to benefit from these services. Delaware is said to have a population of less than 950,000. In lieu of this, gaming officials and lawmakers in Nevada are considering forging partnerships with Europe and Nevada.

Nevada is an obvious choice as it is home to the casino capital of the world – Las Vegas. A business partnership with Nevada will offer favorable exposure to the online gaming industry in Delaware. Although this would have been sufficient, top gaming officials in Delaware believe that forging partnerships with European countries will bring some much-needed variety to the fore.

Delaware Hesitant to Include New Jersey in Partnerships

New Jersey, a neighboring state, may be in the ideal position to offer real money online poker services after a conditional veto was issued by its governor, who until then was a staunch critic of internet poker. At present, amendments that were deemed necessary by Gov. Christie are being made to the bill following which it will be presented for a voting.

In such a situation, most people would agree that Delaware should consider extending a partnership deal with New Jersey. However, this may not take place as both states have been at loggerheads for quite some time. The chief reason for this is the competitive gambling markets in both states.

The local land-based casinos and tourism in general in New Jersey have been hit hard in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Reviving the economy is now the sole task of the lawmakers in the state. Meanwhile, Delaware, which also has a thriving gambling community, has been attracting more tourists that have access to the innumerable land-based casinos in the state. In such a sensitive situation, it can only be seen whether the two states are able to bury their differences and form a working business relationship.

Forging Partnerships with European Countries to Add Variety and Competition to US Internet Gambling Market

Most gaming companies prefer to offer their real money online poker services in European countries such as the UK and Belgium due the lack of legalities involved. For instance, UK has implemented stringent gaming regulations that help companies to offer reliable services. There is no confusion about which aspects are legal and which are not.

At present, Belgium is home to a strong internet poker market where PokerStars, one of the largest poker networks, is the favorite site among its residents. At such a juncture, it makes perfect sense for Delaware to attempt and enter into a business partnership with such countries. This will not only help boost sales figures for Delaware but will also provide the state with a basic legal framework on how to go about the process.

PokerStars, which was banned form the US after the Black Friday debacle, is looking to re-enter the gambling market in the country. To this effect, the poker operator is in the process to acquire its first land-based casino in New Jersey. This is crucial as Gov. Christie has stressed upon the fact that companies interested in offering services in the state can do so only on the basis of a partnership with local land-based casinos.

Sources say that the timing of the acquisition and news of Gov. Christie’s conditional veto is extremely convenient. Nevertheless, if the amendment sin the bill have been made to the governor’s satisfaction, PokerStars will be in an enviable position to be the first to offer real money internet poker services to the residents of New Jersey,

Delaware Hopes to Get Poker Sites Up and Running by End of September 2013

When the US DoJ amended the Wire Act and declared online gambling, save for sports betting, as legal, it was largely assumed that a federal poker bill would be put into effect by the end of 2012. However, this was not to be and various factors, chief among them the 2012 US Presidential Election, were responsible for the downfall of the internet poker bill.

Realizing the futility of looking forward to a federal bill, US states such as Delaware and Nevada decided to pursue intrastate gambling. Although licensed poker operators in Nevada were supposed to launch services last year, technical glitches prevented them from doing so.

Delaware, on the other hand, hopes to launch poker sites by end of September. The Delaware State Lottery will oversee the licensing processes. Interested vendors who can facilitate poker site operations have been invited to put in their bids. For the first two weeks of April 2013, the Delaware State Lottery will hold hearings by all vendors, who will have to make comprehensive presentations detailing how they intend to aid online real money gambling in Delaware.

Just as the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Delaware State Lottery will also be stringent in its decisions regarding which operators get to offer their services. Primary vendors will have to submit documents which showcase their experience in the field for over two years where at least 30 games should have been offered.

Other vendors require an experience of at least one year in the European or North American markets of real money poker. Rigorous background checks will be carried out so as to weed out operators who have indulged in illegal and fraudulent practices. Security of the financial and personal information of players are crucial for the Delaware State Lottery. Also, lawmakers in Delaware realize that the state will be in the spotlight if any lapses are made.