Tuesday evening "The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012" passed the Delaware House.
House Bill #333 authorizes internet gaming under the control and operation of the Delaware Lottery.
According to the bill, "Internet lottery games would be offered solely to persons within the State of Delaware at the current time. A person's location would be determined from a person's computer or mobile device."
Online poker and internet gaming hot topics in 2011
Online poker players are familiar with Black Friday, that was on April 15, 2011, when the federal government closed down internet poker in the United States. Since that time internet gambling has been illegal in the United States.
Since Black Friday numerous states have discussed and debated various aspects of internet gaming. There has been talk on Capital Hill to establish federal guidelines for online gambling and federal laws have been proposed to legalize online poker.
As 2011 ended the US Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified its position on the Wire Act of 1961 clearing the way for states to use the internet to sell lottery tickets. Many folks saw the DOJ ruling as a catalyst for the battle to heat up and congress to revisit the proposed online poker legislation.
Compared to 2011, so far 2012 had been relatively quiet on the topic of internet gaming.
The future of internet gaming in Delaware
In February we raised the question, with gambling revenues down will Delaware jump on internet gambling bandwagon?
With Pennsylvania expanding and growing their gaming industry, and as Delaware's gambling revenues decreases, it will be interesting to see what is next for Delaware.
One thing that Delaware offers over Pennsylvania is sports gambling. The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 also authorizes the Delaware Lottery to operate the sports lottery at venues other than the video lottery agents, such as bars or convenience stores.
What's next for Delaware? Is betting on NFL games and online poker coming to your favorite neighborhood watering hole? That should help gain back some of the gambling revenue lost to Pennsylvania.
We will be watching to see how it all unfolds in the weeks ahead
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