Delaware Becomes First State To Allow Gambling In Casinos From The Comfort Of Home

Putting on pants too much for you, and yet you love gambling at the casino? Better move to Delaware if you don’t already live there, as the state has become the first to approve online casino gambling. That’s right, making bets on games you would usually only be able to play inside the casino, from the comfort of your couch. Whether or not you wear pants is your call.

Because of the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act, which was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Jack Markell, by 2013 people in Delaware will be able to play slots and roulette on their computers and likely smartphones as well.

It’s the first state to allow full-service online casino gambling, says the News Journal of Wilmington. The vote was close, as some lawmakers in opposition are afraid the law will add to the social costs associated with gambling.

Proponents of the bill said online casino gambling would be a boon to help the tiny state compete with the casinos in larger neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Maryland. Geo-location software used in the online gambling will ensure that only people in the state of Delaware will be able to participate.

Gov. Markell says the law will protect and promote jobs in Delaware’s casino industry.

“We’re talking about a couple thousand jobs,’’ he said. “The competitive landscape for this industry has changed dramatically.’’

Estimates from the Department of Finance in Delaware say the new law could generate an additional $7.75 million for the state in 2013, on top of the $250 million the industry already generates.

When you need a drink during a particularly crushing game of poker, however, that will be all up to you.

Markell signs online gambling bill [News Journal]
Delaware is first to OK full-service casino gambling — online [Los Angeles Times]




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  1. FatLynn says:

    Do they have some way of getting around the federal law, or are they just planning to ignore it?

  2. highfructosepornsyrup says:

    The only casino game I play is slots, because, well, I don’t expect to win overall anyway and nickel slots is cheap gaming.

    It was a sad day though, when I went to the [OLG] casino with my fiver and found that they had phased out the metal tokens. Instead of the ching-ching of little tokens and the flood of coinage when I won a dollar-fifty, all I got was a counter on the screen and a little ticket when I was done. So sad. Online slots must be even less fun…

  3. wickedpixel says:

    “Geo-location software used in the online gambling will ensure that only people in the state of Delaware will be able to participate.”

    Or, you know, anyone who knows how to set up a proxy server.

  4. PhillipSC says:

    @FatLynn I think as long as it’s between a person in the state and a business in the state the fed doesn’t have any power over it. No interstate commerce

  5. RadioactiveSmurf says:

    Oddly there is no mention of Poker which I would think would be the biggest draw of all. People don’t want to gamble on roulette or slots online but they sure do want to be able to play Poker. The article does say table games but I would spell it out for nothing else but the SEO ranking for online poker.

  6. Hartwig says:

    So only two games with a casino edge will be allowed? Why not online poker? This seems like a step in the right direction, but allow things in which skill is actually important.

  7. MrEvil says:

    In other news, Delaware now announces a BOOMING VPN industry.

    Using a Proxy isn’t enough, VPN would most certainly foil any site’s geo locating. We’ve caught several folks at my company using our Global presence to bypass region lockouts on streaming video sites.

    At home I use VPN to use my cable company’s streaming app even if I’m not on their network. All the traffic goes to my router at home, THEN out to their network.

  8. axolotl says:

    What a great idea. It’s amazing nobody thought to put casino games online 12 years ago…