After the successful trial of their social casino, Delaware are set to launch real money online gambling, in a limited “soft launch” with a pre-selected group of players. The state is all set to launch their complete service after that, though there will only be a limited number of games available at launch.
Three US states have legalized online gambling since changes in American gambling laws last year, with many more waiting in the wings to see how things pan out. Of those three, Nevada have already gone live with online poker, while New Jersey is set for a full launch on November 26th.
As for a full online casinos in America, it looks like New Jersey may well still be the first, as Delaware have admitted problems with integrating their casino games into the software. However, with the soft launch allowing 888 Holdings to iron out any teething problems, a full casino launch could take place in the state in just 2 weeks time.
The state is also in talks with their land based casino operators over how best to share the revenue bought in by the online platform. Currently, the system put in place would see the state take their share before the casinos, though the Video Lottery Advisory Council is recommending a reverse of that proposal.
It will also be interesting to see how mobile casinos are integrated into the offerings by all states. New Jersey has already confirmed there will be mobile casinos at launch or immediately afterwards, but it remains to be seen if Delaware will be able to. With complex geo-location software needed to make sure play only takes place within state lines, there is a lot of work needed.
However, with online gambling finally coming to the US, Delaware residents are gearing up for a period of online fun in the coming weeks.