As American states jostle for online position since the opening up of the online gambling market, Delaware is set to take its next leap towards real money online casinos with free play casino games coming online on Wednesday.
Since last year’s changes to American gambling laws, Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and now California, have been pushing to get online in an effort to swell their tax takes. It seems that Delaware has stolen a march on their rival states, though, with these new portals.
DoubleDown Casino, run by slot machine company IGT, will be Delaware’s first online casino, pushing the state further towards becoming the first to offer a full, legal, online casino in America.
Delaware Secretary of Finance Tom Cook said about the new online casino: “This first phase will allow us to really get the players acclimated to the virtual world in a legalized environment.”
This new piece of American gambling news is a big step in the right direction for online casinos in America. With online and mobile gambling taking over from brick and mortar casinos the world over, America could soon be following suit, and these new changes will ensure American gamblers get a fair deal.
For Delaware casinos, it could lead to increased revenue, and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino CEO Ed Sutor commented that the free play will be used to bring players into the forthcoming real money games. “We are going to try to the best of our ability to get those people from the free-to-play to come play here,” he said.
While the free play games are open to players from across the globe, the real money games will only be available to players from within the state’s boundaries, in accordance with the new gambling laws. Yet it is a definite step forward for American gambling.