So they are live. The first legal online casinos in America have appeared in Delaware, and are accepting new players from within the state. More than 120 players signed up on the first days of the new sites, after their official launch on November 8th.
The casinos had been running for a week before hand, opening their doors to a select few chosen gamblers as they tested their systems, and as no major obstacles were found, the three branded sites have managed to jump online first, before the launch of New Jersey’s casinos later this month.
Since the changes in American gambling laws, only 3 states have really moved forward on online gambling, with Delaware not expecting any major revenue from the web portals. Nevada has been focused mainly on online poker, while New Jersey is expecting – or rather hoping – for a new revenue stream once their online casino goes live later in November.
Back in Delaware, and there were a couple of teething problems during the trial week, with users of VISA cards having difficulty making deposits. With gambling restricted to the state in which the site is based, punters also have to use their mobile phone for geolocation services, and there were only a few minor issues with this verification process.
The state is also hoping to launch their mobile casinos in early 2014, and Secretary of Finance, Tom Cook, was adamant that “Social media is going to play a big role in this.”
The three portals to Delaware’s online casinos are run by the three casino racetracks in the state: Dover Downs, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway. The three websites are all slightly different in style, but based upon the same basic platform. All three sites are download only rather than instant play, as the state looks to ensure it plays by tight regulations.