When we think of online gambling in the United States, our attention is instantly drawn to New Jersey for its provision of the most trafficked, regulated market, or to Nevada, wherein lies the historic gambling mecca of the nation. Most of us with an interest in the iGaming industry are well aware that Delaware also offers a legal online casino and poker market, but due to the miniscule population of the Diamond State, it just doesn’t garner the attention of other regulated states.
The Delaware Lottery Commission is hoping that will change in the near future, with the interstate compact set to offer shared liquidity with Nevada being a major catalyst. Supporting the theory that there is a distinct lack of interest from media when it comes to Delaware’s progression as an online gambling regulator is the fact that its latest software upgrade went largely unnoticed. For some fans of the virtual blackjack, craps, slots and poker tables in the Diamond State, however, it was a significant update that deserved much applause.
Over the summer, all three of Delaware’s 888-powered online gambling websites – Delaware Downs, Dover Park and Harrington Raceway – began offering Mac-compatible gaming options. None of the state’s interactive gambling websites require a download to play, thus the transition was instantaneous. For those who missed the announcement when the casino and poker system evolved, here is it again:
|“The success of Internet gaming for the state, the casinos, and players depends on creating a fun and easy experience for everyone. We’re excited to offer an iGaming option that doesn’t require a poker download, and we’re thrilled Mac users can now participate. These enhancements to the technology and to the games themselves allow Delaware to service a whole new segment of players.”|
That statement came directly from Tom Cook, the Delaware Secretary of Finance, in an interview with Delaware Online.
The online poker tables have been short on action in the Diamond State throughout 11 months of live operation. The reasoning behind it, from a typical player’s standpoint, is obvious enough. Without enough players on the virtual felt, there’s no way to draw more players who are seeking a wider spread of action.
Over on the internet casino side of the business, though, Delaware has been generating a more impressive rate of revenue. Table games like blackjack and roulette, combined with video lottery games like slots, generated just over $134,200 in August, while poker rake and tournament fees brought in just $38,654. Ostensibly, the blackjack tables are getting more action than Texas Holdem tables because players are competing against the house, thus the number of players in the mix has nothing to do with harvesting more interest in the game.
It is clear that Delaware is making moves to improve its iGaming market as much as possible, and when the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement between Delaware and Nevada goes into effect in the near future, the results should speak for themselves. Both states are lacking the liquidity that New Jersey has seen on its own, but once their player pools are combined, it should create for a lot more interest on the internet poker side of the business.