When it comes to online poker
in the United States, the state of Delaware was the very first to offer the option. It was on November 8th 2013 that the state began to offer online gambling via the three racino websites. Delaware decided to offer full online gaming in both casino and poker
form. With online poker, players can access the games with software created by 888 Holdings.
Players have a nice variety of poker games
online in the state. No limit and Fixed limit Texas
hold’em is available as well as Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low. To be able to participate legally, players have to be at least 21 years of age and must be located within the state borders. Geolocation technology is used to determine a player’s location before game play can begin.
In 2014, the state of Delaware joined forces with Nevada
and created the Multi-State Internet Wager Agreement, which will allow for the two states to combine player pools. Players from Delaware will be able to take part in Nevada online poker and vice versa. Players will have to abide by the gaming regulations and rules as stated by the gaming agreement.
Live Poker in Delaware
Live poker is definitely alive and well in the state of Delaware. Delaware Park, Dover Downs casino and Harrington Casino all offer live poker gaming from cash gaming to tournaments. The state is able to offer live poker gaming due to exceptions in a gambling ban enacted for lotteries and racetracks. In 2009, the poker and table gaming option was added to help the struggling racinos.
As far as home games go, players have never been prosecuted for hosting a home game but that does not mean the option is legal. As far as legalities are concerned, home poker games are most likely considered illegal gambling.