The state of Delaware has offered the game of poker in live form since 2009 and since that time the game of poker has grown considerably. The state was suffering tremendously in the late 2000s as their only source of gambling, lotteries and race tracks, were going downhill. The governor, Jack Markell, decided to add table games into the mix to try and bring life back to the tracks. In 2009, Markell created legislation what would allow table games and poker was soon ready to go the summer of 2009.
Visitors to the state can now find poker at the gambling facilities in the state such as the Dover Downs Casino or Delaware Park. The state does not have the largest selection of casinos and gambling facilities but they do have live poker games
which include cash games and tournament selections.
When it comes to online poker, the state is well ahead of the curve. In 2012, the state of Delaware passed the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012. This act would make the state the second in the United States to create and legalize online poker. Delaware allows the state lottery to govern poker, which is the way live poker works as well in the state.
The state lottery has all the power, with the ability to license and regulate the game of online poker, among other gambling options. To offer online poker
in the state, operators must have a physical presence in the US to be able to run both hardware and software. Customers must be in the state to be able to play the poker games.
The state is currently working to license operators and get the ball rolling with poker gaming options. The state is also expected to begin to work with other states to create a larger player pool, which would mean intrastate online gambling options.