Delaware has formally authorized online gambling in the state after Governor Jack Markell signed the Gaming Competitiveness Act into law on Friday. The law was signed just 24 hours after a bill was voted through in the state Senate.
Delaware is ready to offer legal online gaming to its citizens after the so-called Gaming Competitiveness Act was signed by Governor Jack Markell on Friday.
The bill was voted through the state's Senate on Thursday, and was signed by Markell less than 24 hours later.
The quick process indicates a wide political will to push through the project, according to statements made by Representative John Viola according to Pokernews
The project was agreed upon after Markell vetoed a similar bill last year, but once lawmakers had worked out a new and more fitting solution, the state is now ready to go all-in and offer citizens and full-scale online gambling experience.
"I think some states are going to want to take advantage of parts of what games can be offered, but not all," Viola said.
"We went full blown. You want to go online and play craps, poker, slots, buy lottery tickets, Mega Millions, Poweball. You're either in the game or out of the game. If you want to play, let's play. I think we're kind of the forefront of Internet gaming right now," he added.
According to estimates from state legislators, Delaware's new intrastate online gambling regime could bring in an additional $7.75 million already by 2013.
Licenses will likely be handed out to Delaware's three racinos, two publicly traded companies and one privately owned entity, under the jurisdiction of the Delaware state lottery.