Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s administration unveiled a proposal on Tuesday which would bring online casino gambling to Delaware residents. The state’s Secretary of Finance briefed legislative leaders on the administration’s ideas this week.
The plan, described as the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, includes an expansion of outlets for the state’s keno instant lottery gaming and the sports parlay betting. (Delaware is one of only four states grandfathered in to the ability to legally offer sports bets under federal law. The others are Nevada, Oregon, and Montana.) Both of those products are currently available only at the state’s racetrack casinos.
Following on the heels of Illinois’s start of online lottery ticket sales, Delaware would also allow online lottery sales, as well as online casino games. Initially, participation would be limited to residents within the state, but could potentially be available interstate through agreements with other jurisdictions.
Delaware’s four land-based casinos would get a $7.75 million reduction of fees under the proposal, although the reduced fees would be offset by mandatory capital expenditures by the casinos.
A bill regarding the proposal is expected to be introduced within the next few weeks.