The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act, aka Delaware House Bill 333 has officially passed the Delaware House according to Jennifer Webb of GamblingCompliance.com.
According to a tweet from Webb at 5:55 p.m. this evening, the bill passed by a vote of 29-8 with 4 abstaining. The bill, if passed, will setup a centralized online gaming system that will be regulated by the state’s Lottery Office and operated by a third-party vendor.
If passed, each of Delaware’s three casinos would be able to offer online games via their websites including blackjack, online slot machines, and poker. Furthermore, bars and restaurants within the state would be able to offer both Keno and instant lottery games as well as sell pro-football parlay cards. At present, these are only available within Delaware’s casinos.
The Bill is seen as a way to help Delaware’s casinos whom have been hit hard by regional competition. Estimates put state revenue for the next year at $7.75 Million should online gaming be enacted.
Many of the usual concerns have been raised by Delaware Republicans regarding security and preventing underaged gaming. Also, they feel that the online gaming would not provide any meaningful benefit to the state’s horse racing industry.
Now the bill moves on to the Delaware Senate. Since the bill is the brainchild of Governor Jack Marshall, the Senate is the last hurdle to clear before Delaware legalizes online gaming.