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Delaware, Nevada Join in Poker Compact

Feb. 26, 2014 – Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell yesterday signed the nation’s first online poker compact, which will allow poker players in both states to play against one another at digital tables. The governors met in Wilmington, Del. to sign the agreement that has been in the works since at least October, when the Delaware Lottery launched its online gaming system. The agreement sets minimum standards for the regulation of the interstate system, but allows both states the flexibility to control who offers online gambling and which games are available within either state.  Nevada will only offer online poker. “This agreement represents a crucial step in Delaware’s and Nevada’s efforts to make our online poker offerings more divers, more competitive and ultimately more enjoyable,” Markell said in a statement. “Gov. Sandoval and I both share the goal of ensuring that our states’ gaming industries are as competitive as they can be, while ensuring that games are conducted fairly, honestly and securely,” Markell said. The two states have been developing the inter-state compact for months, at least since October when Delaware officially launched its online gaming platform.  Gov. Sandoval said Tuesday’s signing was “…truly a historic day for Nevada, Delaware and the country.” “The approach we’ve taken will allow us to pursue greater opportunities by establishing a strong framework for collaboration in this new frontier,” Sandoval said.  “The possibilities that are ahead of us are truly extraordinary.” Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey were the first three states in the nation to legalize and launch online gaming systems, but until Tuesday, players were limited to betting against other players physically in the same state. While the compact will still only allow players to place bets while they are physically in Delaware or Nevada, the increase in competition is expected to result in an increase in revenues for both states. “We know that more games and more states means more revenue,” Markell told the Associated Press.  ...

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The Delaware Lottery: A Leader in a Quickly-Changing Lottery Landscape

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014 — In September 2011, the game – or games – changed for good.  The U.S. Department of Justice set a new precedent for online gaming in a 13-page opinion that cleared the way for state-run lotteries to begin offering Internet-based products.  While some lotteries were quick to set up systems that allowed the sale of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets through their websites, the first stand-alone Internet gaming platform only just opened its digital doors in Delaware in November 2013, the small state staking its claim once again as the “First State”. Lotteries all across the country have been outpaced by the increasing ubiquity of technology, largely because statutory guidelines inhibit their ability to adapt quickly.  As a result, the treasure chest at the bottom of a sea of lottery regulation is the product that will entice and engage young players – whose lives are intertwined with the digital tech in their pockets – with a little extra cash and a lot to gain. Now, thanks to that 13-page document from the DOJ, a new imagination has taken hold of the lottery industry, and leading the charge into a new future is the Delaware Lottery, with Executive Director Vernon Kirk at the helm. The Justice Department’s opinion responded to questions from New York and Illinois officials regarding the federal Wire Act, a 1961 law that prohibits the use of interstate communications technology for certain gambling activities. In two ways, the opinion dispelled the belief that the Wire Act would affect the business of state-operated lotteries.  First, it stated that as written, the Wire Act does not prohibit state-operated lotteries from selling lottery tickets online – the DOJ concluded that the Wire Act only prohibits bettors from gambling on “sporting events or [sports] contests,” using communications technology. Second, the opinion held that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a 2006 law passed to outlaw the use of the Internet for unlawful gambling, did not apply to state-approved (thus legal) lotteries....

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Online Gaming Has Halloween Launch Date in Delaware

Oct. 29, 2013 – The Delaware Lottery’s real-money online gaming program will launch this Thursday, Halloween, and will be the first state-authorized online casino in the country. Two months ago, the Lottery began offering free versions of some casino games through a Facebook app called “DoubleDown Casino”.  Those games were a precursor to the real-money, online casino games players will be able to play beginning Thursday. Delaware’s online gaming is the first to offer a full suite of traditional casino games for players to choose from.  Nevada already allowed players to meet at virtual poker tables, but that remains the only game offered online. New Jersey is currently in the process of setting up an online gaming system, expected to launch in November, that will also offer a full suite of casino games.  While the Delaware Lottery will oversee online gaming in Delaware, the responsibility falls to New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement. For months, reports have indicated that the Delaware Lottery will pursue a “poker compact” with both Nevada and New Jersey. Delaware Secretary of Finance told DelawareOnline.com in August that he was interested in signing such a compact, and a recent interview from CardPlayer.com confirmed that interest with Lottery Director Vernon Kirk. Kirk told CardPlayer’s Brian Pempus that Nevada is “anxious to compact with us, and us to them likewise.” “Once we get up and running, we will be pursuing that more aggressively,” Kirk said.  ...

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Expanded Delaware Sports Lottery is Huge Success

Oct. 14, 2013 – The Delaware Sports Lottery, which was greatly expanded ahead of this year’s NFL season, brought in revenues nearly 35 percent higher last month as compared to September 2012. Lottery Director Vernon Kirk told BettingTalk.com reporter David Pardum that the increase “certainly exceeded our expectations.” He said that after the Lottery more than doubled the number of Sports Lottery retailers in the state, an increase in revenue was to be expected.  However, Lottery officials only thought they would see about a 20 percent increase. Delaware Lottery players last year could only find the Sports Lottery at 31 retail locations.  Now, there are 67 Sports Lottery locations, including one at each of the three racetrack casinos in the state. When the Lottery announced it would more than double the number of locations where Sports Lottery play was offered, Kirk pointed to the “… success and demand of Sports Lottery last year.” He said the Lottery had seen “…a tremendous growth and interest from new as well as existing retailers,” and September’s sales figures tell the same story from a different point of view: the players like it too. The Sports Lottery currently allows players to bet only on NFL games, and there are nearly a dozen wager types, though some are only offered at Delaware racetracks. The wager types available at all retailers are parlay wagers.  A parlay wager links several bets together in an “all-or-nothing” fashion.  You win only if you win every wager; losing one bet means you lose the whole parlay. For more information on the many ways to bet on NFL action, and to find a full list of retailers, check out the Sports Lottery webpage on the Delaware Lottery’s website.   Photo Credit: Tom Newby.  Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0...

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Experience the Walking Dead with the Delaware Lottery

The Delaware Lottery is letting you experience the post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world of AMC’s hit show, the Walking Dead when you play their new scratch-off. The Delaware Lottery offers up to 40 different scratch-offs at a time, giving you the chance to win instantly. The Delaware Lottery scratch-off games offer a variety of ways to play with themed games, crossword games, bingo, and more. The $2 Walking Dead scratch-off celebrates the popular AMC series with zombies and the chance to win up to $3,000. To play, scratch and reveal YOUR NUMBERS. If you reveal the letters RIP you win the prize amount for that space. If you reveal the word DEAD, you win ten times the prize shown. Get ready to battle zombies with you favorite characters when you play with the Delaware...

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Delaware Lottery Tests Waters for Online Casino

Aug. 28, 2013 – The Delaware Lottery this morning launched free online casino games through Facebook app DoubleDown Casino.  The free games are the first step towards real-money online casino games, which Delaware’s lawmakers approved last year. Once the real-money online games open, Delaware will be “the first state” once more, leading the nation into the digital frontier of online casino games (or, at least, more than just one game – Nevada already allows online poker). The free play through DoubleDown Casino began at 6 A.M., when the three Delaware casinos posted links to the Facebook app on their own websites. “This first phase will allow us to really get the players acclimated to the virtual world in a legalized environment,” said Tom Cook, Delaware secretary of finance. While the free games that launched this morning will be available worldwide, Delaware will use location-tracking technology to limit real-money play to people who are in the state when they log on. The introductory period for players will last longer than officials originally expected.  When a contract for the online operations was awarded to Scientific Games and UK-based 888 Hastings earlier this year, the target launch date for real-money games was September. Cook called that “an agressive goal,” adding, “I said from the beginning, this is something that, when it’s ready, it’s ready.” The launch of the real-money games has only been delayed by a month, but when the single-portal, real-money online casino opens, it won’t be the end of Delaware’s gambling innovation. DelawareOnline.com reported that in 2014 Cook will attempt to sign an agreement with Nevada gaming officials that would allow poker players from both states to “sit at the same virtual tables”. New Jersey is close behind Delaware in the race to online casino gaming.  Officials there have set a target launch date for real-money games for this November.  Reports indicate they are also in talks to sign a compact with Nevada that would allow multi-state online poker. MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren,...

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