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.