Delaware Poised to Award Online Casino Contracts by May and Go Live on September 30, 2013
The Delaware Lottery Office intends to award contracts for Delaware’s online gambling systems by May this year, as the target date for online poker to go live is on September 30, 2013. The requests for proposal are for the following four aspects of online casino operations:
1. Providers of Backend Technology Platform or the supplier of the online casino’s foundation software that will provide modules for network management, member account management, cashiering/payout systems, multi-level monitoring and reporting systems, promotional offers and customer support services.
2. Vendors of Game Content or the developers of poker game variations and typical casino games such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette, video lottery games, bingo, keno and the like.
3. Vendors of Support Services or third-party companies that provide expertise in maintaining a safe and secure online gambling site, such as the payments processor, web-hosting site, IP blocking and network security provider and geo-location tracker, just to mention a few.
4. Providers of Operations Management or experienced online Internet-based gaming operators who will manage the entire components of both land-based and web-based casinos such as handling of payments, customer service, institution and implementation of gaming ethics, policies and measures against fraud and collusion, as well as putting in place systems that will ensure responsible gaming.
The firms that have already submitted their proposals include well-placed companies such as Amaya Gaming, Bally Technologies, Continent 8 Technologies, 888 Holdings, IGT, PokerStars, Scientific Games, SHFL Entertainment and Stan James PLC. An important point of evaluation of the Delaware Lottery Office is the timely manner by which providers can deliver, install, implement, pass testing and go live on the scheduled date agreed upon, on or before September 30, 2013.