Delaware Online Gambling Regulations Published
Delaware, the first U.S. state to legalize internet casinos has completed and published a draft of the state’s gaming regulations, referred to as the “Delaware Internet Lottery Regulations.”
The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 considers all interactive games taking place over the Internet, and electronically or wirelessly accessed by players by way of public or private computer or terminal network, as Internet lottery games.
Some of the highlights of the policies, which the Director of Lottery will implement through the Delaware State Lottery Office, includes, but are not limited to the following:
- Applications to offer play-for-real money online games in the state’s jurisdiction do not require the establishment of a land-based casino.
- The Director will take into consideration the Internet gaming licenses issued by other states, to determine the extent of investigation and checking required in processing an Internet gaming application.
- The proposed regulations disqualify those convicted of a crime involving gambling and/or immoral activities, within the past 10 years from the date of filing an application.
- The Director’s assessment and approval, shall take into account the character and integrity of those who have control or influence in the activities of the gaming applicant, including those who have financial interests in the applicant’s property such as holders of mortgages or liens.
- Offerings of online free-for-play games shall likewise require the approval of the Director, who will ensure that such games simulate the exact mechanics, payout scale, wagering schemes and use of the same random number generator, of the real-money Internet games.
- The online free-for-play games will be accessible to all players regardless of age and location. This stands in contrast to the real-money games, which shall be available only to legal-aged online participants located within Delaware’s territorial jurisdiction.
Interested members of the public have until July 31, 2013 to submit their comments and suggestions pertaining to the proposed regulations.