Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk confirmed reports that the official launch date for the state’s Internet lottery games has been set on October 31. After all, the Delaware State Lottery Office (DSLO) has until the end of this month to give the go signal for the launching of real-money online wagering games for the three state-licensed online casinos, Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.
Delaware intends to live up to its official moniker “The First State”, by being the first U.S. jurisdiction to offer regulated online casino games not limited to poker. The initial online offerings, however, will be limited to poker and slot machine games developed by licensed gaming technology provider, 888 Holdings. This denotes that other cloud-based betting options such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and bingo will come much later, as the DSLO is still processing the license applications of other gaming content suppliers.
Another Delaware-licensed software provider is Scientific Games but the company’s main task is to handle the administrative aspects of the online casino operations, such as player identity and geo-location verification, and the payment processing systems. The DSLO’s immediate goal is to make the Internet lottery games available in Delaware within the period specified by law, with both gaming and administrative systems deployed as smoothly and as glitch-free as possible.
Talks over interstate compacts are currently ongoing as a means to create a larger player base for Delaware and the two other online gambling states of Nevada and New Jersey. Still, the conclusiveness of such compacts might take awhile, since Nevada has yet to go full blast, while New Jersey is still on the verge of launching its Internet wagering sites on November 26.