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Delaware Hosts State 'Poker Championship' As Real-Money Online Poker Draws Near

Real-Money Online Games Expected To Come Late Next Month


Delaware is expecting to soon kick off casino games on the Internet, including poker. In the meantime, one of the state’s three casinos just held the state’s “Poker Championship.”

The Delaware Poker Championship III, which began Saturday morning, saw 206 participants and a total prize pool of $108,150. The final table played for two hours, and the winner came early Sunday morning. Dave Tarantino of Wilmington took down the title for more than $20,000, after the final three players agreed to a chop.

The event was held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Late last month, the state’s three casinos — Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway & Casino — began to host links to web games that don’t require any deposit. The successful implementation of these free games is one of the final hurdles before the final product is underway. Real money is planned for late October.

Scientific Games and 888 Holdings will be behind the real-money product in Delaware.

The Delaware free games won’t disappear after real-money action starts. The state plans to continue with them as a marketing tool, as people anywhere can have access to such games.

Delaware is home to a population of around 917,000, and thus would likely need to partner up with another jurisdiction in order to create liquidity for online poker sites. Card Player recently spoke with a former Nevada regulator on what Delaware might do.

For more news from Delaware, check out its state page.