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Delaware Online Poker Has Official Statewide Launch

State The First To Offer Online Slots, Blackjack As Well

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Delaware has become the second state in the country with statewide real-money online poker, and the first with play on other games such as slots, roulette and blackjack.

Delaware had a soft launch on Halloween, but now all eligible individuals physically within the state’s borders can log on and play state-sanctioned games.

In other words, the soft launch went well and the full product has been rolled out.

The web gambling offerings are hosted on the website’s of the state’s casinos. Delaware’s three casinos are Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.

Online gaming site 888 is behind the software, and Scientific Games is in charge of some of the other back-end solutions like player verification.

Right now, Delaware online poker includes no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha ring games, with stakes as high as $2-$4. There are also sit-and-gos, topping out at $100.

No multi-table tournaments were available at launch.

The state of Nevada launched online poker this spring, and currently has two sites — Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com — taking action from those within the Silver State’s borders.

New Jersey is expected to kick off games statewide by the end of this month.

Card Player recently interviewed Delaware’s lottery director about the possibility of a partnership with Nevada or New Jersey, or both.

“We have had conversations with both states, and it’s a little bit too early in the process to project how that is going to work out,” Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk said.

“My guess is that, certainly with Nevada, they are definitely anxious to compact with us, and us to them likewise. Once we get up and running we will be pursuing that more aggressively. Right now we are just concentrating on getting our site up. But that will be one of the very first steps we take after launch.”