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Delaware iGaming Revenue Surges With New Operator

Poker Players Still Left Out With No Options


Delaware Lottery’s switch from 888 Holdings to Rush Street Interactive (RSI) for the state’s online gaming has already paid some big dividends. In January, the new operator almost tripled revenue to $3.4 million compared to $1.2 million from the same month in 2023.

RSI debuted as the state’s chosen operator in January, offering online table games, slots, and sports betting. The numbers point to the possibility of seeing a small, but growing market as more states now consider legalizing iGaming.

Surging Numbers, But No Online Poker

Delaware’s online model is a bit different from that found in most states and legal jurisdictions around the world. Because of the state’s low population of about one million, there is only one operator. RSI then partners with the state’s three casino racetracks – Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway and Casino – to offer online gaming.

The January revenue numbers may have been solid, but poker players may be feeling a bit left out. The switch from 888 means that there isn’t currently an online poker option. The state is part of the country’s multi-state online poker agreement with Nevada, New Jersey, and Michigan, but Delaware players are left on the sidelines as of now.

RSI doesn’t currently offer an online poker product, but acquired Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker in 2022 for $5 million. The company is expected to enter the U.S. market with that platform. Delaware officials have said they expect RSI to launch poker at some point, but further details haven’t been announced.

“Rush Street Interactive has announced previously that it is developing a poker platform that they are excited about sharing with players,” Delaware Lottery director Helene Keeley told Card Player in August. “The Lottery and RSI are working together towards making poker available to Delaware patrons, though we’re not prepared to discuss a specific timeline at this stage.”