Halloween, October 31st, marks the launch of Delaware's first real money online casinos. Delaware will officially be the second state in the U.S. to open online casinos, following hot on the heels of Nevada and beating New Jersey by a month. Delaware was the first official state to legalize online gambling, but Nevada proved to be faster at getting the permits and websites set up.
Delaware's population of over 900,000 doesn't make it look like the state will reach a huge mass of players, but every penny in revenue is money that remains in the state. The state's secretary of finance estimated that the first year of online gambling will bring in close to $4 million in tax revenue.
Three of Delaware's brick and mortar casinos are the first opening online casinos featuring Blackjack, roulette, poker, and slots. The casinos include Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway and Casino. 888 Holdings and Scientific Games are listed as powering the new Delaware online casinos. To test the market, DoubleDown Casino opened for fun play a few weeks in advance of the Halloween launch date.
The finance secretary went on to say that future plans include forming a partnership with Nevada online casinos in order to allow players in each state to play at the same online poker tables.
To play online casino games in Delaware, you must be a resident of Delaware or visitor to the state. People from other states will not be able to play unless they are staying in a hotel or home within Delaware.