My take: Online gaming changes are on the horizon

Online gambling is a low-key activity in Delaware.

All three casinos in the state have mobile apps, but the non-stop advertising and promotional activity we see for apps in other states is virtually non-existent in Delaware.

Online poker and gaming generates a few million dollars in revenue a year, not bad for a small state but not enough to allow casinos to increase their marketing budgets. Additionally, the state does not have online sports betting.

This environment may change, especially if the Delaware Lottery says goodbye to its current provider.

Poker Industry Pro reported that the state was negotiating with 888, its UK-based provider that runs the online space.

The Poker Fuse site notes that any change would generate more interest since Delaware was one of the few states to allow online poker players to play against each other in places such as Nevada and New Jersey.

The state lottery was silent on the talks, and our message to the agency went unanswered.

As PokerFuse noted, moving to the RFP would open the door for giants like DraftKings and Bet MGM to bid for the company.

You have to understand that Bally’s could also be in on it, given its investments in the online space that came with its decision to become a national casino operator.

Bally’s push began when the Rhode Island-based casino operator purchased Dover Downs and an Atlantic City casino. He eventually bought the Bally’s name to create a national physical and online brand, while adding online gaming and sports betting sites.

Delaware’s low-key state lottery system recently changed hands with the retirement of longtime manager Vernon Kirk.

He was replaced on an acting basis by Helene Keeley, a former state legislator who rose from deputy director to acting director. Keeley told WDEL the lottery needs to look at online options while working with retailers.

As you may recall, Keeley took heat several years ago for stepping down from the General Assembly and accepting the lottery job. One of his priorities at Dover was the gambling industry.

Finally, with any change comes the realization that the expansion of gambling comes at a cost to those who, for various reasons, fall victim to gambling addiction. Doug Rainey, Content Director.

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