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Delaware Senate passes online gambling proposal

The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 made it through small state’s highest legislative body yesterday by a vote of 14 to six.

Thursday 28th June 2012

The Delaware Senate yesterday narrowly passed proposed legislation that could soon see the small eastern state legalise intrastate online gambling and authorise more venues for sportsbetting. The Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 made it through the Delaware House of Representatives two weeks ago before being passed by a vote of 14 to six in the Delaware Senate and would, if now signed by Governor Jack Markell, authorise Internet gaming for players over the age of 21 in the state under the control and operation of the Delaware Lottery. The proposed legislation, which is also known as House Bill 333, made it through the Delaware House of Representatives by a vote of 29 to eight and would also authorise online slots and table games while expanding keno beyond the state's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites. “We can keep Delaware at the forefront of gambling,” said Anthony DeLuca, Senate President Pro Tem. “This is an opportunity for Delaware to be a leader in the marketplace.” The bill will now go before the state’s Democrat Governor for his signature and would additionally authorise residents to wager on National Football League (NFL) games in at least 20 sites other than casinos. The proposed bill would enable state officials to eliminate the four million dollars in slot machine fees currently paid by casinos in ‘The First State’ while table gaming duties would be slashed from $6.75 million to around three million dollars. In return for these breaks, casinos would be asked to spend an equal amount on traditional business expenses such as marketing, capital improvements and debt reduction. “I'd like to thank the legislators in both houses for their work to make this industry more competitive and keep so many people working,” read a statement from Markell. House Bill 333 calls for the establishment of a centralised online gambling system regulated by the Delaware Lottery but operated by a third-party vendor. Individual websites would be made available via each of the three existing Delaware casinos and include games such as blackjack, poker and slots. The proposed legislation would also permit bars and restaurants to offer keno instant lottery games and sell professional football parlay cards, which are currently only available in casinos.

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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