PokerStars and 888 Holdings among operators that seek Delaware online gaming license.
Fourteen groups which include major players like 888 Holdings and PokerStars have recently submitted their proposal to offer online gambling and poker in the state of Delaware. The proposals were in response to a call from the Delaware state lottery who seek to ensure that the online gambling market goes live by September. Other groups who has also made a bid includes the owners of the OnGame Network – Canadian Amaya, International Game Technology (IGT), and Stan James Plc. Delaware Lottery will operate the online gaming system that will include all types of online poker and casino gaming.
The Request for Proposal states that a solution must be accepted, installed, and operational by the agreed upon schedule. Delaware Lottery seeks suppliers based on four major areas which include Backend Technology Platform Provider for reliable online gaming software and an Operations Management Provider that will consist of experienced online gaming groups. Also part of the proposal are Game Content Vendors and Support Services Providers to develop and offer online casino games and provide third party support to ensure a secure online gaming operation, respectively. The applicants are required to have extensive knowledge and experience in real money games in North America or Europe and must be in business for a minimum of 1 year.
Delaware Lottery is also in search of interstate partnerships to enhance the online poker scene. According to Frank Fantini, a casino industry analyst, one of the major concerns is that Delaware is a small state and may not have an impact on online gambling all by itself. In addition, Fantini was of the opinion that there would need to be enough poker players available at all times for anyone to find a game that suits his or her budget and skill level.
Delaware recently joined Nevada as the first states to legalize online gaming and propose to set up an intra-system for online gaming after the December 2011 decision by the U. S. Department of Justice to apply the Wire Act of 1961 only to sports betting. Of the two states, Delaware has authorized a full online casino system and sports betting while Nevada aims at only providing online poker for its residents.