On December 7th, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution and join the United States. On November 8, 2013, Delaware will again be the first to accomplish something no other state has yet to do: offer a full suite of online casino games to its residents.
While the impact of such an endeavor is yet to be known, Delaware is hoping for nothing short of a miracle to recoup some of its casino losses due to the economy increased competition from neighboring states, and an aging customer base. Online gaming appeals on all of these soft spots; it allows players to play from home, it provides an added perk to travelers of Delaware, and it hits a younger demographic right where they like it–between their thumbs.
While a bold move with big ideas, offering a full score of online gambling games in Delaware has one major drawback; Delaware has a population of just 900,000 people. In order for the state to increase player liquidity and revenue in general, it will have to enter into some compacts with neighboring (New Jersey) and not-so-neighboring (Nevada) states. As Delaware’s current state government has been openly supportive of forming mutually beneficial relationships with other states, it appears it’s only a matter of time before the agreements are inked and approved.
Delaware’s online gaming soft launch, which included online poker and online slots for free play, closes out this week as the real money games come online this Friday.