The first U.S. state to offer full-scale, legal online gambling finished a week-long trial run with selected participants and Friday found Delaware opening the doors to everyone of legal age within state borders.
The virtual doors were open in three Delaware casinos that offer poker, blackjack, roulette, and slots in a wide range of real-money games. Those three are Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway and 888 Holdings is providing the gaming platform under the jurisdiction of the Delaware state lottery.
Powered by 888's poker software, Delaware's trio of online poker rooms will have the same look and feel as WSOP.com's real-money virtual games in Nevada. The three Delaware sites share liquidity with each other and the games offered include No Limit hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha cash games up to $2/$4, and Sit N Gos with buy-ins starting as low as $1 and running as high as $100, with multi-table tournaments expected to be added later.
Some of the features available on Delaware's poker software are: face2face poker on the new Pokercam tables which allows players to view their opponents in real-time through the use of a webcam; multi-tabling; table resizing; and player notes.
Players must be physically located in Delaware to play any of the virtual offerings and a social security number is required which excludes non-U.S. citizens from playing. Players must consent to the use of location-based services to detect their geographic location.
The first state to launch regulated online gambling was Nevada. Poker only is offered in the Silver State but that may change in the future. Delaware offers full-scale internet gambling and New Jersey is right behind with plans to launch its iGaming platform on November 26th.