Online Gambling by September 30, in Delaware

The State Lottery in Delaware is accepting bids from service providers for their online gambline regime and they hope to have their sites operational by September 30.

State officials have issued a request for proposals that will permit gambling companies to be able to place bids on the provision of services to facilitate gambling site operations. The state requests that the vendors be operational in several areas, operations management, game content, technology and support services. The vendors have from 1st April through to 12th April for them to make oral representation and presentations before the Delaware State Lottery to support the proposals.

Some of the minimum requirements for submission of bids are:

At least one year experience in a real money gambling operation in either North America or in the European markets

Two years operating experience which includes a minamum of 30 game variants.

Delaware and Nevada are at present the only states that have a legalized form of online gambling. The law in Nevada is restricted to online Poker and Delaware has intentions to offer all forms of online gambling, for instance, keno, bingo, casino table games, poker, video lottery games plus the possibly in the future integration of sport betting and lottery, but, they are not currently seeking any service providers for this at present.

It is expected that Nevada and Delaware will see other states joining them top enact online gambling regulation probably sometime within 2013. Its possible that New Jersey will be the next state that will legalize online gambling, that is if Gov. Christie signs the approved state bill in legislature December last year. Gov. Christie had been holding back citing concerns and now faces a deadline by Feb 7th.

Other states that are applying are Mississippi, Iowa, California, Pennsylvania and Hawaii, all have proposed different online gambling and poker rules. The success of each states depends on legislators, although the failure of the Reid-Kyl bills chance to gain sufficient support. It looks like each state will eventually 'rubber-stamp' their approval on order to take advantage of potential large revenue that such legislation will have on state coffers.