The race to become the first U.S. state to permit full online gambling websites appears to be being won by the state of Delaware after New Jersey’s bid to begin online betting operations stalled at the desk of Governor Chris Christie. Although Nevada made online poker sites legal in 2011 the traditional home of gambling in the U.S. has yet to move too far in its attempts to allow legalized online betting within the state that is home to Las Vegas.
Following the passing of the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 the state has begun the process of receiving bids to operate online gaming sites within the state’s borders; the bidding process includes the requirement that the online websites must be operational and live by September 30 2013. Officials in Delaware had originally wanted the sites to be live by Spring 2013, but revised their deadlines when the complexity of the establishment of the sites was revealed; under the laws of the state the websites must use geolocation software to ensure all players are physically within the state to comply with federal laws banning interstate gambling.
One of the major reasons for pushing the legislation through the state’s lawmaking process is the large amount of revenue believed to be available to add to the stretched budgets of U.S. states; Officials in Delaware believed a minimum of $3.75 million would be added to the state’s revenue if their system would have been live by Spring 2013. To ensure the online gaming sites are live quickly Delaware is requiring all bidders have at least one years experience operating an online site in either North America or Europe; many U.S. based companies hoping to bid are working with European partners in a bid to operate in the state.
The state of New jersey is expected to allow online gambling websites operated out of its casino rich Atlantic City area. Legislation was passing through the state’s legislature until a bill arrived on the desk of Governor Chris Christie who vetoed the online gambling bill asking for revisions before allowing the system to go live. Many U.S. states have been looking into the establishment of online gambling websites in a bid to raise revenue since 2011 when Nevada legalized online poker websites.