DelawareOnline reported that the state’s three casinos will begin their first stage of online gambling Wednesday. Web portals will be opened for free slots, poker, blackjack and roulette games.
The initial release of free-to-play games will prelude the full-service, real-cash online gambling offering, set to launch late October.
Each of Delaware’s casinos will have their homepages direct visitors to the Facebook hosted gaming platform DoubleDown Casino. It is run by one of Delaware’s contractual slots vendors, IGT.
Made possible by the legislation that cleared the General Assembly in 2012, Delaware looks to be the first state in the country to offer a full host of legal casino games online.
Nevada, in February, legalized online poker and websites began their operations in the spring. New Jersey is close to implementing is online gambling law, after it passed earlier this year.
Anyone in the world will have access to the initial free game offerings, however the real-money games will only be available to players within Delaware state lines when they launch.
Ed Sutor, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino CEO, said that the free play sites will be used as a regional marketing tool, displaying banners that offer promotional deals and special offers: “We are going to try to the best of our ability to get those people from the free-to-play to come play here.”
The free-to-play games will still be made available after the launch of the real-money games.