Free Play of Online Casino-Style Gaming Now Available in Delaware
DOVER, Del. -- August 28, 2013
“Free play” of online casino-style games is now available at the websites of
Delaware’s three Video Lottery agents: Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and
Harrington Raceway, the Delaware State Lottery announced. The free play is a
prelude to the start of the first state-authorized online gaming systems in
the country, targeted to launch by October 30.
For the free play, each player will be provided “chips” for logging in and
based on the spin of a virtual wheel. The player will use the free chips to
play a number of casino games including slots, blackjack or poker. Registering
for the free play will require a Facebook account.
Once the full online gaming goes live later this year, a Facebook account will
not be required, but a full battery of authorizations and verifications will
be employed to authenticate a player’s identity and age, and also to ensure
that the player is within the borders of Delaware when they play.
Lottery Director Vernon Kirk said, “A lot of work has been going on over the
past several months in order to allow the Delaware State Lottery to take this
first step in providing a virtual casino for our customers. This is great
opportunity for our patrons to get acclimated with the way Internet gaming
works in preparation for the launch of the first-in-the-nation full
casino-style legalized online gaming.”
The Delaware State Lottery issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) earlier this
year to select a vendor to deliver systems and services that will allow
Delaware to become the first U.S. State to offer Internet-based, casino-style
gaming to adult players who are present within the State’s boundaries.
Scientific Games International–888 Holdings were the vendor chosen. 888
Holdings is a worldwide Internet gaming leader offering best of breed poker
and casino products across 150 global markets. Scientific Games offers an
array of experience in the gaming industry with a distinctive history in
Delaware’s land based environment.
“When creating something new that no other state has done, you don’t have the
benefit of past practices. We set out to create something publicly appealing
with the proper infrastructure to support it,” said Secretary of Finance
Thomas J. Cook, who is leading Delaware’s Internet gaming project and who, as
a former State Election Commissioner, implemented Delaware’s
first-in-the-nation uniform statewide electronic voting system in 1996. “At
the end of the day, we want our product to be winner–attractive, engaging, and
easy to use. While testing continues, we are confident that we will be ready
to unveil Delaware’s Internet casino-style gaming offerings by the end of
About the Delaware Lottery:
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed
more than $3.9 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed
state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety
of games: POWERBALL®,MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY 3,
PLAY 4, Keno, assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table
Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are availableat
delottery.com, at licensed retailers, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.
Winner Privacy is our Policy.
The Delaware Lottery only publishes winner names with their consent.
Vernon A. Kirk, Director
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