We have great news for those online gambling lovers in the state of Delaware in the US: it has now become the first state in the United States to fully make online gambling legal (with the exception of horse racing).
What this means is from now on all citizens are allowed to enjoy all online gambling activities as long as they remain inside the estate. Some of the main reasons why they made this decision was in the hopes of creating more job opportunities and of course increase revenues in the estate.
Early this month, the Delaware House of Representatives went ahead and approved a bill that makes online gambling in the state completely legal. This bill was passed on by the Delaware State Senate on June 27th; it was signed then by Governor Jack Markell yesterday on June 28th, 2012.
The U.S. Department of Justice has released a clarification that allowed that any state may legalize online gambling as long as it is kept within the state borders, pretty much like the gambling law works at Nevada for example. The Delaware bill does requires geo-location software to make sure gambling activities will be limited to people that are located within the estate.
Markell has expressed that this decision may help create “a couple thousand jobs” as well as create competition with casinos in neighboring states. The bill was passed as 21-member state Senate voted 14-6 creating a majority in favor of this online gambling bill.
This changes the history of online gambling, setting up a before and after in the state of Delaware, hopefully other states will use the creation and passing of this bill as an example to begin working on similar bills that will provide the online gambling industry (which already provides thousands of jobs to many) a legal way to act, interact and provide services.