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Delaware Online Gambling Laws

Delaware was the first state to pass legislation regulating online gambling. Nevada and New Jersey soon followed suit. While Delaware was the first state to pass the required legislation, Nevada beat it to become the first state to offer online poker. Residents of Delaware will have to wait until October 2013 for real money gaming online. Unlike Nevada where residents can play only online poker, residents of Delaware can play a range of online casino games including real money poker. This means that the Delaware online gambling options are going to expand far beyond the limitations these players have had thus far being restricted to only visiting legally licensed offshore gambling sites. While those will remain viable, safe, and high quality options, adding state based options to the mix will probably please players greatly.

Where Does Delaware Stand On Gambling In General?

Delaware law bans all forms of gambling. The only exceptions are the state lottery, certain offerings at racetracks and limited charitable gambling. The law does not specifically define gambling, but the definition of gambling device is instructive and includes any machine, device, equipment or paraphernalia used or that can be used for any gambling activity between persons as well as gambling activity which involves the playing of a machine. It is a class A misdemeanor offence to own a gambling device in the state of Delaware. The state has licensed casinos and race tracks. Approved organizations may host charitable gambling events. The prize in a charitable gambling event cannot be more than $5000. The Delaware online casinos featured in this guide are all legally licensed and regulated by a respected and recognized government jurisdiction, hence they do not fall outside of any Delaware gambling laws, nor are there any Federal laws prohibiting US players from participating in licensed and regulated online gambling that is based outside of the United States.

Delaware Poker Gambling Laws

Playing poker is illegal under Delaware law unless it is played at a licensed gambling facility. The law does not make any exception for home poker games. There are two legal precedents State vs. Panaro (1910) and State vs. Titlemen (1918) which acknowledge that a social game of poker is not illegal. As long as the host does not rake the pot or receive any fee for hosting the game, a social game of poker will not be illegal. However there have been cases where persons in Delaware have been arrested for playing poker at home. The Delaware online poker options presented in this guide only feature licensed gambling sites, hence participating at any of them does not go against any poker gaming laws for Delaware players.

History Of Gambling Laws in Delaware

Delaware has a long history of gambling. Way back in the 1700s people used to bet on horse races. The state built its first race track in 1760. While betting was illegal at that time, it remained widespread. In the 1930s the law makers in the state gave the go ahead to pari mutuel betting. By 1935 betting on horse racing was deemed legal as long as the race was licensed and was conducted according to state guidelines. The state legalized bingo in 1957. The state lottery was started in 1975. In 2004 the state permitted poker for charity gaming. In 2010, the race tracks in the state began offering casino style gambling where one could play table games, poker and video games. Such race tracks are popularly called racinos. Unlike many other states, Delaware permits sports betting (parlay only) at racetracks in the state.

The state law imposes certain limitations on poker tournaments. Approved organizations or licensed casinos cannot hold more than 5 poker tournaments in a calendar year. There must be a gap of 70 days between two tournaments. Players cannot start playing until it is 1:30 p.m. and cannot play for more than 6 hours. The players must stop playing when it is 1 a.m. However in 2012, a special poker tournament held in Delaware known as Iron Man made it to the Guinness Book of World Records when it ran non-stop for over 36 hours without any scheduled breaks. The winner took home $ 27,160.

Delaware Online Gambling Laws Explained

In June 2012, State Governor Jack Markell signed into law the Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 which allowed the state to regulate online poker and casino games that would be made available from the websites of casinos based in Delaware. The Act also allows 20 non-casinos to host NFL sports betting and another 100 plus sites in Delaware to offer keno. Casinos in Delaware could now offer keno to visitors. You can learn more about Delaware online sportsbooks in the portion of our guide that targets sports betting for Delaware players.

Presently three of the state's main casinos offer free to play games online. These games are open to everyone, including those in other states and foreign countries. If things go according to plan, these sites will offer real money gaming from October 2013. Once real money gaming starts at these state based casino websites, only Delaware residents will be allowed to play these games online. Delaware residents also have access to legally licensed and regulated online gambling sites which are located outside of the United States. These options are explained on each of the applicable pages listed in the boxed menu to the top right hand section of this page.

Do Federal Laws Affect Online Gambling Access For Delaware Residents?

Federal laws do not specifically prohibit online poker or playing online casino games. For a long time, it was thought that the Federal Wire Act prohibited online poker. However in 2011, the Department of Justice stated that this is not the case. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 also does not prohibit Americans from playing online poker. It only places regulatory oversight on how American banks and finance companies can process online gambling related transactions.

Delaware Gambling Laws

This section of our laws content is designed to provide you with access to a reliable source for reviewing the official statutes and laws for the state of Delaware. Source: Delaware Criminal Code Official Data. This provides those who are interested in the official language of the statutes themselves an opportunity to read it.

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