Tue June 12, 2012
Delaware Considers Expansion of Gambling
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is eyeing a bill that authorizes online betting in Delaware and allows more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.
In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.
The bill to be voted on Tuesday also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.
Officials say revenue from the expanded gambling would allow them to eliminate $4 million in slot machine fees paid by the casinos and cut their table game fees from $6.75 million to $3 million.
The casinos would pledge to spend an amount equal to those cuts on traditional business expenses such as marketing, capital improvements and debt reduction.