Thu June 28, 2012
Delaware Senate Approves Online Betting
DOVER, Del. (AP) — State lawmakers have approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.
The bill, which cleared the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate on a 14-to-6 vote Wednesday.
In addition to allowing online slots and table games, the bill expands keno beyond Delaware's three casinos to at least 100 other sites, and betting on NFL football to at least 20 non-casino sites.
Officials say the new gambling revenue will 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. In return, the casinos would pledge to spend an equal amount on traditional business expenses such as marketing, capital improvements and debt reduction.