Delaware Lottery director brands the state’s online gaming market a ‘success’

Delaware Lottery director brands the state’s online gaming market a ‘success’

Thursday, November 27, 2014 Totally Gaming

Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery, has told TotallyGaming.com that he views the state’s first year of online gaming as a successful one, despite Delaware lagging some way behind the regulated markets of New Jersey and Nevada in terms of revenue.

Figures from the Delaware Lottery show that licensed online gambling activities in state generated just $130,460 (€104,996) in October, which is the lowest monthly figure since the state launch a regulated internet gaming service last year. In the launch month of November 2013, Delaware was only able to collect $111,388 in internet gaming revenue.

These figures are some way off the amount generated by operators in Nevada, which regularly see online poker revenue surpass $700,000 each month. The Delaware results are even further away from the millions of dollars collected on a monthly basis in New Jersey.

However, despite Delaware seemingly a long way behind the two other regulated US states in terms of revenue performance, Kirk told TotallyGaming.com that he still views Delaware’s first year of regulated online gaming as a success.

“Because our iGaming launch was the first of its kind in the nation (casino style gaming as well as peer-to-peer poker), the emphasis was on creating an infrastructure that produced a secure environment and a stable platform,” Kirk told TotallyGaming.com.

“To that end, we achieved our goal and have had no significantly adverse issues to date, so we consider our first year a success.

“Nevada, the first state online (peer-to-peer poker only) and New Jersey, which started about a month after us, but also offers casino style gaming as well as poker, have both expressed the same opinion.”

Kirk also suggested that a more open market would help boost not only online gaming revenue in Delaware, but also the performance of operators in the other regulated states.

“The best measurement for the jurisdictions is how the systems and networks have performed,” Kirk said. “Because of the current restriction of only allowing in-state players, revenue will be limited by each state's population base.

“The iGaming industry in the US is in its infancy and as it matures and potential players in all jurisdictions become more aware of the product and as the offerings increase and improve, there should be some natural growth. 

“There are also other states that are currently considering various forms of iGaming, so the universe and recognition of the product will expand.”

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