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New Gambling Legislation for Delaware and Ohio

Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell has signed a new bill which authorises online betting in Delaware. The bill also authorises more sports betting and other gambling venues.

As a further sign that online casinos may be coming closer for US gamblers, new laws were signed last week in the states of Delaware and Ohio.

The new bill was signed last Thursday less than a day after it just passed the state Senate. The Senate’s vote was tinged by controversy as one lawmaker, who opposed the bill, accidentally voted for it under the belief that he was voting for an amendment instead.

One Senator, Robert Venables of Laurel, had said that he may wish to rescind the Senate vote; however, Markell’s quick signature of the bill into law may have been done in order to prevent that from happening.

As well as allowing online slots and table games, the new bill also expands keno beyond the state’s three casinos to at least a further 100 venues. It also allows betting on NFL football in at least 20 non-casino venues.

There has been a similar development in Ohio where Governor John Kasich signed into law new rules for casinos, bingo halls and slots like video lottery terminals which will soon be found at the state’s seven horse racetracks.

The signing of the new laws occurred almost two months after the first two casinos opened in Ohio, in Cleveland and Toledo.  The new laws include a compromise which will give extra money to certain cities with horse tracks. This will allow additional money to come into cities which have “racinos”, horse tracks which include slot-like gambling machines.

The laws have also placed a one year freeze on the new internet “sweepstakes” cafes where customers are able to enjoy a number of unregulated games.

Governor Kasich did veto two provisions in the bill, one which was an exception to the word “casino” being used by places other than the four approved casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati.


OCA News Editor