Delaware Tracks Launch Online Gambling

Internet wagering could benefit horse racing purses in the state.

Facing increased casino competition from Pennsylvania and New York, Delaware's three racetracks delivered a full launch of intrastate online gambling in the state Nov. 8.

Thoroughbred track Delaware Park and Standardbred tracks Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway operate branded portals to the single platform, which is provided in a joint venture by Scientific Games and 888 Holdings.

Delaware Park president Bill Fasy said the added gaming could benefit racing if the games prove popular. The first $3.75 million in revenue generated in a fiscal year would go to the state lottery, but additional revenue would have a provision for purses, with 9% of that revenue from poker and 4.5% from casino gaming going to horsemen.

In its request for proposals, the Delaware Lottery offered "revenue assumptions" for online gaming but told potential vendors the information shouldn't be used as a projection because of many factors. The annual revenue assumptions total $22 million, including $7.7 million from video lottery terminals,, $7.7 million from table games, $5.5 million from poker, and $1.1 million from bingo.