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The state of Delaware has announced that it has launched the first phase in implementing online gambling within its borders, as officials okayed free to play social casino games before the October launch of real money play.
The free games are running on IGT's Double Down Casino, and will be still be available after real money gaming launches in October. All Delaware casinos have a notification on their websites directing players to Facebook, where players can access the free to play blackjack, slots, keno, and moer.
Dover Down CEO Ed Sutor said that the games will be used a marketing tool in-state, and provide various promotional offers to players.
"We are going to try to the best of our ability to get those people from the free-to-play to come play here," Sutor said. The gaming executive admitted that he is not sure exactly what impact online gaming will have on his casino's revenues.
"It hasn't come up a lot in the discussion, to tell you the truth," Sutor said when asked about the impact. "We're not sure how much revenue this is going to produce."
The free online games are not the only move that Delaware has taken in implementing virtual betting, as state officials announced that they will be working to partner with Nevada next year to combine online poker player pools.
The move will be completed early next year and allow players from both states to play at the same poker tables.