PokerStars, 888, and Amaya Head List of Applicants for Delaware Igaming

March 20, 2013
PokerStars, 888, and Amaya Head List of Applicants for Delaware Igaming

The Delaware Lottery took request for proposals until this past Friday from companies looking to provide online gambling services to the state. Now that the deadline has past, it has been revealed that 14 companies that filed request to provide iGaming services to Delaware.

An article on revealed that PokerStars and 13 other companies have submitted the required paperwork to provide services in the state, however it is not clear at this time which services each company will provide. The information was provided to GamblingCompliance from Rebecca Goldsmith, the Delaware Lottery’s assistant director.

Rational Services Limited, the parent company of PokerStars, is the biggest name on the list of companies filing a RFP. If approved, Delaware would be the second US state that PokerStars would legally be able to offer online poker. PokerStars is currently trying to purchase the Atlantic Club casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. New Jersey recently legalized online gambling and should PokerStars’ license be approved, they would be able to offer online poker once the framework is established.

PokerStars is not the only online poker provider that has a stake in Delaware. Both 888 and Amaya Gaming have filed RFP’s. Amaya is the owner of the Ongame Network and filed a joint RFP with Bally Technologies. The 888 bid is part of a partnership with Scientific Games and WMS. Scientific Games owns WMS and the company joined in a partnership with 888 last year. Scientific Games already has a relationship with the state as they provide the core of the state’s lottery systems.

Other companies listed in the article as filing RFP’s with the state include SHFL Entertainment, IGT, Stan James PLC, and Continent 8 Technologies. Considering that Scientific Games already has a relationship with the state, their RFP has the best chances of being approved. The question now is how PokerStars’ past and recent negative press in the media affect their chances of becoming an iGaming partner in Delaware.

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