Del. examining growing online gambling competition

Dec 9, 2013 7:33 PM

Will the introduction of online gambling save Delaware’s three casinos from the increasing competitive pressures being supplied by nearby states? That will be one of the questions reviewed by a special commission examining how to address growing competition.

The commission was established by the legislature earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware’s gambling industry. The panel has until Jan. 31, 2014, to report findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.

Officials said they expect a “wide-range of ideas” to be discussed, including the reconfiguring of the current revenue-sharing scheme among the state, the casinos and the horse racing industry.

However, tax relief for the casinos is expected to be difficult because the Commonwealth expects 2014 to be a “tight fiscal year.”

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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