The Amaya/Bally team lost their bid to provide online gaming for Delaware today. The state was the first to legalize online gambling in June of last year, followed by Nevada and then New Jersey. The experience of 888 seems to have been the determining factor in awarding the opportunity to a partnership between lottery giant Scientific Games and 888 Holdings. 888 was also the first to announce they would be going online with poker in Nevada, but were beat to the punch of actually delivering games by Stations Casinos owned Ultimate Poker (not the same UltimateBet we remember UPDATE: in fact they booted ex UB founders company Iovation on May 9 due to concerns).
The Scientific Games announcement does not mean the big dogs are done fighting over the Delaware bone though. Several other necessary components of a legal online landscape are yet to be awarded including age and identity verification, payment processing, and most importantly the actual furnishing of online games. It would be easy to assume that all purveyors currently delivering games over Dragonfish/888/GTS EdGE will be a shoe in, but things are not that simple as online meets US regulations.
Stay tuned for more developments as Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and any other new players take the stage.