Delaware’s Online Poker Landscape Shifts as RSI Takes Over as State’s iGaming Platform

RSI takes over as the sole provider of online poker in the state of Delaware as thousands of players await the launch of their Run it Once online poker platform for a chance to play the game over the internet once again.
Delaware's Online Poker Landscape Shifts as RSI Takes Over as State's iGaming Platform
January 05, 2024

In a transformative move, Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has seized control as the exclusive iGaming provider for the Delaware Lottery.

While aficionados of online casinos and sports betting revel in the benefits of Rush Street Interactive innovations, the Delaware online poker community faces a period of uncertainty regarding the Run It Once Poker platform’s future.

Delawareans eager to explore the revitalized online casino scene, powered by Rush Street Interactive (RSI), can now immerse themselves in the enhanced platforms. This pivotal transition also introduces Delaware mobile sports betting, marking a historic moment in the state’s thriving gaming landscape.

An iGaming Revolution: RSI Assumes Center Stage

However, amid these positive changes, the online poker arena encounters a temporary setback. The launch date for RSI’s Run It Once Poker platform in Delaware remains undisclosed, casting a veil of ambiguity over the state’s poker enthusiasts, leaving them without legal online poker options for an indefinite period.

As RSI assumes control from 888, the gaming sites for the racinos proudly exhibit their new branding. Bally Casino, powered by BetRivers, and BetRivers at Delaware Park Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino have seamlessly completed the transition.

While the online casino and sports betting experiences undergo a seamless evolution, the online poker community faces an unexpected blackout.

Over the last ten years, residents of Delaware relished the experience of playing regulated online poker on the 888-powered platform, seamlessly connected to the WSOP USA online poker network.

However, this recent shift signifies a notable occurrence, representing the initial instance wherein US online poker players have both gained and subsequently lost access to regulated, real-money online poker within their home.

The blackout of online poker in Delaware could have been averted. The request for proposals issued by the Lottery for its iGaming contract had the potential to stipulate that 888 continues as the online poker provider until Run It Once was ready. However, the Lottery confirmed an indefinite blackout period, leaving the poker community in the dark.

Promotions Illuminate the Path Amidst the Poker Blackout

While the online poker blackout unfolds, the gaming sites for all three racinos offer two enticing promotions tied to the switchover from 888. On the casino side, the “Casino Welcome Offer” allows players to reclaim 100% of their net losses, up to $250, during their first twenty-four hours of play.

Simultaneously, mobile sports betting debuts with the “Sports Welcome Offer,” offering a bonus bet equal to the stake, up to $100, for first-time players with qualifying initial wager losses.

In addition to these promotions and rebranding—where the top-of-the-domain remains unchanged—every site’s “online gaming” link now guides players to Bally Casino and Sportsbook, BetRivers Casino and Sportsbook.

Despite no official statement from RSI or the Lottery, these two promotions serve as guides for players navigating Delaware’s evolving online gaming.

Amidst the uncertainty, the Delaware gaming community remains poised for a dynamic and transformative future in the realm of digital gaming.

As the poker blackout persists, the anticipation grows for the revival of online poker with the awaited introduction of the Run It Once platform, promising an enthralling chapter in Delaware’s online poker saga.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500

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