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Delaware Considers Expanding Gambling

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell wants to authorize online gambling and allow more onsite venues for gambling while giving a financial break to Delaware's three existing casinos.

     Officials on Tuesday proposed expanding keno beyond the casinos to 100 sites throughout Delaware, and authorizing betting on NFL football in at least 20 more sites.

     They also want to make lottery and casino games accessible online within Delaware's borders.

     Officials say the money generated from the expanded gambling would allow them to eliminate the $4 million in slot machine fees paid by the existing casinos and cut their table game fees from $6.75 million to $3 million.

     In return for those financial breaks, the casinos would pledge to spend an equal amount on traditional business expenses such as marketing, capital improvements and debt reduction.

 

 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.