While people have been paying attention to Delaware Governor Markell’s efforts to offer sports betting at the state’s racinos, Delaware Senate Bill 30 has quietly moved through the legislature.
This week it passed the Delaware Senate unanimously with no abstentions, and it moved to the House Gaming & Parimutuels Committee.
Here is the synopsis from the bill.
This Bill amends Chapter 18, Title 28 of the Delaware Code as it relates to Texas Hold’em Poker. Eliminates the no limit phase from the chapter making the game Texas Hold’em Poker. Adds definitions to the Chapter and allows the Board to set fees for Texas Hold’em Games. Mandates that facilities only conduct one (1) tournament a day. Allows organizations to have five (5) tournaments per calendar year instead of four (4). Establishes sit-and-go games and clarifies a year is a calendar year. Finally, it puts in the standard appeal language in order to appeal the Board’s decision to Superior Court.
Something else it does is take off the cap on total prizes for a tournament and highest individual prize (previously $8,000 and $2,000 respectively) and instead leaves the limits to a Board decision.
Naturally a less narrow law that simply allowed rooms to spread poker games would be more welcome. But it is surprising to me how this has moved quickly with little attention given how much sports betting has attracted.