888, Williams Interactive and Scientific Games will be providing the State of Delaware with online gambling software and services.

The trio submitted a joint bid in February and quickly got the nod, beating out 13 other bids. The team bid built on each company’s core competencies in the hopes of freezing out the competition.

As the current provider of Delaware’s lottery terminals, Scientific Games definitely had an edge the bid process. Williams and 888 will be providing the poker products.

Delaware lawmakers put their stamp of approval online gambling last July, becoming the second state after Nevada to do so.

Both states have relatively small populations, Delaware sits at less than a million, and there’s been talk of an interstate agreement between them. As it stands today, Delaware’s online gambling laws do not allow for such agreements.

How big a difference a two-state compact would make remains to be seen. Between them, Nevada and Delaware have a population of less than four million. Nearby New Jersey, on the other hand,  has nine million on its own. When it comes to keeping virtual poker tables filled, those numbers are pretty significant.

As its written, Delaware’s online gambling¬† legislation allow for tables games, scratch cards and something no other state will have anytime soon, sports betting.

Remember, Delaware is one of the four states that were grandfathered into legal sports betting under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992. That means Delaware residents should be able to play the state’s popular NFL parlay wagering games online.

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