Delaware Online Poker is a Slow Go

November 25, 2013

Delaware introduced its first try at online poker this week, only to be disappointed with a not-so-successful run. Technical problems and low player volume plagued the first few weeks of Delaware online poker.

Like Nevada, Delaware has experienced a rocky start to its online poker offerings. Common problems included geolocation detection, depositing, and software problems. Because there wasn’t high traffic volume, however, not many players were affected.

A mid-month report from PokerScout found that the peak traffic was just 32 players over a 24-hour period. It was surprising that some players had issues with the software because 888poker is the power behind all three Delaware poker sites, reports explain that the 888poker client is best in the format, but regulatory restrictions of remote programs caused some players problems.

A TwoPlusTwo poster described his dilemma: “Verizon FiOS forwards my IP address to Philly, so they think I’m in Philly… But, apparently pretty much everyone with Verizon FiOS is having the same problem from what I got talking to Delaware Park’s online reps.”

Funding of player accounts was also a hurdle for some users, especially those trying to make a real money deposit using a VISA. Many VISA transactions were declined. The most successful forms of deposit were MasterCard or ACH options.

With a population of less than one million in the entire state (pop. 900,000), it may not be feasible for the small state to fill the rooms up; however, if an interstate network can be developed across all states where online poker is legal, small states like Delaware may survive the low traffic by sharing players with bigger states like Nevada and New Jersey. California is also looking into online poker regulations for some time next year, and interstate networks are something they have discussed for down the road. California’s 38 million people would definitely help out smaller states like Delaware and even Nevada, which has a population of million.

It’s a bit of a problem though until they get more states on board and settled into an interstate network. As it stands now, there aren’t enough limits, games, and tournaments to attract a full range of players, but there aren’t enough players to support a full range of limits, games, and tournaments that would be available 24/7 like US players are accustomed to. It will be slow going for at least another year.


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