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Delaware Picks 888/Sci Games/WMS Consortium

Delaware Picks 888/Sci Games/WMS Consortium

The Delaware State Lottery announced that it has selected a consortium of European online gaming giant 888 Holdings, veteran U.S. lottery supplier Scientific Games and Williams Interactive, the online subsidiary of slot-maker WMS Gaming, as the vendor that will design, launch and run the state’s new internet gaming program.

In an interview with Delaware’s News Journal, Ed Sutor, CEO of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, said the Sci Games/888/Williams partnership narrowly beat out a similar consortium of slot and system supplier Bally Technologies and Canada’s Amaya Gaming Group.

“What the state told us, even though the voting and scoring was very, very close, what made the decision for 888 was the experience,” Sutor said. “They’ve been up and operating for over a decade.”

Last year, Delaware became the first state to legalize a full-blown online gaming program, providing for an intrastate website offering online poker, slots, bingo and video lottery games. The state plans to launch the games by September. A request for proposals yielded applications from 14 companies, including International Game Technology and PokerStars in addition to the 888/Scientific Games and Bally/Amaya partnerships.

The selected consortium will provide a complete turn-key solution for the gaming platform, content and operational services, including all accounting and player tracking services.