Delaware creates body to manage online gaming income

The new authority has been officially approved by the council.
The new authority has been officially approved by the council.

Delaware County Council has established a five-person authority to oversee the distribution of funds from online gaming.

US.- The Delaware County Council has established the Delaware County Internet Gaming Revenue Authority to manage the distribution of funds from online gaming to public projects and services.

The authority was given full approval at a county council meeting last week.

The five members of the body are Doreen Storey, Frances Sheehan, Stefan Roots, Paul Johnson and Ronald Evans. They will be responsible for receiving the local authority’s share of revenues from online gaming and applying them to approved grants.

Online real money gaming was legalised in the state of Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016, paving the way for online casino games, poker, lottery, sports betting and fantasy sports.

Harrah’s Philadelphia launched its online platform the following March.

State law declares that Harrah’s must pass 1 per cent of revenue to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, which will then distribute it to the Delaware County Internet Gaming Revenue Authority.

The money will then be directed into areas of public interest such as the emergency services and grants for economic development.

Delaware’s igaming handle rose by 162 per cent in the month of July.