Delaware Lottery and Rush Street Interactive Partner for Online Casino Offerings
The Delaware Lottery has officially chosen Rush Street Interactive (RSI) as its primary vendor for online gaming operations. RSI will replace 888 Holdings, the Israeli online gambling operator, which was previously partnered with the Delaware Lottery from 2013.
RSI will take over a five-year contract, with the option to renew five more on a yearly basis after that.
The lottery is one of four online casinos in Delaware, alongside the state’s three racetrack casinos.
Delaware was one of the first U.S states to legalize online casinos. But the small scale of its market (and population) hasn’t seen it expand a huge amount since.
“We are honored to be selected by the Delaware State Lottery selection committee to provide online gaming operations in the First State,” said Rush Street Interactive CEO Richard Schwartz.
“This partnership is yet another significant milestone for RSI, as the confidence of a state-backed organization, such as the Delaware Lottery, further validates the trust that lottery officials have in our award-winning online platform and customer service.”
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The partnership between the Delaware Lottery and RSI is set for a 10-year term, with the collaboration expected to bring a fresh perspective to Delaware’s online gambling scene.
RSI was selected over several other contenders, including 888 Holdings, which has been the state’s sole internet gaming provider since 2013.
Delaware, one of the early adopters of online gambling in the U.S., has three operational online casinos tied to its racetrack casinos: Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway.
These platforms, under their partnership with 888 Holdings, generated a combined $8.4 million in 2022. The introduction of RSI is expected to significantly influence the state’s figures and offer more competition for 888’s partnered casinos.
Rush Street Interactive is a recognized name in the U.S gambling sector as the online arm of casino operator Rush Street Gaming.
Their platform will be a welcome shakeup for Delaware’s online gamblers, who have been playing with a single platform provider, 888, for over 10 years.
The state’s market is worth some $130 million a year, compared to over $1.5 billion in revenues for online casinos in New Jersey in 2022.
Rush Street was previously the partner of the Connecticut Lottery’s online sports betting platform from 2021 until 2023. Top of Form
Rush Street Gaming operates $3 billion in commercial casino properties across the U.S and Canada, the majority of which fall under its Rivers Casino brand. That includes Rivers Casinos in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portsmouth, VA, and in Illinois.
Its online casino business, BetRivers, is successful, consistently remaining popular with gamblers in regulated online casino states.
However, BetRivers’ sports betting operation has generally struggled to keep up with the pack, trailing leading sportsbooks FanDuel and DraftKings, posting sub 1% market share in several states.
Even so, the operator has decades of experience, and relative success in other online casino markets like New Jersey, to help it plan how it will revitalize the Delaware online casino sector.
“Rush Street Interactive has established itself as a leading innovator in the industry and is a respected iGaming and sports betting company,” said Delaware Lottery Director Helene Keeley.
“We are impressed not only with RSI’s successes in other jurisdictions, including neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but also its strong commitment to responsible gambling practices.”