Fourteen companies, including PokerStars, have submitted requests to provide online gambling services in Delaware.
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Fourteen companies, including PokerStars, have submitted requests to provide online gambling services in Delaware.

The state lottery, in charge of Internet gaming, recently announced a request for proposals to help launch Internet gaming later this year.

So far, PokerStars' parent company, Rational Group, and 13 other companies have offered their responses to help bring online gambling to fruition, according to GamblingCompliance.com.

A few other big industry names that submitted: 888, Amaya Gaming (owner of the Ongame Network poker platform), SHFL Entertainment, IGT, Stan James PLC and Continent 8 Technologies.

Delaware lottery officials have said they hope to launch real money online gambling by the end of September. They asked that any company submitting offers be ready to go live by that schedule.

While it has not been revealed what the various companies offered, the state’s lottery sought suppliers in four areas: Backend Technology Platform Provider, Operations Management Provider, Game Content Vendors, and Support Services Vendors.

Delaware sought companies that had operated for at least a year and had experience in European and North American markets.

With online poker near launch in Nevada and legalization in New Jersey, state lawmakers are looking toward interstate compacts to broaden the player pool. With millions of dollars potentially at play, legislators in several other states—including California and Illinois—also are eyeing avenues into the industry.