On October 13th, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a compact agreement between himself and lawmakers in the states of Nevada and Delaware to share regulated online gaming player pools across those three states.

There has been plenty of immediate reaction and feedback from poker industry representatives and players on the topic, with more updates on their way in coming weeks.

In the meantime, here are answers to some of the most common Frequently Asked Questions on the topic, derived from what has been posted on poker media websites, forums and social media. Many of these answers have been provided by online gaming industry analyst Steve Ruddock via OnlinePokerReport.com or his personal Twitter account.

Q: How long until Nevada and Delaware players can compete alongside New Jersey online players as a result of the agreement?

A: Steve Ruddock believes a “reasonable” timeline for this to take place is six to nine months. The next step in this process is for operators to submit products for testing and to be approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), according to its director David Rebuck.

Q: Which operator stands to benefit the most from the October 13th deal?

A: WSOP.com is currently licensed to operate in all three states with its software provider 888 Poker. Given it is the only currently available regulated option for real money online poker in Nevada, this would appear to give an early edge to that operator — which could see a significant boost to its overall player pool once the compact goes live.

Q: What about Partypoker/Borgata?

A: Ruddock and other industry representatives believe it is possible the three-state agreement could prompt MGM Resorts (which owns Borgata and currently operates in New Jersey) to apply for a license to offer real money online poker in Nevada. Up to this point, the lack of liquidity in Nevada — which has operated practically as a stand-alone state despite a 2015 compact of its own with Delaware — has dissuaded some operators from entering the market.

(Nevada Online Gaming License Fee: $1 million USD — 2 Year Renewal Fee: $500,000 USD)

Q: What about PokerStars?

A: There have been questions related to how this affects PokerStars on both the TwoPlusTwo NVG forum and the Poker Subreddit. According to “Bad Actor” language contained within Nevada Assembly Bill 114, PokerStars is effectively blocked from entering the Nevada real money online poker market until 5 years after the Bill’s effective date — which is listed as February 21st, 2013 according to what is published at the bottom of this official webpage.

RETRACTION (Saturday, Oct 14th – 9:15pm ET) Chris Grove of OnlinePokerReport has pointed out that the bad actor language in AB 114 has no expiry date on “covered assets.”

So presumably PokerStars has no open window to be able to partner with a Brick & Mortar Nevada-based casino… even after February 21st, 2018. This ties-in to Ruddock’s observation that the blockage of PokerStars’ entry into the Nevada real money online gaming market is perpetual.

Q: Does the October 13th agreement change any existing statewide laws in regards to online poker/gaming?

A: No, it does not.

Q: Who would future U.S. states that approve online poker compact with?

A: According to the official press release published by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office, “New Jersey’s entry into this multistate agreement will increase jackpots and opportunities for play, while also providing an incentive for operators to expand Internet gaming offerings upon locating their gaming servers in the State of New Jersey.”

(Shout-out to TwoPlusTwo poster Flying Paper for bringing this to readers’ attention in the TwoPlusTwo NVG Discussion Thread).

Q: How will online poker players in regulated U.S. markets benefit from this agreement?

A: The implications could be enormous, especially if more U.S. states follow suit and regulate online poker in 2017-2018. It is widely understood that the announced agreement between the three states of New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware will result in larger player pools, bigger tournament guarantees, and slightly more liberal promotional offers. But again, industry representatives won’t have a solid grasp of specifics until shared liquidity among NJ/NV/DE online poker operators becomes reality. Hopefully that indeed happens within a reasonable time frame.

Best of luck at the tables!