The article, by LVRJ reporter Steve Teterault, reported that Gov. Brian Sandoval that the agreement made between the two states last year was nearly ready to go live:
An agreement Sandoval signed last February with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell for their states to share online poker players should go live in four to six weeks. Sandoval said “technical glitches” delayed the rollout that was expected last summer, but he has been told by Nevada gaming regulators it now is “imminent.”
If shared liquidity does indeed happen this spring, it would mark more than a year since the original compact between the two states had been hammered out.
The agreement marks the first time that regulated online poker will be allowed across state lines in the United States, and it combines the player pools in two of the three states with regulated poker. New Jersey’s online poker and iGaming sites do no operate across state lines.
The move should help the online poker industry in both states. Delaware, as a state with very little population, will benefit, as will Nevada’s sites — Caesars’ WSOP.com and South Point’s Real Gaming. A third online poker site in Nevada — Ultimate Poker — closed its virtual doors in November after failing to gain much traction. Ultimate Poker and Ultimate Gaming also closed up shop in New Jersey.
As states around the country consider the possibility of online poker and iGaming with legislation, the compact also opens the door for more shared liquidity in the future. The agreement between Nevada and Delaware actually formed “The Multi State Internet Gaming Association,” which would, in theory, allow other states to join and share liquidity down the road.