Tri-state shared liquidity announcement engages online poker players throughout the country.
United States online poker players in three states received great news on April 16th when they learned that New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware player pools will share liquidity starting Tuesday, May 1st.
A number of well-known forum contributors have provided their opinions on how interstate online poker will impact the regulated American market moving forward.
Following is a recap of what has been posted so far, along with analysis of how player engagement could shape the U.S. online poker market in 2018 and beyond.
Players Debate U.S. Tri-State Online Poker Shared Liquidity
DISCUSS NOW: NJ/NV/DE to Share Online Player Pools (TwoPlusTwo NVG – From Post #111)
The first major insight that was revealed on the 2+2 News, Views & Gossip board after the news became public is the fact that Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) will no longer be available to players in the Garden State who compete in real money games on the interstate network.
“Looks like HUDs will be disabled in NJ to account for the fact that they are not allowed in NV,” posted Fat Nicky at around 12:00 Noon local time on Monday.
“The idealistic doubling of WSOP traffic doesn’t seem nearly a large enough positive to me to offset the loss of HUDs,” responded zapzer.
To that, FreshThyme offered, “No HUDs is fantastic as long as they find a way to enforce not scraping the tables.”
Shortly afterwards, MCAChiTown added that “as long as opponents are identified in the hand history and these can be regularly requested without issue in its entirety then I see no problem with this policy.”
ANALYSIS: The issue of HUDs no longer being allowed in the regulated interstate New Jersey online poker market is obviously of great importance to consumers in that state, as Hand History data is frequently used for self-improvement and policing of prohibited software. However — as stated in the thread — HUDs are specifically banned in Nevada and restricting their use in NJ as well was a time-saving compromise agreed to by lawmakers.
Concerns about whether players will be able to participate in an unlimited amount of games at once were also brought up, as some veteran poker consumers believe sites should limit the amount of tables players can compete at simultaneously to eight or fewer.
Below our readers will find a pair of highly informative articles from Online Poker Report that answer questions related to the future interstate shared liquidity online poker market in the United States.
RELATED: Multi-State Online Poker FAQs (Eric Ramsey – OPR – Apr 17, 2018)
RELATED: Which Operator Will Benefit Most from Tri-State Market? (Steve Ruddock – OPR – Oct 17, 2017)
Players Dispute Impact of U.S. Shared Liquidity Market
The biggest debate among players in the hours following the news release is how much of a positive impact the upcoming U.S. online poker shared liquidity agreement will have on the overall market.
Tuesday morning, TwoPlusTwo contributor Toerazor opined that the shared liquidity deal “is the best news for online poker since Black Friday. Might have some decent traffic now on the sites.”
That view was quickly shot down by fellow 2+2 member Domingo Cerrado who replied, “The only reason this made any news at all is because the US-facing affiliates are desperate to promote anything remotely positive.”
Gary Stevenson retorted that “it is without a doubt the best news for online poker in the U.S. in a very long time.” Former Poker Players Alliance State Director for Florida PokerXanadu (Martin Shapiro) was critical of pessimism aimed toward the announcement, while Washington State poker activist curtinsea (Curtis Woodward) called the deal “great news for players on 888Poker in Delaware” — adding that it is “pretty much ‘meh’ for everyone else.”
ANALYSIS: Despite the disagreements on how much of a positive impact the incoming shared liquidity market will have, seeing a large number of poker players engage with topics such as regulation and legislation is “positive” on its own.
Players who participate in forum discussions are becoming much more informed about consumer protections afforded to them via different regulatory bodies, the difficulties of authorizing formally licensed online poker games in a statewide regulatory structure, and how poker legislation affects not only consumers but the industry as a whole.
It is this author’s opinion that players should continue to discuss/debate these topics not only for their own informational benefit, but for newer players who can learn about industry-wide news while engaging in discussion in an approchable, instant-feedback forum setting.
Having a tri-state shared player pool is indeed “great news” in some regards, yet it’s no secret that players, affiliates and operators alike are counting on future dealmaking between states such as Pennsylvania to continue the regulated U.S. online poker market’s growth. If Pennsylvania decides to join the tri-state agreement (and if some other states pass regulation in the near future), the impact would be much more positive than it is at this time.
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