Online poker players from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware will be able to play against each other as of May 1st thanks to an interstate pool.
US.- Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s WSOP.com and 888Poker.com will allow internet poker players in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware to play against each other from May 1st. The deal includes all three states that currently offer online gambling in the US and is not expected to include any others (such as Pennsylvania) for now.
The decision to offer an interstate online poker pool will only become possible once Caesars gains regulatory approval from all three states. However, the company – which already has submitted its software for testing in all three jurisdictions – expects to get the green light in the near future.
“This has been a huge collaborative effort from all involved and it is important to thank the elected leadership and regulatory authorities in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey for their dedication and diligence to help move online poker forward,” said WSOP.com’s head of online poker Bill Rini, adding: “Everyone has had the end user in mind throughout this process, and as a result, we believe the United States, for the first time in a regulated environment, will have a large-scale multi-state offering that will propel the industry forward as soon as next month.”
The deal is expected to increase liquidity as more players will be online at the same time. Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, David Rebuck, said it was long-awaited by the industry and expects it to be the first of more to come as the online segment grows popular in the country.