Delaware and Nevada Sign Online Poker Agreement

Published February 28, 2014 by OCR Editor

Delaware and Nevada Sign Online Poker Agreement

The agreement signed between Delaware and Nevada will allow players from both states to share virtual online poker tables.

In some very good news for the regulating US market, the states of Delaware and Nevada signed an agreement to allow residents from both states to play online poker together in virtual tables. This unprecedented pact was signed by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Tuesday.

According to the agreement, local online poker operators will be allowed to open their games for players from both states and the revenue will be distributed evenly depending on the location of the players who generated the rake. The players would need to be physically present in either state to participate, regardless of where they live. It has been said that the agreement will give both states the ability to create a larger marketplace, adding to the player liquidity on which online poker sites rely. This in turn will also help online gaming operators offer a greater number of poker games and stakes, so everyone ends up benefiting.

Is New Jersey Next?

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Gov. Sandoval described the agreement as a "landmark intersection in the road of gaming history". Sandoval went on to claim that the two states are entering what he called "a new frontier of gaming". Both governors expressed their wishes that more states will participate in such agreements, as Gov. Markell said: "We hope additional states do participate … We all benefit if more states participate."

Apart from Delaware and Nevada, New Jersey is the only other state which offers online poker and  now the question arises if New Jersey will join in into a similar agreement. According to Gov. Sandoval, Garden State officials have expressed some interest in a multi-state agreement but are waiting to see how the agreement works in practice between Delaware and Nevada.

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