If you’re an online poker player in Nevada, Delaware, or New Jersey, you may notice a spike in traffic on your poker site beginning May 1.
That’s due to a shared liquidity agreement between the three states that will go into effect on that date, Caesars Interactive Entertainment told The Associated Press.
The news will thrill those who are frustrated with playing on poker sites that don’t have enough games to earn a living. With the shared player pools from Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey, poker sites such as WSOP.com will have more games and players.
Caesars has announced its internet poker site, WSOP.com, which currently operates in all three states, will share software with 888poker.com, a growing international poker brand, once the shared liquidity agreement goes into effect.
What About the Keystone State?
Pennsylvania legalized online poker late in 2017, but still hasn’t approved any internet gambling licenses. When the aforementioned three states begin sharing player pools, residents of the Keystone State won’t join in on the fun.
But that doesn’t mean a new agreement to include Pennsylvania won’t be reached as soon as the state’s poker sites begin operation. Now, when will that happen? It’s unclear, but experts have projected licenses will be considered this summer.
It’s been a long wait for poker players in Pennsylvania. What’s a few more months?
The Purpose of Shared Liquidity
Online poker is popular throughout the United States, but when you only allow players to compete against others in their home state, the games aren’t as juicy.
Caesars announced the company supports shared liquidity to increase prize pools and generate more traffic to one site, as opposed to smaller field tournaments and fewer cash games available on one site, which is the current landscape of online poker in New Jersey, Nevada, and especially Delaware, a small state.
Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman Becky Harris told WTOP.com the agency “is pleased to be part of this collaborative effort between regulators, operators, and the platform manufacturer to achieve the common goal of providing a sound gaming experience for patrons across multiple jurisdictions while still meeting our individual jurisdictional requirements.”
Players in Nevada and Delaware have been competing against each other on WSOP.com since 2015, but adding New Jersey, the state that generates the most revenue from online poker, is a big deal. If Pennsylvania soon hops on board, the internet poker industry in America will be on the rise.