Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada signed a historic agreement Tuesday to share player pools for online poker between the two states. The agreement is the first of its kind and both Governors hope to include other states in the agreement.
“We should do everything we can to make our gaming industry as competitive as it can be,” Markell said at a press conference before signing the agreement and forming the Multi State Internet Gaming Association.
Sandoval echoed Markell’s hopes and said, “We are standing in a moment of history – a landmark intersection in the road of the gaming industry. We want to pioneer the new digital space together.”
The agreement allows both states to pool liquidity and establishes minimum requirements for other states and operators to join in the agreement. Also, the agreement framework is easily expandable to add other states that meet the minimum standards. Each state will receive a percentage of the rake from the players from their respective state.
Players in each state will have to log into one the approved and regulated states and physically be located within the borders of their state to play. Players will be subject to the laws and regulations of their respective state.
There is no date set for when interstate play goes live but Sandoval hopes to launch as soon as they can. Markell and Sandoval revealed during the press conference that they have had conversations with New Jersey and that they hope New Jersey will join.
Nevada currently allows for online poker only and Delaware allows poker and casino games like blackjack, roulette and slots. The MSIGA will allow for each individual state to determine what games are offered and will be able to authorize which operators can offer gaming within their state.
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