On Tuesday evening the long awaited pooling of online poker players between Nevada and Delaware became a reality. Delawareans logging into one of the state’s three regulated online poker sites were met with not two or three table choices but dozens, as peak traffic went from 25 to over 300 – Even this morning there are still 100 players logged in across the new interstate network according to PokerScout.com’s tracking data.
According to Caesars Interactive’s Seth Palansky the interstate pooling is still in soft-launch mode.
— Seth Palansky (@SethPalansky) March 24, 2015
Sources have told me 888 and CIE are now awaiting final approval from the states.
Early traffic numbers promising
Peak traffic on the AAPN NV/DE network reached 319 players overnight, in line with Nevada’s typical daily peak numbers (and very strong for a Tuesday night), and as noted above, light years ahead of Delaware’s typical Tuesday numbers.
This is a really good sign considering the pooling came about unannounced on a Tuesday.
Participation rates in Delaware (which have hovered around 10 average players per million residents) are expected to rise to industry norms (40-50 players per million) now that the state has the semblance of a sustainable player pool.
As more and more Delaware online poker players hear about the new player pooling with Nevada the state is likely to see a surge in new signups and former players disenfranchised by the lack of games available reengaging.
The impact in Nevada will be less pronounced and more gradual.
Nevada already has solid participation rates, but the state should be able to use the increase in the number of games available thanks to the additional players from Delaware (likely to be over 100 at peak hours) and keep these games running longer thanks to the all important time-zone difference which will extend peak hours.
In the coming weeks peak traffic between Nevada and Delaware will likely eclipse 400 players, if not 500. Average traffic will likely flirt with 200 players, but could eventually rise as high as 300 during peak playing periods and when the markets fully mature.
What won’t be shared
In an interview with PocketFives.com, Palansky stated that World Series of Poker satellites, as well as certain promotions would not be available to players in Delaware. “Promotions specifically for the WSOP.com player will remain exclusive to WSOP.com, Palansky said, citing the need for WSOP.com to maintain a certain level of brand independence from other rooms on the network.
All cash games, tournaments, and sit & go tournaments will be available to players in both states.
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