US regulated poker States to share liquidity

Good news for US poker players as operators in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware will be allowed to share their player pools.

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Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are so far the only three States that offer fully regulated online poker in the US. Until now the poker rooms were ringfenced, meaning players could only compete against players from the same State, so the player pools were small. 

On Friday New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor John Carney made a joint announcement that operators in the three States could share the player pools. 

In a statement Christie said:

Pooling players with Nevada and Delaware will enhance annual revenue growth, attract new consumers, and create opportunities for players and Internet gaming operators. This agreement marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for online gaming, and we look forward to working with our partners in Nevada and Delaware in this endeavor.

This is a ray of light for the long and frustrating return of online poker to the United States. It means that the player pools will be much more competitive for US players which much more generous promotions and tournament guarantees. Poker fans will also be hoping that it encourages other States to regulate online poker and join the shared liquidity. 

Earlier this year the ringfenced Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese online poker markets also announced a liquidity sharing deal. With this news from the US it looks like there could actually be multiple online poker markets that can compete with the main global .com market. 

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  • IvicaIliev77

    #1

    Awesome news!
    What sites are going to share player pools, can someone list them (besides Stars obviously)?
  • Lazza61

    #2

    Of the other major state licensed rooms:

    Party and Borgata already share liquidity (both use party software)
    WSOP.com and 888 already share liquidity (both use 888 software)