888 Holdings has launched its Multi-State Poker Network (MSPN), which connects regulated online poker rooms powered by 888 software in Nevada and Delaware.
On March 24, which happened to be a Tuesday, the MSPN was soft launched. The purpose of the network is to share player pools of four regulated online poker sites in Nevada and Delaware. The soft launch has historical significance as it enables interstate liquidity sharing among US states for the first time.
At present, a majority of the players on the network come from WSOP.com Nevada, a brand belonging to Caesars Interactive Entertainment. This is because Delaware is a sparsely populated state, which has only three online poker sites—Dover Downs, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway. Player traffic to these sites is very poor. According to data on PokerScout.com, these sites hardly get 10 players to their cash game tables.
888 Holdings has great plans for the network. The company aims at sustaining the game of online poker within Delaware while simultaneously attracting more Nevada-based poker players to tournaments and ring games.
If Treasure Island succeeds in launching an online poker site in Nevada, the network may grow faster. PokerAtlas says that Treasure Island’s online poker product will instantly become a part of MSPN as it will operate on the 888 poker software. Previously, its plans were to join the All American Poker Network (AAPN) with WSOP.com Nevada.
In a recent press statement, Brian Mattingley, the CEO of 888 Holdings, expressed his excitement and hoped that the network will grow rapidly in the future. He further said that the launch of this network “is a key milestone” for the company as it “marks a new era for regulated online poker in the United States.” He said that the network could become a reality only because of the “flexible and robust gaming platform” developed by 888 and “deployed across all three regulated US states,” making it possible for any other US state to join it in the future if they so desire.
Mattingley also said: “It has been our honor to be a part of this ground-breaking project and we congratulate the States of Nevada and Delaware, under the leadership of (Nevada) Governor (Brian) Sandoval and (Delaware) Governor (Jack) Markell, and the gaming regulators of both states, for implementing the regulation which enables our technology to deliver a safe, secure and exciting shared poker network for their eligible players.”