The much-awaited merging of the online poker pools of Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey is scheduled to take place on May 1. The move is expected to pave the way for more online poker traffic, result in bigger prize pools and increase overall competition. The launch of the tri-state liquidity program comes at a great time as the 2018 WSOP is scheduled to start at the end of May and the influx of poker players into Las Vegas, Nevada will help get the tri-state liquidity program off to a great start.
Tri State Liquidity To Become A Reality On May 1
The announcement of the tristate merging of the online poker pools came in a press release on Monday, when Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced that their two brands 888Poker.com and WSOP.com will finally merge their online poker pools by May 1.
Talks of a tri-state merged poker player pool have been floating around since New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie signed the Multi State Internet Gaming Association (MSIGA) in October 2017. When it was signed, there was no timeline given as to when the shared liquidity program was going to launch. But earlier this month, rumours started circulating about a potential launch since Delaware Park and WSOP started hinting about “expanding your network.”
Some Delaware players were reported to have received an e-mail with the title “Prepare to share a better experience.” WSOP started sending out e-mails as well, hinting that they have decided to take things a step further and players should anticipate this summer to be the “biggest and best summer yet for online poker.”
New Jersey Merges with Nevada-Delaware
Online poker players in the three states have reason to rejoice as those rumours have finally been confirmed with the launch set for May 1. Nevada and Delaware poker players have been playing against each other since 2015. The two states will now welcome New Jersey which has a much bigger online poker market.
In a statement, Bill Rini, head of online poker of WSOP.com, said “It is important to thank the elected leadership and regulatory authorities in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey for their dedication and diligence to help move online poker forward…The United States, for the first time in a regulated environment, will have a large-scale multi-state offering that will propel the industry forward as soon as next month.”
As of now, only 888.com and WSOP.com are set to go live on May 1. According to Caesars, they have already submitted the software for testing in all three jurisdictions and are waiting for final approval from gaming regulators in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. The new software will be hosted in New Jersey.
Once the software is approved and the shared poker pools roll out, poker players from Nevada and Delaware will be required to download the new software and create new accounts to migrate to the New Jersey software. Once all Delaware-Nevada players have migrated, the old software will cease to operate.
WSOP Online Events
The launch of the tristate online poker liquidity comes at the right especially for New Jersey poker players who will be able to take part at the upcoming 2018 WSOP which takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas from May 29 to July 17.
For the first time, the WSOP is holding four official online bracelets: $365 NLHE on June 3, $565 PLO 6-Handed on June 22, $1,000 NLHE on June 29, and a $3,200 High Roller on June 30.
Last year, WSOP only held three online bracelets that attracted a total of 4,245 players. This year, the WSOP is expecting bigger prize pools for the events as more players will be able to take part now that New Jersey has joined the online shared liquidity program.
888 Only Operator Present In All Three States
The biggest beneficiary of the player pooling will be 888, since it is the only operator with a presence in all three states. Once the shared liquidity program rolls out, 888 expects its player traffic to double, creating bigger prize pools for its players. One of the key factors that 888 and Caesars will have to pay attention to is the extension of the peak hours since the states are separated by three time zones. According to Attorney Sarah Koch, who has worked with the Delaware Lottery on internet gambling matters, the key is to ensure 24/7 traffic with a critical mass of players online at any given time.
 
 
 

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