Summer Start for Interstate Online Poker
Interstate online poker in the United States appears to be coming sooner than expected. Last month the governors of Nevada and Delaware both signed a compact agreeing to share their player bases, allowing players from the two states to play against other. It was suggested that this would be possible from around the end of this year.
However, according to reports from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, it now appears as though as summer launch is likely. It is hoped that this will give online poker in the two regions a bit of a boost, as it will help players find active games when they want to play. The number of players online at any one time is currently quite low, particularly when compared to online poker networks that operate in other parts of the world.
This is perhaps not surprising given that Nevada and Delaware rank quite low among all the states in terms of population, at 35th and 45th respectively. Another way for the online games to improve is if other states also join in, something which is allowed for in the original agreement.
At the moment the only state that could legally join is New Jersey, as they are the only other state to have legalized online gambling. It is believed that preliminary discussions have been held with the New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, but nothing has been agreed as yet.
There are a number of other states currently looking at the possibility of legalizing and regulating online poker, and if some of these go ahead and also join the interstate compact then regulated online poker in the US could really start to take off.
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