The Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) that the governors from Nevada and Delaware signed one year ago to combine online poker player pools is set to launch in roughly four to six weeks.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell joined forces last February in reaching the agreement that is seen as key to the success of regulated online poker under the current state-by-state format of legislation.
Many had been wondering what was taking so long for the two states to go live with their interstate launch. Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journalrecently that “technical glitches” were to blame for the delay.
Invitation open to other states
After the historic MSIGA partnership was announced in February 2014, Sandoval extended an invitation to other states to join as well. At this time, only New Jersey is in position to do so as the only other igaming regulated state.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had discussions to that effect with Sandoval in the past, but no alliance is reportedly in the works. Garden State officials have also spoken to their counterparts in the UK about sharing liquidity internationally.
The need to eventually forge such agreements in the future was one of the highlights of a report issued on January 2 by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck. That report, entitled “New Jersey Internet Gaming One Year Anniversary – Achievements to Date and Goals for the Future,” stated the following:
“An important area for the future of Internet gaming is Interstate/International compacts,” Rebuck wrote. “This type of cooperation between jurisdictions is very important for building liquidity in peer-to-peer games such as poker. The Division is open to discussions in this area and always seeks to ensure that any agreements are most beneficial to New Jersey’s Internet gaming industry.”
Player Traffic Boost
Both Nevada and Delaware should see player numbers increase once the partnership goes live in April. Delaware, with its population less than one million, only fills a few cash game tables during peak hours, according to PokerScout.
It is believed that a number of Delawareans who would like to play online poker have stayed away due to the lack of liquidity. Adding the 170 average number of ring game players from WSOP.com in Nevada to the mix may prompt more Delaware residents to take a seat at the virtual tables.
Likewise for Nevada. The alliance with Delaware may entice more Nevada players to deposit and play at WSOP.com, and compete against players logging on from Delaware.
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