Online poker players in Nevada and Delaware may be competing against each other as early as this summer.
After forging the nation’s first interstate agreement last month, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval are aiming for the new online poker scheme to be up and running in just a few months. Previously, the end of 2014 had been mentioned as the target, but that projection has been shortened.
Both states could use the increased liquidity, as both are in the lower third of the nation in population. Delaware ranks nearly at the bottom of the 50 states, coming in ahead of only a handful of others.
With the Multi-State Internet Wager Agreement now in force between Delaware and Nevada, Sandoval has invited other states to take part and team up with the pair. Perhaps 10 or so state legislatures are said to be contemplating online gambling legislation and the Nevada governor is more than happy to lend a hand.
:”If there are states that don’t have as sophisticated a regulatory structure as we have, that’s something we can offer,” Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “If your state doesn’t have the infrastructure, use our capabilities.”;
New Jersey, the only other legalized state, already has established its online gambling regulatory structure. Governor Chris Christie has spoken with Sandoval about an interstate compact, but a commitment has yet to be offered. With roughly 9 million residents, New Jersey is the 11th most populous state and would be a considerable boon to Delaware and Nevada players.