The upcoming interstate online poker launch between Nevada and Delaware is anxiously awaited by many throughout the poker industry who realize that the success of regulated Internet poker in the U.S. is dependent on such partnerships.
Delaware and Nevada formed the first interstate alliance in February with hopes that many other states would climb aboard in the future. The Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) was born between the pair of regulated states and that agreement carries with it some strict regulatory requirements, especially concerning geolocation technology.
Faced with the task of restricting online poker play to players within those two partnered states is Locaid, a geolocation company that is primed and ready for the interstate compact to begin. Locaid currently provides its geolocation services to gaming companies in all three regulated states and will play a big part in the MSIGA’s success.
Locaid delivers mobile compliance technology that ultimately enabled the first interstate online poker deal in U.S. history,” said Locaid President and CEO Rip Gerber. “We have been plumbing the mobile location systems with carriers, operators and regulators for years to reach this landmark accord, and we congratulate Nevada and Delaware in delivering a secure, customer-friendly geolocation compliance approach that can cross state lines.”
New Jersey too?
Locaid also operates in New Jersey, a state in which complaints from players mounted following the Garden State’s online poker and gambling launch last November. Some were claiming that even while physically located in New Jersey, they could not access the gaming sites.
Part of the reason for that is because the boundaries established by the casinos that operate the gaming sites were not identical to New Jersey’s actual physical boundaries. It is imperative that players located outside the state not be able to access the sites, so the gaming providers may have adjusted their areas of operation slightly inward.
A lot of customers (gaming sites) have moved the borders in a little bit, just to be safe,” said Jeff Allyn, Locaid’s Senior VP of sales and marketing to SILive.com. “Over time those boundaries will get adjusted.”
Although those geolocation issues pertaining to boundaries did crop up, the technology is actually quite advanced and can identify exactly where a player is located. You can be playing in a poker tournament on your iPad in New Jersey while in a car and drive over one of three bridges to get to Staten Island, New York.
Your access to the poker site will be denied once you are within the boundaries of the state of New York. Turn around and go over the bridge back to New Jersey and you will once again be online and participating in tournament action.
Both Nevada and Delaware are hoping that New Jersey does become a partner in the MSIGA, as well as other states that enact online poker regulations in the future. It is estimated that 20 states will join the online poker party by 2020 and Locaid is more than willing to provide geolocation services to them all.
“We look forward to working with additional state regulatory teams and gaming operators as they onboard,” said Gerber. “And if New Jersey joins the pact, our location service currently deployed in the Garden State will seamlessly integrate.”