The pooling of online poker players in Delaware and Nevada is “imminent”, according to a report published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In a story that was mostly about a homeland security bill, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval told LVRJ’s Steve Tetreault that technical glitches contributed to the delays that kept the online poker liquidity sharing agreement from going live last summer as expected. The agreement is set to go live in four to six weeks.
Delaware and Nevada announced that the two states would share online poker players in a February 2014 agreement. The deal will substantially benefit Delaware, where 888 powers sites skinned through the state’s three racinos. The Delaware Poker Network averages just eight players and peaks around 25 daily, according to stats compiled by PokerScout.com.
It was previously announced that 888 would open a skin through its partnership with Treasure Island and Golden Gaming in Nevada. That new site will be on the WSOP.com platform, which is powered by 888. It will be called the All American Poker Network.
The states are in time zones three hours apart. This should help expand the peak hours of traffic and give Delaware players a much larger player pool than it has now. PokerScout reports that WSOP.com in Nevada peaks around 300 players daily and averages about 150.
Real Gaming is the only other regulated Nevada online poker site. It is not licensed in Delaware so it will not participate in the sharing of player pools between the states at this time.
New Jersey is looking to expand its liquidity in 2015. The Garden State has yet to announce an agreement with Delaware or Nevada.