The Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended approval for a pooling of players between WSOP.com and 888 in the state, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This is the first step in gaining full approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission. That hearing is set for July 24.
888 has already planned a Nevada launch. It partnered with Treasure Island and Golden Gaming. These live gaming partners would be a part of the shared platform agreement.
The move would merge WSOP.com and its software provider into a single platform and player pool. This is not the case in New Jersey where WSOP.com and 888 directly compete against each other. New Jersey interactive gaming law permits online poker sites to have skins. This already happened in New Jersey where Borgata and Party Poker share liquidity.
Betfair and Golden Nugget planned on sharing the Ongame Network in New Jersey. Golden Nugget never launched its poker room. Betfair’s poker site has virtually no players and manages to post just a few dollars in rake each month.
This step would also help pool liquidity between Delaware and Nevada. The two states announced an online poker compact in February. There has been no such agreement reached with New Jersey.