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3-State Online Poker Player Pool Sharing to Launch May 1

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3-State Online Poker Player Pool Sharing to Launch May 1

It’s official: regulated online poker in the United States is about to get a lot more interesting. After six months of waiting with no news what so ever, New Jersey gaming correspondent Wayne Parry broke the news on April 16 that player pool sharing between three states is set to launch on May 1.

In less than two weeks; just in time for the 2018 World Series of Poker, Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware will begin sharing online poker player pools. At launch, only one operator (under two brands) will be hosting combining pools in all three states: Caesars Interactive Entertainment as WSOP.com and 888Poker.com.

For players in New Jersey, not much will change, aside from the addition of new players. Players in Nevada and Delaware will be required to download new versions of 888Poker.com and WSOP.com and create new accounts to join the new system.

Not into inter-state sharing? Tough luck. According to Parry, the existing online poker software on the participating sites in Delaware and Nevada will cease to function after sharing takes effect. Parry did not specify if this would happen on May 1 or if players would be given a grace period to move over to the new software.

David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, said players in all three states could expect to see bigger prize pools through the Caesars’ sites from the onset of sharing. On April 16, Rebuck told the Associated Press that additional states are expected to legalize online poker once sharing begins.

Bob

Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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