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A new bill arrived at the end of the 2017 legislative session in New Jersey that would legalize online poker liquidity with international markets. Senate bill S3536 would, in theory, allow players in New Jersey to play against players in France, Germany, and other countries with regulated online poker.
The bill will be the last legislative effort from Senator Ray Lesniak as he moves to retire at the end of this session. It marks the closure of a Senate career dedicated to championing gambling efforts.
According to USPoker, launching international poker liquidity will not be an easy task for New Jersey, and it is not realistic to expect to share with these markets to happen anytime soon. USPoker cites several issues with the most prominent countries offering online poker that would complicate implementation.
At present, only one country, France, has a national regulator for online gambling. Other countries including Germany and Paraguay lack their own federal regulations but accept online gambling licenses from Malta or the Isle of Man.
Meeting each of these regulatory systems poses unique obstacles for New Jersey. However, each international agreement would need to be compliant with both United States federal law and gaming laws of the respective country. This may make it impossible for New Jersey to open player pool sharing with markets that are regulated through Malta.
USPoker predicts France will be the most likely candidate to qualify for online player pool sharing with New Jersey, should Lesniak’s bill successfully pass into law. PokerStars and 888 Poker already operate in both markets.