Shared Player Pool for Nevada, Delaware Likely in 4-6 Weeks


Over a year after the initial agreement was signed, Nevada and Delaware are finally set to share an online poker player pool says Nev. Governor Brian Sandoval.

Speaking with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, primarily about a pending homeland security bill, Sandoval called the implementation "imminent" based on discussions with Nevada gaming regulators.

The expected launch date is now between 4-6 weeks, he says.

According to Sandoval technical glitches stalled the initial rollout planned for last summer but gaming regulators say those have been rectified.

Move in Right Direction but Limited Added Volume

While the shared player compact is a step in the right direction for online poker legislation no immediate impact to overall player volume is expected.

With a population of just under 1 million Delaware hasn't seen a boon of poker players since introducing legalized poker.

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New volume might entice Delaware poker players back.

Just three operators - Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Delaware Park - offer online poker with only $28,589 in revenues in December 2014.

Its biggest revenue month ever was December 2013 with $106,922 in revenue. The primary reason for the decline, pundits say, has been lack of liquidity.

Nevada, on the other hand, has seen slightly larger numbers with roughly 150 cash-game players on average, mostly on

The hope is the new shared player pool will bring some of Delaware's early poker adopters back to the game.

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