The poker player pools of Delaware and Nevada may be merged soon. According to a report written by Steve Tetreault for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Brian Sandoval, the governor of Nevada, said that the interstate online poker compact that the two states had signed last year will be finally implemented in the next two months.
Although Nevada is America’s gambling capital and the world’s hottest gambling destination, its online poker industry has failed to succeed. Analysts say that there are many reasons for the decline of online poker in Nevada, but the simple truth is that Nevada just does not have a player pool large enough to make its online poker rooms succeed.
Liquidity is very important for online poker, and Nevada is sparsely populated. Ultimate Poker, the first online poker room to be launched in Nevada died because of lack of liquidity. Today, Nevada has only one online poker room, which is hardly getting even 200 players to its cash game tables.
A year back, the governors of Nevada and Delaware signed a liquidity sharing deal that allows poker players in one state to gain access to online poker rooms in another state. Currently, online poker is legal only in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey.
Poker players thought that the liquidity sharing pact will be brought into effect last summer, but this was delayed because of certain technical issues.
The liquidity sharing agreement will be more beneficial to Delaware than to Nevada, but the slightest increase in player pools will be a boon to Nevada’s struggling online poker operators. It could also lead to the launch of America’s first online poker network in the form of the All American Poker Network (AAPN) comprising skins such as WSOP.com, 888poker, and Treasure Island Poker, all of which operate on the 888 poker gaming software.