Online poker players in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware can now circle May 1 on their calendar as the day that everything will change. WSOP.com announced Monday morning that on that day, the player pools for all three states will combine into one.
The move comes six months after the three states reached an agreement to allow for a combined liquidity. Players in Nevada and Delaware have been part of the same player pool since 2015.
“This has been a huge collaborative effort from all involved and it is important to thank the elected leadership and regulatory authorities in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey for their dedication and diligence to help move online poker forward,” Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker for WSOP.com told the Associated Press. “Everyone has had the end user in mind throughout this process, and as a result, we believe the United States, for the first time in a regulated environment, will have a large-scale multi-state offering that will propel the industry forward as soon as next month.”
The combination of the three markets into one should pave the way for bigger tournament prize pools and a more robust cash game offering.
Players in New Jersey will be able to play in the four bracelet events on WSOP.com this summer as part of the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule. Delaware players are not eligible to play in those events.
“Pooling poker players from three states will be a significant regulatory step in the U.S., and is very exciting for our players and partners,” Yaniv Sherman, 888poker senior vice president told the AP. “If approved, we anticipate that this will open up further opportunities in other states.”
888poker is the software partner of WSOP.com and the companies have promised a “number of upgrades” to the software designed to enhance the player experience according to a press release issued by WSOP.com Monday.
Players in New Jersey and Delaware will need to download the new poker software on May 1. Further details will be announced later this week.