Nevada and Delaware Ready to Begin Sharing Online Poker Players

Though announced a year ago, an agreement between Nevada and Delaware to share online poker players could finally launch in the next six weeks. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (l.) has confirmed the player sharing agreement is ready to begin.

It’s been a year of waiting, but Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has confirmed that Nevada and Delaware—two or three states to offer online gambling in the U.S.—could begin sharing online player pools in the next six weeks.

The agreement to share online players was seen as a way to boost the profiles of online sites in both states and increase player pools overall. But the player sharing agreement between the two states was announced in February 2014 and still has not gone into effect.

Sandoval, however, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that player sharing could begin within the next four to six weeks.

Sandoval also said the launch has been delayed by “technical glitches,” but state regulators now say player sharing is “imminent.”

Both states have attracted small play bases since starting online gambling last year, and player-sharing agreements between states are seen as critical to building online poker in the U.S.

Under the Multi-State Internet Agreement, operators licensed in both states could begin sharing player pools, primarily for poker.

In Delaware, 888 Holdings is the online poker software provider for all three of the state’s racinos that currently share a player pool on 888’s All American Poker Network (AAPN). In Nevada, 888 provides the online poker software for the brand and is expected to launch its own 888-branded online poker room.