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Nevada Talks to Delaware About Possibility of Online Gaming Compact

Sandoval & Markell

According to Cy Ryan of the Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has been in talks with Delaware Governor Jack Markell about the possibility of an online gaming compact.

“Delaware is the only one that has gone live that would be a candidate,” Sandoval said as the New Jersey market won’t open until Nov. 26. The talks centered on Nevada offering their online poker games — such as and Ultimate Poker — in Delaware. However, state officials would like "time to see what their experience is going to be."

On Nov. 8, Delaware became the first U.S. state to launch a full-scale online gambling operation as three Delaware casinos — Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway — launched a wide range of real-money games including poker, blackjack, roulette, and slots. All of those games are being offered on an 888 Holdings platform under the jurisdiction of the Delaware state lottery.

In order to play, customers must be physically located in Delaware and provide a social security number. Players must also give consent to the use of location-based services to detect their geographic location. Similar requirements are in place in for players looking to play online poker in Nevada.

The talks between the two states were "positive," but a compact isn’t expected anytime soon. Nonetheless, it is the first step in exploring and establishing gaming compacts between states.

In Sept., PokerNews spoke with the WSOP's Ty Stewart and Seth Palansky about shared liquidity involving states with online poker. Many are on board that smaller states like Nevada and Delaware would highly benefit from shared player pools, and Stewart and Palansky both provided some very sound insight into the topic, which you can read more about here.

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