Delaware-Nevada To Share Online Poker Players Within MonthsMarch 24, 2014 5:20 pm
When Nevada and Delaware signed a landmark Internet gaming agreement last month, Delaware Finance Secretary Thomas Cook said it would likely take until the end of 2014 before the two states were ready to combine their online poker liquidity. That original prediction has now been brought forward several months after Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (photo right) said on Friday that their new interstate compact could launch as early as this summer.
The Nevada Governor made his surprise announcement during the iGaming North America conference in Las Vegas, whilst also opening the door for other US states to join the two state’s compact and benefit from their expertise in the field. Currently more than 10 other US states are considering introducing internet gaming legislation this year, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. Offering to assist them in establishing their own online gambling regulatory framework, Governor Brian Sandoval, said:
“If there are states that don’t have as sophisticated a regulatory structure as we have, that’s something we can offer. If your state doesn’t have the infrastructure, use our capabilities.”
One product the interstate compact does not include, however, is online casino gambling as Nevada, unlike both Delaware and New Jersey, restricts itself to providing solely internet poker. Interestingly, in Delaware 40.1% of its online gambling revenues have been derived from casino games, whilst in New Jersey that figure is an even more sizable 65.2%. We will have to wait until next month before Nevada releases its first tranche of data to see what its figure is, but nevertheless The Silver State is unlikely to change its stance any time soon, and as Gov. Sandoval explained at the weekend:
“I think poker-only works well because Nevada is not like other states. We have restricted gaming and neighborhood casinos. Poker works well with what we hope to accomplish.”
With South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) expected to push their federal anti-online gambling bills next week, their also remains the question of whether approval would subsequently render all previous state compact agreements null. Gov. Sandoval, on the other hand, remains unconvinced, and commented:
“I’ve been very transparent with the Sands organization. My position is the law of Nevada is the law. It gives us the ability to do what we’ve done with Delaware..I would question whether federal law could come in and supersede our state’s laws.”