On Tuesday the Governors of the states of Delaware and Nevada signed a compact that will allow for online poker players to partake in games based in each state.
The deal was signed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell, with the goal to allow for increased player pools. Delaware revealed earlier this week that its gambling revenues are stagnating, and larger player pools are perceived to be a potential solution to this issue.
Commenting on the deal Sandoval said, “We’re standing in a moment of history today. We hope (the deal) will serve as a model for multistate collaboration and that other states will see the benefits of the agreement and soon decide to join for themselves."
“I see this as an opportunity for the states to show leadership, and it’s good for gaming, it’s good for business, and it’s good for the economies of our two states. This agreement strikes the necessary balance between reasonable regulation and state sovereignty. We hope it will serve as a model for multi-state collaboration.”
Governor Markell added: “More states mean more players, which means more revenue for participating states. That’s why we wanted this agreement to be able to expand.”
A date for the pooled players to be able to play together was not announced at the press conference.