The gaming regulatory bodies of both New Jersey and the United Kingdom announced today that they have reached a liquidity agreement, and will begin working to see how they can merge player pools from both regions for online gaming.
If the two sides can figure out the logistics of both regions, there will be a huge pool of shared players that could participate in online poker games as well as online casino games, meaning that punters in the Garden State could share in huge progressive jackpots on slots or participate in tournaments. Currently there are a handful of sites that could benefit from an agreement, including 888, GVC, PokerStars, Betfair, and Gamesys.
Commenting on the agreement New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck said, "With 9 million people in New Jersey, and more than 63 million in the United Kingdom, this would mean a massive increase in liquidity for New Jersey operators. Even when you discount children and non-gamblers, it gives us access to a market that is very familiar with online gaming. That number is one-fifth of the total U.S. population."
The agreement is the first step in building an official shared player pool, as operators and the regulators need to work out various hurdles to see if its even possible to pull off.
The above mentioned operators have been asked to respond as to whether they'd be interested in a shared player pool by August 1st.
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