This week New Jersey's gaming regulator announced that they're still working to try to enter an online poker compact with several other states, although it appears UK liquidity will not be happening.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement revealed that it is in talks with Nevada and Pennsylvania among other states in order to share poker players across software. The talks are coming as online poker numbers are sagging in each individual state. This is most likely due to the limited player pools, which means there isn't much action on the tables.
Speaking about the concerns of New Jersey DGE Director David Rebuck said, "If those states will not allow their gaming servers for online gaming to be here, we really are kind of stuck unless there is a legislative change. We're not in a very strong position to effectuate liquidity with those restrictions."
The discussions come after New Jersey failed to come to an agreement with the United Kingdom to share players. Rebuck said that while the two regulators had an agreement in principle, the parties couldn't agree to the placement of servers, as New Jersey has tough laws regarding the topic. "We just couldn't pull it off," Rebuck said. "Our law is very restricted in that the gaming servers, the actual gaming servers that allow for the outcome of the game to be determined, have to be in Atlantic City, and that's just not a business model that they were willing to adopt. There are a lot of factors involved in online gaming, and it's just not a matter of flipping a switch and saying, 'we're going to turn on the Internet today.'"
Rebuck also spoke about the state's pending sportsbetting appeal to the Supreme Court, expressing optimism on the topic. He also said that the state would likely add online services in that vertical if the case is ruled on in their favor.