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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Possible online gaming compact between Nevada and Delaware

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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell have been discussing the possibility of an online gaming compact according to Cy Ryan of the Las Vegas Sun.

“Delaware is the only one that has gone live that would be a candidate,” Sandoval said. New Jersey's market won’t open until November 26th. Nevada's offering their online poker games, and Ultimate Poker, in Delaware has been under discussion. For now, state officials want "time to see what their experience is going to be."

The first U.S. state to offer full-scale, legal online gambling finished a week-long trial run with selected participants on Friday, November 8th, and Delaware opened the doors to everyone of legal age within state borders.

The virtual doors were open in three Delaware casinos that offer poker, blackjack, roulette, and slots in a wide range of real-money games. Those three are Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway and 888 Holdings is providing the gaming platform under the jurisdiction of the Delaware state lottery.

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

A compact may not be coming soon but the two states appear to have started a positive thread in the right direction.

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