Online poker player pools sharing liquidity began on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, between Delaware and Nevada. Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker for WSOP.com, confirmed the news with PokerNews.com and the two states are now able to light up the virtual felt which opened a new avenue in online poker history in the United States.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was optimistic a month ago that the two states would see the fruits of an agreement signed back in the spring of 2014. An interview by Steve Tetreault on Sandoval's projection appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The U.S. online poker market has been a volatile subject in political circles and if the poker community held their breath waiting for a new development in that area, many would simply pass out, only to wake up and realize it was another hurry-up-and-wait situation. When Sandoval's original hopes on a summer launch turned to dust, he was forced to blame the delay on "technical glitches."
Now the compact is operational and online poker players are feeling the excitement.
"It's so refreshing to see online poker taking a step in the right direction in the US," said Mike "ufo1234" Ziemba, a former PokerStars Supernova Elite. Ziemba's livlihood was ripped away in a heartbeat when Black Friday hit and he set out to rebuild what he could from the limited player field in the U.S.'s regulated poker market. "I'm pumped, it's good news."
The PokerNews.com team found a few players from Delaware in action throughout the afternoon on Tuesday at the WSOP.com tables but there will be more. As other states see the possibilities the sky is the limit.
"It's nice to see the player pool grow, and it's cool to sit down and play with someone from Delaware," said "Spew_Artist," a regular player from Nevada on WSOP.com. "Hopefully more states will join in soon."
Traffic numbers will be available for both states as the soft launch continues. Stay tuned for more news as it develops.