Let’s all play together and be happy! A recent press release announced the good news. Both WSOP.com and 888Poker.com will be going live with three-state pooling on May 1. This means that players from Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey can all play together now. Nevada and Delaware have shared pooling since March 2015. Yet for New Jersey players, this is great news – especially since the live World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is just weeks away.
And what does this mean for players?
May Day will mark the single largest liquidity increase NJ players have experienced. And this, since online poker was first legalized in November 2013. This means bigger wins and prizes and more playtime across the time zones. It could also lead to less traffic on other local sites and bigger tournaments, especially on the weekends. Probably new games and formats will develop as well. Yet the icing on the cake: the chance of winning a shot at a WSOP bracelets thanks to the online qualifier. And then maybe more states will join in. For now the most probable would be Pennsylvania. PA is in the process of opening its own regulated online poker sites. Including PA will immediately double the available playing pool. How cool!
The news is good, but not for all poker sites
WSOP NJ and 888 Poker will undoubtedly become the favorite sites for players from NJ. And why? Because only online poker operators present in the three states can participate in interstate pooling.
This means that other sites in New Jersey, including PokerStars NJ, Pala Poker, and Borgata’s three networked sites will go to the sidelines. Or at least until they agree to open up in Nevada. However, that might be difficult for PokerStars. It’s currently barred from participation in Nevada since it’s considered a Bad Actor. Ouch!