New Jersey/UK poker link up 'too early to be considering specific details'

New Jersey/UK poker link up 'too early to be considering specific details'

Monday, July 11, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
UK Gambling Commission has confirmed that it is in talks with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

Online poker may be a more attractive prospect in the State of New Jersey if the regulator there is happy to open the pools internationally.

It appears that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is in talks with the UK Gambling Commission about such a development, although discussions are at an early stage.

The Gambling Commission told TotallyGaming.com: “We’ve been having preliminary discussions with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement about sharing poker liquidity and are currently exploring how that would work. It’s early on in the process and too early to be considering specific details of how it would work.”

The news broke this weekend with a report at Global Gaming Business that the two regulators had already signed a deal, although it seems that the DGE has just written to its licensees in the State asking for some ideas about how the process could work in a practical environment.

The report quotes DGE Director David Rebuck as saying that the arrangement would expand the reach of iGaming in New Jersey to more than 70 million people.“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.”

There has been limited sharing of pools in the USA, with just one operator (888) allowed to share pools between Nevada and Delaware, a deal in which New Jersey with its multiple operators has been unable to get involved.

A potential collaboration with the UK, where many of New Jersey’s operators already have a footprint, can be a great move for the State’s operators as it would also provide a healthy pool of players outside of peak playing hours because of the time difference.

Totally Gaming Says: “Many newly regulated markets start off with ring-fenced pools for poker to ensure they can be 100% supervised. However a shared pool is vital to the lifeblood of a vibrant poker site, unless the domestic pool is of sufficient size, and once the regulators get more confident in their abilities the potential to share pools comes to the fore. It is a sensible way to ensure a thriving poker market, as long as the different regulations and taxation models are compatible.”

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