Feb. 26, 2014 – Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell yesterday signed the nation’s first online poker compact, which will allow poker players in both states to play against one another at digital tables.
The governors met in Wilmington, Del. to sign the agreement that has been in the works since at least October, when the Delaware Lottery launched its online gaming system.
The agreement sets minimum standards for the regulation of the interstate system, but allows both states the flexibility to control who offers online gambling and which games are available within either state. Nevada will only offer online poker.
“This agreement represents a crucial step in Delaware’s and Nevada’s efforts to make our online poker offerings more divers, more competitive and ultimately more enjoyable,” Markell said in a statement.
“Gov. Sandoval and I both share the goal of ensuring that our states’ gaming industries are as competitive as they can be, while ensuring that games are conducted fairly, honestly and securely,” Markell said.
The two states have been developing the inter-state compact for months, at least since October when Delaware officially launched its online gaming platform. Gov. Sandoval said Tuesday’s signing was “…truly a historic day for Nevada, Delaware and the country.”
“The approach we’ve taken will allow us to pursue greater opportunities by establishing a strong framework for collaboration in this new frontier,” Sandoval said. “The possibilities that are ahead of us are truly extraordinary.”
Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey were the first three states in the nation to legalize and launch online gaming systems, but until Tuesday, players were limited to betting against other players physically in the same state.
While the compact will still only allow players to place bets while they are physically in Delaware or Nevada, the increase in competition is expected to result in an increase in revenues for both states.
“We know that more games and more states means more revenue,” Markell told the Associated Press.