It was a historic day for online gambling in the US on Tuesday. Nevada and Delaware, two of the three states to regulate Internet gambling last year, have signed an agreement to allow residents of each state to play against online poker players in the other.
“This is going to change the game of online poker in the US and throughout the world,” said Analyst Grant Sheridan, shortly after the Nevada-Delaware deal was announced. “To have states allowing cross-border gambling is not only historic, but a game changer.”
The deal not only includes Nevada and Delaware, but deal drafters also included the possibility that as other states start to regulate Internet gambling, they may join the network of nationwide online sites.
“The possibilities that are ahead of us are truly extraordinary,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. “The agreement we’ve signed today provides the tools and the structure necessary for us to pioneer this expanding industry together, as states and partners.”
Nevada was the first state to open an online casino late last year. In the time since, Delaware and New Jersey have opened online poker rooms.
New Jersey’s roll-out with online gambling has been below expectations, but Governor Chris Christie insisted that had more to do with lofty expectations rather than a lack of excitement from gamblers.
While the agreement between Delaware and Nevada lays the foundation for regulatory rules among states, each state will be permitted to make certain decisions within that framework. States will be permitted to choose which games they offer at their online casinos, and what the stakes are at those casinos.