At the Friday May 13 meeting of the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, Governor Brian Sandoval said that he was willing to sign an interstate compact to share online poker liquidity with New Jersey immediately. “I’m ready to go,” said the governor, adding, “It’s a win-win for both states.”
The governor was immediately backed by A.G. Burnett, the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Burnett said that he was “ready, willing and able” to sign an interstate agreement with New Jersey. The Policy Committee was clearly unsure as to why New Jersey was not equally enthusiastic.
The committee told the governor, who was chairing the meeting, that New Jersey had expressed constitutional concerns over the location of online poker game servers. A.G Burnett replied that the issue was a “red herring” that could easily be solved. The committee was enjoined to explore the issue further, in time for the next meeting in October, but the stumbling block is likely to be political rather than practical.
In November 2014, David Rebuck, Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), gave an interview (paywall) to a Philadelphia newspaper in which he said that discussions on the issue had already taken place with Nevada. The DGE had also discussed the issue with regulators in the UK. Unless the DGE was serious about the possibility, no discussions would have been initiated.
Rebuck’s support for shared liquidity can be deduced, but in public statements he can only say that there is no deal imminent for “reciprocal agreements to expand online gambling.”
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