New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck emphasized to GGB that the agreement was only a first step in what could be a long and complicated process.
“We’d still have to figure out lots of issues: specific regulations, how the tax rate from each jurisdiction would be applied, player ID and geolocation issues, and other things we probably haven’t even considered yet,” Rebuck told GGB. “But you have to start somewhere.”
Several sources involved in the New Jersey online gambling market were quick to note to OPR that conversations around liquidity sharing were preliminary at best.
The next immediate step in the process: New Jersey operators with international platforms (including 888, Betfair, Gamesys, GVC, and PokerStars) have been asked by the DGE to provide feedback on the feasibility of liquidity sharing by August 1st.
Part of the legal rationale for allowing online gambling in New Jersey involved mandating that all game servers be located in Atlantic City.
The New Jersey constitution effectively forbids casino-style gambling taking place anywhere in the state except Atlantic City.
It’s long been unclear how much flexibility there is in the server requirement. But if there’s little-to-no flexibility, then true player pooling with the U.K. wouldn’t be possible.
What would be possible: A system where players from the U.K. were able to sign up and play at New Jersey online poker sites.
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