David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, stated in an interview with Wayne Parry of the Associated Press, that no deals that would combine the New Jersey online poker player pool with other jurisdictions are imminent.
With revenues for New Jersey online gaming falling way below their projected levels, people are looking for answers. One way that many believe will boost participation for online poker is the sharing of player pools with other states and countries where online poker is legal.
Larger player pools will increase interest in online poker tournaments with eye-catching prize pools and provide players the choice of a wider variety of games in times at which to play those games. Nevada and Delaware entered into the first cross-border agreement earlier this year and expect to begin sharing player pools in early 2015.
New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak eluded to the possibility that New Jersey would soon be sharing its online poker player pool internationally in September. However, though Rebuck states that increasing player liquidity is a goal for 2015, and that discussions with Nevada and the UK have taken place, no agreement is currently in the works.
New Jersey could also see a boost in online poker play with the addition of PokerStars, but Rebuck confirmed what pokerfuse first reported earlier this month: That the approval for the global online poker leader will not come before the end of 2014.