Nevada, Delaware Compact “Vindicates” 888’s US Approach
“This pooling compact will help 888 and its partners deliver a world-class gaming experience to poker players in Delaware and Nevada given we are the only operator live in both, vindicating our approach to launch in all regulating states,” stated Brian Mattingley, Chief Executive Officer of 888, in an official press statement issued earlier this week.
“We are grateful to both states for their continued steadfast commitment to regulating our industry. We look forward to additional states entering into such interstate agreements.”
888 operates in all three regulated states in the US. Its online poker network, All American Poker (AAPN), runs in two states: On AAPN New Jersey, it operates an 888-branded poker room, currently the only one on the network; on AAPN Delaware, currently the exclusive provider for online poker, there are online poker skins for three local racetracks.
It is not immediately clear how 888 will take advantage of the new compact, as it does not yet operate its network in Nevada. There is no clear date set for when cross-border play will be feasible; working with technology partners will be the next step.
Following the signing of the new interstate compact, Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Caesars Interactive Entertainment, told pokerfuse that they welcomed the new agreement, which he termed “another case of forward thinking and an endorsement of the importance of pooled liquidity.”
Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company, stated in an email that it would “now take a real look at Delaware as well,” according to Online Poker Report.com.