Online poker operators in Nevada are one step closer to being able to share player pools.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board unanimously recommended the approval of applications by Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) and Treasure Island on Wednesday, Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Both applicants are seeking authorization from Nevada regulators to offer their players common cash games and tournaments where they can compete against players on other sites.
Play will take place on 888’s All American Poker Network (AAPN).
CIE currently uses 888 software to operate its online poker rooms in both Nevada and New Jersey. Treasure Island has an agreement in place to use the 888 software on AAPN once it is launched in Nevada.
888 is also the sole online poker software provider in Delaware where players from the state’s three racinos play together at the same tables.
Delaware and Nevada entered into an agreement in February that will allow common operators to share player pools across state lines.
Online poker traffic and revenue in both states will benefit from this type of shared liquidity as players will have access to bigger tournaments that offer more attractive prize pools. Players will also have a wider selection of games and stakes from which to choose.
Final approval is expected to be received from the Nevada Gaming Board when it convenes later this month.