A mutually beneficial deal for Nevada and Delaware

Online gambling

The online gambling industry took a severe blow when almost all online games were banned, but some of the most prominent companies are planning a return to the US. Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey were the first three states to make firm steps towards legalising online gambling in general and poker in particular. California and Pennsylvania could soon follow, and this puts a lot of pressure on the three pioneers to take advantage of the favourable situation.

Nevada and Delaware are contemplating a compact that could evolve into a mutually beneficial deal, offsetting the shortcomings posed by the small populations. The two states have a combined amount of 3.6 million residents, with Nevada claiming three quarters. On their own, the two states won’t look too attractive, for online poker companies were hoping to establish a consistent customer base. By joining forces, the states should take an early lead and stay competitive when California and Pennsylvania begin their onslaught.

Meanwhile, New Jersey is a most serious contender as Gov. Chris Christie finally passed the online gambling bill after several amendments were made. The local authorities have no intention in creating a compact with Delaware and Nevada, as this would defeat the purpose of legalising online gambling in the state. They plan on protecting local casinos and unlike Nevada and Delaware, New Jersey has enough residents to be attractive for prospecting online poker companies.

This makes it imperative for the two states to join forces and the geographical shortcomings shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle. Delaware doesn’t have a land-based casino industry to protect, while Nevada shouldn’t be threatened by online poker because the two ventures do not collide. The Las Vegas casinos are fuelled mostly by tourists and players traveling to Nevada from other states or countries, and they come here specifically to play in the glamorous brick and mortar casinos.

There is no danger in alienating tourists as they won’t trade land-based casinos for online ones, so a compact with Delaware should be a win-win situation for the Silver State. Nevada residents on the other hand might give online poker a try and if only a fraction of the 2.7 million people living here react in this manner, the industry will gain a lot of traction quickly. The two states made a giant leap forward by passing legislation, but unless they shake hands they would have a hard time in attracting investors.

By acting quickly and presenting poker companies with a customer pool of 3.6 million, Nevada and Delaware should get things going before larger states pass their own bills.