Since the beginning of COVID-19, there has been an explosion in the popularity of online poker. As a result, many live gaming venues throughout the world have been shut down indefinitely. As a result, there is a severe shortage of entertainment options in many countries. This has led many casual players to turn to online poker as an alternative. Many operators have reported traffic double or more than what it was before the pandemic.
New Jersey legalized online poker
In November 2013, New Jersey legalized online poker for residents in the state. The state’s government believed that the industry would generate a substantial revenue stream and help develop the garden state. Currently, there are several online poker sites available to players in New Jersey. These online sites offer different perks to attract players.
One benefit is the competitive nature of the online poker scene. In New Jersey, players can participate in tournaments of various stakes and games. A typical online tournament can have a buy-in of $40-$60. Rake is usually around 10%. In contrast, a daily tournament at a casino can have a rake of 20-25%. In addition, the state requires that all NJ poker sites implement geolocation technology. Although the early stages of the online poker industry had issues with geolocation, it is becoming more accurate and reliable.
West Virginia legalized online poker
West Virginia legalized online poker in March 2019. The state’s online gambling laws allow people to play real money poker online. The state is home to over two million people, which could be a huge market for online poker. Since the state legalized online gambling, it has worked to regulate and license online poker sites. The state’s director of gambling regulation and enforcement has traveled to neighboring states to promote the law.
The law in West Virginia requires that poker sites collect information about their customers to verify their identity and location and prevent fraud. This information is cross-referenced with government databases and uses geolocation technology to ensure that a player is not playing in an area they are not supposed to be.
Delaware legalized online poker
Delaware has become the latest state to legalize online poker. Despite a rocky start, the state has since passed laws to regulate online gambling. The state’s online poker industry is expected to be up and running in a few months. However, the state’s lack of regulatory oversight has made it difficult to gauge whether the games are fair. In addition, there is no way to verify that random number generators are being used to determine the outcome of games.
In addition to Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey have also legalized online poker. The latter two states also allowed brick-and-mortar casinos to apply for online gambling licenses. These casinos can partner with any online gaming partner. In fact, the Delaware Lottery recently brokered a deal with Scientific Games and 888 Holdings to offer online poker to its customers.
Pennsylvania legalized online poker
After New Jersey, Pennsylvania legalized online poker last month, which could mean big things for the industry. The state’s potential market is even bigger than New Jersey’s, meaning more Pennsylvania-only poker sites to choose from. And, if all goes as planned, the state can sign an interstate agreement with other states, which would likely double the size of the US online poker market.
With more casino interests applying for online gaming licenses, Pennsylvania will soon have more online poker sites than online poker rooms. This is a good thing for players because Pennsylvania’s online poker market would be more competitive than other states. With so many online poker sites, Pennsylvanians will have more options than they would have with traditional brick-and-mortar poker rooms.