New bill could take online poker in New Jersey international

Earlier this fall a new deal between New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware sought to bring shared liquidity between the three states that have regulated, legal online poker. A new bill introduced in the New Jersey senate this week is looking to take shared liquidity in the state a step further.

For anyone who doesn’t know, shared liquidity in online poker refers to the sharing of players between jurisdictions. Within the agreement between the three states, that would mean someone in New Jersey could play against players from Nevada and Delaware. The new bill, known as Senate Bill 3536, is looking to bring in shared liquidity in New Jersey from outside the United States.

To do this, the bill would address and change current legislation in New Jersey that requires all online gaming equipment to reside in Atlantic City. The bill, introduced by Democratic Senator Ray Lesniak, states that it would “allow location of Internet gaming equipment outside of Atlantic City under certain circumstances.”

The bill goes on to say, “The provisions in this act, P.L. c. (C.) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), permitting Internet gaming equipment to be located outside of the territorial boundaries of Atlantic City if necessary to facilitate the conduct of international wagering, would increase the economic benefit of Internet gaming to Atlantic City and to this State.”

The legislation goes on to say that internet gaming has generated about $1 billion in economic output since it was first launched four years ago, and has created more than 3,000 jobs.

State targeting poker players in Europe and beyond

Representatives from New Jersey have already been in discussion with reps from the United Kingdom regarding player sharing. If Bill 3536 were to pass, it would be a positive step in the right direction for this to happen.

The next step for the bill to become law is to pass votes in both the New Jersey senate and House of Representatives. After that the New Jersey governor then must sign the bill. Chris Christie is now the governor, but his term ends on January 16, 2018, when Phil Murphy takes over.­­­­