Online poker players from West Virginia now have the opportunity to play against players from Delaware, Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey. Sources said the West Virginia Lottery announced that the Mountaineers State has joined a closed multi-state Internet Game Agreement (MSIGA) among the aforementioned jurisdictions to facilitate online poker games between players from the state who are parties to the deal.
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John Myers, director of the West Virginia Lottery, reportedly said, “West Virginia iGaming operators are now excited to have the opportunity to offer our operators multi-state poker. This will greatly increase the number of potential participants, allowing our operators to play games for bigger wins.” West Virginia i-Gaming operators who want to take advantage of the latest opportunity and offer multi-state poker are reportedly required to submit a letter of intent to the state lottery. Furthermore, the availability of multistate gambling facilities requires the approval of West Virginia regulators and the relevant Member States.
Multi-state internet gaming contracts began in 2014, when Nevada and Delaware ended the first deal of its kind. These states were approved by respective legislation that would facilitate sponsors based within the geographical boundaries of both jurisdictions to participate in legal forms of online gaming. The pattern was followed by New Jersey, which became a party to the agreement in 2017 and joined Michigan in 2022.
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According to reports, tasks and issues related to the implementation of agreements between member states are managed by Delaware Corporation Multi-State Internet Gaming Association LLC. Michigan, Nevada, West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey are reportedly using agreements to provide online poker to current member states. The Multi-State Poker facility represents another option for operators and regulators to promote online gaming and share the benefits of online potential that would otherwise be bound by land-based casinos beyond geographic boundaries.
As reported by a separate source, West Virginia currently has only five land-based casinos offering live poker, and the Hollywood Casino is the largest with 16 tables. Now, with multi-state internet gaming deals signed, West Virginia players will have even more opportunities to use unique legal facilities to gauge poker skills with online players in other member states.