Poker players in New Jersey may soon have another online poker option when it comes to battling across state lines.
According to a screenshot posted to Twitter by one of poker media’s most reliable sources, Kevin Mathers, an upcoming BetMGM promotion hints at the launch of the “PartyPoker US Network” prior to the end of March 2020.
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) January 5, 2020
Getting ready to party in Nevada
A “U.S. network” for PartyPoker could very well mean that the online poker operator has locked in a date for going live in the state of Nevada, becoming just the second major online operator to take advantage of the ability to share player pools between both New Jersey and Nevada.
In May 2019, partypoker’s parent company, GVC Holdings, applied for and was approved for a gambling license in Nevada. However, since that time there has been no concrete word on when, or if, PartyPoker would go live in the small market state.
However, taking a look at the dates on the player promotion, the speculation is that PartyPoker could be live in the Silver State before the end of March, when it will hold its $320 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed PartyPoker US Network tournament.
Silver State speculation
While unconfirmed at this time, it makes sense that this points to a PartyPoker launch in Nevada as opposed to other states moving forward with online poker.
Even if PartyPoker has plans to go live in Pennsylvania, there is nothing currently in place for the Keystone State to share its player pools with those of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Even though Michigan just recently legalized online gaming, including online poker, it will likely be no less than six months before online operators are able to tap into those players and, like in PA, the Wolverine State has no provisions yet for shared liquidity.
Competition ahead for New Jersey’s no. 1
If indeed PartyPoker launches in Nevada, it marks the end of the long-time monopoly for the online poker arm of the World Series of Poker. Since May 2018, WSOP.com has been the only online poker operator to completely take advantage of shared liquidity — allowing its players in Nevada to co-mingle with the significantly larger player pool in New Jersey.
The ability to offer U.S. players some of the largest online tournament prize pools available as well as allow Garden State grinders to battle for coveted WSOP gold bracelets from the comfort of their couches turned WSOP.com, which operates on the 888poker network, into the no. 1 online poker site in New Jersey.
In fact, since fledgling online poker site Ultimate Poker shut its doors back in 2014, WSOP.com has been the sole regulated online poker provider for all of Nevada, limiting the options of where to play for players in that state.
A launch from PartyPoker in Nevada would inject some much-needed competition into the Silver State market by allowing grinders in Nevada the option to try out the PartyPoker interface while diving into tournaments on NJ’s BorgataPoker, playMGM, and PartyPoker NJ. For players in New Jersey, the competition could expand the options of online tournaments and potentially boost the lackluster cash game traffic on some of the PartyPoker NJ skins.
As PartyPoker prepares for its major $250k US Network tournament, WSOP.com is continuing to leverage its advantage by starting 2020 off with another major online series of its own. From Jan. 19-26, WSOP.com is holding its New Year Kickoff Series, an eight-event tournament series that features $400,000 in guaranteed prize pools, including a $175k guaranteed main event. In addition, the top three players in their main event will also win $400 online bracelet tournament tickets that can be used during the 2020 World Series of Poker.
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