Will multi-state poker be the state of things to come?
What do you think of when you think of Delaware and Rhode Island? If you live in the US, you probably remember them as being the very tiny states when you studied geography. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union and its neighbor Delaware isn’t far behind. And when it comes to online poker, this is important. See, online poker differs a bit from a standard online casino.
At a regular online casinos, such as those listed at www.pccasinogames.com, gamblers play against a computer program that simulates a casino dealer, slot machine or roulette wheel. So, to a certain extent, it doesn’t matter how many players are online at a single time, as long as there are enough over time to make the casino money. But when it comes to an online poker room, players actually gather at virtual tables to play against each other. The computer program is designed to simulate the dealing of cards and to follow players instructions as far as raising, folding and other commands, but the point of the game is that you match your skill against other players. So with an online poker room, the room needs to guarantee enough players online at one time to make the room work.
Which is where smaller states are finding they run into a challenge when it comes to online poker. Washington DC even scrapped plans for online poker after approval because they couldn’t guarantee enough players to make it work. Which is the same problem Delaware and Rhode Island face.
But Delaware has proposed a solution – a multi-state online poker room. Delaware wants to partner with Rhode Island and West Virginia to offer online poker that allows players from all three states to join in. This would solve the population problem and make online poker a viable option for all three states. It remains to be seen if they can get the efforts off the ground, but if they do, this multi-state idea might appeal to other states. The idea would certainly appeal to poker players who would rather see online poker legislated at the federal level to interest the larger poker rooms working in the UK and EU. Pro poker players want to test their skill against the world, not just against West Virginia.