Currently, the legality of online poker is a hot topic in the US. The US government has passed laws that allow players to play online poker, but there are still some states that have banned the game.
Connecticut, for example, is waiting for the final ruling of the Wire Act. Once the law is reinterpreted, the state will be free to enter multi-state agreements and launch shared liquidity agreements with other states. These would resolve traffic problems for sites, and make Connecticut a more interesting market for online poker.
While the state is waiting for the final ruling, it may consider entering talks with other states about the possibility of creating the first poker sites in Connecticut. Connecticut could combine players pools with other states and launch two sites.
Connecticut lawmakers are open to the possibility of entering into shared liquidity agreements. They may introduce amendments to regulate shared liquidity agreements.
Currently, the state’s online gaming bill does not address shared liquidity agreements. It does, however, allow operators to launch two poker sites. In addition, the bill allows for digital device fingerprinting, which allows poker sites to recognize new accounts and block players.
Although the bill does not mention shared liquidity agreements, Connecticut lawmakers are open to the possibility of entering negotiations. If Connecticut joins the talks early, it may be possible to launch two sites before shared liquidity agreements are finalized.
While Connecticut is currently awaiting the Wire Act ruling, there are some signs that it could delay the state’s online poker program for a year. If the DOJ doesn’t appeal the last court decision, the state will be able to resume its online poker program.