WV will join Multi-State Poker Compact if requested by operator, says official
“We have had discussions… and when the time comes, we will apply to join the pact.” West Virginia would apply to join a multistate agreement for online poker and casino games if one of its operators told the state they wanted to offer multistate poker, an official with the body said. state gaming regulations Poker Industry PRO exclusively.
The official also suggested that such a request could materialize soon after Michigan becomes a participating member of the Multistate Internet Gambling Agreement (MSIGA), and more operators can connect their multi-state player pools.
Few operators would be able to make such a request of the West Virginia Lottery. Of the eight online operators currently living in the state, only two – BetMGM and Caesars (via WSOP) – have a multi-state poker platform. But their interest in offering online poker in West Virginia may depend primarily on when Michigan allows its operators to offer multi-state poker.
WV will ask to join MSIGA “Timely”
“If one of our operators came to us and said they wanted to offer multi-state poker, I’m sure we would [would consider it]. Once Michigan joins us, I’m sure there will be a lot of interest. David Bradley, assistant director of security at the West Virginia Lottery, said Poker Industry PRO that the agency is “really interested” in joining MSIGA. The agency confirmed this in July 2021.
“Our manager is definitely interested,” Bradley said Wednesday. “We have had discussions here at the Lottery, and when the time comes, we will apply to join the pact.”
Bradley pointed out that currently only the US WSOP/888 network can take full advantage of the shared liquidity opportunity that MSIGA provides – it’s the only network with online poker rooms in the other three members of the compact – Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. Since 888 is not in West Virginia, a request for the state to become the fifth member of the pact will not come from them.
“If one of our operators came to us and said they wanted to offer multi-state poker, I’m sure we would [would consider it]”, Bradley said. “Once Michigan joins, I’m sure there will be a lot of interest.”
Bradley said West Virginia has not officially requested to join the pact and there is no timeline for doing so.
“We are monitoring the situation. It’s kind of a waiting game to see what happens. Right now we could join and be part of the compact, but we wouldn’t be able to offer the game.
“We’re in tune with that, we’re watching it and we’re interested in it.”
BetMGM, Caesars and BetRivers could push for WV to join Compact
Under West Virginia gaming laws, the state’s five casinos and racetracks can each have three skins for online casino gaming and sports betting. The state’s three main gambling facilities are the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, the Mountaineer Casino, and the privately owned Greenbrier Resort.
Hollywood and Greenbrier each have three partner carriers. The former is in partnership with Barstool, DraftKings, and PointsBet, while the latter has partnerships with BetMGM, FanDuel, and Golden Nugget. Meanwhile, Mountaineer is partnered with BetRivers and Caesars.
Once Michigan operators are licensed for multi-state online poker, BetMGM could connect its pool of Michigan players with those in New Jersey who are on the partypoker US Network – which includes BetMGM Poker NJ, Borgata Poker NJ and partypoker NJ.
Caesars could also ask the West Virginia Lottery to move forward with its membership MSIGA. This would allow him to connect to the American WSOP/888 network – and to the poker rooms on WSOP NV, WSOP NJ and 888poker NJ.
BetRivers, which acquired a poker platform and announced plans for future deploymentcould also entice West Virginia to join the pact.
Two remaining casinos in West Virginia – Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island – use IGT software to operate Betly sports betting.
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