The Governors of New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware, the three US states with a regulated online gaming market, have reached an agreement to pool their online poker liquidity.

This will allow New Jersey poker players to compete online against players in Nevada and Delaware for the first time.

"New Jersey has been a pioneer in the development of authorized, regulated online gaming, which has been a budding success since its launch in late 2013,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said.

"Pooling players with Nevada and Delaware will enhance annual revenue growth, attract new consumers, and create opportunities for players and Internet gaming operators. This agreement marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for online gaming, and we look forward to working with our partners in Nevada and Delaware in this endeavour."

Nevada and Delaware first created a shared poker liquidity pool in February 2014, although it only benefited London-listed gaming operator 888 as the only company licensed in both jurisdictions.

The addition of New Jersey to the pool will create larger jackpots and more playing opportunities, while also providing an incentive for operators to expand Internet gaming offerings in New Jersey, the governor's office said.

David Rebuck, Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, added: "New Jersey stands prepared to approve a game offering for all three states as soon as an operator submits such a product for testing."

The tri-state agreement means that operators will be able to allow their customers to participate in games such as poker, tournaments, and progressive slot games with players in other states where they are licensed, subject to each state regulator approving the operator and its game software.

New Jersey remains the largest regulated iGaming market in the United States with 23 authorised websites, generating internet gaming win of $196.7m in 2016. This figure is expected to rise to $240m in 2017.

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