Connecticut Online Poker
Several states have regulated online poker in recent years. Delaware, California, and Nevada have all regulated poker in the past two years. Pennsylvania is preparing to legalize online poker, too. Although the Keystone State has not yet established a time frame for its online poker debut, it is likely that first regulated casinos and betting sites will be up and running by fall of 2021. However, Connecticut has yet to pass an online poker bill.
Connecticut’s small population may prevent it from being a viable market for online poker. However, the state has a number of options to get regulated online poker up and running. One option is for the state to enter a shared liquidity agreement with another state. This would resolve traffic issues for the site and make Connecticut a more attractive market for online poker. Another option would be for the state to enter two sites, one with a shared liquidity agreement and one without. This would be a good option for the state, as the operator would have the option of combining the player pools from both states.
Connecticut could also enter a shared liquidity agreement with another state, such as New Jersey. This would create a combined player pool that would likely be more competitive than a single state operator would have. This option may also be attractive to Connecticut lawmakers. While the state’s online poker bill does not mention shared liquidity, a shared liquidity agreement may be a factor in determining whether poker sites launch in Connecticut.
Online poker rooms are usually set up on desktops and mobiles. They offer a wide range of poker games and tournaments. These sites often allow players to play multiple tables at once. Many sites also offer freeroll tournaments to attract beginners. Freeroll tournaments are a great way to play online poker without risking a lot of money. Freeroll tournaments are also a great way to attract players from less well-off communities.
Other states with regulated online poker are Nevada and Pennsylvania. While Nevada has been able to join a shared liquidity agreement with New Jersey in April of 2018, Pennsylvania has yet to do so. Similarly, there are no operators set up in West Virginia. However, it is possible that a tribe in Connecticut will partner with an online casino company to bring online poker to the state.
In addition to these options, Connecticut can also enter multi-state agreements. Lawmakers have been more interested in sports betting than online poker. Consequently, they may introduce amendments to the Connecticut gaming bill to regulate shared liquidity. If the bill is passed, Connecticut may enter a shared liquidity agreement with other states. However, this is not guaranteed. If unexpected developments occur, the target date for Connecticut’s online poker could be delayed.
While Connecticut may be a good market for online poker in the future, the state may be deterred from launching a regulated online poker site for another year or so. The state could enter a shared liquidity agreement with another state, but it is unlikely that DraftKings or other operators will develop a platform for Connecticut.