One Month Later, How Do Things Look With Interstate Online Poker In New Jersey?

Written By Kim Yuhl on May 30, 2018 - Last Updated on April 8, 2020

May started off with online poker making headlines. New Jersey poker players joined Nevada and Delaware players in one combined player pool on NJ and 888 Poker.

Shared liquidity in the Garden State set the stage for what will be an even bigger player pool once Pennsylvania comes online. Pennsylvania is tentatively scheduled to launch online gambling later this year.

Then, the US Supreme Court stole the headlines. In mid-May, in a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (aka PASPA) violated the 10th Amendment.

The opinion opened the door for legalized sports betting across the United States. But the NJ sports betting news also shoved the importance of combining poker playing pools into the background.

Bringing NJ online poker and shared liquidity back to the spotlight for a minute, here is a look at online poker and the effect of player pooling over the last month.

The effect of shared liquidity on poker cash games

As expected, and 888 Poker combined poker player pools in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware are growing.

According to Poker Scout, before the launch of shared liquidity, the two separate pools posted a combined seven-day rolling average of 210 players. Post liquidity, the single mixed player pool posted a seven-day rolling average of 260 players.

Obviously, any growth in a market that has been a bit stagnate of late is a good thing. One of the most surprising things is the growth is seeing is not coming at the expense of PokerStars NJ or PartyPoker.

Yes, they have seen a slight decline, losing about an average of 10 cash game players per platform. That is still a net of 30 cash game players in the market. And more players in the market is a good thing for every online poker room.

The effect of shared liquidity on poker tournaments

The impact of shared liquidity on poker tournaments is similar to the effect it has had on cash games. Tournaments are showing an increase in entries on WSOP NJ and entries remained steady on PokerStars NJ and PartyPoker.

Soon after the launch of shared liquidity, announced its new signature weekly Sunday major tournament with a $100,000 guarantee. Tournament players love the big guaranteed tournaments. Nearly 100 more players showed up on the first Sunday of a combined player pool than showed up to the two markets combined from the previous week. also hosted the 32-event Coast to Coast Classic during the month. What is notable is only one of the 32 events failed to meet its guarantee. This feat is something most series were unable to do pre-shared liquidity.

The entries for PokerStars NJ and PartyPoker remained consistent with the number of entries they posted before the combination of player pools.

The most surprising news of the month was PokerStars NJ hosted the tournament with the most entries. On the same day as the Coast to Coast Classic $200K guarantee, PokerStars NJ hosted a half-off sale for its $45,000 guarantee Sunday special.

It posted 583 entries compared to 526 for the Coast to Coast Classic Main Event.

One thing this month has shown is that more tournament players online is a good thing for all three platforms.

What does a summer with interstate online poker look like?

The initial outlook into how interstate online poker is affecting the US online poker market is good. However, it’s going to be more challenging to make any judgments on its impact for the next few months.

The 2018 World Series of Poker is starting, and Las Vegas will host thousands of poker players from around the world. All of those players are eligible to play online at while in Nevada. is hosting four online bracelet events this summer, and players can play online simultaneously while playing live.

It will be hard to tell if online poker traffic in the months of June and July is due to the host of tournaments in Nevada. And, it will be hard to tell if the New Jersey online poker market is benefitting.

Although, a decline in cash game players and tournament entries on PokerStars NJ or PartyPoker will not be too surprising.

The impact of New Jersey joining the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association is a discussion that will be ongoing for many months to come. The final result most likely will come later this year when the dust of the world’s most prestigious poker tournament is long over.

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Kim Yuhl has been covering the US online gambling market since 2013. Her work is featured on various sites and covers sports betting, online casino gambling, and online poker. Kim is a full-time traveler and vlogger and is currently slow traveling to 60 countries. You can follow her travels at and on YouTube at kimandway.

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