PokerStars Embraces Liquidity Sharing, Site Upgrade to Connect New Jersey and Michigan
PokerStars US is preparing to merge its playerpools in New Jersey and Michigan. A tweet posted late last week gave customers in both states the heads-up that big changes are incoming. The “major upgrade” was due to be completed on Dec. 13 and, according to the announcement, usher in another “milestone” moment for PokerStars.
🚨 Attention MI and NJ players 🚨— PokerStarsUSA (@PokerStarsUSA) December 9, 2022
Please plan accordingly. pic.twitter.com/E07Cmyv2mh
Evolving Regulations Open New Doors for PokerStars
Liquidity sharing has long been touted as the way to improve online poker in the U.S. WSOP.com shares players between its poker sites in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Although it’s far from a perfect system, liquidity sharing has allowed WSOP.com to become a dominant force in all three states.
PokerStars doesn’t have licenses in Nevada or Delaware, but it is active in New Jersey and Michigan. That’s important for the company’s U.S. ventures in general, but, more significantly, a liquidity sharing pact could help PokerStars become the top operator in both states.
As it stands, WSOP.com leads the way in New Jersey, but PokerStars is the busiest site in Michigan. Assuming the upgrade goes off without a hitch, PokerStars could usurp WSOP.com in the Garden State to become the top operator in New Jersey and Michigan.
PokerStars Merger May Mean More Positives for US Poker
The upgrade has possible ramifications for the U.S. online poker industry over time, but the immediate impact will be felt by players. PokerStars has confirmed that the merging of playerpools in New Jersey and Michigan will lead to “more games,” “bigger prizepools,” and bigger “guarantees.”
Pennsylvania poker players won’t be brought into the mix at this time. However, this could change in the future. Liquidity sharing pacts are like dominos and, the more that fall, the more chance such moves will become the norm.
U.S. online poker remains fractured and, if it’s ever going to fully emerge from its embryonic state, unity must become the norm. The merging of playerpools in New Jersey and Michigan is another step forward, not just for PokerStars but the industry as a whole.
All that’s needed now is for more states to embrace regulated poker. This, combined with a culture of connecting playerpools, should finally see the U.S. become the bountiful market it has the potential to be.
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