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West Virginia shows interest in joining multi-state poker compact

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Jan 17, 2008
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The state is waiting for Michigan to join first, as this would push its operators into action.
West Virginia has signaled that it is willing to join a multi-state internet gaming agreement (MSIGA). The state has reservations,
saying it would go ahead on the condition that one of its nine casino operatorswas willing to offer multi-state poker.

A WV representative said an operator would be willing to make this offering only once Michigan became a member of the MSIGA.
This would mean operators could connect their player pools across state lines.

The representative said: “We’ve had discussions and at the appropriate time, we will make an application to join the compact.”

Few operators are capable of making such a request to the West Virginia Lottery; of the nine operators live in the state, only two
have a multi-state poker platform – BetMGM and Caesars. These two companies can do so through the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

West Virginia deputy director for security David Bradley commented: “If one of our operators came to us and said they wanted to
offer multi-state poker, I’m sure we would consider it. Once Michigan joins, I’m sure there will be a lot of interest.”

At present, there are three states in the multi-state compact – Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey – these states can operate through the “
shared liquidity” of the WSOP/888 network. However, West Virginia is not part of this network