West Virginia opens up to online poker pooling by joining MSIGA

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West Virginia has joined the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, giving the state’s online poker players the ability to play against players in other US states.

The MSIGA compact – managed by the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association – was entered into first by Nevada and Delaware in 2014, but it has since expanded to include more states.

New Jersey joined the agreement in 2017, while Michigan was added in 2022. West Virginia now joins that list.

“I am pleased that our West Virginia igaming providers will now have the opportunity to offer multi-state poker to our players,” commented West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers.

“This will greatly increase the potential pool of participants and thus allow our players to play for bigger winnings.”

While online poker has been legalised in West Virginia since 2019, no sites have yet launched in the state. However, that could soon change now that the state is part of the MSIGA.

PokerStars has its player bases in Michigan and New Jersey combined following an agreement earlier this year. WSOP.com combines its player pools across Nevada and New Jersey and works with 888 in Delaware.

Two other states have online poker – Pennsylvania and Connecticut – but they are in completely different situations regarding the product.

Pennsylvania has legal and running online poker but has yet to join the MSIGA, while Connecticut has legalised the product but no sites have yet launched in the state.