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West Virginia Expands Online Poker Reach with MSIGA Membership

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West Virginia has recently become a member of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA), joining New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan, and Nevada.

Being part of MSIGA allows online poker players in West Virginia to compete with players from the other member states. John Myers, the Director of the West Virginia Lottery, explained that this greatly increases the number of and, therefore, gives West Virginia players the chance to compete for larger prizes.

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Plans to Join Began in October

Interest from West Virginia in joining MSIGA was expressed in October when a state representative revealed that discussions had been held and that an application to join would be made at the appropriate time.

Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, a Delaware-based corporation, is in charge of the agreement. While Michigan, Nevada, and West Virginia currently offer online poker, Delaware and New Jersey are able to offer casino games as well. The agreement initially started in 2014 between Nevada and Delaware, later expanding to include New Jersey's and Michigan's iGaming Market.

Operators Must Apply to Join Multi-State Poker Games

iGaming operators in West Virginia hoping to extend their services to multi-state poker must send a letter of intent to the West Virginia Lottery. This application must receive approval not only from West Virginia but also from the other member states before they can proceed.

I am pleased that our West Virginia iGaming providers will now have the opportunity to offer multi-state poker to our players.

John MyersWest Virginia Lottery Director

The MSIGA is a distinctive arrangement in the United States, with no similar multi-jurisdictional iGaming agreements existing in regions like the European Union.

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