3-state online poker pool to debut May 1

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet poker players in three states will be able to face off against each other starting May 1, in a long-awaited expansion of online gambling.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment tells The Associated Press on Monday that its WSOP.com and 888Poker.com brands plan to go live on that date in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. It would be the first joint play arrangement linking the three states that currently offer internet gambling. Pennsylvania is soon to offer online gambling, as well, but is not part of the deal. Caesars anticipates regulatory approval from all three states, and has submitted its software for testing in all three jurisdictions. The goal is to increase liquidity: The more people playing online at the same time, the more appealing the games are.