At least not anytime soon.
Over the weekend, I saw a few headlines suggesting that Delaware and Nevada were close to reaching a compact agreement for online poker.
Best I can tell, these stories are all based on an AP report from July 9th that covered a meeting of Delaware’s Video Lottery Advisory Council.
According to that article, DE lottery director Vernon Kirk said (in response to a question from Dover Downs CEO Ed Sutor) that “Delaware officials have had some discussions with Nevada gaming officials about the possibility of an interstate compact.”
That is the full extent of his – or any other official’s – comments with regard to progress toward a Delaware / Nevada compact.
Talk of a Nevada / Delaware compact isn’t new. In fact, Kirk raised the idea back in February. And a compact between the two states makes sense on face.
But there are a number of problems with the assumption that a compact between Nevada and Delaware is imminent, including:
I’m not saying it won’t eventually happen – just that Kirk’s offhand comment doesn’t represent any sea change.