What could be a sign of progress in launching shared liquidity, BetMGM US has finally updated its software platform in New Jersey.
This aligns the software with the download from Michigan’s BetMGM Poker, which is already running on the new engine – and a necessary step for BetMGM to merge its New Jersey player pool with MI.
The new software includes various new features, including Run it twice (RIT), Gamified features such as Throwables and emojis, Better filters, real name support, and more.
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The New Jersey platform now matches Michigan and Pennsylvania – and is ready for cross-state player pools
BetMGM Poker uses partypoker’s software to run its operations. The original partypoker client in the global dot-com market received a branding and software overhaul many years ago. These upgrades have found their way to BetMGM’s operations in North America.
When they debuted, BetMGM Poker came to Michigan and Pennsylvania with these new platforms. In Ontario, where BetMGM shares its network with partypoker and bwin, the site was using the latest version from Day 1.
However, the platform BetMGM New Jersey had been left to languish. Whether this was due to logistical reasons, regulatory approvals, or simply a lack of attention remains unclear. But finally this situation has improved – the software now fits Ontario, MI & PA. Borgata and partypoker customers in New Jersey have also been updated.
It’s a long-awaited upgrade. It is believed that the operator had to update New Jersey’s platform to bring it to par before liquidity sharing with Michigan is possible. It has finally happened – and it brings the operator one step closer to introducing US Multi-State Poker.
However, it is difficult to estimate when that could happen. Based on the BetMGM tournament promotions schedule for the next few weeks, it doesn’t appear that the merger of BetMGM NJ and BetMGM MI will take place this year. But the New Jersey software upgrade is definitely an encouraging sign and suggests the operator may be preparing for the big event.
While operators remain silent about their joint liquidity plans, momentum has certainly picked up. At least one operator has hinted at “exciting news” regarding its US network. Pokerfuse believes this development could very well be the announcement of the PokerStars NJ + MI merger.
WSOP, the only operator in the country with the joint liquidity facility, has not shown any progress in adding MI to its existing NJ/NV/DE pool. As a matter of fact, WSOP NJ and WSOP NV still runs on the old 888poker software WSOP MI & WSOP PA uses 888’s new Poker 8 software.
Lots of upgrades – although No TURNS still
The software upgrade brings cosmetic tweaks to the main poker lobby. The BetMGM branding has shrunk slightly and the option to select poker, casino and sports verticals has been placed at the top to free up space at the bottom.
In addition, the scrollbars have been improved and the games tab button has returned to the traditional puffy design, moving away from the trendier flat buttons. The color coding for the highlight has also been switched from the old green to blue.
However, some important features were left out with the upgrade – including the ability to chat with other players and the waitlist option at cash game tables.
The updates were rolled out last week on November 16th on the desktop platform and this week on the mobile apps.
Unfortunately, BetMGM’s NJ software upgrade did not include the popular lottery-style sit-and-go variant TURNS. The game is available in its two counterpart states: Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Last year BetMGM confirmed this poker that it intends to offer spins in all US markets in which it operates. While Michigan got the October 2021 game, New Jersey remains on the sidelines. What could prevent the operator from starting? TURNS is unknown, but NJ players should keep an eye on the client because TURNS are very likely on the way – as will eventually interstate online poker.