Friday, 16 November 2012
MGM Resorts International has become the latest Vegas operator to be granted a state online poker license.
The move comes after the Nevada Gaming Commission heard the company’s case for a license and accepted their proposal. The license now puts MGM one step closer to opening their virtual poker platform, with the only piece of the puzzle left to be completed being the acceptance of bwin.party by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Having partnered with bwin.party in October last year, MGM will use their software to run an online poker site in conjunction with Boyd Gaming. Under the terms of the deal bwin.party will own 65% of the company, while MGM will hold 25% and Boyd 10%. It’s expected that MGM will begin offering free money games by early next year before moving to real money games. However, it’s uncertain when this will be as bwin.party isn’t expected to meet with regulators until next year. Indeed, the NGC has also made it clear that bwin.party isn’t “guaranteed approval”, which could mean a severe delay in the process for MGM.
The sixth annual edition of Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath tournament series may have begun last week but players are being advised that there is still time to qualify for seats into its prestigious £120 buy-in main event.
Land-based and online gaming products innovator Scientific Games Corporation is set to run its second annual Shuffle Master Classic event next month offering one lucky poker player the chance to walk away with $100,000 in cash.
Land-based casino operator Estoril Sol has been awarded the first online gaming license for Portugal and has teamed up with platform provider Gaming1 to launch the new EstorilSolCasinos.pt domain.
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