Online poker moves closer in Nevada
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Intra-state online poker in the US state of Nevada moved a step nearer yesterday after the 11-member Nevada Gaming Policy Committee recommended that no further statutory tests were needed prior to operator’s going live within the state. The decision clears the path for Nevada to offer intra-state real-money games without the need for federal approval.
Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and member of the Gaming Policy Committee Mark Lipparelli said that the first casino operator licences could come through in 60-90 days with real-money online games following, subject to sites passing technology inspections from approved labs.
Regulators in Nevada have given the nod to Bally Technologies, International Game Technology (IGT) and Shuffle Master to provide casinos in the state with online poker technology.
The Policy Committee also recommended strengthening the state’s regulatory standards in relation to the location and identity of players and the protection of player deposits. The Committee also called on the legislature to investigate the possibility of compacts with other states and nations given the potential limitations of the player pool in Nevada.