Nevada Approves Three Online Poker OperatorsPublished November 30, -0001 by OCR Editor
The gambling haven of Nevada is moving ahead with intra-state poker sites
Nevada online poker licenses
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC for an interactive gambling operator's license on Thursday, paving the way for the owner of the Las Vegas Stratosphere hotel and casino to offer online poker to intra-state customers. WMS Industries and PokerTrip Enterprises also received licenses.
ACEP plans to launch a free-play poker website with no real money handling facilities by the end of this year, before beginning to accept real money bets from its customers in 2013, the Laas Vegas Review Journal reported - citing local gambling officials.
Promised land of poker
American may well be the new promised land for online poker operators, with companies threatening to leave Europe. IGT, the world's largest slot-machine maker, last week shut down its online poker operation in Europe, blaming regulatory changes from country to country for killing its business model.
Nevada, where IGT is based, became the first US state to authorize in-state internet gambling last year. Several major companies are also applying for licenses in the gambling haven, including giant land-based casino operators Caesars Entertainment and MGM.