Online Poker Licenses Issued In Nevada

Online Poker Licenses Issued In NevadaNevada made history Thursday when the Nevada Gaming Commission approved licenses to Bally Technologies and Internet Game Technology to offer online poker within state borders to residents and tourists.

Following last week’s recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the commission rubber-stamped their consent for the gaming equipment manufacturing companies to continue to the next step in the lengthy process of establishing an online poker site in the Silver State. The licensees must now submit their systems to rigorous testing to prove that players can be identified by age and location, as well as the ability to safeguard against collusion, addictive gambling and money laundering.

Bally obtained the first license in state history, with IGT receiving approval less than an hour later. Those two companies were among the first to submit paperwork last October of the more than 30 applications currently on file.

We are grateful to the State of Nevada for this opportunity, said Bally Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer Richard Haddrill in a press release. We look forward to Bally expanding its leadership role in this exciting new arena of online gaming.

Bally and IGT will manufacture, maintain and operate online gambling systems for Nevada casinos. The testing phase will dictate how long it takes for US facing poker sites to be up and running. The anticipated timeframe for the first hand of cards dealt legally in cyberspace from the United States is the end of 2012 or early in 2013.