Gambler regulators in the state of Nevada have now approved three companies to offer online poker sites within the state boundaries. Just this week, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved South Point Poker LLC for the first interactive gambling operator’s license in the state.
The license went to Monarch Casino & Resort Inc which is based in Reno and owns the Atlantic Casino Resort Spa. Monarch Chief Operating Officer, David Farahi, issued a statement after the approval which read:
“We are very pleased to have received one of the first two Nevada Interactive Gaming Operator licenses issued. We are evaluating several interactive poker software providers and intend to partner with the provider that can offer the best quality product to our guests.”
Farahi went on to state that the Atlantic Casino Resort Spas is known as one of the premier resorts in the state and was awarded the AAA Four Diamond rating very recently. Farahi believes that there is significant potential for synergy between the land based option and their interactive gaming offerings.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Global Cash Access Holdings Inc has been licensed to provide online payment services for the online poker sites. Steve Harris, the lawyer assisting South Point commented that the company’s technology will still have to pass through several layers of inspection before it can go live. However, the company is anticipating an October release for real money betting options.
Just last year, the South Point Hotel Casino Spa launched a free play poker site, so they already have experience in online poker options. It will be interesting to see if the company will be able to launch real money game play by October or if they will be pushed back further. Nevada residents are ready to enjoy online poker legally in the state so hopefully it will not be too long before the new site goes
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