Nevada Gaming Control Board Recommends Poker Licence for Bally Technologies

Nevada continues to lead the charge towards the legalization of internet poker, with the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommending that Bally Technologies be granted a license to offer Nevadans the ability to play real-money poker online. This was closely followed by a similar approval for software provider International Game Technology.

Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Chairman, Mark Lipparelli, was quick to point out that this recommendation is ‘another step forward, but it’s not the last’. From here, the Nevada Gaming Commission must also approve the NGCB’s recommendation in order for the companies to obtain the license. Once the license is obtained, the software is rigorously tested to ensure that it does not breach the law – namely, that the online poker games are only available to Nevadans aged 21 or over. Controls must be in place to restrict access to underage players or those from outside the state. When questioned in May, Lipparelli said that the process could take 7-10 months to complete.

The silver state is the only state in which online gaming is currently legal and more than 20 operators have applied for a license. Nevada’s law requires an online operator to pair up with an existing Nevada casino in order to offer online poker and the site cannot operate independently. Poker blog sites report that Bally Technologies has signed a deal with Golden Nugget Casino and has already set up a site on which players can access free poker games. Once the license is obtained and the checking process has been passed, Bally will enable real-money poker on the site.

The Nevada Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet later this week.