By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
This week a state gaming regulator announced that starting in February 2012, Nevada will begin accepting applications from companies looking to operate internet poker sites.
The announcement came from Mark Lipparelli, Chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, last week during the U.S. Online Gaming Law Conference. While the push for legalization and regulation of online poker at the national level is in the beginning stages of what appears will be a drawn-out process, Nevada is pushing ahead full steam- with or without the Federal Government.
Nevada’s online poker system would closely resemble the state’s approach to online betting. Only residents of Nevada would be allowed to play poker online, and they would only be able to do so from within the state’s borders.
The process of obtaining a license will be much simpler for companies that already hold other Nevada gaming licenses, whereas companies new to the state would be subject to a full investigation before being allowed to obtain an online poker license.
“We’ve taken our brick-and-mortar operational standards to a new level,” said Lipparelli. “We’re going to continue to be flexible, but we think we’ve set the bar high for licensing and suitability.”
Nevada is poised to approve a set of regulations and technical specifications that companies must comply with in order to obtain a license. That approval is expected to come in December, although officials have stated that delays may occur if further revisions are needed. Considering the precedent this will set, poker players both in Nevada and in the rest of the United States will eagerly be awaiting further developments.
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