More Nevada Operators Apply for Online Poker License

November 26, 2012

Online poker in Nevada may soon rival live poker in prevalence if the licensing application process is anything to go by. Several Las Vegas casinos have already applied for and obtained the licenses to run online games, and now there an additional two casinos that have submitted their applications.

Treasure Island and Hard Rock Hotel are the most recent to show their interest in the much awaited online poker industry of the Silver State. They have joined a rapidly growing list of applicants, which currently has 12 approved operators.

The parent company of Hard Rock is Brookfield Real Estate Financial, but BREF Interactive Gaming, LLC, one of its subsidiaries, actually submitted the license application for the hotel. Brookfield Real Estate Financial has already been reported to be in the process of securing online poker software, as it currently negotiates with software providers.

Twelve companies have already confirmed that they have been approved for a Nevada online poker operator licenses. The most recently approved operator is MGM Resorts International. In the past month, Fertitta Interactive, Golden Nugget, and Boyd Gaming have all also received their approvals for the operator licenses. Other companies already holding their licenses include: American Casino & Entertainment Properties, Bally Technologies, Shuffle Master, WMS Gaming Inc, South Point Poker, International Game Technology, Global Cash Access, and Monarch Interactive.

Switch Communications Group made an application for a license to operate a hosting center, which is basically a location that houses computer networks and is separate from casinos. If Treasure Island and Hard Rock are granted approval, the number of licensed operators will rise to 14. However, there is yet to be an indication of the first money site launching. South Point’s initial expectations were squashed with the postponement of the company’s debut, citing delays and negotiations in testing.


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