Nevada Is Next to Offer Up Online Poker Legislature

March 11, 2011

Now it seems as if Nevada is jumping on the intrastate online poker bill bandwagon. Yesterday, one week after the New Jersey online poker legislature failed to pass, bill AB258 was introduced in Nevada.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The lobbying force behind the Nevada bill is Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., which does business under the name PokerStars. Based in Britain’s Isle of Man, it runs gambling sites the U.S. considers illegal.”

The bill is seemingly be tailored to online poker sites like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars that serve the U.S. market despite the UIGEA and other discerning factors.

The bill reads, “The Commission shall not deny a license to an operator of internet poker… solely because the operator… before the effective date of this act, operates, operated, or was associated with interstate or foreign commerce… while licensed in another jurisdiction.” It goes on to say, “The Commission may issue a license as an operator of internet poker to a person or an affiliate of a person who has been licensed to operate internet poker by a recognized body of another jurisdiction with licensing requirements that are similar to the licensing requirements of this state and who has successfully operated internet poker pursuant to such a license for at least two years before the date on which the application for the license is submitted.”

This bill would apply to online poker only and strictly forbids sportsbetting. It will also allow Nevada to “enter into compacts” with outside jurisdictions that also allow online gaming, though the business would only be regarding online poker.

Whether or not this bill will make it as far as the New Jersey bill is yet to be seen, as we all know, that bill was passed, only to be vetoed by Governor Chris Christie on its way into ratification because of the bill’s constitutionality. A veto of the Nevada bill is not being foreseen.


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