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Bally’s to be Nevada Gaming Board’s First Internet Supplier

10 June 2012 by Devon Chappell

nevada gaming control boardThe Nevada Gaming Control Board is wasting no time whatsoever in putting the wheels in motion to regulate online gambling. With their recent recommendation of an application submitted by Bally Technologies to provide B2B services to Nevada gambling operators, the Gaming Control Board seems to be playing a very strategic hand in it’s bid to become one of the first State’s to tax and regulate online gambling.

Dependent on two U.S. House bills that would give the Commerce Department the authority to permit U.S. States the right to regulate online gambling activities (other than sports betting), the path to regulation in Nevada looks very promising considering the big players already established here. While California, Florida and Massachusetts are taking similar steps to capitalize on internet betting just as soon as the green light is officially given, Nevada certainly has the most going for it in terms of the likelihood of voter approval.

The recommendation of Bally Technologies to receive an interactive online gaming license by the Nevada Gaming Control Board is just the start of what will likely amount to recommendations of other notable brick ‘n mortar casino brands, such as Caesar’s, Wynn and Boyd Gaming. The only big name likely to not show up is Sands, whose controversial owner, Sheldon Adelson, has openly opposed online gambling regulation, as he claims it foster underage gambling. While it’s painfully clear that Adelson is simply trying to protect his brick ‘n mortar interests, that’s another story for another time.

The Nevada Gaming Commission will be reviewing the Board’s recommendation of Bally Technologies on Thursday, June 21, after which a final decision will be made. When all is said and done, Bally would be licensed to supply casino operators with an open architecture software platform that will give operators custom options in building their own unique gaming package. Designed for mobile online gambling integration as well, Bally’s iGaming platform already offers their most popular games (available through iTunes), and via a recent partnership with the OnGame Network, Bally will be pooled together with what will arguably be one of the largest online poker networks around.

Again, all of this weighs on getting the necessary federal laws passed to further clarify the Wire Act. But if and when that time comes, Bally Technologies will undoubtedly be holding a strong hand dealt by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

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