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Gambling Moving and Shaking Happening in and around Nevada

15 March 2011 by admin

Nevada is beginning to do some moving and shaking in terms of online gambling. There are two separate efforts now in motion that has Nevada pushing for online gambling. One effort is a bill for intrastate online poker and the other is another push towards federally regulated online gambling.

It seems that Nevada is unwilling to relinquish its hold on being THE place to play your favorite casino games. Now state law makers are making an attempt for being the first state in the United States to offer online poker. Majority Whip William Horne is the force behind the proposed bill to regulate online poker in Nevada. But there are a couple of differences between Horne’s bill and Lesniak’s up in New Jersey that is already riling the brick and mortar operations up.

Horne’s bill will allow for non-Nevada based online poker companies to apply for licenses from Nevada. It is expressly stated in the bill that an online poker company cannot be denied a license “solely because the operator…operates, operated or was associated with, in interstate or foreign commerce and while licensed by another jurisdiction.” What this means is that say another state legalized and regulated online poker within their own state, any operators who have a license in another state would not be turned down for a Nevada online poker license. And the same would apply to operators from overseas companies, such as PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Naturally the overseas online poker sites are on board with this piece of Nevada legislation. Or at least PokerStars is for sure. This results from the fact that they would not be shut out of the US market. So of course brick and mortar casinos are not thrilled with the bill, which is going by the name of Assembly Bill 258. The fear is that if operators outside of the Nevada market would steal too much business from Nevada operators. On one hand I can understand the fear. PokerStars, for example, is one of the largest and most popular online poker sites available; Nevada brick and mortar operations would be hard put to compete.

As for other movers and shakers, there is Senator Harry Reid. The gentleman senator is taking up his place in Washington and keeping his word to continue to push for federally regulated online gambling. He joins Representatives Barney Frank and John Campbell in their quest to push some federal level legislation to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). With Reid’s move last December to try to squeak in a federal online poker won him the support of the American Gaming Association; it is possible that they support Reid’s attempts now that he has joined forces with Frank and Campbell.

Now that the fanfare over New Jersey’s historical push forward that was stopped by Governor Charlie Crist, Nevada is surging forward in its attempts to get some kind of online gambling or online poker secured for itself.

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