The regulatory body in Nevada has tentatively approved Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s application to launch online poker services in Nevada. Caesars has plans to establish a real money World Series of Poker (WSOP) room in Nevada.
Nevada has already licensed 12 online poker operators to launch online poker sites and 5 companies to offer online poker related services. However, nobody is sure when exactly online poker services will be launched in Nevada.
South Point Poker, which was the first to get an online poker license, was expected to be the first online poker room in Nevada. Unfortunately, this was not to be as there were too many hiccups in negotiations and software testing procedures. South Point Poker, however, is busy making the required preparations to launch its online poker business in Nevada. Recently, the poker operator advertised 17 posts related to its new online poker product in areas such as site operations, security, marketing, and compliance.
South Poker Point had also pulled down the shutter of its old free online poker site and intends to redirect its old free poker players to its new real money online poker site as soon as it is launched. The new South Point Poker site will be run on a different software platform.
According to a report published in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Caesars expects to launch its online poker services early in 2013. Caesars got its preliminary approval two weeks after Treasure Island and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino submitted applications for online poker licenses. Caesars’ legal representative said that the online poker product will run under the name of WSOP.
Just before the incidents of Black Friday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) had approved Caesar’s partnership deal with 888 Holdings. The two companies already operate real money WSOP rooms in the European market. 888 Holdings recently announced that its relationship with Caesars has been strengthened; and accordingly, Caesars will launch online poker services on 888’s software platform as soon as US online poker is regulated either at the state or federal level.
According to the partnership deal between 888 Holding’s and Caesars Entertainment, 888 Holdings has been supplying required infrastructure and software to enable Caesars to run its real money WSOP sites in the UK for the past 3 years. 888 Holdings Deputy Chairman Brian Mattingley said, “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with [Caesars] into the much-anticipated US market.”