Nevada, which has already legalized online poker, is not going to legalize other casino games such as slots and blackjack in the near future. Legalization of other casino games is not in the agenda of the monthly meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which is scheduled to be held shortly.
Confirming that the state has no plans to legalize other forms of online gaming, A. G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, said, “We’re only six months into poker. For now, we want to prove our poker first.”
Currently, Nevada has only two licensed and regulated online poker rooms—WSOP.com, an online poker brand in honor of the internationally acclaimed World Series of Poker (WSOP), and Ultimate Poker. While the owner of the former is Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the owner of the latter is Station Casinos. Nevada has granted interactive online poker licenses to many companies and some of them will launch their online poker sites after independent testing companies as well as the lab belonging to the Nevada Gambling Control Commission test their software.
Burnett predicts confusion regarding the issue as New Jersey has announced that it will launch its first online gambling sites on November 26. New Jersey has legalized not only poker, but also slots and casino games. He said: “Nevada is poker only. That was the legislative intent from the beginning and the board has no plans to do anything otherwise.”
The commission plans to request the governor of Nevada to sign interstate compacts with other states to increase liquidity.
According to William Horne, leader of the assembly majority, the state’s interactive gambling law excludes sports betting and horse betting, but not casino games. It is, therefore, up to the state’s gambling regulators to legalize other forms of online gambling. He said: “I believe our intent from the outcome was to take conservative steps. Nothing prohibits (the control board) from going beyond poker and we want our regulatory boards to make that decision. I think we’re taking prudent steps.”
The only US states that have legalized online gambling are Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada. Delaware has already announced that the state will launch online poker rooms on Halloween Day.
Many other US states, including Pennsylvania and California, are now considering the pros and cons of legalizing online gambling. Meanwhile, John Amodeo, a lawmaker in New Jersey, has announced his plans to propose a bill allowing online gambling across state limits.