Nevada Introduces Bill To Legalize Online Poker

Published Friday, March 11, 2011 -

If there is any state in America that looks most likely to legalize online poker it appears to be Nevada. Nevada, is the home to Las Vegas and legal gambling casinos where the money flows like water and punters are attracted to gambling and high end entertainment from all over the world.

Not very long after New Jersey governor Christie vetoed online wagering in his state, bill AB258 was introduced in Nevada. The bill content is plain, “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.” The Bill content continues, “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.”

The Wall Street Journal recently reported, “The lobbying force behind the Nevada bill is Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., which does business under the name PokerStars. Based in the U.K.’s  Isle of Man, it runs gambling sites the U.S.A. considers illegal.” The Nevada bill applies to online poker only and strictly prohibits online sports betting. The wording of the proposition allows Nevada to “enter into compacts” with jurisdictions that are regulated and offshore that also allow online gaming, strictly limited to online poker. The legislation proposal looks to be tailored to online poker sites accepting US players including,  PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, the Cereus Poker Network, Cake Poker Network or Merge Gaming Network.


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