In today's iGaming news segment, newswoman Natalie provides an update on the latest developments out of Nevada's interactive gaming plans, an update on WillHill's US plans, a New Jersey online gambling overview as well as news across the globe in Northern German state Schleswig-Holstein.
The Nevada Gambling Control board has recommended Bally Technologies Incorporated as well as International Game Technology to be the first companies to receive interactive gaming licenses. The service provider and manufacturer licenses would allow Bally’s and IGT to provide iGaming technology to Nevada Casinos --- including online poker. Executive Director of Poker Player Alliance John Pappas joined us for an interview yesterday, expressing confidence that operations would be underway by Q4 of this year. You may watch the full interview with Mr. Pappas on the SBR newswire.
In other Nevada news, state regulators proposed Thursday that William Hill receive a license to operate three land-based sportsbook and racebook companies. According to a report published by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Will Hill spent more than $53 million in 2011 to acquire three Nevada companies ---including Leroy’s Horse & Sports Place, Lucky’s Sportsbook, and Club Cal Neva Satellite Race and Sports book.
Voting on New Jersey’s online gambling bill has been postponed until the fall. The legislation, Assembly Bill 2578, allows for Atlantic City casinos to offer internet wagering on approved games within their facility. This would NOT include online sports wagering; though New Jersey is attempting to exempt itself from the Professional And Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1993, which outlaws all but four states from running a sportsbook. During his second interview with SBR, State Senator Lesniak noted that while many Americans would enjoy online gambling within their homes, such a luxury was further down the pipe, and rested on federal law being amended.
Moving across the globe now, SBR reported last month that seven operators received gaming licenses in Northern German state Schleswig-Holstein. It appears these licenses are now in danger of being revoked, according to a report published by EGR this week. Germany’s new coalition government is seeking to regulate gambling in accordance with the unpopular State Treaty. The seven operators currently licensed in Schleswig-Holstein are Bwin, Bet365, Tipico, BetAtHome, MyBet, Betfaire and Nordwest Lotto.
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