John Pappas of Poker Players Alliance interview

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SBR newswoman Natalie interviews Executive Director of Poker Players Alliance, John Pappas. Mr. Pappas speaks to recent gambling news out of Nevada, as well as states such as New Jersey. Nevada is currently poised to be the first state in US history to spread online poker games to residents.



Interactive gaming is defined in Nevada Assembly Bill 258 as "the conduct of gambling games through the use of communications technology that allows a person, utilizing money, checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards or any other instrumentality, to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes or other similar information."

AB258 clearly states that internet poker is included in the definition of interactive gaming. Sports wagering is not supported under the bill.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has recommended that Bally Technologies Inc., as well as Interactive Game Technology (IGT) receive full interactive gaming licenses. The operator and manufacturer licenses will allow both companies to service Las Vegas casinos with iGaming technology — including online poker software. John Pappas expressed optimism that operations could be underway by Q4 of 2012.

Speaking on other states set to follow in Nevada's footsteps to offer interactive, online gambling to residents, Mr. Pappas believed that New Jersey was the next in line:

"New Jersey's had bills already passed through both the house and senate. They've taken legislation all the way to the Governor's desk, which was vetoed, but they've revised that legislation and hopefully it will be suitable for the Governor.  I don't think we'll see much action (in NJ) until later this summer, but I would say the next domino to fall would be New Jersey."

Mr. Pappas also spoke on other states piggybacking Nevada and New Jersey's online gambling initiatives: "I think it's going to be a couple more years and then you'll see several states entering the fray."

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