Online poker licenses in Nevada, Betfair news

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SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides an iGaming News update for September 7th, 2012. In today's video, two companies pending online poker licenses in Nevada are discussed, as well as news from UK operator Betfair, a recent Alderney Gambling Control license, and lastly an acquisition by BetVictor.


 
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WMS Gaming and American Casino & Entertainment Properties are the latest companies to be suggested by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to receive online poker licenses.

American Casino & Entertainment Properties is the parent company for Stratosphere, and had originally sought for a full operator and service provider, but later decided to withdraw the service provider application. Their application must now be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. The Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet on September 20th. SBR reported that South Point Poker and Monarch were the latest companies to be licensed to offer online poker in the Sin City. WMS Gaming’s application is for a service provider and manufacturer license.

Speaking of licenses, a quick nugget here is that the US gaming service provider Bally Technologies received a core service associate certificate from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. Bally is making moves on the international front, also filing an application in Gibraltar, paving the way to begin providing for European operators.

UK operator Betfair has plans to launch a freeplay casino website in Canada. Betfair is teaming up with game supplier Play’N’Go, and the venture is expected to go live in the next few months. Play’NoGo is known for offering gaming content to mobile applications, game terminals and other devices. A report by EGR quoted Robert Skogh, business development director of Play’N’Go:

Robert Skogh: “We are happy to be selected to provide Betfair with our complete casino content for this unique project. The games can only be played for fun but players still have to log in to play. We look forward to a successful cooperation and a long-term partnership with Betfair.”

Betfair.com has pledged to continue to diversify its casino games offerings, vowing to offer up to 180 casino games for players. Betfair is rated A- by SBR, and would be rated higher if not for their position on a few sportsbook complaints documented on the SBR newswire.

BetVictor has acquired the London trading solutions company Botsphere. The acquisition was made for an undisclosed amount. Botsphere provides trading solutions to operators, and was founded in 2006 by Stewart Vassie and Julian Leach, whom also founded Oddschecker. A report by EGR quoted Stewart Vassie on the sale:

“Having worked with their management and technology teams over a number of years we recognised that we shared the same business ethos and technology ambition, which is why we fully supported the sale of the business to BetVictor.”

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