Good news hail from Nevada for the top European online gambling software developer and operator 888, as the Nevada Gaming Control Board has recommended the Nevada Gaming Commission to award the company with licensing at its meeting on March 21.
The company already has partnerships in place with giant land operators Caesars Entertainment (for a WSOP online site), WMS Gaming and Treasure Island, and it will be all set to cash in on the lucrative market should the recommendation, which covers licensing as a manufacturer of an interactive gaming system; as a distributor and as an interactive gaming service provider, prove effective and it obtains the necessary licensing.
Appearing together with 888 before NGCB, Las Vegas-based Treasure Island was also approved by the board, and if the duo gets NGC’s approval, they will become the 20th and 21st Nevada online poker licensees.
At the Board hearing, referring to the war of words between the American Gaming Association and Pokerstars-the Rational Group, the Board noted that 888 had pulled out of the US market when the UIGEA came into force in 2006, which means it is in compliance with the new Nevada online poker law.
In addition, the Board awarded service provider licenses to Player Verify of Tennessee and XYVerify of New York, both of which are involved with problem player self-exclusions and geo-location services.