Slot Machine Maker Gets Web Poker OK In Nevada
WMS Set To Receive License As Business-To-Business Provider
On Thursday, Nevada’s three-member Gaming Control Board said okay to WMS Gaming Inc. being involved with the state’s upcoming intrastate online poker industry. The company will be a service provider and manufacturer, meaning that it will do business-to-business activity in the Silver State.
Executives at WMS gave a brief public presentation on the company’s profile (recent acquisitions and complex business plans). WMS runs Jackpotparty.com in the UK and the Lucky Cruise Slots app on Facebook (320,000 monthly users).
Control Board members threw some questions at the company, which elicited some conversation on the topic of geo-location — perhaps the biggest concern for a future Nevada market. Neighboring Utah has banned Internet gambling, and California still hasn’t legalized.
After explaining all of the safeguards it applies in Europe, the company’s executive director of online gaming, Brian Morgan, admitted, “I’m not going to stand here and say [logging on from somewhere else] is impossible." Over the course of 2012, regulators have heard this kind of answer a lot from other online gaming companies.
WMS will likely pursue poker in Nevada through a relationship with 888 Poker, which has also applied for a license. The online poker site has an existing partnership with Caesars Entertainment Corp., owner of the World Series of Poker and another online poker applicant.
888’s CEO said in July: “WMS is one of the main gaming suppliers in America, with a network of relationships with land-based operators that is second to none. The combination of 888’s cutting edge online poker platform and WMS’ customer relationships, marketing and distribution capabilities, provides the opportunity to build a substantial online presence.”
WMS now goes to the five-member Nevada Gaming Commission for final approval of a license.
Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said he had no concerns about WMS and its history.
Follow Brian Pempus on Twitter — @brianpempus
|1||Vicky Coren Mitchell Is The First Ever Two-Time European Poker Tour Main Event Winner|
|2||Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino 'Black Book'|
|3||George Clooney Calls Steve Wynn 'An Asshole' To His Face While Having Dinner At Wynn's Hotel|
|4||Online Poker: Nikolaus Jedlicka Wins $916,000|
|5||Deutsche Bank Looking To Sell Las Vegas Casino|
|6||World Poker Tour Holds Championship Event This Year With Big Changes|
|7||Poker Hand of the Week: 4/17/14|
|8||Tiger Woods To Host Charity Poker Event|
|9||Eric Afriat Wins World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown|
|10||Blair Hinkle Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event For Third Time|
|1||More Details On Poker Pro Phil Ivey's Alleged Cheating While Playing Baccarat At The Borgata|
|2||Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated|
|3||Ed Miller: Four Bad Things Amateur Poker Players Say|
|4||Borgata To Pay Final 27 Impacted By Cheating Scandal In Poker Event $19,323 Apiece|
|5||The Top Five Cities To Launch Your Poker Career: Part Two|
|6||Comedian George Wallace Awarded $1.3 Million In Case Against Las Vegas Casino|
|7||'Technical Problems' Result In Massive $260,000 Overlay In Sunday Tournament On PokerStars|
|8||Phil Hellmuth Gives Poker Bracelet To NBA Owner|
|9||The Top Five Cities To Launch Your Poker Career: Part One|
|10||High-Stakes Online Poker: Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom Drops $1.4 Million This Week|