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Aristocrat Technologies Applies for Nevada Internet Poker License

Becomes Seventh Company to Seek Entry into Upcoming Industry

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Las Vegas-based Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. has applied to participate in a Nevada intrastate Internet poker industry, according to a source at the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Aristocrat Technologies is a subsidiary of Australian-based Aristocrat Leisure Limited.

According to the company’s website, Aristocrat Technologies builds and sells gaming systems, machines and other equipment globally. Among its products are games for the iPhone and iPad.

The gaming company is now the seventh to seek entry into Nevada’s upcoming web poker market. 888 Holdings plc, International Game Technology, Bally Technologies, Inc., Cantor Gaming, South Point Poker and Shuffle Master, Inc. have also filed.

Only South Point Casino’s site has applied to be an operator, while the other companies will be on the technology end and have to do business with an existing brick-and-mortar casino.

On Dec. 22, the Nevada Gaming Commission adopted regulations for the industry. A day later, the U.S. Justice Department publicly released a legal opinion that clarified the Wire Act — removing a significant barrier for the offering of Internet poker.

At the historic hearing in Las Vegas, Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said that technology and internal control standards for the industry will likely be ironed out by regulators before any license application is sent to the Commission for approval.

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