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Stratosphere Looking at Online Poker in Nevada

ACEP Interactive, LLC Applies for License

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Stratosphere, Las Vegas, NevadaACEP Interactive, LLC is the most recent online poker applicant in Nevada, according to a source at the Gaming Control Board.

American Casino Entertainment Properties, a casino company, is looking to do business as an operator — a designation only available to brick-and-mortars. It also wants to exist as a service provider — entities in charge of maintaining and running the online poker software of a gaming establishment.

ACEP owns and operates Stratosphere Hotel Casino and Tower, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, and The Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada.

ACEP reported net revenues of $86.7 million for the third quarter of 2011.

The company is now the 14th to seek Nevada approval to participate in real-money online gaming.

Here’s a complete list that Card Player obtained from the Nevada Gaming Control Board:

  • Cantor G&W (Nevada) L.P. — Service Provider
  • South Point Poker (Gaughan Straight Holdings) — Operator
  • IGT — Manufacturer/Service Provider
  • 888 Holdings plc/888 US Limited — Manufacturer/Distributor/Service Provider
  • Bally Technologies — Manufacturer/Service Provider
  • Shuffle Master — Service Provider
  • Aristocrat Technologies — Manufacturer/Distributor/Service Provider
  • Monarch Casino — Operator
  • Caesars Entertainment — Operator
  • Boyd Gaming — Operator
  • Fertitta Interactive, LLC — Operator/Service Provider
  • Fertitta Acquisitionsco, LLC — Manufacturer/Service Provider
  • MGM Resorts Online, LLC — Operator
  • ACEP Interactive, LLC — Operator/Service Provider

Las Vegas StripNevada took a big step this week toward entering a potential phase of licensing companies seeking to have online poker businesses. Regulators put some of the real substance onto the core framework designed to oversee the industry.

In addition to the online poker applicants, two companies have applied to independently test gaming technology in the Silver State. Gaming Laboratories International and BMM Compliance have already submitted paperwork. Both companies offer their testing services globally.

Private testing labs would also be allowed to inspect and certify online poker sites.

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