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Nevada To Stick With Web Poker For Now

State Could Allow For Other Internet Games, But Remains Committed To Poker


Nevada is one of only three states in the country with legalized web gambling, but it plans on sticking with just poker for now.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Silver State regulators conveyed that message at a recent regulatory hearing. The law on the books allows for other games, but the state is just being patient with its ventures into the online realm.

However, New Jersey, which plans to start games in late November, and Delaware, which plans to open the market up this Thursday, will venture into their respective online spaces with more than just poker. Some Nevada casino firms also do business in New Jersey.

Nevada debuted online poker back in April, when Ultimate Poker, an offshoot of Station Casinos, started its games. Since then, only the site from the World Series of Poker, an offshoot of Caesars Entertainment Corp., has joined in on the industry.

’We’re only six months into poker," Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett told the Review-Journal. "For now, we want to prove out poker first…Nevada is poker only. That was the legislative intent from the beginning and the board has no plans to do anything otherwise.”

Nevada does allow mobile sports betting right now, which it has been witnessing for awhile now, but that isn’t considered traditional Internet gambling.

All games that Nevada offers are only available for those physically within the Silver State. Though, compacts are expected between states.

A Nevada-New Jersey deal could come as early as next year.

Real-money online poker is making a slow and steady comeback in the United States after the industry was effectively shut down in American cyberspace in April 2011.

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