Nevada Grants Approval for Three New Online Poker Sites

Online gambling in Nevada has been made legal and the race to acquire online gambling licenses in the state has allowed many winners to prevail.  So far there have been eleven different companies to have successfully acquired consent from the Nevada Gaming Control Board with the three latest to join the group being Fertitta Interactive, Golden Nugget, and Boyd Gaming.

With the consent from the Nevada authorities the three companies are rushing to acquire deals with network infrastructure companies that will offer gaming platforms to use for the newly granted online casinos.  For example Golden Nugget has previously worked out a deal with Bally Technologies, who provides online poker infrastructure to many gaming companies and has also been granted legal operating status by the Nevada Gaming Board.

Boyd Gaming has a deal in place with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment to use the Bwin software for online poker service.  However unlike Golden Nugget Boyd will not be launching its service immediately because Bwin’s application for approval by the Nevada authorities has not been heard before the gaming board yet and Boyd does not wish to take the chance of violating state law.

Fertitta has an advantage with its new approval as it intends to operate an online poker site using its Ultimate Gaming brand name.  The Ultimate Gaming name is most closely associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and that recognition is something Ultimate Gaming chairman Tom Breitling feels gives their upcoming poker site a key advantage over other operators.

With more applicants still before the Nevada Gaming Board the number of licensed online poker sites is expected to grow in the weeks and months ahead.  But like in a game of poker the chip leader usually has the muscle to take the pot down.

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