Nevada Online Gambling Updates
If there is one thing that is synonymous with Las Vegas, it is Gambling. That and maybe, showgirls and magicians. But mostly it is Gambling that has built the desert oasis of glitz and glamour, so it is a natural progression for Nevada to also become one of the first states to venture into the realm of online gambling.
But restrictions are still the name of the game nationwide, so the fact that Nevada’s online gambling sites are only accessible to people physically located within the state, does hamper their ability to grow. This is why the State’s legislation did construct a clause which allows Nevada’s online operators to form interstate compacts with other online gambling operators located in state’s that have also legalized online casinos.
Nevada and Delaware became the first to engage in an interstate online gambling compact in 2014 and have since merged their in-state player pools. Interestingly, Nevada currently only allows online poker, while Delaware allow all casino games online. This meant that individuals in Nevada would now have access to Delaware’s array of online casino games, like Blackjack and slot machines, and Delaware’s limited poker player pool could expand to include those in Nevada’s larger and more diverse player pool.
Nevada Online Poker
Given that Las Vegas is the tourist gambling capital of the United States, the majority of people traveling to Las Vegas are doing so to specifically stay and play at the city's’ renowned land-based casino resorts. A big part of the city’s money comes from people spending money on food and drinks and shows, because that is what people have traveled there for - the whole “vegas” experience, as opposed to staying in their hotel room and playing roulette or blackjack online. But there are a very large number of professional poker players in Nevada who take advantage of the in-person tournaments as well as grinding it out on a daily basis by playing poker online.
The Nevada legislature legalized online poker in 2011, and then in 2012 the Nevada Gaming commission laid out regulations and began issuing operator licenses to major brands in the industry like 888 Holdings, Bwin.Party, MGM, Boyd Gaming, Stations Casinos and Caesar’s Interactive Entertainment.
UltimatePoker.com became the first online poker room to go live in Nevada in April of 2013. Next up were behemoths like WSOP’s online poker room operated by Caesar’s Interactive, and Real Gaming, which had previously been known as South Point Poker. It only took three months for Stations Casino’s online platform to have dealt 3 million poker hands to players playing online with real money. Many of Las Vegas' most popular brand have launched online platforms, despite some staunch opposition from land-based loyalists.
Boyd Gaming, Treasure Island Resort and Monarch Casino, and MGM have all launched into long term partnerships with software developers in order to chart their company's’ path into the future of online gaming. Innovators like International Game Technology and Shuffle Master are primed to be tastemaking what will inevitably become to future of how people bet and wager in an increasingly digital age.
For more NV gaming news and developments, visit the official Nevada state website here: http://gaming.nv.gov