Nevada Adopts Online Gaming Regulations

by Lou on December 23, 2011

Nevada became the first state in the country to adopt online gaming regulations when the Nevada Gaming Commission passed rules to control online poker.

The state legislature mandated that the gaming commission adopt regulations before the end of January 2012. Nevada’s goal is to continue being the gold standard for gaming in the United States.

Gaming Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard said the state is now ready for the future of gaming.  “We’re not sure if it’s going to happen or when it’s going to happen, but we want to be ready when and if it’s appropriate,” Bernhard said.

The idea behind adopting online poker regulations is to make sure Nevada is able to get the business when it’s legalized. Although the regulations went into effect immediately, “There’s not going to be anyone turning on machines to gamble on the Internet, either interstate or intrastate, in poker in the near future,” Bernhard said. “But at least the framework is there to allow the process to continue so we’re ready when and if an applicant before us meets our standards.”

Applicants for online gaming licenses have to prove their sites are safe, will prevent crimes like money laundering, and help stop problem and underage gambling.

Carol O’Hare of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling says regulating online poker is the right play.

“We know people gamble online with or without regulation so with the fact Nevada is creating a regulatory framework and the fact that framework includes concern about underage and problem gambling,” O’Hare said. “I don’t think that’s scary. I think that’s appropriate and I think it’s definitely going to set a standard for the rest of the country to consider.”

The gaming control board has already received a few applications for online gaming licenses although it’s still illegal on the Federal level. The regulations adopted today could pave the way for poker sites that operate strictly in Nevada for people living here.

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