The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee is scheduled to meet on June 14 to discuss key concerns related to the state’s progress on online poker, as well as considering the current issues confronting the gaming industry on a national level.
American Gaming Association President Frank Fahrenkopf is set to present his views on the state of U.S. gaming at the meeting before committee members that include Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli, and MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren. The AGA is the casino industry’s main lobbying organization in Washington, and strongly advocates legislation on a federal level.
Also on the agenda is a presentation by Anna Thornley, who is a Senior Research Specialist at the Nevada Gaming Commission. Thornley will give an overview of online poker fee structures and license requirements. The Silver State has not fully established the fees for its Internet poker licenses. Bally Technologies was the first applicant to receive approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board for a license last week and the fee was set at $125,000. However, that fee may be reduced or adjusted by Nevada gaming officials if the policy committee recommends such action to be taken.
Along with Bally Technologies, International Game Technology and William Hill also received approval from the control board to receive a coveted online poker license. Such approval is only the first step in the licensing process, as the applications of all three gaming entities will now be considered by the Nevada Gaming Commission on June 21.