Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman Mark Lipparelli told CardPlayer yesterday that “five or six” firms have already applied for online poker licenses in the silver state.
Two of the applications are for manufacturing and distribution licenses, according to Lipparelli, who said there has been confusion as to when the licensing process would start.
“I think there was little bit of misinterpretation about what I said. What I meant was that in January the regulations have to be adopted, and I would expect, beginning in February, that people would want to pursue potentially operating an Internet poker site in Nevada,” Lipparelli told CardPlayer.
“But that did not mean that only in February would the applications be accepted. In fact some people filed a month and half ago.”
In August, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power applied for licenses to supply and operate mobile betting equipment in the state. Applications were expected to be reviewed by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission by the end of November.
However, a Paddy Power spokesperson told PokerUpdate last month that “the investigation is being wrapped up and there is a potential hearing in early 2012. We haven’t been notified of a hearing date as of yet.”
Bwin.party will be amongst those applying for licenses. In late October, MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming announced that they had entered into partnership agreements with bwin.party to provide online poker in a regulated US market.
Lipparelli, however, told CardPlayer that existing “Nevada licensees who have their own technology and don’t have partnerships could start up sooner than those with more sophisticated applications.”
For Nevada’s proposed poker regulations, which were first released on August 24, a final draft must be adopted by January 31. Lipparelli said officials and lawmakers will reconvene on December 22. The last public hearing was held in early November.