As 2011, we could see the legalization of internet gambling around the corner with Poker being legalized in Nevada and the state government beginning to accept applications from gaming companies (casinos and game manufacturers alike) for online gambling licenses.
The acceptance of those online gambling licenses began this week. While this is news, there’s nothing ready to happen.
The state Gaming Control Board has recommended approval for an Internet license for International Game Technology, which had stressed it is running online gaming already in other regulated countries.
It was the second license in two days approved by the Control Board, and they are the first issued in the United States by a regulation authority. Bally Technologies was cleared for approval on Wednesday.
Bally Technology and IGT application acceptances are still just the beginning of the future of online gambling. Some will say that this is kind of a big deal, but it isn’t. It’s just government bureaucracy in action.
Poker will remain first on the online gambling activity to be open to the public in Nevada.
For the sports gamblers looking for online legalization, just hang in there. Once all of the other ways to gamble online are secured over the next couple year, the attention will turn to legalizing sports betting.