Nevada gamblers could start playing online poker soon
By: Stephan Burklin
CARSON CITY, Nevada: Gamblers in Nevada could start playing online poker with the approval of state regulators before the Legislature has the opportunity to act on several Gaming Policy Committee recommendations.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Gov. Brian Sandoval said last Wednesday that he’s comfortable with the fact that state gaming regulators are taking steps to license reputable casino operators and technology providers.
Sandoval said, “I have confidence in our regulatory system. I have confidence all issues have been considered and exhaustively covered. The technology is always evolving, but I have a level of comfort the public is protected."
Also according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said that casino operators could submit proposals to regulators in 60 to 90 days. Once those operators are licensed and independent testing labs sign off on the technology, pay-to-play online poker could go live in Nevada before the legislative session begins.
Last year, the committee came up with recommendations asking lawmakers to modify statutory barriers affecting online gaming regulation and strengthening other standards to keep underage players and those in other states from participating, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote.
Any change in how revenues from Internet gaming are taxed would also have to be taken up legislatively. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Lipparelli said potential revenues from Nevada's online poker websites will be taxed at 6.75 percent. However, certain revenues from poker tournaments can go untaxed, an area that might be reviewed.