Final decision to be made by Nevada Gaming Commission on 21 June
Bally Technologies has received a recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) for the first online gaming licence in the US.
The GCB’s recommendation on Wednesday was unanimous and is scheduled to be reviewed by the Nevada Gaming Commission on 21 June, when a final decision will be made.
The licence would enable the company to provide online operations for licensed land-based casinos in Nevada to offer internet poker.
John Connelly, VP of Business Development at Bally Technologies, told eGR North America he was very pleased that the company is the first to be recommended out of all the European online platforms.
“We are very excited to be the first not only in Nevada, but first in the US,” he said. “We feel this justifies our approach. Now the key is to keep that leadership position. There’s still a lot of work to be done. The GCB has recommended us, now the Commission must validate that recommendation and we see no reason why that wouldn’t happen.”
During the hearing, Bally executives also encouraged the control board to approve internet poker on mobile devices, saying that studies show more people access the internet through a mobile device rather than a desktop computer.
“We feel strongly that handheld devices are the future for many many reasons, when looking at the statistics,” Connelly added.
Bally Technologies was one of the first gaming companies to apply for an online licence in Nevada, along with International Game Technology (IGT), since Governor Brian Sandoval signed the state’s egaming bill into law last year. More than 20 applications have been made, with the likes of MGM and Boyd Gaming among the applicants.
The manufacturer moved online in February year, launching its remote gaming server, and recently applied for online gambling licences in both Gibraltar and Alderney. That launch was followed by Bally’s acquisition of Chiligaming’s B2B iGaming Platform, which boasts Golden Nugget as its first partner and is set to bring the land-based casino online in the near future.
In March this year the company entered into an agreement with Aristocrat for the potential pooling of poker liquidity in a regulated American market.
William Hill is scheduled to have its application reviewed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board today, while IGT’s will be reviewed on 16 June.
Bally Technologies CEO Richard Haddrill (pictured) said he was grateful for the Board’s recommendation.
“This is a historic day for Bally Technologies, for Nevada, and for the gaming industry,” he said. “We are proud to achieve yet another milestone in our 80-year history and look forward to further supporting our Nevada casino customers with our technology in this exciting arena.”