Around autumn of last year, Boyd Interactive Gaming, MGM Resorts and Golden Nugget casinos all received approval for a license to operate cloud-based poker facilities in the State of Nevada. Yet up to now, the only development in their Nevada Internet gaming plans are petitions for extension of the six-month period within which to set up online poker facilities in the Silver State.
The extensive testing processes carried out by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and the wait-and-see attitude adopted by some casino companies, have been cited as the likely reasons for the delay in activating approved online poker sites. However, the same does not seem to hold true for MGM and Boyd’s chosen provider of online gaming software, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment. The latter still has not received even a recommendation for temporary approval of its license from the NGCB, in spite of its ability to provide turnkey online poker gaming solutions.
As it is, only ACEP Interactive, Monarch Interactive and South Point Poker received preliminary licenses last August, 2013. Reports have it that as far as the three Nevada casinos are concerned, NGCB’s agenda for this month’s meeting, made room only for the approval of a second round of extension for their respective online poker site.
Actually, not a few have doubts that Bwin.Party will succeed in getting the nod of Nevada’s gaming regulators. Bwin.Party has left a trail of negative issues in its past records, including a run-in with Belgian authorities early this year, and Party Gaming’s embroilment in the 2009 Internet gambling indictments.