Nevada Grants Online Poker Licenses to 888 U.S. Limited and Treasure Island
Last week, the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) formally awarded 888 U.S. Limited and Treasure Island LLC their respective interactive gaming license. This denotes that Nevadans will have another real-money online poker site any time soon.
Unlike 888’s business-to-business (B2B) partnership with Caesars Entertainment, in which the gaming company’s online poker platform will be launched via Caesar’s WSOP website, the business-to-consumer (B2C) 888-Treasure Island Casino partnership, will be a direct offering of Internet-based poker games via another 888 subsidiary, the All American Poker Network (AAPN).
Dubbed as the first legal online poker network, AAPN will offer Treasure Island as the first of its several virtual poker rooms, as soon as the network receives NGC’s go signal.
Earlier this month, the Delaware State Lottery also named 888 Holdings, as one of its selected service providers for the state’s full-service online casino gambling offerings, including poker.
Many are speculating on the possibility that the Delaware-based AAPN will serve as vehicle in offering interstate gaming between Nevada and Delaware. It is likely that the poker network will feature 888’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) platform in the Treasure Island poker room.
As a note, the rumor mill has it that 888’s partnership with Treasure Island is actually a Plan B of some sort. This was in case Caesars Entertainment goes ahead with its plan to replace 888’s technology with the poker company’s French rival, Barriere. However, Caesars Chief Executive Gary Loveman mentioned the plan last March, 2013, which was before the States of Nevada and Delaware approved 888 Holdings as one of their licensed providers.