Two Nevada gaming giants were approved to be licensed to conduct legal online poker within the state recently. The online division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. of Las Vegas was recommended in December for licensure as an online intrastate poker operator in Nevada, while the OK for MGM Resorts was granted two weeks earlier.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board made the recommendation to the state Gaming Commission, which will issue licenses to both companies.
Caesars plans to offer online poker with its World Series of Poker brand. If approved, Caesars would be the 17th company licensed to join Nevada’s new online poker sector.
Mitch Garber, head of Caesars’ interactive division, said marketing and operational plans for online poker have been established.
“We are ready; the people are in place,” he said.
In addition to MGM and Caesars, two smaller companies, Z4Poker LLC of Las Vegas and CAMS LLC of Los Angeles, were also approved.
MGM Resorts plans to put up a play-for-fun site in the coming months. Both MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming are partnering real-money poker with bwin.party digital entertainment, which may be considered for licensure in Nevada next year. If bwin is approved, MGM Resorts and Boyd could go live with real-money play in Nevada soon, and throughout the United States when and if Congress legalizes the activity.