Nevada Regulators to Consider Online Gambling
Nevada was the first US state to launch online poker back in 2013. Since then, the market has shrunk to a single online poker room. Other states have launched real money online casinos to great success. Nevada is now finally looking to get aboard the iGaming train.
According to a report from CDC Gaming Reports, Nevada gaming regulators will now consider whether to allow online casinos in the state. A hearing on May 13th could prove the first step in getting legal online casinos in Nevada.
NGCB to Hold Hearing to Amend Gaming Regulation 5A
On Tuesday, CDC Gaming Reports broke the story that the Nevada Gaming Control Board is planning a hearing on May 13th to discuss revisions to Gaming Regulation 5A. While there are 15 changes being suggested to the regulation, they mostly center around adding online casino games to the online gambling offerings for the state.
The only form of online gambling presently available in Nevada is online poker. Back in 2013, Nevada was the first state to launch online poker. At one point, there were four online poker sites in the state. Fairly quickly, the only site left standing was WSOP.com. That site presently shares player pools with New Jersey and Delaware.
The changes to Gaming Regulation 5A will add a category of “Non Peer-to-Peer Games” that covers any game where players play against the house or an interactive gaming operator rather than other opponents. If the changes are made, this will allow online casinos to operate in Nevada.
The number of online casinos that will be allowed is not yet known, but one can assume that any casino holding a gaming license will be eligible. We can expect the larger casinos to be the first sites to market with Bellagio, Caesars, and MGM, being the first operators to go live.
Sports Betting Mobile Registration Also Being Considered
You may already know that if you bet on sports online in Nevada, you have to go to the partner casino and register in person. One of the changes being considered by the NGCB is whether to do away with the in-person requirement and to allow players to register remotely. Casinos in the state have long opposed this because they want players to come to live casinos.
While we can understand the casinos wanting to get players into the casino, this is not the most viable option for some players. Unless you live near Reno or Vegas, the prospect of driving to a casino is a bit of a daunting one. Mobile registration will allow for more Nevada residents to gamble at online sportsbooks in the state. It will also allow for those visiting the state to gamble online easier
Just the First Steps of the Process
While the hearing on May 13th is a promising first step to getting online casinos legalized in the state, there’s still a way to go before we get there. Regulators are seeking opinions from both gaming operators and the general public prior to this hearing.
Next, this will be an informational hearing only. The Control Board will not vote on the matter. Furthermore, both the Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission have to vote on the matter before online casino games will be authorized.
While it will take some time to implement, we feel that there is a good chance that online casino games will come to the state in the near future. Regulators just have to look at the successes in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to see how viable online casinos will be to the region.
Whether mobile sports betting registration is allowed is another question. Casinos may stick to their guns in this aspect. However, it is likely a matter that the GCB will drop if it means getting online casinos regulated.