Boyd Interactive Gaming has announced that after a thorough search of top software providers, it has decided to enter a partnership with global group, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment.
The deal will see Bwin.Party provide online poker products to Boyd Interactive as it launches its first real money poker platform in Nevada. Boyd Interactive Gambling was recently granted a license by the Nevada Gaming Commission and is keen to get its foot into this fast-growing market with excellent software.
According to Boyd Interactive, the search for the ideal software provider was not an easy one, and more than 18 different organizations were examined for partnerships before Bwin.Party won the deal. Boyd Interactive was on the lookout for a group which had the potential to meet its needs in the Nevada online poker market, without the need for Boyd Interactive to develop its own proprietary software or purchase an existing technology firm.
Bwin.Party Waiting for Nevada License
While the deal has been announced between Boyd Interactive Gaming and Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, it is subject to one important condition. Just as Boyd was required to obtain a license from the Nevada authorities in order to operate a platform, so too is Bwin.Party obliged to obtain a license to act as a software provider. Bwin.Party has already applied to the Nevada Gaming Commission, and has been told that it should receive a date for its application hearing in due time. Until then, a joint Boyd-Bwin.Party poker platform will need to remain in the planning stages.
Party Gaming, which forms one part of the Bwin.Party entity, reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in return for the DoJ’s promise not to press charges against the group for offering internet gambling services to the US market prior to the passing of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The settlement paved the way for Party Gaming (now as Bwin.Party) making its way back to the US market by applying for and being granted a Nevada online poker license.