The Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended two more companies to receive interactive gaming licenses in the Silver State’s online poker scheme.
Sartini Synergy Online and Lottomatica were both given the green light by the GCB as service providers and must now present their applications before the Nevada Gaming Commission on Jan. 24 for final approval. It is expected that both companies will be rubber-stamped by the commission on that date, as the GCB’s recommendations are held in high regard.
Sartini Synergy is a subsidiary of Golden Gaming, which has a huge presence in Nevada. The company operates roughly 8,500 slot machines in 650 locations, which account for about 45% of the slot market in Nevada. Golden Gaming also runs three casinos in Pahrump, Nevada, including Terrible’s Town Casino and Terrible’s Lakeside Casino & RV Park.
Lottomatica is based in Rome, Italy, and is the largest lottery operator in the world. The company does provide other services in the gaming realm and controls subsidiaries such as Spielo and GTech that develop software and manufacture slot machines. GTech is headquartered in Rhode Island and Spielo holds a Las Vegas address.
Nevada continues to lead the way in the race to be the first state to offer online poker in the U.S. Although gaming officials were hoping to have online sites such as South Point Poker up and running late last year, progress was unfortunately delayed due to extensive testing procedures. The first sites will now most likely be online sometime in the spring.
Nevada’s current laws provide for only intrastate online poker. However, a recent amendment is being considered by Silver State lawmakers that will permit Nevada to partner with other states who also pass online poker legislation. Delaware is thus far the only state to have approved online gambling, but New Jersey may not be far behind. The New Jersey state legislature approved an online gambling bill in late December that is currently on the desk of Gov. Chris Christie. His signature is all that is required for the bill to become law.