MGM, Boyd Gaming Apply for Nevada Online Poker License
MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming are just two of a dozen or so groups interested in applying for licenses to participate in regulated online gaming in Nevada. So far, twelve groups have applied for such a license that would allow them to be a part of any Nevada intrastate online gaming industry that would appear in the near future, probably starting with online poker.
We are quickly approaching the one year anniversary of Black Friday, the day the Department of Justice cracked down on online poker in America. A year gives us enough time to look back and wonder what has changed and what we can expect in the future.
All this talk about government regulation of online poker has some folks wondering if big government involvement in gaming is really wise. People with different politics tend to feel differently on this issue, with liberals open to government interference in online poker and conservatives a bit more suspicious. The question, ever since the statewide regulation of online poker became a possibility at the end of 2011, has been how online poker players in America would react to the possibility of government regulation of their game.
The GOP has three viable candidates still running for the nomination for the upcoming American election: Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney. Unfortunately for Ron Paul’s vocal fans, there’s just no way he will be nominated by the Republicans to take on President Obama, so we can safely remove him from contention.
Full Tilt Poker, hit hard by the US government’s Black Friday attack on online poker sites, will soon be fully operational. In April of 2011, a US Attorney operating out of Manhattan cracked down on big online poker rooms operating within America’s borders. These were big names, like Absolute Poker, UB Poker, and Full Tilt Poker. The online poker rooms that didn’t cater to American players, rooms like those found at PKR and Pokerstars, actually gained a lot of customers from the UK who found themselves suddenly unable to play at Full Tilt, so not everyone in the world of online poker shed a tear over Black Friday.
Internet poker sites have only been around for a little over a decade, most of them are even younger than that. The industry is potentially very lucrative, representing hundreds of millions of dollars, and that’s not including slot gaming and other popular online casino gaming.
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