Nevada Seeks to Skip Federal Approval of Online Gambling?


Judging by the proposed changes to Nevada's online poker legislation, the state may be on the move to surpass the obstacle coming in shape of prior federal approval.

Such action was most likely triggered by the failure of yet another Congressional attempt at legalization by Sen. Harry Reid, and it involves amendments that make a shift from a mere intrastate approach to one which makes provision for interstate agreements.

This brings wider possibilities for shared player pools and a potentially greater popularity among licensees, as the need for prior federal legislative approval before an operator can expand beyond Nevada would be removed, allowing for better player liquidity.

There are also multiple possibilities for interstate agreements with states like Delaware, New Jersey and perhaps California, which have all showed keen interest in working in the online gambling field. Based on the proposed amendments, the Nevada governor would have the authority to close agreements with other states that have intrastate legalization legislation in place.

The proposal is expected to be considered by the Nevada Legislature in early 2013.

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