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The head of the Nevada Gaming Control Board has stated that he believes his state could issue online poker licenses early next year.
Speaking to delegates, the NGCB's Chairman Mark Lipparelli spoke of the possibility of having online poker licenses possibly being issued in the first quarter of 2012. The disclosure carries with it some interesting insight, as the Nevada law that OK'd internet poker came with a condition of federal gaming approval for the game.
Lipparelli stated that the federal government's Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has several exceptions, including intratribal and intrastate gambling. He also stated that the application process for a license will not be easy.
“We think we’ve set the bar high for licensing and suitability,” Lipparelli said.
It is expected that the NGCB will approve the regulations set forth by the state's gaming commission earlier this year. Once the process is finalized, companies will then be able to apply for online poker licenses.