Boyd Gaming, one of bwin.party’s two main land-based casino partners in the US for online poker, was granted an interactive licence in Nevada yesterday.
The licence grant by the Nevada Gaming Commission will eventually allow Boyd to offer intrastate online poker in Nevada, once PartyPoker and WPT brand owner bwin.party receives its service provider licence allowing it to provide the platform and technology for land-based casinos to offer real-money online poker within state borders.
Vegas “locals” casino operator Boyd entered a 15-year agreement late last year to use bwin.party’s technology platform and associated sevices to offer online poker to US players under its own brand.
bwin.party is not expected to gain approval in Nevada until next year, meaning partners Boyd and MGM will launch behind other operators whose technology platform has already been approved, such as South Point Poker, licensed in August, and Fertitta Interactive, also licensed yesterday.
Fertitta Interactive, backed by Station Casinos-owning Fertitta brothers and former Golden Nugget owners Tom Breitling and Tim Poster, acquired California-based CyberArts in October last year. CyberArts provides poker technology for the leading subscription poker website in the US, PurePlay, and used to power Gioco Digitale in Italy prior to its acquisition by bwin in 2009.
Tom Breitling, speaking in his guise as chairman of Fertitta’s Ultimate Gaming brand, named after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) owned by the Fertitta brothers, told Nevada Commissioners that its partnership with the UFC and Station Casinos positioned them “to rapidly capture a significant following,”, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Finally, downtown Vegas property the Golden Nugget became the third casino to be granted an operator licence for intrastate real-money online poker at yesterday’s meeting of the NGC. The casino launched a freeplay poker platform with Bally Technologies earlier this summer. Bally received the US’ first ever interactive gaming licence in June, allowing it to provide the platform and technlogy for real money online poker in Nevada.
Article written by Stephen Carter