MGM Resorts International is already known as one of the biggest gaming companies in the world and now they’re moving their business online. Thanks to the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC), they have earned an online poker license and they’ll get started as soon as possible.
The NGC has handed out a total of 16 poker and operator licenses since May 2012, so MGM won’t be new to the race. They’ll have some catching up to do but they hope that the name of their resort, casino and sportsbook will draw people to their brand.
MGM has already dipped their toe in the water with a Facebook game called myVegas. It’s very common as a number of companies are offering a play-for-free program for bettors on social sites like Facebook and are then hoping to translate that into real traffic and real action once they get a license.
MGM has partnered with Bwin.party for their product and is expected to launch in March of 2013. Bwin.party also needs to get their license before they can get going. However, they won’t be reviewed for it until early next year.
This is good news for online poker players in Nevada and while it’s a step in the right direction, it’s still only in one state. Online betting still happens across the country – especially with poker – but players have to hide and play with offshore options. The idea is that this starts to open the door for more companies to knock on the government’s door and more players to lobby. However, that may take plenty of time before the actual floodgates are opened.
For now, sports bettors and poker players will still have to go to Nevada to get their action in legally. Either that or just stick with the offshore options.
We'd love to hear your comments and/or opinions. If you submit them here, other visitors can read them, rate them and comment on them. An e-mail address is not required.
From MGM Receivers Online Poker License In Nevada to Other Archives | Sports Blog | NFL Football Blog | NCAA Football Blog | NFL Football Archives | College Football Archives | MLB Baseball Blog | College Baseball Blog | MLB Baseball Archives | NBA Basketball Blog | NCAA Basketball Blog | NBA Basketball Archives | NCAA Basketball Archives | Fantasy Football | Fantasy Basketball | Fantasy Baseball | Soccer Archives | Olympics Archives | Stupid Athletes Archives | Football Forum | Basketball Forum | Baseball Forum | NFL Football Store | NBA Basketball Store | MLB Baseball Store | NCAA Football Store | NCAA Basketball Store | NCAA Baseball Store | Fatheads | NFL Football Tickets | NBA Basketball Tickets | MLB Baseball Tickets | NCAA Football Tickets | NCAA Basketball Tickets | NCAA Baseball Tickets |
[?] Subscribe To|
We are always very interested in reader comments about the site -- especially ideas about how to improve it.