In possibly the best gambling news of the month, already, American poker fans could be in for a treat as Nevada is looking to partner with other states to provide online and mobile poker across state borders.
The news comes as Nevada governor Brian Sandoval admitted he’d has preliminary talks with other state governors over launching the first interstate US poker rooms. It’s thought that the most likely state to be targeted is Texas, as the southern state’s legislature has been considering the Poker Gaming Act of 2013, legalizing online poker in the state.
On top of this, Brian Sandoval has previously come out in support of Texas counterpart Rick Perry, notably in his run for the GOP presidential nomination last year. No matter the political implications of the move, there’s no doubt that this would be a major boon for US poker players, especially as it comes on the back of the first US online casinos arriving in Delaware and New Jersey, with Nevada set to follow.
Currently, American gambling laws suggest that interstate online and mobile gambling is legal, with operators allowed to operate only in states who have the relevant licensing framework in place. Should Texas pass the Poker Gaming Act of 2013, they would come under this umbrella.
At the moment, only Nevada has a real money poker website, with the launch of WSOP in the state. The mobile side of the website is also up and running, and has been drawing attention for its range of advertisements, which take a fun and flirtatious look at the world of online and mobile poker.
Speaking about the move, Brian Sandoval said: “I’ve talked with a few governors and I’m introducing the concept of compacting. It’s very much in the early stages and we have a great opportunity because we have the infrastructure and other states have the players. I’m hopeful we’ll continue to talk.”