The All American Poker Network has entered into a partnership with Wynn Interactive, as the company aims to launch an online casino in America shortly. The AAPN is already offering poker services in Nevada, on behalf of Caesars Interactive Entertainment and the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and Wynn hopes this expertise will stand it in good stead.
Since the change in US gambling laws, a number of companies have been exploring the possibility of online casinos. So far, 3 states have moved to legalize online gambling: Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, but they have all taken very different approaches to the issue.
While New Jersey – perhaps because of reduced revenue at their Atlantic City casinos – has announced their first real cash online casino will be live by November 23rd, Delaware have yet to follow suit, instead launching a free play Facebook casino. Meanwhile, Nevada has moved to launch a number of online poker sites in the US state, despite heavy competition.
AAPN will be providing poker, casino and back-office platforms for Wynn online casinos in Nevada and New Jersey, with others set to follow in the coming months and years. AAPN’s chief executive, David Licht, commented on the deal: “The platform and ancillary services AAPN will offer through 888, coupled with Wynn’s marquee brand, which is synonymous with quality and trust, will further establish our offering in the forming U.S. regulated online gaming market.”
AAPN is a joint venture between giant gaming group 888 and investment company Avenue Capital Group, and Brian Mattingley, CEO of 888, said of the move: “This is exactly the type of partnership we’ve envisioned when we formed AAPN with our partners Avenue Capital. The challenge of establishing a robust, entertaining offering with ample player liquidity is one of our prime goals, in direct continuum to 888’s success in other regulated markets such as Spain and Italy.”