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Nevada Set to OK Private Testing of Online Poker Sites

Posted by dwayne on April 04, 2012 at 3:20 GMT+0000

Nevada Testing Poker SitesThe Nevada Gaming Control Board released a Notice stating their intention to start drafting regulations and taking applications for private labs to inspect and assist in the certification of poker sites and other gaming components of the casino industry.

The Notice set a deadline of May 1, 2012, for the regulations to be adopted, but it is believed that the rules will be in place well before the deadline as Nevada is on the fast track to becoming the first state to provide intrastate online poker to its residents.

The industry Notice was released partly “due to an increasing level of interest” of various independent testing labs. Also, the Silver State’s own testing labs are said to be understaffed and suffering from a “bottleneck” of current testing procedures, according to Dr. David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The framework of a state bill that was approved last year, Assembly Bill 279, permits independent testing labs to be utilized, and was drafted partly for the purpose of “maintaining an industry where ¬†games can be efficiently and expeditiously brought to the market.” The Gaming Commission will be responsible for setting and collecting fees from the laboratories approved to conduct the testing.

Seven applications have already been submitted from gaming companies who would like to be among the first to provide online poker to Nevada residents. It is not yet known how many of the applicants will be tested by state laboratories or the number that will be tested by the private labs.

The lab testing is not the only matter facing the Gaming Commission. Regulators still must contend with a multitude of issues before any gaming companies will be allowed to operate a poker site within Nevada’s borders. Some of those concerns include the necessary rules and requirements regarding computer software and equipment, how player funds will be segregated, player registration verification so that minors cannot access the sites, and safeguards put in place to combat the possibility of cheating through player collusion or the use of bots, for instance.

Nevada gaming authorities have not set a date that online poker will be available, as there are still many details that need to be ironed out. However, industry insiders have mentioned that sometime in the spring would be a feasible, yet vague, timetable.