Nevada Politicians Ready To Make Money With Online Gambling
15 February 2013
It seems Nevada is ready to start making money with Internet gambling. At least if its politicians have anything to do with it.
Majority Leader William Horne is pushing a bill through the Nevada Legislature that would double the online gaming license fee up to $1,000,000. While that point seems to be garnering the most press (and the most criticism), the bill also includes language that is otherwise very well received.
The bill includes the following:
- The ability for Nevada to continue forward with online gaming licenses.
- The ability for Nevada to forge intrastate compacts as needed to widen its player base.
- Companies that illegally operated online gaming storefronts in the United States before 2006 would be denied an online gaming license until 2016.
To the critics of the $1 million fee, William Horne said, “We don’t want some average American Joe Six-Pack with a server in his garage starting an online gaming operation. We want to have serious entrepreneurs entering this arena.”
Critics pointed out that under current Nevada law only hotel resorts with specific qualifications are eligible for online gaming licenses, which automatically makes Joe Six Pack ineligible.
While it is unlikely that Governor Sandoval will sign the bill as it currently stands, it is likely he will issue a conditional veto until that part of the legislation is changed.
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Gaming Control Board Chairman, A.G. Burnett, presented Senate Bill 9, state legislation that would allow Nevada to tax the net profits from Internet poker tournaments. Currently, on-site poker tournaments can profit tax free due to the large amount of capital required to fund the events. Since online poker tournaments do not have to pay for floor space rentals, food and beverage, and utility fees, they should not be given the same consideration.
It’s important to note that the proposed tax in the new bill would not include the prizes won by online poker players.
16 August 2010Is Online Gambling in Alberta Far Off?
It seems the domino effect is going strong in North America as far as regulating online gambling is concerned. British Columbia and Quebec already allow online gambling and Ontario will soon follow. Now it seems Alberta is at least looking to follow in the same path. Online gambling is legal in Canada but operating a site within its borders is not.Read full article
21 August 2007Belize placed on Britain's Blacklist
Belize gets placed on Britain’s BlacklistBecause of its loose regulations, Belize has been put on Britain’s blacklist of nations that provide license for gambling web sites.A British based news agency, ‘Reuters’, reported this week that online gaming companies in Belize and other online gaming spots such as Costa Rica and the Netherlands Antilles, will not be allowed to advertise or promote their business in the United Kingdom beginning in September.Read full article
27 April 2006eCOGRA Seals Help Poker Players Play it Safe
New online poker room standards now in force across a range of top sites. (PRWEB) April 26, 2006 — Poker players across the world will now find the familiar eCOGRA “Play It Safe” seal on 7 more quality Internet poker sites belonging to some of the most successful and reliable online gaming groups in the business.Read full article