Black Friday Chills Legislative Momentum in Nevada and Elsewhere

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Just a couple of months ago, there was considerable optimism after the introduction of an interactive-gaming bill in the Nevada legislature that that state could be the first to legalize online poker.

However, in the wake of last month’s “Black Friday” indictments, it now appears that the optimism was premature. The state legislature is clearly waiting for the issue of online gaming to be resolved at the federal level before it takes steps to legalize online poker within its borders.

Recent amendments to the draft Nevada bill send a clear signal that even the proponents of online gaming in that state are waiting for federal action.

The current draft provides that any license issued by the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate interactive gaming will not become effective until (1) federal legislation is passed that authorizes the specific type of interactive gaming for which the license was issued, or (2) the Department of Justice provides written notification to the Nevada Gaming Commission that the specific type of interactive gaming covered by the license is permissible under federal law.

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