Saturday May 18,2013 : NEVADA GOVERNOR IN INTERSTATE TALKS ON INTERNET POKER
Gov. Sandoval moving fast to sound out possibilities with other states
Nevada's energetic governor Brian Sandoval has wasted no time in investigating interstate online poker compact possibilities with like-minded fellow governors following the approval of Nevada legislators for such activity recently .
Howard Stutz reports in the well-informed GameWire that Sandoval has already held discussions with several state governors, although the specific states concerned have not been identified.
“I’ve talked with a few governors and I’m introducing the concept of compacting,” Sandoval reportedly said following a tour of the new corporate headquarters in Las Vegas for BMM International, one of two laboratories that tests gaming equipment for Nevada regulators.
“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,” Sandoval said. “I’m hopeful we’ll continue to talk.”
So far New Jersey and Delaware are the only other states to specifically pass legalization permitting online gambling, although moves are afoot in California, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois, and other states are investigating possibilities.
Sandoval told GameWire that there would have to be legislative and administrative arrangements in place in other states before any collaborative contracts on player access could be signed, but said that he was pleased with progress in Nevada, which earlier this month saw the first Nevada-licensed online poker site go live.
“We’re already ahead of other markets,” Sandoval said. “People are signing up from all over the world. Other companies are in the queue.”