December 7, 2011 : Tweaks and improvements to proposed regulations scheduled
With the festive season holidays almost upon the industry, Nevada regulators have at least two more meetings scheduled in December as they push forward with finalising regulations for intrastate online poker.
The well-connected poker information site CardPlayer reports that this week the state Gaming Control Board will gather in Carson City to consider a new set of regulatory drafts for the industry.
"A bill that was signed into law in June mandates the Nevada Gaming Commission to adopt regulations by the end of January 2012 — making February the earliest possible time a real-money poker site could be operational," CardPlayer notes, advising that new versions of six separate regulations have been publicly released to the Control Board’s website, with few changes.
Apparently a new provision restricts licensees from offering the game to a pool of players across a multi-room poker network unless authorised by state officials.
This week's meeting will be followed by another on December 22, with chairman Mark Lipparelli opining that the regulations might be finalised and adopted by the end of the year, but that the end of January 2012 is more likely.