Thursday September 20,2012 : WMS AND ACEP AWARDED NEVADA LICENCES (Update)
Unanimous board approval for latest two licensees
WMS Gaming Inc. (WMS) and American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) have been awarded licences from the five-member board of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
The Commission awarded ACEP, who own U.S. land casinos that include the Stratosphere Hotel Casino and Tower, Aquarius, Arizona Charlie's Decatur and Arizona Charlie's Boulder, an interactive gaming license to operate as a gaming provider in the State.
ACEP's Interactive subsidiary plans to begin with a free-to-play business model to generate players and extend brand awareness with a switch to real-money-play based on its success.
The company has yet to reveal its selected technology-software partner, however, director of gaming development Alec Driscoll confirmed that ACEP has entered into an agreement and would make an announcement at a later date.
The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved WMS for both an interactive gaming manufacturer license and a service provider license in the State of Nevada. The interactive gaming licenses enable the Company to partner with Nevada casino operators to provide online poker to players.
"Nevada is a recognized leader in gaming regulation and is moving consistently forward with rules and regulations for interactive gaming enablement and we are looking forward to providing our customers in the state with industry-leading products and services in a safe and secure online environment," said Orrin J. Edidin, president of WMS.
WMS Gaming and ACEP join other licence awardees South Point Poker, IGT, Bally Technologies, Monarch Interactive, Shuffle Master and Global Cash Access.