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Nevada regulator considers expanding igaming offering beyond poker


The Nevada Gaming Control Board has invited the state’s public to provide input on proposed amendments to its regulations that would allow operators to offer a wide range of online casino products instead of just poker.

Currently, the state offers online sports betting and poker, but other forms of online gaming are not permitted.

The proposed amendments seek to remove provisions limiting interactive gaming to the game of poker, in addition to a number of related and other changes, such as creating definitions of ‘peer-to-peer’ and ‘non peer-to-peer’ gaming.

A significant change to be introduced is the creation of a state-wide list of individuals who have self-excluded from participating in igaming.

Other amendments regarding operators’ obligations include changes to what is required to be displayed on an operator’s website, provisions related to how gross revenue is reported and provisions related to the maintenance of records. These potential changes are to be discussed at the Gaming Control Board’s May 13 hearing.

Results released in January showed that Nevada’s gaming revenue fell to a 24-year low in 2020, as the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic saw the state’s operators bring in $7.87bn, the lowest annual total since 1996.

These results marked the first year in which the state broke down how much of its revenue came from online betting. The sector brought in $117.6m, but made up the majority of betting volume at $2.61bn.