Nevada legalizes Online Gambling

Nevada beats New Jersey

The Governor of Nevada claimed victory over rival gaming state New Jersey after he signed a bill officially legalizing online gambling.

Governor Brian Sandoval was quick to show his delight in achieving what he described as a “historic” step.

The passing of the AB114 act meant that Nevada pipped New Jersey to the post in the race to become the first state to allow its residents to gamble on the Internet.

Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put a conditional veto on a bill which would legalise online gambling in the state. An amended version of the bill is expected to be passed before the end of the month.

"As to our competitor, New Jersey, they should be accustomed to following Nevada," said Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, a Democrat from Las Vegas.

Sandoval is a former head of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Also this month, Mississippi State Representative Bobby Moak failed in his attempt to get a bill passed which would have moved it towards legalizing online gambling in the southern state.

Limited Scope

Nevada is home to Las Vegas, the world’s most renowned gambling capital which has always aimed to stay ahead of the game when it came to gaming.

Sandoval said the new legislation is set to change the way they do business in Vegas and beyond. “Today I sign into law the framework that will usher in the next frontier of gaming in Nevada,” he said.

However, while the Nevadans were celebrating, it was clear that there is a long way to go. The current bill only covers online poker and in any case regulators are now required to create regulations which will set the parameters for online gambling.

The move came after the Federal government failed to legalize Internet gambling. The State had originally passed a bill back in 2011 that would have made online gaming legal if it was legalized on a federal level.

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