One of the UK’s top betting groups, William Hill, has made progress it its attempts to gain a Nevada egambling license. The group was informed that its license application was recommended by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to the Nevada Gaming Commission.
The Commission will now meet on June 21st to discuss William Hill’s application and reach a final decision.
Ralph Topping, the CEO at William Hill, has said that they are “extremely pleased” to have received the recommendation from the Gaming Control Board. Topping also said that the Nevada regulators had been very fair and detailed when making their assessment of William Hill and that he was grateful for their decision. He went onto say that the company is looking forward to the hearing with the Gaming Commission.
It has not been easy for William Hill to receive this recommendation and comes as a result of a lot of hard work. Most recently William Hill shut down their Australian sports betting business. Most people believe that this is because the Australian Interactive Gaming Act of 2001 makes it illegal to offer casino games to Australian residents. While no country has been tried under this law, William Hill would have wanted to go into the application process with a clean record.
Another issue which has hung over the application process is their partnership with Playtech. Ralph Topping confirmed that William Hill was questioned by the Nevada authorities about this partnership, probably because Playtech’s founder, Teddy Sagi, has previously been in jail for bribery.
However, despite the various troubles, it seems that William Hill has been successful in persuading the Nevada authorities that it has a good reputation and strong business ethics. The entire gambling community will be eagerly awaiting the results of the hearing later this month.