South Point Poker Receives first U.S. Intrastate Online Poker Licence
Last week South Point Poker LLC became the first company to receive a licence to offer intrastate online poker in the U.S. South Point can now provide online poker to residences of the state of Nevada.
Earlier this month the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) recommended that South Point be approved, on August 23rd the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) formally granted the license. The company is now expecting to launch a poker room as early as October.
South Point has developed its own poker software which is currently undergoing the final phases of testing by an independent lab. This software is completely unrelated to the software which is currently employed by South Point’s free-to-play room on the ZEN Entertainment Network.
While South Point will be thrilled to be the first to receive a license, there is a downside. There is likely to be intense scrutiny of South Point as they are being used as the guinea pig. Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard has said that they “want to make sure it’s done correctly because what you do might have an impact on what others do later.”
However, South Point’s Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Vaughan, has said he is confident that they are up to the task.