Nevada Gambling Control Board considers setting guidelines between casinos and .net sites

by , Mar 12, 2010 | 3:25 pm

An article by Howard Stutz at the Las Vegas Review-Journal states that the Nevada Gambling Control Board is considering establishing a set of guidelines between casinos and the .net section of online poker sites, which could lead to widespread changes into how poker tournaments are run in Nevada. In 2007, Harrah’s established a series of rules that prevented online poker sites that took US customers from registering their satellite winners directly into the World Series of Poker. Those sites were also prohibited from having their players promote .com sites, while they were allowed to promote their “poker school”, with a .net suffix.

When these guidelines will be finalized is unknown, they could have a huge effect on the World Series of Poker, North American Poker Tour, and televised poker programming such as Face the Ace and Poker After Dark if .net sites were also not allowed.


  • DanM

    Very interesting. I’ve been looking into this, because supposedly NAPT Venetian allowed, after checking with DOJ, Gaming, and LVMPD, PokerStars to wire in all the buy-ins for their qualifiers. No confirmation on this yet, but no denial either. That’s pretty big if true.

  • Kevin Mathers

    To make sure I read clearly, the Venetian contacted the DOJ and other organizations, and they all said it was OK to have PokerStars.net to wire funds?

  • DanM

    that is what i have heard, from a guy who would have no reason to make that up. with details such as the law enforcement checks that added up moreso than any 2+2 poster talking about FBI investigations in Washington State, lol.

    but naturally there could be some important details he left out.

  • TOCurmudgeon

    My understanding is that Harrah’s didn’t allow the direct buy-ins, not Nevada gaming. If this is the case the Venitian would not be affected, would it?

  • DanM

    excellent point. i think Harrah’s took the safest route they could come up with. It seems Gaming, however, is just starting to pay close attention and figure out what’s what and what it means to them.