Well, it's finally happened. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved Las Vegas South Point casino owner Michael Gaughan to launch true intrastate poker for real money. As mentioned a few months ago, South Point Poker has a free online site for playing poker against other players across the world. And now, South Point Poker LLC is Nevada's first interactive gaming operator.
Global Cash Access Holdings, also of Las Vegas, was approved as an interactive gaming service provider. Global is expected to partner with online wallet Live Gamer to provide players a way to purchase and redeem chips through the South Point poker site. A successful trial run of all aspects of the site could be finished in six to eight weeks, allowing players access to the "live money" portions of the online poker site shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, David Farahi, Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. Chief Operating Officer, indicated that Monarch Interactive Reno had also received one of the first two Nevada Interactive Gaming Operator licenses issued. The company is evaluating several software providers and will partner with whomever they feel can provide the best product for their guests.
Monarch, which operates Riviera Black Hawk casino in Colorado and Atlantis Resort in Reno, prides itself on learning from Nevada Casino Pioneer Bill Harrah how to provide the ultimate guest experience for each of its casino patrons. The Atlantis poker room will host the WPT Regional Western Poker Challenge in mid September.