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May 24, 2015

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Gaming Control recommends extensions for testing online poker software

The state Gaming Control Board conducted its monthly meeting today in Carson City.

The issue: Three companies requested extensions to complete laboratory testing as provisions of interactive gaming licenses approved last year. Extensions were requested by South Point Poker and ACEP Interactive in Las Vegas and Monarch Interactive in Reno.

Vote: 3-0

What it means: The Control Board recommended approval of the three extensions. If approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission on Feb. 21, the companies would have until August to complete testing on their software.

Representatives of the three companies said they were in various stages of testing, and some said there are new variables to consider, including whether federal lawmakers would consider legislation governing online poker and the state’s plan to amend its online poker law to enable the governor to negotiate agreements with other states to expand the number of eligible players.

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The issue: TravelCenters of America, which has two truck stops in Southern Nevada and three in Northern Nevada, is requesting licensing as a publicly traded corporation to have options to expand gaming at its facilities. Initially, it is seeking licensing to receive a percentage of gaming revenue at one of its Northern Nevada properties.

Vote: 3-0

What it means: While there are no expansion plans in Southern Nevada for now, the vote recommends licensing the Westlake, Ohio, company. Final approval will be considered by the Nevada Gaming Commission on Feb. 21.

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