The Nevada Gaming Commission recently issued two new iGaming licenses to gambling groups as the state moves full steam ahead with its plans to offer intrastate poker this year. Both Sartini Synergy and Lottomatica had their applications approved, making them the latest groups to enter this newly regulated market.
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The Italian Lottomatica, which is based in Rome, is an iconic gambling and lottery entity, which owns subsidiaries around the world. Lottomatica owns the Rhode Island based GTech, as well as the Vegas based Spielo.
Lottomatica is now licensed to provide its software to online casino operators seeking to launch online poker in the Nevada poker market.
The General Counsel for Lottomatica, Robert Jones said: “We are very aware of the privilege that comes with a license, and we take that responsibility very seriously.”
Lottomatica recently announced that it would be rebranding by changing its name to GTech. According to the group, the parent company will be known as GTech, while Spielo and Lottomatica would be retained in the markets they served. The group will be divided into three main sectors – The Americas, international and Italy.
The second new licensee, Sartini Synergy is a subsidiary of Golden Gaming, which also owns PT’s Entertainment and Golden Route Operations, a slot route operator in Nevada. The group has no immediate plans to enter Nevada, however having the license ensures that Sartini would “be ready when it makes sense.”
With more and more companies meeting Nevada’s licensing requirements and being given the green light to offer their services in the state’s intrastate online gambling market, it is hoped that the first legal online poker room will launch by this spring. At present, it is not yet clear which group will launch the first the poker room, nor which software will be used to power the site.