LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has approved the nation’s first two interactive gambling licenses in a step that clears the way for online poker within state lines.

Members of the Nevada Gaming Commission signed off on licenses Thursday for slot machine manufacturers International Game Technology and Bally Technologies.

The companies are the first to be considered for a license since authorities approved regulations on interactive gambling. Those regulations require technology that weeds out underage players and verifies gamblers’ locations.

The U.S. Department of Justice has ruled that Internet gambling across state lines is illegal, but some interpret the rules as allowing online play within state borders.

Bally and IGT now must wait for individual casinos to be licensed for interactive gaming.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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