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Interactive Gambling Expands In Nevada

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Nevada gambling regulators have approved three companies’ plans to participate in Internet poker sites accessible only within state boundaries, although the sites themselves have a few hurdles to clear.

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved South Point Poker LLC for the state’s first interactive gambling operator’s license. Reno-based Monarch Interactive Inc. was also licensed as an operator.

The Las Vegas Sun reports Global Cash Access Holdings, Inc., was licensed to provide online payment services.

South Point lawyer Steve Harris says the company’s technology still needs to pass through several layers of inspection, but says site operators hope to be accepting real-money bets by October.

The South Point launched a free-play online poker site last year that doesn’t handle real money.

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