(Las Vegas, NV) —  Three more Nevada casino operators have passed the first hurdle for an online poker license.

The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday recommended interactive gambling licenses for Boyd Gaming Corp., Station Casinos and their founders’ Ultimate Poker brand, and the Golden Nugget.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the Nevada Gaming Commission may consider the three recommendations at its Oct. 18 meeting.

Interactive licenses allow a company to operate online gambling sites for live players within Nevada borders.

In a related story, two casino executives say they know U.S. gambling companies are vulnerable to overseas Internet poker operators.

And while the heads of Las Vegas-based casino companies MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands Corp. agreed with several other industry executives Wednesday that the growth of online poker and casino games is inevitable, they differed on whether state or federal regulation is best.

Las Vegas Sands chief executive Michael Leven said during a keynote panel discussion at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas that he and company magnate Sheldon Adelson don’t want another layer of federal regulation.

Leven says states can make the rules.

MGM Resorts chief Jim Murren says the federal government should adopt regulations to protect U.S. customers.

U.S. laws currently prohibit Internet gambling across state lines.

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