Casino Watch Focus has been reporting on the ongoing saga of expanded online gambling in the US. A ruling by the Obama Administration has opened the door for some states to engage in online gambling. Legal questions still loom as to how far online gambling’s jurisdiction lies, and Congress is still debating proposals to allow full scale federal online gambling. In preparation, several social media and gaming groups, such as Facebook and Zanga have looked into expanding their business to real money gambling. Most recently, Apple decided to allow real money gambling on their iPhones and iPads, albeit in the UK, not in the US. Now, an online source is reporting that a Nevada-based video game company seeks to become the first to enter the federal online market:
Video game developer 3G Studios filed with the Nevada Gaming Control Board for multiple Online Service Provider’s licenses, making them the first video game company to move into the U.S. online gambling market. With this move, 3G Studios will be the first video game company to be approved for real-money gambling in the U.S.
3G Studios plans to launch one of the nation’s first licensed, for-money U.S.-based poker sites. The site will initially be restricted to Nevada residents, and geo-location software will ensure that gamblers are located in Nevada at the time of the wager. The site will also feature other casino-style games that can be played for virtual currency, and as U.S. gambling restrictions loosen, may be also played for real money in the future.
An August decision by a Federal Judge ruled that poker was a game of skill opened the door for online poker sites to surface in states that legalized the practice. Nevada joined Delaware in legalizing online gambling, and at least 10 other states are expected to follow suit next year.
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