Well, actually they’re talking to the Alderney Gambling Control Board in the British Channel Island. But why would the folks in Nevada, we’re talking Las Vegas territory, need to talk to the Brits about gambling? After all, Las Vegas has been a top gambling destination for decades. But times are changing. People aren’t traveling as often as they used to. We’ve invented the word “staycation” and a staycation isn’t good for Vegas. But they are a sign of the economy and the current times and all of that is probably here to stay for a while. Bummer. Especially if you’re Las Vegas. Or Nevada, which depends on gambling revenue from Vegas and other gambling locations around the state.
So, what’s a Gaming Control Board to do? After all, if there’s less gambling, I can only think that there would be less of a need for gaming control people. Not to mention less income for Nevada. Well, the folks at the Nevada Gaming Control Board made a call to the folks at the Alderney Gambling Control Commission to ask for their advice on regulating online gambling.
Now, I’m seeing a couple of different developments potentially coming out of this arrangement. First, it sends signs that Nevada is open to considering legalizing and regulating online gambling within the state. Good news for those who live in Nevada but the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) will prevent them from offering online gambling elsewhere. But the other aspect of this is that it looks like Nevada, like Atlantic City, will want to require online gambling operations to be run from within the state. Which means the existing casinos in Nevada will be the first in line to open online casinos.