Aristocrat Technologies Inc. has filed an application with state regulators to expand its gaming license to be one of the first companies to offer online poker games in Nevada, a company executive confirmed Wednesday.
Nick Khin, president of Las Vegas-based Aristocrat Technologies, said the application focuses on providing online gaming technology, allowing the company to be a "platform provider" to brick-and-mortar casinos.
"We are very excited about Internet gaming and have applied for a license," Khin said.
Since the company is already licensed by the state, Khin said he hopes gaming regulators would approve the application "fairly soon."
Approvals are expected by April 1.
He said the company has pitched its Internet casino platform to some 270 casino clients since Global Gaming Expo, or G2E, in October. The platform allows a virtual, free-play casino with about 40 games from slots to poker.
"The platform allows our clients to market a virtual casino to its customers to play for free," Khin said. "When the law changes, it will allow them to move into a play for real-money site."
The company has sold its gaming platform, Oasis 360, to Maryland Live, a casino to open in June, and to Island Resort & Casino, a tribal casino in Harris, Mich. Both are to launch by April 1.
Aristocrat Technologies is a subsidiary of Australia-based Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. It designs, manufactures, markets, and sells gaming machines, progressive systems and casino management systems. Products include iPhone and iPad games.
The company is the seventh to file an application with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, following Cantor Gaming, Shuffle Master, International Game Technology, Bally's Technology, Caesars Entertainment Corp. and the South Point.
Only South Point has applied to operate an Internet poker site. The others want to supply software to operators.
On Dec. 22, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved new regulations for the licensing of companies that offer Internet poker with betting within the state.
The new regulations require applicants, including Aristocrat Technologies, to prove their ability to maintain controls on player registration, prevent underage play and establish the location of the players before they are licensed. Other regulations deal with record keeping, fees and taxation and problem gambling notification.
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