Las Vegas, Delaware, online poker and iGaming news

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Las Vegas made history by offering two interactive gaming licenses to Bally Technologies Inc. and International Game Technology (IGT). The Nevada Gaming Commission was unanimously in favor of issuing the interactive licenses to the two companies; operations could now be underway in up to seven months.

Global giant WillHill also has reason to celebrate: It was officially awarded a Nevada gaming license, completing the acquisition of three land-based Nevada sportsbooks it made for $55 million in 2011. The deal was subject to the issuing of the Nevada license it now holds. CEO Ralph Topping provided a juicy soundbite in an interview with EGR Magazine.

An update is given on Delaware. House Bill 333 is scheduled to proceed for a full Senate floor vote on June 26th. If everything goes as planned, first-term Governor Jack Markell, who has been supportive of the bill, could sign it into law as early as the end of June. The bill authorizes the state to run internet gambling on lotto, video poker, keno, and sports games.

An international news nugget is given on the finality of Betsson's acquisition of the Nordic Gaming Group. SBR initially covered this deal in April of 2012: it is now complete.
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