Nevada gaming regulators postpone discussion on online sports gambling registrations
By Bob Garcia
The NGCB was to explore online registrations and expanded iGaming this Thursday
The issue of registration requirements for online sports betting has been a hot topic in Nevada lately. However, just when it was thought that perhaps everything was going to come to an agreement, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has now said that its plans to hold a meeting on sports gambling registration requirements and online gaming for new sports betting accounts will now be delayed. That is likely to delay the possibility that sports gamblers in the state can register online.
The meeting was originally scheduled to take place this coming Thursday, where several important topics related to the issue were to be discussed. However, the NGCB has said that it is better to wait until the Nevada Legislature concludes its 2021 session at the end of next month to resume initial plans. “To ensure that all parties who wish to participate in this important discussion about the future of Nevada gaming are able to attend, and ideally in person, the Board intends to schedule workshops on these proposed amendments and on the role of technology and gaming in Nevada at some point in the near future following the conclusion of the current session of the Nevada Legislature,” explained an NGCB notice.
Among these important issues, the NGCB is expected to lay its cards on the table to determine whether Nevada is ready to embrace online gaming, including table games and interactive slots. This entity is also tasked with determining whether the current need for sports bettors to first register their accounts at a physical casino betting parlor will be eliminated.
There is no doubt that a decision should be made as soon as possible, especially for a state where the dependence on gambling is crucial, considering that the state’s casinos suffered huge losses after the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. iGaming operators prospered incredibly during this period, which should be enough of an indication that gaming regulators need to take the matter seriously.