Many Nevada casinos have decided that Internet gaming is not just going to go away. As with Indian gaming, they have abandoned years of wishful thinking, arguing for prohibition, and have finally adopted the position that the industry should be regulated. So, in June 2001 they persuaded the Nevada Legislature and Gov. Kenny Guinn to enact a law legalizing online casinos.
The new law, Assembly Bill 466, is a typical piece of Nevada legislation.
In Clark County (Las Vegas), the only establishment that can operate Internet gambling games is “a resort hotel that holds a nonrestricted license,” – in other words, hotel-casinos.
In counties with populations “more than 40,000 but less than 400,000,” meaning Washoe (Reno), Douglas (Tahoe), Elko and Carson City, licenses are limited to “resort hotels” plus establishments that have (1) casino licenses, (2) 120 hotel rooms, (3) “at least one bar with permanent seating capacity for more than 30 patrons,” (4) at least one restaurant open 24/7 “with permanent seating capacity for more than 60 patrons,” and (5) “at least 18,000 square feet” of Judi Online Terpercaya gaming area with “at least 1,600 slot machines, 40 table games, and a sports book and race pool.” In other words, hotel-casinos.
You can guess which are the only establishments able to get licenses for Internet gaming in Nevada’s smallest counties. And in order to prevent someone from opening a small hotel-casino as a ruse, the new law requires the casino to …