888 and Treasure Island Recommended for Online Poker Licenses in Nevada

Nevada gaming officials essentially added two more names to its long list of interactive gaming licenses on Wednesday, recommending approval for Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and 888 Holdings.

The companies are expected to appear for a final rubber stamp from the Nevada Gaming Commission on March 21.

The Silver State is moving quickly toward launching real-money online poker, having recently fast-tracked a bill to allow for interstate agreements without federal legislation.

The publicly traded 888 is expected to build the software for a Treasure Island online poker room.

Nevada gaming regulators already have approved an agreement between 888 and Caesars Interactive Entertainment to launch a World Series of Poker-branded online poker room in the state. Meanwhile, the two companies operate WSOP sites in Europe.

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While it’s unclear when Nevada’s first real money site will launch, two companies have been granted license extensions in order to tweak software and IGT has asked for six more months to test its technology.