Real-Money WSOP Online a Step Closer: 888, Treasure Island Approved in Nevada

The Nevada Gaming Commission continued issuing interactive gaming licenses on Thursday. The latest recipients, 888 US Limited and Treasure Island, LLC, are now clear to participate in offering online poker in Nevada.

The approval of 888 could be one of the last hurdles for Caesars Interactive Entertainment to launch its World Series of Poker-branded website in Nevada.

Gaming regulators approved the 888 and Caesars partnership a year ago, but Caesars had to wait for 888 to be approved for a license before going live.

888 is also expected to provide poker software for Treasure Island and WMS Industries. The group recently announced the All American Poker Network, a business-to-consumer online poker platform. Treasure Island is expected to be the first online poker room on the network.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 888 CEO Brian Mattingley said, “888 has chosen Nevada as its first U.S. market, and we are hopeful that future developments will present even greater commercial opportunities for 888’s Nevada-facing business.”

With more and more companies approved for licenses in Nevada, the future of real money online poker in the Silver State is imminent. Although some companies have sought more time to test software, Caesars executives have said they expect their site to launch sometime this year.