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How Soon Will Online Poker Become Reality?

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Last week, Governor Brian Sandoval signed a new law that fully legalizes interactive gaming in Nevada, something lawmakers hope will create jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenue.

Now the questions is when will online gaming become reality?

I sat down with Suzanne Lynn the chief operating officer of 3G Studios for my weekend show Face the State. She said they are busy acquiring the license now. They plan to launch online poker with The El Dorado this summer, but there are some concerns, like the brick and mortar casinos.

I asked Lynn what about the casino operators that say we have buffets, bars, clubs and all these entertainment options that we might have to start shutting down because people are staying home and gambling online.

"Well, they're already struggling to get people in. The younger people are the ones coming in for the buffets, the clubs. Those are the people who aren't doing much gaming on the floor itself. So, this is potentially, going to attract some of that audience."

Lynn said the new online gaming bill also requires those companies providing and operating the software, to team up with a casino to offer online gaming. She said because of that provision, it's not like they will be competing against the casinos anyway.

She said it will provide another service casinos don't currently offer.

I asked Lynn how much money will online gaming generate for the state of Nevada.

"It's really, completely dependent upon how successful the governor is in creating online compacts with other states. We don't have a huge population in Nevada to contribute to the online gaming."

To see the complete interview, tune in to Face the State Saturday at 4:30am and 3:30pm or Sunday at 6:30am.

Written by Chris Ciarlo 

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