888 could launch an online gaming offering in Nevada, home to gambling center Las Vegas, after the group won the first ever U.S. license to be awarded to an internet betting firm.
The license to operate in Nevada granted to London-listed 888 Holdings Plc is the first time an internet gambling company has been licensed in the United States, which banned online gambling in 2006. Chief Executive Brian Mattingley said, ‘This is an historic moment for 888. This is the first time a company uniquely providing online gaming has been licensed by any US jurisdiction.”
888 has already signed a deal with Las Vegas operator Treasure Island to launch online poker under its own brand in Nevada. It has also a signed a non-exclusive deal with Las Vegas casino brand Caesars (CZR.O) to power the web spin-off of Caesars' World Series of Poker tournament, and has agreed a deal with slot machine operator WMS (WMS.N) to give it an online presence.