South Point Poker is owned by gaming legend Michael Gaughan, and is the exclusive online poker room to the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada and is set to be the first legal real-money online poker site in the US when it goes live in September.
According to CEO Michael Gaughan, South Point’s gaming system has already been approved by an independent testing laboratory, the Vegas-based company’s application for an online poker license is set to be heard by the Nevada Control Board (GCB) next month, when it will receive a recommendation for approval before heading to the state’s Gaming Commission.
Gaughan has stated that, “We’re finishing up our second wave of testing and so far no problems,” he said. “I may not be the biggest or the best but hopefully I’ll have a head start by two or three months.”
Back in October 2011, SouthPointPoker.com was the first free play site approved for a Nevada regulated casino in the United States and became a 100% legal, 100% free poker site.
“SouthPointPoker.com proves Nevada is at the forefront of the regulated gaming market. It’s a great accomplishment and honor to offer the first online poker room branded by a Nevada-licensed, land based casino property,” said Gaughan, who made news earlier this year when he became the first Las Vegas casino operator to come out publicly in support of online gaming.
“Unfortunately because we are the first one, the regulator is putting a few more restrictions on us, and wants us to start a little slower than we would like,” explained Gaughan. “We will conform to their wishes, but at the end of the year it will be in full blown site in Nevada. Then we’ll try and go into the other states where it is legal and do some contracts there.”
Reported by Maggie B.