Churchill Downs Applies for Online Poker License in Nevada


08/05/2012
By Debra SaundersGoogle
This past week, Churchill Downs, the racetrack that is home to the Kentucky Derby, applied for an online casino games license in Nevada. If approved, the brand will be one of the first to legally offer casino games online in the state.
 
The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently awarded Bally Technologies and Interactive Gaming Technologies a license to operate top online casinos in the state and it is reported that there are now more than thirty operators seeking approval. The licenses that they won are different than the one Churchill Downs has applied for in that they will legally be allowed to supply the platforms and technology for companies like Churchill Downs to operate the sites. 
 
For Bally and IGT, it is a waiting game now as brands like Churchill Downs and other operators await the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s rulings on their applications.
 
In February, Churchill Downs acquired Bluff Media in a move that company says would allow them to pursue online poker once it is legalized at a state or federal level.
 
Churchill Downs has experience in the online casino space. Best known for live horse racing and the Kentucky Derby specifically, the company also owns the online casino site TwinSpires.com that takes bets from United States residents. TwinSpires.com allows anyone of legal age to bet on horses on its site. In 2010, Churchill Downs also acquired TwinSpires’ main rival, YouBet.com, merging both sites under the TwinSpires brand.
 
 
 

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