Well folks, there has been a historic moment for online gaming fans – 888 are of course a well-known operator who have 888 online bingo, casino and poker brands have now gained a license so they can operate in the United States! This industry giant announced that the license had been granted at a meeting in Vegas! Evidently it wasn’t a huge surprise to some as apparently the Nevada State Gaming Board recommended that it was approved earlier in the month!
It is however amazing news as 888 is the first online only gaming company to gain a US license – so it’s quite a feat! Here’s what the CEO Brian Mattingley had to say:
“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.”
He also went on to add that the decision made vindicated their US strategy and that they will be hosting a re-launch of their brand in the US after the platform approval has been finalised. The license will also support a number of 888’s partners which includes the likes of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, WMS Gaming and WSOP!
Could this be the start of something big? Is the US now open to more UK or European based operators launching in the US? It would appear that times are changing and this may be the case! They are looking to enforce legislation to ensure that they can now become involved in what is definitely a lucrative market for other countries – and rumour has it that this new legislation could be introduced in a matter of a few short weeks! Well done 888 – you have made online gambling history!