In order to obtain a license, it will be necessary for a company to "prove that their technology will be able to limit play to state residents of legal age" and if approved, the pre-licensed companies will have a new title attached to their licenses. A new company that is looking to obtain a license would be subject to going through a full investigation and that could take months complete.
Aria was host to a U.S. Online Gaming Las conference last week and chairman of the Gaming Control Board, Mark Lipparelli stated that investigations could begin as early as February. Also noted was that companies that are already holding a license in the state - for example, a land-based casino - should be able to move quickly through the application process.
"We’ve taken our brick-and-mortar operational standards to a new level,” Lipparelli said. “We’re going to continue to be flexible, but we think we’ve set the bar high for licensing and suitability.”
One of the factors that must be recognized is that these licenses would be intrastate and not interstate. Play would be unavailable to players outside Nevada borders because such a license would only allow online poker in Nevada.
With all of the press and noise concerning online poker in the United States, you may be wondering how this is legal in the United States but it's relatively simple. Vegasinc explains: “The federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act prohibits companies from accepting payments related to online wagering, but allows several exceptions, including intrastate and intratribal wagering and fantasy sports.”