MGM received approval for an online poker license from the Nevada Gaming Commission in November 2012, and regulators said they likely would approve a service-provider license for its partner bwin.party.
Company and property
One of the true titans of the industry, MGM Resorts International owns behemoth Las Vegas Strip casinos such as Bellagio, Aria, Mirage, MGM Grand, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Circus Circus, and New York New York. Outside of Vegas, MGM owns Gold Strike Tunica, Beau Rivage in Biloxi, and MGM Macau. Almost all of those properties boast poker rooms, many considered the best in the live-poker scene -- another indication that MGM will take online poker seriously.
Interactive Gaming Partners
MGM had online poker in its sights as early as 2011, partnering with bwin.party, the parent company of PartyPoker. If PartyPoker is any indication of what’s in store for MGM’s online site, the software should be well-crafted for Nevada players.
MGM CEO Jim Murren first hinted at taking online poker a step further when he said that he favored federal legislation for interstate poker. While a federal bill failed, Murren also called for states to work together where online poker was legalized. A few months later, Nevada passed a bill to allow for interstate compacts without federal legislation.