The Nevada Gaming Commission approved an online gaming operator's license for Reno-based Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc., in August 2012.
Company and property
Monarch owns and operates the Atlantis Casino Resort, a premier casino that sits across the street from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The casino features 51,000 square feet of space, including a nine-table poker room, which hosted the Card Player Poker Tour in March 2013. It's one of the few casinos outside of Las Vegas to apply for an operator's license, and in the virtual poker world it could prove tough competition for the titans on The Strip.
Interactive Gaming Partners
The company took on the name Monarch Interactive for its online presence, but officials have been relatively quiet on their specific plans to enter the online-poker market. When they received the license, Monarch officials said they had not partnered with another company for the technology. Chief Operating Officer David Farahi told gaming officials that Monarch plans to "partner with the provider that can offer the best quality product to our guests."
Monarch told Nevada gaming officials in February 2013 that they needed more time to test their software. They were given until August 2013 to work on the technology.