Nevada Casinos Push for Online Sports Betting Registration

Nevada casino companies asked for a change in state regulations that would allow gamblers to register for online sports betting accounts completely online at a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Current regulations say patrons must visit the land-based sports book and sign up for accounts. The board did not act on the request.

Nevada casinos are ready to go fully online for patrons setting up sports betting accounts and asked the Nevada Gaming Control Board to change regulations requiring such sign-ups to be done on the premises of land-based sports books.

“We believe the technology has advanced to the point where remote verification is possible,” Mark Russell, counsel for MGM Resorts told the commission at a special meeting according to Legal Sports Report.

During testimony at the meeting, however, officials for the Nevada Resort Association—a trade group representing the state’s casinos—said that the association has not taken an official position on full online registration.

“Generally, our members of our association are comfortable with the status quo in that, if you go through a marketing plan process, then you can sign people up for a wagering account on premises. So, we are comfortable with that status quo,” Scott Nielson, representing the association, said.

The board took no action at Tuesday’s meeting. Chairwoman Becky Harris told Legal Sports Report that she plans to engage stakeholders to continue discussion of remote registration.

In another matter, William Hill has asked the commission to give regulators the power to overturn sports book errors that result in payouts.

The company made the request after a situation in New Jersey where Paddy Power Betfair’s FanDuel made a mistake that accidentally placed the Denver Broncos at 750-1 odds to win a game instead of the correct 1-6 odds.

FanDuel initially refused to pay the winnings, but eventually paid winners after the incident received extensive media coverage.

William Hill wants to allow regulators to void such payments. The board has not acted on the request and is seeking input, according to reports.