Are Nevada online bets off?

Oct 17, 2001 2:13 AM

Wary of a federal backlash, Nevada regulators appear to be taking a harder line against Internet wagering.

A forthcoming report reveals that no other state specifically allows betting on the Net. And that, Nevada officials believe, bars the state’s casinos from tapping those markets.

Nevada gamers, led by MGM Mirage, had hoped that the state’s Internet gaming law would permit action in any state unless expressly forbidden by law. But an early draft report suggests that regulators may impose a much tougher standard.

The hard-line stance comes in the wake of comments by American Gaming Association President Frank Fahrenkopf, who said Nevada’s online initiative has backfired. After the Legislature gave regulators the green light to implement Internet gambling, Fahrenkopf said Congress got a renewed sense of urgency to ban Web wagering outright. That federal legislation is pending.