An Interactive Gaming Task Force based at UNLV submitted its report to the Nevada Gaming Commission last week, along with the recommendation that in-state interactive gaming was "a good first step" for the state to follow.
Formed last September by members of the university’s William F. Harrah’s College of Hotel Administration, the Task Force undertook the issue of online gaming in the wake of Nevada legislation enabling interactive gaming.
Among the Task Force’s recommendations, relating to the policy issue of interactive gaming:
Expand current race and sports betting to the Internet.
- Expand off-site wagering into live broadcast of table games, as well as simulated games, including electronic games, such as slots and video poker.
Allow for the payment of bets and collection of winnings at off-site locations.
Allow the sign-up for online wagering via a trusted third party. This would require regulatory changes and new regulations if the sign-up extends beyond the state’s borders.
The Task Force pointed out these would be "logical steps" toward eventual "full-scale Internet gaming."
The Task Force also made other recommendations in the area of responsible/problem gaming. They include:
Creating a database for players to establish self-imposed limits, self banning and other personal preferences.
Log-in parameters and session limitations to ensure gambling doesn’t get out of hand.
- The establishment of an educational website designed to provide responsible gaming information and to identify help lines and resources.