This week is a land mark for U.S. Gambling as Nevada is one of the states which will be start considering license online gambling applications. This is the first step in what many consider the inevitable process of online gambling legalization in the U.S.

Currently U.S. citizens are denied the right to play online scratch cards or poker like many of their counterparts overseas. The absurd situation of scratch card devotees being unable to spend their cash in home-based scratch sites has led to dramatic changes.

All forward thinking stats realize that they are losing millions in revenues from the likes of online scratch cards or poker. Every day that goes by that prevents online scratch fans the chance to play and win in the U.S. means that they are spending all their cash with offshore operators. These offshore operators do not pay any tax in the U.S. and no revenues from scratch cards ever reach the U.S. coffers.

Both these gaming giants are looking to enter the online gambling arena when the legal situation permits them to do so. In order for their licenses to be successful both these companies would need a land casino to partner up with and there are already reports that talks have started to this effect.

Bally Technologies is one of the world’s leading gaming manufacturers of gaming equipment. IGT is also one of the leaders in manufacture, design and distribution of gaming machines.

IGT has already made some strategic acquisitions like that of Double Down Interactive that was purchased for over $500 million. Double Down Interactive is one of the largest social free-to-play casino games providers on the internet and include their Double Down Casino which is extremely popular on Facebook.

IGT also purchased Swedish poker company Entraction Holding AB for over $115 million. Entraction is one of the largest online poker networks in the world.

Online gambling like scratch games have been enjoying unprecedented popularity. With tough economic times upon the U.S. scratchcards give the average Joe the chance to scratch and win massive cash prizes for little money.

These two gambling powerhouses are just two of the many licenses expected to be considered as many look to position themselves to take advantage of the U.S. gambling market opening up.

It is widely believed that the Nevada authorities will first start legalizing online poker and only at a later stage legalize other forms of online gambling.

Thanks to the new stance on the Wire Act of 1961, in effect Nevada could be the first state to offer legalized online poker with other online games o follow.

There is no doubt that it makes financial sense for both online gambling interests like scratch card operators to become regulated and in turn would be able to benefit the U.S. economy with their scratchcard gaming tax revenues.

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