As Nevada regulators begin a long process of deciding whether to license online casinos, one of the state’s largest gaming companies has taken a bold step. MGM Mirage has applied for a license to operate an online casino from an offshore location.
The application was submitted last month to the Isle of Man, a 227-square-mile island in the middle of the Irish Sea. The country of 75,000 people recently legalized online gambling and will soon select three companies to award its first Internet casino Pengeluaran SGP licenses.
A British newspaper, the Financial Times, reported Friday that MGM Mirage is a favorite to win one of the licenses. The paper said the Isle of Man has received 11 applications, and will issue three licenses in September.
Alan Feldman, the spokesman for MGM Mirage, confirmed Friday evening that his company is one of the applicants. The Isle of Man has not disclosed the names of the applicants, but Feldman said, “We are under the impression that several major American companies have applied.”
Feldman said the Financial Times story was “aggressive in its sense of a timetable” in stating that MGM Mirage “is close to setting up an online casino in the Isle of Man.” After licenses are awarded, he said, the actual implementation of online gambling will be discussed with government officials.
“This is still a ways off,” Feldman told RGT Online, “I would think several months at the very very least.”
In a July 11 story, the Las Vegas Sun quoted Jim Murren, president of MGM Mirage, as saying that the company was examining jurisdictions around the world that allow Internet gambling, looking for a venue with tough regulatory standards.
Feldman said Friday, “We have taken a good look at the proposals in Macau, England, Monte Carlo and of course we stay very close to what’s going on in Australia.” But no other applications, besides the one in the Isle of Man, are pending, he said.
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