The deal for Will Hill to buy up 55% of the Nevada sports betting market has now been rubber stamped by the Nevada Gaming Commission, so they're now set to make it large in the US...
As we reported yesterday, WH were in a hearing yesterday with the Nevada Gaming Control Board with a view to obtaining a Nevada gaming license which would allow them to offer various gaming services to Las Vegas punters. Apparently the hearing was a great success, with the board voting unanimously for approval.
The final part of the licensing hearing is due for June 21st and WH will line up alongside Bally and IGT (Entraction) at that time to find out whether they get the much coveted licenses.
If the license is issued to William Hill, it certainly won't hurt their chances of being seen in a favourable light should the US legislative tide turn in favour of gambling - something which has been much more realistic in the last year or so (despite Black Friday - and some would even argue Black Friday was a result of - the US legislative system is slowly turning in favour of gambling).
Ralph Topping, Chief Executive for William Hill, commented:
We are extremely pleased to have the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s recommendation for licensing. We now look forward to our hearing with the Gaming Commission in two weeks’ time. Nevada regulators have been extremely fair and detailed in their assessment of our entry into the state, and we are grateful for their decision today.