William Hill takes first esports betting licence in Nevada
William Hill has become the first gambling operator to acquire a licence to offer betting lines on esports competitions in the US state of Nevada.
Working in partnership with the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, Hills will now be able to accept wagers on the video gaming contests.
According to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which granted the licence, said betting will take place under Regulation 21.120, which allows for “wagers on events other than a horse race, greyhound race or athletic events”.
In a statement, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said: “This announcement is a major step toward ensuring Nevada becomes the esports capital of the world.
“By embracing this unique opportunity and incorporating innovation and technology into our gaming industry, we’re expanding the potential of one of our oldest industries.”
The award of the licence comes at a time when Nevada faces something of an uncertain future in terms of gambling on esports.
Last week, the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee urged gambling regulators in the state to form a new set of rules to establish the state’s stance on esports wagering.
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