5 companies get extensions for online poker applications

The Nevada Gaming Commission met Thursday in Las Vegas.

The issue: Five companies with applications for interactive gaming licenses needed deadline extensions because of a backlog of reviews of their systems for online poker play. Regulations impose a six-month limitation on previously approved licenses.

The vote: 5-0 in one consent vote

What it means: Two companies are operating live online poker sites — Station Casinos’ Ultimate Poker and Caesars Interactive’s World Series of Poker.

Five other companies have systems in the pipeline that were closing in on approval deadlines.

Extended to April were license applications for Las Vegas-based Boyd Interactive Gaming, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming; GNLV Corp, operated by Golden Nugget; MGM Resorts Online, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International; Z4Poker LLC, doing business as Z4Gaming; and Reno-based PNK LLC, doing business as M1 Gaming Reno though the Boomtown Reno Truckstop.