William Hill becomes first operator to acquire sports betting licence in Nevada
William Hill became the first online gambling company to attain a license to offer betting lines on esports competitions in Nevada.
William Hill, working in tandem with Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, can now accept wagers on video gaming contests.
Nevada Gaming Control Board, which handed Hill the licence, said the company will operate under Regulation 21.120, which permits “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.”
Interestingly, the US state of Nevada is faced with uncertainty with regards to gambling on esports. Hence this decision definitely comes as a surprise.
Earlier in the month, Nevada Gaming Policy Committee requested the state’s gambling regulators to formulate new rule to ascertain Nevada’s stand on esports wagering.