UK’s leading bookmaker, William Hill, recently announced that at a hearing that took place in Carson City, the Nevada Gaming Control Board had voted unanimously to recommend that the group be approved for licensing.
William Hill was questioned by the Control Board with regard to Playtech founder Teddy Sagi who was jailed in 1996 for fraud and bribery as the companies have endured a rocky relationship lately. William Hill was also grilled on fund protection and safeguards for problem gambling and sporting event integrity.
William Hill and its executives are due to appear before the Nevada Gaming Commission in the next and final phase of licensing which is due to take place on Thursday, 21st June, 2012 in order to discuss its application and to obtain the Nevada Gaming Commission’s final decision.
This follows William Hill’s initial entry into Nevada during 2011 when agreements were signed to purchase Club Cal Neva, Brandywine Bookmaking LLC and American Wagering incorporated.
Chief Executive for William Hill, Ralph Topping, commented that they are absolutely thrilled to have the Nevada Gaming Board’s recommendation for licensing and that they are looking forward to their forthcoming hearing with the Gaming Commission on the 21st June, 2012. Topping added that they are extremely grateful for the Nevada regulators who have been tremendously fair and detailed in their assessment of their entry into the state.
William Hill is hoping to operate the three Nevada sports books that were acquired by the group during 2011. Club Cal Neva, Leroy’s and Lucky’s will be consolidated and will then be re-branded as part of the $60 million project.