The same reason regarding regulation had an influence on Fertitta Interactive’s decision to purchase Cyber Arts Licensing, an online gaming software designer and provider in October 2011. Fertitta bought Cyber Arts also with a view to providing online poker if federal laws permitting online gaming are passed.
Earlier in 2011 Fertitta Interactive had entered a joint venture with Full Tilt Poker to launch an online poker website dependant on the federal legalisation of online poker. This deal fell through after Black Friday when FBI agents closed the websites of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Absolute Poker and issued international arrest warrants for the directors of these companies. (See article: Prosecution for Money Laundering linked to online Gambling).
The situation in the United States regarding the legalisation of online poker is far from being resolved but with this Nevada Gaming Control Board licence application, Fertitti Interactive is prepared for a future legalisation of online poker in the United States.