In an exclusive interview with iGaming Business, Mark Lipparelli, who is the Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, confirmed that online operators with licenses and technical systems approved by Nevada could be up and running for real-money, intrastate online poker before the end of 2012.

Lipparelli laid out the timeline for Nevada’s online gaming application process and also said that approval by the state of Nevada of both licenses and systems will enable operators to operate without further legislation.

“The process from here will see license applicants appearing on our public agendas in May/June.  For the successful license applicants, the last step in turning the systems on will be a technical evaluation, and although we’re not certain how long this process will take, it’s plausible, even likely, that you’ll see the first set of systems approved for initial deployment by the fall.”

The technical evaluation for operators filing applications is expected to take place between late spring and early summer. Lipparelli said he’s confident that Nevada licensees who complied with all of the requirements could be up and running by late 2012 and “certainly by late winter or the early part of 2013.”

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