It's been a long time since poker playing residents of Nevada heard that they were to be given the thumbs up to play online poker regulated by the state. Latest news is that the wait may be nearly over and that the first hand could be dealt very soon. It's looking like 888 Holdings will be the company dealing that hand and CEO Brian Mattingley told Reuters this week that the company expects to launch in Nevada this summer. There are still a few small issues to deal with in that the state of Nevada Gaming Control Board must approve the software before it can go live via three online gaming partners in the Silver State. However that should be a formality and the testing started last year with no issues having been reported. 888 is of course a weel known and popular online poker operator outside of the United States and will provide the platform for Caesar's Interactive with the World Series of Poker branded site. As well as Caesar's, 888 will be sharing the software with WMS industries and Treasure Island. Mr Mattingley believes that the company is in great shape to do well in the state of Nevada and is also seeking the green light from the state of New Jersey too. So the wait is nearly over although in fact not one of the 20 or so companies that have been given a license in Nevada have announced a launch date. Those companies include Boyd Gaming, Golden Nugget and MGM Resorts. 888 will see how things pan out for the first 12 months or so says Mattingley, and watch the bottom line before plans for a marketing budget are put into place as it competes in what everyone believes will be a very competitive marketplace.