|MGM Mirage looks set to be the last to launch an Internet casino out of the three companies granted a license by the Isle of Man on Thursday. “We’re hopeful we’ll have it up and running within a year.” said Alan Feldman, a spokesman for MGM Mirage in an interview with RGT Online on Friday.|
The other licensees, Sun International Hotels and the British company Littlewoods Leisure have announced launch dates for the fourth quarter and October respectively. Littlewoods Leisure will be using CryptoLogic software, and Sun is widely expected to use Boss Media, who provided the software for their recently launched beta site.
MGM mirage is still without a definite software provider, and although they previously used WagerWorks for play-for-fun games at their current websites doubts about the company’s experience remain.
“I don’t know to what extent WagerWorks is participating in the for-cash site,” said Feldman. It is not yet clear that the company, which has a reputation for developing real-world slot machines, will have the capabilities necessary for the development of a play-for-real site.
Another worry for MGM Mirage is the reaction of regulators in Nevada, who have set out strict restrictions on sites against accepting bets from US citizens.
Feldman stressed the ability of the company to deal with the security problems faced by online sites, “We think that between a combination of technology and policy, we should be able to deal with it.”