Golden Nugget and Chiligaming, an international developer and operator of multi‐platform social games and gambling products, have entered into an online gaming partnership, with a free‐play Web site due to launch this spring. Golden Nugget has selected Chiligaming as its exclusive online gaming partner in anticipation of the legalization of online gaming in the United States.

“We started an intensive process approximately nine months ago and looked at more than a dozen Internet gaming companies and selected Chiligaming because they were experienced in online gaming in Europe and demonstrated incredible passion, talent and knowledge which our team found to far exceed their competitors,” said Tilman J. Fertitta, Golden Nugget chairman and owner. “We believe that online gaming is inevitable in the United States and that the Golden Nugget will be well positioned to compete when U.S. laws allow for online gaming.”

Fertitta, through various wholly‐owned affiliates, operates three Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos which are located in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev. and Atlantic City.

Chiligaming's proprietary iGaming platform, which enables it to connect to any poker platform or gaming content provider, is a central feature of its U.S. proposition and is designed to both facilitate swift entry into the market and maximize options for the Golden Nugget as the U.S. regulatory and vendor landscape takes shape.

“Chiligaming is thrilled to partner with Golden Nugget, which has a very strong brand presence across the U.S.,” said Alexandre Dreyfus, Chiligaming's CEO and founder. “With its Las Vegas, Laughlin and Atlantic City properties, it is ideally and uniquely positioned for all of the online developments that lie ahead.”

Chiligaming was recently purchased by Bally Technologies, which plans to offer the company’s Business-to-Business iGaming platform as a best-in-class technology solution for wager-based and play-for-free applications.

“This acquisition provides an open, cloud-based platform for Bally Technologies to offer an integrated traditional and online casino solution to operators worldwide,” said John Connelly, vice president of business development at Bally Technologies. “Equally as important, Bally Technologies has also obtained an experienced team of industry veterans from within the online gaming industry, which will help our customers optimize their use of this platform.”