Bitcoin and other digital currencies have become popular gambling games on online gaming platforms.
But now Nevada is looking to add another element to the mix: gambling.
On Wednesday, Nevada Gov.
Brian Sandoval signed a bill that will allow casino gambling to be run out of a gaming license in the state, allowing users to win the cryptocurrency for free.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board will be able to regulate gaming in the State, Sandoval said in a statement.
Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson has been lobbying lawmakers for the state to allow casinos to operate out of its gaming license, a move that would allow Las Vegas to attract more players, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Las vegas casinos have faced a lack of transparency in regards to the amount of cash and other gambling equipment that is allowed inside.
In 2015, Adelson told the Associated Press that Nevada had about $600 million worth of cash.
That’s about $1 million per casino, but Las Vegas was able to raise more than $3 billion in a short period of time.
Sands said at the time it was considering a $1 billion bet on bitcoin.
In the meantime, Nevada residents can get free bitcoin through a Bitcoin.com service, which lets them get the cryptocurrency on the first day of the month, according of the Nevada Gaming Board.
Las Vegas will be the first state to let bitcoin users gamble for free with state gaming licenses, which will go live on January 1.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandals signature comes after Nevada was the first U.S. state to legalize gambling in 2017.
In March, Sandals state of the state address included recommendations to legalize casinos, which would have allowed Nevada to be the second state to start a gambling boom.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.