Nevada gambling regulators have adopted rules to let companies apply for licenses to operate poker websites if Congress reverses its ban on Internet gambling.

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday unanimously approved regulations aimed at putting the state in a position to capitalize if federal lawmakers allow online poker to be played across state lines.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Nevada's regulations would let the casino companies in the state operate Internet poker sites for players within Nevada's borders, and some sites could operating by the end of 2012.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Boyd Gaming Corp. have submitted proposals to be licensed once regulations are ready, along with casino equipment manufacturers such as International Game Technology, Bally Technologies Inc. and Cantor Gaming.