Ultimate Poker to go Live in Nevada
Ending months of speculation as to when real money online poker would go live in the state of Nevada, not to mention conjecture about just who would be the first to deal a hand, Ultimate Poker has announced that it will open up its site to Nevadans at 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday, April 30. This marks an historic occasion, as it represents the first time that regulated online poker will be offered in the United States.
Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari, who is a brand ambassador for the site, expressed his immense pleasure at its launch, remarking, “This day has been a long time coming. Online poker in the United States is finally here and totally legit.”
“I signed on to be the ambassador for Ultimate Poker because I knew the people behind this company would do it right. I signed on because UltimatePoker.com is where I would come to play. Now we all can,” Esfandiari went on.
In this case “we all” amounts to actually not-so-many Americans, as the population of the Silver State represents only 0.8% of the total US population. Still, this day marks a gigantic step forward for online poker, which only two years ago was at its nadir in the United States when the US government shut down Full Tilt and PokerStars on Black Friday, seizing millions of dollars’ worth of player accounts and throwing the American online poker market into a standstill.
Since then, three states have passed laws that will allow for regulated online gambling. Under Nevada law, only online poker will be available, however in New Jersey and Delaware, other types of Internet-based wagering will be permitted in addition to poker. Along with passing regulation that legalizes Internet poker, Nevada lawmakers earlier this year passed an additional bill that will allow the governor of the state, currently Republican Brian Sandoval, a former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, to negotiate interstate online poker compacts with other states that have regulated the game.
Ultimate Poker was clearly relishing in its victory at being the first to roll out Nevada online poker, with the company’s Chairman Tom Breitling saying, “We are proud to be the first company to deliver legal and secure real-money online gaming to poker players. We have worked closely with state gaming regulators to demonstrate our unique and compelling poker platform that, above all, players know they can trust. Ultimate Poker is dedicated to being the players’ choice for online poker.”
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