Online Poker Goes Live In America Today

The Ultimate Poker software

It’s been a long wait, and in truth the wait is far from over for many Americans, but today sees the first hand of officially regulated real money poker being dealt online in America. Ultimate Poker (a subsidiary of Station Casinos) opens its virtual doors at 9am local time, and although games will only be available to those located in Nevada, this is a massive step forwards for getting America online again.

The name is possibly not a great choice given how similar it is to the poker site that will forever be associated with cheating millions from its customers, but in every other respect Ultimate Poker seems to have been doing a good job so far. A tie in with a brick and mortar casino chain, a resident pro (Antonio Esfandiari) who has won more tournament money than anybody else ever and a brand new software platform mean that Ultimate Poker should be in a great position to make the most of this opportunity to be the first officially regulated site. The spotlight really is on them as it is the success of this site and others that will follow in the near future which will determine how great the uptake is with other US states in future. Get it wrong and we may not see regulated internet poker take off elsewhere in the country for a long time. Get it right and we could be well on the way to having another poker boom with hundreds of thousands of additions to the player pool.

Although you can only legally play on Ultimate Poker whilst you are present in Nevada, you can register and deposit from anywhere in the world so that an account is ready for you to play on as soon as you arrive in the state. This should be a massive draw for those visiting Las Vegas for the WSOP this summer (at least those who don’t already bend the VPN rules) and with the first bracelet event starting in just four weeks the timing could not have been better for Ultimate Poker. It’s likely that there will be WSOP satellites running on the site very soon so we could well see some patches on players representing Ultimate Poker in the very near future.          

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