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April 2013 Update: Ultimate Poker Deals 1st Hand of Regulated Online Poker in US!
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Posted 30 Apr 2013 by Rob King
By the time you read this, history will have been made and the first hand of online poker regulated by a branch of the US Government will have been dealt. Someone will have won the first real money in what is bound to be a massive business.
Ultimate Poker launched it's real money client today, and while they know it doesn't offer everything players want, they wanted to be first into the market place, and they are planning to launch a new version of the software in about 2 months, and
Posted 03 Apr 2013 by Rob King
In the first signing for the newly US regulated market, Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari is leading what is sure to be a plethora of upcoming announcements.
‚€úWe‚€ôre thrilled to have Antonio Esfandiari represent our company,‚€Ě said Ultimate Poker Chairman, Tom Breitling. ‚€úAntonio is the ultimate champion and modern poker player. He brings the gaming lifestyle to the online arena with his work-hard, play-hard attitude.‚€Ě
April 30th marked the day the first hand of regulated real money online poker was dealt, and it came out of no where. Every expected South Point or anything brand from a top B&M casino to be the first up. However, it ended up being Ultimate Poker (no relation to Ultimate Bet) who is partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and owned by the same company. They are currently the only Nevada online poker room up and running. If you're in Nevada - try them out!
September 2012 Update: South Point Poker Coming Soon!
After much speculation, it appears that South Point Poker will be the first legal US intrastate poker room. Residents and visitors of Nevada will be able to login and play for real money online. While the site is not yet live, rumors are being spread that it should open in late 2012 or early 2013! Make sure to see our South Point Poker review for all the latest updates.
August 2012 Update: Nevada Online Poker May be Here in Mere Months
If the predictions voiced by Michael Gaughan, Chief Executive Officer of South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, are accurate, Gaughanís establishment may be two or three months ahead of its competition in the context of getting a real-money poker website up and running in Nevada. According to an interview recently published by eGaming Review, Gaughan believes South Point will receive a Nevada operatorís license in August of this year. The CEO also expressed his belief that South Pointís real-money poker website will go live the following month.
Regardless of the accuracy of anyoneís predictions, including Lipparelliís and Gaughanís, the Nevada Gaming Commission can expect to continue to have some of its choices to grant licenses to certain businesses questioned by critics if the past is any indication of what the future holds. For instance, some voiced concern over the Gaming Commissionís decision to grant an interactive gaming license to IGT last month.
Critics of the Gaming Commissionís decision pointed out that when IGT purchased the Entraction Network in March of last year, the company had to labor to bring its new acquisition into compliance with global standards and extract the network from markets that IGTís Executive Vice President of Emerging Businesses, Robert Melendres, described as ďdarker then gray.Ē Critics also voiced concern over Entractionís having welcomed American players in the past. Finally, observers questioned the appropriateness of IGT receiving a license because one of the real-money poker websites on its network, Purple Lounge, closed in January of this year without returning playersí account balances to them.
Lipparelli seems content with IGTís efforts to turn Entraction around and thinks the company deserved the interactive gaming license it received from the state of Nevada despite the concerns of critics. In what may be an indication of how the Gaming Commissionís future licensing decisions will go, Pokerfuse offered the following quote from Lipparelli, ďThe board will look favorably on anyone who follows IGTís lead.Ē
In anticipation of some of the criticisms the Gaming Commissionís licensing decisions are sure to attract, Chairman Peter Bernhard said, ďWeíll be criticized no matter what we do.Ē
November 2011 Update: Online Poker License Applications Available in Nevada
Nevada has taken measures to regulate online poker within their state borders and very well be the first state to allow lawful online poker. The Nevada Gaming Control Board will begin taking applications for online poker room licenses in February. Companies applying for a license must be able to prove they have the technological capability to limit their services to just Nevada state residents that are 21 years of age. The review process could take several months for gaming entities that are new to the state. Those with already existing gaming licenses in Nevada will be favored. Five companies have already applied, one as far back as May 2011, even though the Board announced it would begin reviewing applications in February. 888 Holdings, Bally Technologies, Cantor Gaming, International Game Technology, and South Point Poker have all applied to supply their services.
Online poker has been in legal limbo since the UIGEA was passed in 2006. Gambling laws are dictated by the state with different states having different laws concerning online poker. Nevada is obviously the United Stateís most liberal state in terms of gambling laws. They are among the first states trying to legalize online poker. However, at the time this article is being written, online poker is not totally legal in the state.
On April 15th, 2011, the United States Department of Justice seized domains and funds from the "Big Three": PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and the Cereus Network. This basically made it impossible for American players, including Nevada online poker players, to withdraw or deposit from their favorite poker room. The timing is suspicious as many states, including Nevada, have bills that look to legalize online poker. Following the indictment, Wynn Resorts and Fertitta Interactive (two Nevada casino companies) cut their ties with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, resepctively.
The Nevada General Assembly is just about ready to make Nevada online poker legal. The AB 258, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman William Horne, has already cleared a committee vote. The bill would create a regulated and taxed Nevada online poker structure. PokerStars lobbied for the passage of AB 258 through a political action committee. This is great news for Nevada online poker players since they are now one step closer to being able to enjoy the game they love without worries.
Luckily, Nevada poker players donít have it too hard. The live poker play in Las Vegas is second to none in the world. The Bellagio or Aria will cater to the highest stakes players since all the big games take place there. The Venetian has a gorgeous poker room with great comps. Either way, Las Vegas is a short drive away and should make waiting for AB 258ís passage a little easier.