‘This Week That Year’ is an article series that will provide ‘a blast from the past’ in poker. Here we will feature some memorable events that happened in poker during a particular week in a previous year. From the smaller poker events that hardly anyone noticed to the big poker extravaganzas, we will give you a trip down poker history; week by week.
This week we bring to you one of the biggest moves in the field of online poker. On April 30, 2013, Nevada-based Ultimate Poker became the first to offer real- money online poker in United States by launching it on UltimatePoker.com. This revolutionized the online poker industry by creating a regulated market and paved way for poker players across the US to play the game they love. Read on to understand what happened and how….
Ultimate Poker on April 30th 2013 became the first company to deliver legal and secure real-money online gaming to poker players in the State of Nevada. Players over the age of 21 and located in Nevada as a resident or a visitor could now open an account and deposit online at Ultimate Poker.. It was also good news for those planning to attend the World Series of Poker as they could sign up at Ultimate Poker in advance of visiting Nevada.
Ultimate Poker, a majority-owned subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC, is the exclusive online gaming partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Ultimate Gaming was founded by four prominent gaming and technology entrepreneurs, and in 2011, they acquired CyberArts in order to create and maintain its own proprietary casino software that offers a safe and trusted environment.
Ultimate Poker created a new industry which is built on trust. Trust between operators and players, and also between state governments, regulators and operators.. Moreover, the State of Nevada has the cutting edge of regulating gaming, and the poker-only legislation enable a responsible entry into the world of real-cash online gaming.
Post Black Friday, the poker players in the USA had no where to play online poker and thus this start was a landmark for poker in USA. What started with Ultimate poker was followed by other online poker rooms and paved the way for regulated online poker to the USA. Presently WSOP.com also operates in Nevada and New Jersey and Delaware have also opened to regulated online poker.
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