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Breaking: Ultimate Poker to Deal First Licensed US Poker Hand at 9 am
The long-awaited debut of licensed online poker in the United States will arrive at 9 am PT this morning, care of UltimatePoker.com.
Limited to within Nevada borders, players can download the UltimatePoker client, make a deposit and play real-money poker against fellow Nevada residents or state visitors.
"We are proud to be the first company to deliver legal and secure real money online gaming to poker players,” said Ultimate Poker Chairman Tom Breitling.
“We have worked closely with state gaming regulators to demonstrate our unique and compelling poker platform that, above all, players know they can trust.”
Players must be 21 years of age and their location inside Nevada borders will be verified through their cell phone. As of now Sprint, Virgin and T-Mobile customers can be verified but Verizon has yet to participate in the verification system. A Mac client is also unavailable as of yet.
Options available to players as of this morning:
- Limit and No-Limit Texas hold’em cash games from 1c/2c to $10/$20
- SNGs, Daily $100 freerolls, Nightly $1,000 tournaments and a Sunday $10k Guarantee
- Players can deposit funds via MasterCard, checking accounts, mailed checks, bank wire transfer, or via the cage at 16 different Station Casinos
- Deposit and registration in advance is available from around the world to play on arrival in Nevada
The first scheduled MTT is a $10k guaranteed this Sunday, May 5 at 6 pm PT. Buy-in is $100 ($91+9) and the field is capped at 200 players to ensure server capacity.
A subsidiary of Station Casinos and Fertitta Interactive, Ultimate Poker is also the official online poker arm of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari, who signed as the official ambassador just last month, said it's about time for legal online poker in the US:
“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."