Legal online poker has finally arrived in the U.S., at least for 1% of its population.
The state of Nevada’s legal online poker market officially launches today at 9:00 am local time when Ultimate Poker will begin accepting deposits. Ultimate Poker is a subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC. Their namesake, which has drawn raised eyebrows from some in the poker community due to it’s similarity to the scandal-ridden site Ultimate Bet, is owed to a partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ultimate Poker recently signed poker’s all-time leader in live tournament winnings, Antonio Esfandiari, as an ambassador of the site.
Ultimate Poker will accept business from anyone 21 years of age or older provided they are located within Nevada’s geographical borders. The company will triangulate signals from the mobile devices of their customers to confirm geographic compliance. Players can deposit using a MasterCard, bank transfer, via a mailed check, or by visiting any of Nevada’s 16 Station Casinos in person.
While news of legal real-money online poker launching in the U.S. carries symbolic importance, there remains a huge hill to climb for the game’s state of prohibition to come to an end in the U.S.; just under 1% of U.S. residents call Nevada their home.