Mark this date on your calendar, folks. At around 9 AM local time Tuesday, Nevada-licensed Ultimate Poker dealt their first cards at a real money table. The occasion marks the first time a poker hand has been dealt in the United States under a state licensed poker site. Although many other companies have been licensed in the state, there has been no official word on any other Nevada online poker rooms going live.
At the time of this writing there has been one $ 5 Sit N Go along with a few cash games running from $ 0.05/$ 0.10 to $ 3/$ 6. Because the launch came with little warning it is not a surprise that traffic is light at the moment. Even so, there have been some concerns among industry observers whether Nevada can support an attractive player pool at multiple rooms with a population of only 2.7 million. Ring-fenced markets in Europe such as Italy, Spain and France have healthy action but also enjoy populations over 40 million. Federal law and Nevada regulations currently restrict the sharing of player pools across state lines and across international borders.
To play at the real money tables, a player must be physically located in Nevada. This, however, also includes visitors to the state. Player verification includes providing a social security number as well as a cell phone.
Ultimate Poker does not currently have an affiliate program and is not expected to offer one in the near future. It should also be noted that Nevada regulators require affiliates to be licensed in the state, pay a $ 2,500 licensing fee and undergo a thorough background check.
New Jersey and Delaware have also approved online poker but a precise timetable has not been revealed. Many other states have introduced online poker legislation or plan to before the end of the year.
PAS would like to pass on our congratulations to Nevada online poker players and citizens for this momentous day.
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