Nevada deals first hand of online poker

Nevada’s state gambling commission, known for its long history of reluctance toward internet wagering, has finally opened the door to online poker just a tiny bit wider. At 9 a.m. on April 30, UltimatePoker.com became the first online casino to deal a hand of real-money internet poker with the blessing of the state of Nevada.

In February, Nevada broke rank with other U.S. states and decided to fast track legislation to permit companies to operate an online casino from the state. The move is seen as a major breakthrough in the world of internet gambling. Nevada had previously fought to keep real money gaming only in brick and mortar establishments.

RENO, Nev. — Nevada will lead the nation into the world of legal, real-money Internet gambling with Tuesday’s launch of a Las Vegas-based online poker site.

UltimatePoker.com will deal the first hand at noon ET to in-state gamblers in what its operators, as well as industry observers, see as a watershed moment for gaming.

“This is, for Nevada, a new day,” said Reno gaming analyst Ken Adams. “There’s been a huge amount of speculation on what online gaming means. Estimates in New Jersey run from $20 (million) to $30 million to $2 (billion) to $3 billion. The only way to find out is when it starts. Up to now, we’ve been talking in theories. Now we’ll get a peek at reality.”

Ultimate Poker is a subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC of Las Vegas, which operates 16 locals-oriented casinos throughout Southern Nevada and touts itself as the nation’s first provider of legal, secure online poker.

Other states, notably New Jersey and Delaware, are scrambling with plans for full online casino-style gambling but are still working out regulatory and other routes to operational status. Click this link to finish reading Nevada opens door of online gambling with poker launch.

The gaming industry generates billions of dollars in revenue for the state. However, real world casinos throughout the United States have seen a marked decline in visitors and money over the last few years. Nevada’s move is seen as an acceptance of the trend toward online gaming. Presently, only online poker can be played. Players must be 21 years old and within the state’s physical boundaries in order to play.