UltimatePoker.com, a Las Vegas-based gaming company, launched the first fully legal US online poker site today (April 30,2013). The new site represents the first US website offering real money poker in a regulated environment. Currently, the site only accepts wagers from players physically located in Nevada. The only game available on the site for Nevada gamblers is the popular Texas Hold Em poker game.
Internet poker had been banned in the US since 2011. The federal government has since softened its stance on internet wagering sites, and three states (New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada) have enacted legislation allowing versions of online gambling.
The new site was approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for a 30-day field trial prior to today’s launch. Ultimate Gaming is the site owner / administrator and is a subsidiary of Station Casinos, which operates multiple brick and mortar casinos in Las Vegas.
Officials claim that persons under 21 years of age are prevented from playing online poker on the site and that only Nevada residents are permitted to place wagers. These restrictions will reportedly be enforced via computer IP addresses and mobile phone devices that can be detected through mobile networks. The company is partnering with LocAid, a San Francisco startup that works directly with mobile phone carriers to ping phones to determine location.
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