Ultimate Poker became the first real money US online poker site with its Nevada release on April 30th , 2013. Earlier today, the Nevada Gaming Control Board announced that the site is now ready to end its initial field trial run. The recommendation stated that the regulatory requirements set forth by the board have been met beyond measure.
Ultimate Poker made history as the United States’ first legal online poker site when they went live earlier in the year. The poker room was closely watched by the regulators in the Nevada for the last several months, with the board wanting to be sure that Ultimate Poker operated under the strict guidelines set forth by the gaming regulators. Now that they have, the bar has been set for other online poker rooms to start operating in the state later this year.
The trial included Ultimate Poker providing full reports of the room operations. The site was to have no major issues to pass the trial. The trial run is now over and the group will now be able to operate without the board breathing down their neck so heavily.
Tobin Prior, the Chief Executive Officer of Ultimate Gaming, was quoted in a press release on the field trial ending, stating:
“The Nevada Gaming Control Board has set regulatory requirements for online poker at the highest level. We are thrilled that our product is the first to not only meet these standards, but exceed them. Ultimate Poker gives online poker fans the game they love in an environment they can trust.”
The recommendation for the field trial must now be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission before it will be official. The Commission is expected to go through with the approval. Ultimate Poker has been the only real money online poker site launched in the US for over two months now.
Earlier this month, Ultimate Poker signed an agreement with the Trump Taj Mahal in New Jersey to start offering internet poker games for its citizens. The newly-inked NJ deal also makes it very possible that interstate poker with Ultimate’s player base in Nevada could be in the cards sometime down the road as well.
It is unclear at the moment when other competitors, such as WSOP.com, may launch their real money software to rival that of Ultimate Poker.