Nevada Wins Race To Online Gambling As Ultimate Poker Opens
No longer will Nevada gamblers have to wait in line at the casino to get on to a poker table. From this day forward, Nevada residents will have a luxury that no other state enjoys, the ability to gamble online without fear of prosecution.
Nevada became the first state in the US to offer online gambling when Station Casinos launched their Ultimatepoker.com website. The site allows players to test their skills against other poker enthusiasts in a way that previously only took place in a land-based casino card room.
"Exciting," said Maurice Chapman. "I know they've been talking about this for a long time, but I never really believed it would happen. What a great day for poker players. This is going to lead to big things across the US. This is only the beginning."
Indeed, it is only the beginning, and in order to continue to operate Ultimate Poker, the company will have to show Nevada regulators that all aspects of the site are functioning properly. That may be easier said than done in a town where regulation within the gaming industry is a must.
"The biggest thing is for them to do it right," said poker enthusiast Katie Frescha. "Millions of people around the world are watching to see whether this online gambling in Nevada will work, and with all eyes online, they can't make any mistakes."
Among the areas that regulators will be watching is the age restriction verification system that Ultimate Poker has in place. European gaming companies have for years been exemplifying how online gambling can be done in a regulated manner, and now Nevada officials want to see that theory tested.
That is why regulators have allowed Ultimate Poker to open and accept real money players. After the trial period is complete, regulators will then make the decision as to whether or not Ultimate Poker can remain open. If the decision is made to continue beyond the trial period, not only Ultimate Poker, but dozens of other online sites will begin operating in Nevada.
Now that Nevada has won the race to online gambling, New Jersey and Delaware will focus on getting their online sites up and running. The states have considered partnering and creating a pool of players that could choose which casinos to play at, but lawmakers have yet to finalize any plans for an intra-state system.