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Ultimate Poker Receives Final OK From Nevada

Company Has Passed Field Trial And Nevada Signs Off


It’s official. On Thursday, Ultimate Gaming, a subsidiary of Station Casinos, received final approval from Silver State gaming regulators for running Ultimate Poker, the first truly legal and regulated online poker site in not only Nevada’s history, but also in the United States.

Ultimate Poker debuted in late April and everything has gone smoothly since, but it, according to Nevada rules, had to undergo a “trial period” that the company said “proved its ability to adhere to the rigorous requirements set forth by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.”

The trial period ended for the Nevada-only site earlier this month.

“Not only was Ultimate Gaming the first company in field trial and the first to launch live play, but today we became the first to receive final approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board,” Ultimate Gaming Chief Executive Officer Tobin Prior said in a statement released Thursday. “The board set extensive regulatory requirements for online poker in the state, and we are thrilled that our product has met and exceeded these standards.”

Online poker is only legal in the United States in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. Nevada legalized the activity in 2011 and has been slowly but surely crafting the finer details to make its industry successful. An online poker product from either the World Series of Poker, which is owned by Caesars, or from South Point Hotel Casino is expected to be next to the market.