Gambling has been legal in the state of Nevada since 1931.
Now in the year 2013 Nevada begins to legalize Real Money Online Poker Rooms.
And yes, the house has a rake.
Even though online poker has been around for quite some time, it has only now become legal to play real money from the comfort and convenience of your home, or wherever your laptop/device may take you, within the borders of the Silver State.
Two Online Houses have emerged.
First on the legal scene was Ultimatepoker.com and then not to shortly after WSOP.com launched.
Both tied into top rated local regulated online social casino platforms.
Ultimatepoker.com is a subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC and the exclusive online partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), and is the online poker program of Station Casinos, one of the many Las Vegas establishments catering to locals.
Wsop.com is owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, CIE owns the World Series of Poker; and Playtika, a gaming developer for Slotomania and Caesars Casino; which also run legal online gaming in the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
I do predict this may take a while to gather steam, but it will explode in popularity and then taper off. Nevada, particularly Las Vegas has been the gambling and entertainment capital of the world, famous for its casinos, nightclubs, and sporting events. The move to legalize only seems logical as Gambling is no longer exclusive to Nevada and the state needs to keep up with the times while continuing to create new and innovative ways to entertain.
A quick glance at the tables:
WSOP is an already established online poker room, which then became “100% licensed in Nevada”, naturally made the poker experience more polished then its competitor. The play money side is a matured program, even branching out into an Xbox playable version that was just launched. Xbox Gold members can download WORLD SERIES OF POKER: FULL HOUSE PRO for free.
Ultimate Poker currently only offers Texas Hold’em. While WSOP offers Texas Holdem, Omaha, and 7 card stud . WSOP has many more game features (Bells & Whistles), one in particular that is useful is the ability to add notes to each player you encounter.
Interestingly, Ultimate Poker rules show a continuous shuffle. UP Freeroll tournament starts you off with 1000 chips and have 5 minute blinds which lends to faster tournaments. The rest of the tournaments are 10 minute blinds except 10k Sundays which have 15 minute blinds. You also rack up “u-points” which you can trade in for real money or casino rewards. Color-up the ultimate vip program, players can move up tier levels as they gain experience, each tier has its own designated chip color and comes with various player rewards. Tier levels also denote which tournaments your are allowed to join, for instance only green chip or higher are allowed to play in the weekly $250 freeroll tournament.
WSOP: Players can win a spot to the WSOP Online Championships. Weekly and daily freerolls Blinds are 10 minutes with 2000 chips. 15k Sunday have 15 minute blinds with 5000 chips. The first place finishers in each of the nine WSOP.com Online Championships events will earn a seat in the $100K Champions Freeroll. Earning rewards such as cash back and Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars tier status at your select Total Rewards® casinos.
Both online line houses offer secure gaming. Playing in the tournaments are fun but It does get more serious when you sit at a single table and even more entertaining when the players are your friends.
Please Game Responsibly