CREATED Apr. 30, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Legal online poker is now a reality in the state of Nevada. The Nevada State Gaming Control Board has approved a field trial to a Ultimate Gaming, a Las Vegas-based online gaming company. On Tuesday morning, its new online poker site, UtimatePoker.com, went live for the first time.
"I think today is a momentous day for poker players," says Tobin Prior, CEO of Ultimate Gaming.
Ultimate Poker will be the online poker product of Station Casinos.
"We have had an active morning. We have a substancial number of players online currently playing," says Marc Falcone, CFO of Station Casinos.
This web launch comes on the heels of the February's big gaming news, when Governor Brian Sandoval helped legalized online gaming within the state of Nevada.
"It's a big day for us. It's a big day for Nevada. [It's] a big step forward," adds Prior.
Ultimate Gaming claims opponents question the online gaming industry's ability to verify that players are of legal age to bet. However, Ultimate Gaming tells Action News it has acquired the technology necessary to safeguard itself from getting in trouble.
Users will have to provide social security information, so that ages can be verified. Additionally, all users must provide cell phone numbers so that the company can trace users' locations. If users aren't shown to be in Nevada, they'll be kicked off the site.
Ultimate Gaming's site could remain on its trial status for up to six months.