Ultimate Poker was the first legal real-money online poker site in the U.S., launching on April 30, 2013, after Nevada became the first state in the country to legalize pay-to-play online poker. Ultimate’s parent company acquired the assets of CyberArts Licensing LLC in October 2011 to be able to participate in online, real money poker.[i] Ultimate also spent a year working with Nevada gaming regulators on the technology.[ii]
“Being the first is a big deal. It’s important for Nevada. Nevada is the first to go live,” Ultimate Poker Founder and Chairman Tom Breitling told the Reno Gazette-Journal in May 2013.[iii]
At the time of the launch Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said in a press report: “The technology was certified by the independent testing labs and our technology staff. We were satisfied this is a viable product.” He added that any errors would be immediately fixed by Ultimate Poker.[iv]
Despite the lead up time, Ultimate Poker’s player pool has been stagnant[v] and the site has had software problems.
On May 7, the San Antonio Express-News reported, in Ultimate’s first 24 hours of operation, PokerScout.com, which tracks online poker traffic in real time[vi], recorded 136 total players on the site.[vii] According to PokerScout.com, as of Oct. 30, 2013 Ultimate Poker had a seven-day average of 136 real money ring game players.[viii]
In late November 2013, Ultimate’s developer, Ultimate Gaming, launched its poker site and online casino, Ultimate Casino, in New Jersey, the third state in the union to offer online wagering, with its casino partner Trump Taj Mahal.[ix] New Jersey permits online poker and other casino games. (Only those over 21 and physically located in a state that has legalized online gambling can gamble on the sites.)
According to PokerScout.com, on Dec. 13, 2013, Ultimate’s New Jersey offerings are attracting fewer players than its leading competitors. Party Borgata leads the pack with a seven-day average of 170 players, followed by WSOP.com with 130, while Ultimate clocked in with a seven-day average of 20 players.[x]
How does Ultimate Poker stack up after months of operation? See what the site’s players and others have to say.
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[iii] “Online poker: Nevada all in,” Reno Gazette-Journal, 5/1/13.
[iv] Stutz, Howard, “Online poker pay site a first,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/30/13.
[v] http://www.pokerscout.com/SiteDetail.aspx?site=UltimatePoker&ab=9047541 accessed on 10/30/13.
[viii] http://www.pokerscout.com/SiteDetail.aspx?site=UltimatePoker&ab=9047541 accessed on 10/30/13.