America's First Legal, Real-Cash Poker Site Is Here

Back in February, Nevada officials rushed through a bill which made interstate online poker legal. Unsurprisingly, people have started taking advantage of the law change—and today sees the launch of Ultimate Poker, America's first legal, real cash poker site.

Owned by casino moguls Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the site will initially only accept bets from players in Nevada, but it shouldn't be too long before that changes. It looks set to be joined soon by other sites, too, including Gibraltar-based 888, which was actually the first online casino to get a US gambling license after Nevada made online gambling legal. Clearly, it's just a little slow out of the blocks.

While internet poker's never really been fully legal in the US, it was completely outlawed in 2011—on the so-called Black Friday—when the Department of Justice closed down the services offered by the largest offshore gambling sites serving America. Now, state-by-state, that seems to be changing, and the launch of Ultimate Poker looks set to be the first in a string of pieces of good news for gamblers across the country. [Ultimate Poker via The Republic via Verge]

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