Promising Launch Day For First Legal U.S. Poker Site
By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
April 30th – Ultimate Poker launches, making front page news. The new room offers legal online poker in the United States. Over 21s anywhere in the world can register an account but must physically be in the state of Nevada to play, subject to phone verification.
Ultimate Poker has no relation to Ultimate Bet. Parent company Fertitta Interactive LLC’s global entertainment brand includes the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Over the first 24 hours PokerScout logged player traffic as peaking at 136 players, including a dozen tables of 100nl. Ultimate Poker uses the little-known CyberArts software platform, acquired by Fertitta in 2011. A software update is expected soon in response to constructive criticism from players.
The Ultimate Poker 2+2 thread already has over 1,000 posts and an official support rep.
This day has been a long time coming. Online poker in the United States is finally here and totally legit – Antonio Esfandiari
Ultimate Poker Facts
- Low 4.5% rake in NL and 4% in fixed limit
- Similar rake caps to PokerStars, and even lower microstakes rake than the industry leader
- No rakeback, VIP system, signup bonuses or affiliates
- Current stakes from $0.01/$0.02 – $10/$20
- $10k GTD tournaments with $100 buy in, satellites & freerolls
- No HUDs
Excited for Ultimate Poker. Watching some tables right now. The avg $ won each pot is crazy.
— Matt Femrite (@FattMemrite) May 1, 2013
Thank you to everyone for the kind words regarding the new Ultimate Poker deal. I could not be more excited about this. #LetsROCK
— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) April 4, 2013
— Jon Eaton (@sketchy1poker) April 30, 2013
— Jimmy Fricke (@jvfricke) April 30, 2013
So excited to hear about Nevada getting the first real money hands dealt out online today, hopefully one if many big days moving forward
— Greg Merson (@Gregy20723) April 30, 2013
whoever wins the first legal online poker tournament in the USA on @ultimatepoker today is gonna have great twitter bio upgrade
— William A. Reynolds (@ReynoldsXO) April 30, 2013
— Ultimate Poker (@UltimatePoker) May 1, 2013
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