Two Days Ahead of Official Launch, Real-Money Play Goes Live for Early Signups Two Days Ahead of Official Launch, Real-Money Play Goes Live for Early Signups

Ultimate Poker's first competitor for regulated online poker in the state of Nevada went online for real-money play Tuesday.

Players in the state who had previously pre-registered were emailed earlier Tuesday with a special link to download a new version of the client, which has a full cashier as well as real-money cash games, sit and gos, and tournaments available to play.

And already a few games are running. Sixty-five players joined the $25 daily freeroll, which will pay out a modest $7.25 for first place. Four players joined up for the first paid tournament—a $5.50 NLH tourney that just got underway. Twenty-two players are already registered for the $100 freeroll, which kicks off at 5pm PST.

A few cash hands have also been dealt. Earlier a 1c/2c NLH table got started and, at the time of writing, three players sit at a 10c/20c PLO game—enjoying the first ever-regulated real money Omaha hands dealt in the United States. currently offers:

  • Hold’em (NL and FL)
  • Omaha Hi (PL)
  • Omaha 8 (FL)
  • 7-Card Stud (FL)
  • 7-Card Stud 8 (FL)

Other games, including a mixed rotation, will be considered for the future.

WSOP uses a modified version of 888poker's online poker software. A Mac client is already available for download. However, unlike its European counterpart, HUDs are not permitted, and hand histories are not saved to the hard drive.

The unexpected early start comes less than 48 hours before the official launch date and time: All players residing in the state of Nevada will be able to download and play real-money games starting Thursday, at 9:19am PST.