The first ever hand of real money online poker regulated in the state of Nevada will be dealt today, at 9am PST (4pm UTC).
The UltimatePoker.com client is now available to download, and accounts signups are open. The first real money cash tables and tournaments will be launched later in the day.
Anyone is eligible to sign up for an account, including non-US residents, but a player must be located within the state of Nevada to play.
Ultimate Poker plans to run a daily $50 buy-in tournaments with a $1k guarantee, and a $100 Sunday tournament with 10k guaranteed. Daily freerolls are also promoted on its homepage. Limit and NL games up to $10/20 will be spread.
Deposits by Mastercard, bank transfer, and direct cash deposit at the cage in Station Casinos will be supported.
No details have been officially announced regarding the rake or the games that will be spread. However, according to one report, only Limit and No-limit Hold’em will be spread initially, from 1c/2c up to $10/$20. Other games and stakes are planned in the future.
“Ultimate Gaming represents a new breed of online gaming company backed by regulation and driven to create authentic entertainment experiences across online gaming platforms,” the website announces.
“Ultimate Poker is a licensed online poker room in the state of Nevada, leading the way through extraordinary service, best-in-class rewards, and a true-to-its-roots poker experience.”
The “Ultimate Gaming” brand looks to leverage the popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, partly owned by Fertitta Interactive, and has no connection to the defunct UltimateBet. Promotional ties to win UFC tickets are expected.
In April, Ultimate announced Antonio Esfandiari as brand ambassador. “This day has been a long time coming. Online poker in the United States is finally here and totally legit,” Esfandiari is quoted as saying.
The proprietary poker client is based on the CyberArts software platform, which Fertitta Interactive acquired October 2011.
Fertitta Interactive’s parent, Fertitta Entertainment, runs the Station Casinos family of casinos in and around Las Vegas.
Correction: This article originally and erroneously stated that Fertitta Interactive controls the Golden Nugget.