Ultimate Poker made online poker history minutes ago by launching the first real money online poker room ever to be licensed in the United States.
As of Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, the Ultimate Poker client can be downloaded, accounts can be created and money deposited. As of 1:50am PT, no actual games are currently being run. Real money games are expected to be introduced later this morning, reportedly at 9:00am PT.
Ultimate Poker is only available to players that are physically within the borders of Nevada at the time of play. Geo blocking technology is used to recognize login attempts outside Nevada. While other players cannot use Ultimate Poker for real money, the client is available to download and view from anywhere in the world.
Ultimate Poker is operated by a subsidiary of Station Casinos known as Fertitta Interactive. Station Casinos owns a 57.3% stake in the company. Tom Breitling was recently approved to be a 14.3% owner of the interactive division. The remainder of the company is owned by minority partners.