RENO, Nev. — Nevada will lead the nation into the world of legal, real-money Internet gambling with Tuesday’s launch of a Las Vegas-based online poker site.
UltimatePoker.com will deal the first hand at noon ET to in-state gamblers in what its operators, as well as industry observers, see as a watershed moment for gaming.
“This is, for Nevada, a new day,” said Reno gaming analyst Ken Adams. “There’s been a huge amount of speculation on what online gaming means. Estimates in New Jersey run from $20 (million) to $30 million to $2 (billion) to $3 billion. The only way to find out is when it starts. Up to now, we’ve been talking in theories. Now we’ll get a peek at reality.”
Ultimate Poker is a subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC of Las Vegas, which operates 16 locals-oriented casinos throughout Southern Nevada and touts itself as the nation’s first provider of legal, secure online poker.
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