The first legal real money online poker site in the United States has only been available to poker players since the 30th of April 2013. Since online gambling is still illegal in most states and since inter state online gambling is not permitted this new internet poker website is only able to accept players who can prove that they are resident in the state of Nevada. Players in Nevada must also be over 21 years of age and the operators have technology in place to confirm that players are actually present in the state when they play online.
While there were some technical glitches before the website’s first Sunday Tournament took place on Sunday the 5th of May, they were resolved and did not affect the successful outcome of the tournament. This first 10 000 dollar Sunday Tournament had a cap of 200 players and this limit was reached in the hour before the tournament started. It will take place every Sunday and since the inaugural tournament, capped at 200 players was such a success, Ultimate Poker has decided to increase the player limit to 400 and this in turn will increase the prize pool available.On the 5th of May, Daniel Healy a Las Vegas resident and an amateur poker player was the first person to win a legal real money internet poker tournament. The 100 dollar buy in tournament lasted for just over five hours and his prize was 4173 dollars. UltimatePoker.com, which is a subsidiary of Station Casinos, runs satellites every day and players can enter with amounts ranging from 1$ up to 20$. The Ultimate Poker site is also offering players 100$ daily free rolls and every night there is a 50 dollar buy in tournament.While the Ultimate Poker site is a success in Nevada, the lack of federal legislation to govern online gambling and also the fact that there are only so far three states where online gambling is now legal, mean that it will be some time before the newly legal sites can offer large enough prize pools to lure back the major professional poker players.