It’s been rumored all summer that Ultimate Gaming (andUltimate Poker) would be closing but that was just people talking. After shutting down in New Jersey earlier this year Nevada has ceased operations. Everything is official now. Here’s the press release:
ULTIMATE GAMING TO CEASE NEVADA ONLINE POKER OPERATIONS
Las Vegas, Nevada (November 14, 2014) – Ultimate Gaming announced today that it will cease online poker operations in Nevada effective immediately upon complying with all necessary gaming regulatory requirements. The Company also recently ended all online gaming operations in New Jersey.
“As has been the case in other jurisdictions, online poker revenues in Nevada have fallen far short of original projections,” said Tom Breitling, Chairman of Ultimate Gaming. “Moreover, the state-by-state approach to online gaming has created an extremely cost-prohibitive and challenging operating environment. These factors have combined to make the path to profitability very difficult and uncertain. Consequently, we have decided to cease operations.”
“We are grateful to the Nevada Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board for allowing us to be the first company to operate online poker in Nevada and greatly appreciate their leadership and support as the first state to license and regulate online poker,” continued Breitling. “We are working closely with the Gaming Control Board to ensure a smooth transition for our customers as we cease Nevada operations.”
Ultimate Gaming customers seeking information concerning their account can go online atwww.ultimatepoker.com and click Support.
Ultimate Casino just launched in New Jersey with a host of other online gaming websites. Ultimate Casino’s parent company is Station Casinos also owns the UFC which is a marketing partner for Ultimate Poker and Ultimate casino. With that in mind you may have noticed Dana White, big boss at UFC, has been helping the launch of both websites.
Dana White was joined by Frankie Edgar (UFC fighter) and JWoww (Jersey Shore). The latter two are as interesting as you’d imagine (they’re not interesting at all). On the other hand, Dana White is hysterical. He seems like most of the dudes his age that I end up playing blackjack with in a casino.
This video is over 7 minutes long. If you just want the good stuff from Dana White just skip to 2:25.
Online gaming in New Jersey will begin November 23rd. That date is still tentative so it can always move but I’m sure that the state and casinos would like the gaming companies to have their stuff together in time for holiday money.
In a matter of two months or so, gaming regulators in the State of New Jersey will start giving the “go live” signal to launch Internet gaming websites of Atlantic City casinos that passed vetting processes. The much-awaited date is tentatively set on November 23, 2013.
New Jersey will allow all types of gaming online. Even though Nevada is first out of the gate with online poker being available with Ultimate Pokerand WSOP they’re only allowing poker. This is a good start for Nevada but the ability to play video poker and slot machines will really be where online gaming makes a dent in the bottom line for a casino or gaming company.
In Nevada you can bet on sports online or in a casino sportsbook. You won’t be able to do either in New Jersey any time soon with another lost court case. Have no fear, the Supreme Court will be here to save the day to legalize sports betting in New Jersey!
“For the first time, a judge has ruled in our favor,” state senator Ray Lesniak said. “That gives us hope that others, either Supreme Court justices or the entire Court of Appeals for our district, will allow New Jersey to enjoy the economic benefits of sports betting that are now reserved exclusively for Nevada.”
The next step will be to seek a rehearing before all judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Then, the case would head to the U.S. Supreme Court, which only takes up a small percentage of the cases presented to it.
There is a huge market for sports betting on the east coast and this could be a huge financial impact when it becomes legal. For comparison sports betting in New Jersey will be about the same as the Las Vegas strip. That’s just the strip – not the rest of Nevada. That’s a big deal.
Since I live in Las Vegas I think I’ll go fire up one of my apps and bet on a game….because I can. 🙂
Ultimate Poker, Station Casinos‘ online poker room, launches real money online poker today at UltimatePoker.com, making history as the first company in the United States to offer legal online poker In Nevada. Here’s a blurb from the press release.
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. Created by online poker specialists and backed by Las Vegas gaming leaders, Ultimate Poker brings fun back to the online felt by merging entertainment, competition, and the gaming lifestyle. Ultimate Poker is the exclusive online gaming partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the fastest growing sports organization in the world, and is the online poker product of Station Casinos, the preferred gaming destination for Las Vegas locals.
I haven’t played poker (online or offline) in a few years so I’m not very up on actual play but Quad Jacks has details here and here about the launch of Ultimate Poker.
If you have a mac (like me) you can’t just download, load your account and play at Ultimate Poker you’ll have to invest a few bucks to buy Windows 7 to play.
Download and install VMware such as VMFusion onto your Mac.*
Download the ULTIMATE POKER client and install on the
Windows portion of your Mac.
If you’re a mac user and don’t want to buy windows you’re stuck playing with offshore sites. This isn’t much of a surprise as sports betting was limited to PC’s when it first launched. Mac products will probably follow in a few months.
Ultimate Poker is the first of a handful of legal online poker sites to launch in Nevada. This is just the beginning of the new online poker revolution. Or something like that. Seriously, along with mobile sports betting, this is leading the way for online and mobile gaming to being much larger.