Online Gambling Firsts
First Legal Online Poker Room (U.S.)
In 2011, after an absolutely bruising fight that left plenty of lives in tatters, the US Department of Justice reversed its long held stance on online gambling and left the decision up to the States. Not surprisingly, the state of Nevada jumped all over this golden opportunity.
The state’s well-oiled gambling regulatory infrastructure kicked into high gear and began licensing online operators and suppliers. Less than a year and a half after the DOJ’s 2011 decision, Ultimate Poker – America’s first licensed and legal online poker room was open for business.
After less than 72 hours in business, the site had already dealt over 100,000 hands and had registered thousands of players.
Nevada had, once again, proved its place as the top dog in the US gambling market.