Finally, a proportion of Americans will be able to enjoy playing at online poker legally in the US.
It was recently announced that the state of Nevada has become the first state to allow their residents to play online poker, for real money. The all-important legislation was passed in February 2013 and experts say that other US states, Delaware and New Jersey are tipped to be first, are likely to follow suit shortly.
Currently, there are estimated to be around 10m Americans who play online poker, however in order to do so, they have to go in search of offshore-based websites, which are technically illegal. This means that no profits can be raised by federal and state authorities. By regulating online gambling US authorities will have the ability to make billions of dollars in online gambling revenues.
Currently, online gambling operators are jostling for space at the front of the queue, to offer their products to eager American consumers. Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has given websites a 30-day licence to battle it out amongst each other for customers and the first legal site to go live in the state is Ultimate Poker, which is owned by Station Casinos, who also operate sixteen land-based Las Vegas casinos.
Nevada’s residents who are aged 21 or over can take advantage of the new legislation but, for the meantime, they will only be able to enjoy online poker.