Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

First Legal Online Casino Opens

by Fox Van Allen on May 01, 2013

gamblingAfter decades of bickering, federal indictments, and legal uncertainty, the first legal online casino has opened up in the state of Nevada.

The site, UltimatePoker, is a subsidiary of the Station chain of brick-and-mortar casinos. It aims not just to offer 24/7 Internet gambling to interested Nevada residents, but also to prove that the concept can be run legitimately.

Internet gaming, of course, is nothing new. The first online casino opened in 1994, with online poker itself enjoying a major pop culture boom in 2003-4. But online betting came to a screeching halt in 2006 when the government made it a federal crime for a company to offer online gambling in states which prohibit it. UltimatePoker gets around this law by offering its service only to Nevada residents.

It’s worth noting that the UltimatePoker site only offers poker. There’s no blackjack, no roulette, and no high-limit go fish. That shouldn’t be a drag on UltimatePoker’s bottom line, though – online poker is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar industry.

If Nevada’s experiment is successful, you can expect other cash-strapped states to follow suit in offering their own online gambling options. Like how real-life gambling first spread to Atlantic City, the state of New Jersey is actively drafting regulations to offer its own answer to online betting. Interstate gaming compacts (like the kinds used for Powerball) could also spread the concept – UltimatePoker is already lobbying California to let residents there get in the game.


Computers and Software, News, Software & Games, Blog

Discussion loading

Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.