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Online Poker Returns To The USA

usa signJust a couple of days ago, at 9am on Tuesday morning the first online poker hands were dealt in America with UltimatePoker.com being the first licensed poker site offering real money poker games.

It’s certainly been a long time coming since online poker was shut down in the country a couple of years ago.

The site which is based in Nevada is now able to offer online poker to anyone in the state of Nevada only. Any player that wants to sign up to the site has to be over the age of 21 and of course connected to the internet within Nevada.

In fact even visitors to the state can play online poker, as long as their IP can be traced to that of within the state. Players can even register with the site in advance of a visit and even put money into their account, but cannot play until they are within the state of Nevada.

What They Will Be Offering!

Initially they will only be offering Texas holdem poker in either a limit or no limit format. These will be in a cash ring format and will have stakes that range from $0.01/$0.02 and right up to $10/$20. They will be releasing more poker games and stakes as they go along, but for now are sticking with the most popular variation in Holdem.

They will be offering a variety of ways for players to put money in their accounts from credit/ debit cards that require a minimum of $10 deposited to mailed cheques and bank wires that have minimum deposit requirements of $50 and $500 respectively.

To mark the occasion of being the first online poker site in the USA for quite some time they snapped up the ever popular Antonio Esfandiari as a site ambassador. Esfandiari sits right at the top of the all-time career earnings list after his victory in the WSOP ‘Big One For One Drop’ event last year that paid him out $18,346,673 bringing his earnings up to more than $23,400,000.

It’s been a long wait for players in America to be able to play online poker again and though this is just one site and one state so far, the shoe is now firmly in the door.

This means that the future is starting to look much better for online poker, with many more states also in the process of opening their doors to online poker and of course bigger companies to enter the market.

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