Nevada Online Poker Law
Online poker went live in Nevada in April 2013.
Like the casinos lining the strip and beyond in Las Vegas, Nevada is becoming saturated with online poker rooms as new licensees work the kinks out of their systems.
Poker Atlas is proud to keep a current list of the live online poker sites in Nevada. Above is a complete list of legal Nevada online poker sites.
Ultimate Poker, run through Station Casinos, was the first site to deal a fully legal, real-money online poker hand in the United States on April 30, 2013. It only took until Aug 1, 2013 before it dealt not its one millionth, or even five millionth, but 10 millionth poker hand.
Another site that will be a major player in the online poker industry in the United States, WSOP.com, went live in late October 2013. Owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the company surely has its sights set on becoming the King Kong of online poker in the United States. It’s already the largest casino company in the world, with annual revenues surpassing $8 billion. It owns casinos in just about every state that allows casino gambling.
Nevada law allows for its licensed casinos to strike deals with other states. For example, WSOP.com is going live in New Jersey in late 2013, and there is a possibility of shared player pools sometime after that.
Shuffle Master, Real Gaming (formerly South Point Poker), International Game Technology (IGT), Global Cash Access Holdings, Monarch Interactive, Bally Technologies, and others all have received online poker licenses from Nevada and are in the process of going live.
What Are the Online Poker Games Like in Nevada?
The games are growing. Remember back in the early 2000s and logging onto an early version of Paradise Poker or maybe Planet Poker, and being astonished at 800 people playing poker at one time? As of late 2013, Nevada online poker hasn’t gotten that good, yet. Two hundred people playing online poker at one time in Nevada means it’s a good night.
Remember the days of the Sunday Million on PokerStars? In Nevada, at the very beginning of online poker legalization, the big Sunday tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $15,000. Weeknights, dozens of players show up. Across the ocean, that number is in the tens of thousands.
But it’s a work in progress, and Nevada has a relatively small population. As other states open up shop and interstate compacts are signed, the U.S. online poker industry will boom again.
Be sure of this: Casinos that make their headquarters in both Nevada and New Jersey will mostly likely be the sites where most online poker players across the United States will play. Good or bad, that’s the way this weird and messy cookie crumbles.