Remember back in 2013 when Nevada gaming regulators were issuing licenses for online poker sites?
The rush was on for potential online poker operators to secure licensing and get in on the ground floor of a new regulated ipoker market in the U.S. that would plant roots in Nevada. The thinking was that regulation would perhaps spread like wildfire, with other states joining in and partnering up to create an interstate online poker regime that would branch out throughout the nation.
It’s now three years later and we are still waiting.
Lots of Licensees
One of those early licensees in Nevada, actually, the 21st to receive online gaming approval in the Silver State, was the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. It was anticipated that Treasure Island would launch a real money online poker site in Nevada in conjunction with 888poker.
It never happened, likely wisely so, as Ultimate Poker eventually discovered that there is barely enough action for one online poker offering in Nevada. That is, without interstate compact agreements with larger states, population-wise.
However, Treasure Island will finally get off the rail and into the online poker game, albeit with a subscription poker site. The launch is coming sometime this summer and will permit “gaming enthusiasts the opportunity to play poker remotely for amazing Treasure Island-based prizes and cash rewards.”
A three-tiered subscription package allows players to sign up and play for free, become a Gold member for $9.95 a month, or achieve Platinum status by paying five dollars more ($14.95). Subscribers can expect new tournaments to run every 15 minutes.
New members who sign up early can get a month of free Platinum benefits and entries into drawings for special rewards including a $1,500 Stay and Play Grand Prize. Along with cash and prizes available to winners, entries into live poker tournaments held at Treasure Island can also be won.
“Our customer base now has a secure and value-centered way to engage with Treasure Island, playing poker even when they can’t be on property,” said TI’s Director of Casino Marketing & Poker Operations, Brian Conley.
Treasure Island’s partner in the venture is Strategic Entertainment, an Australia-based company specializing in designing and developing products that include online social games. One of those games is Ozzie Poker, a Texas Hold’em variant that introduces the option of receiving a third hole card after the flop.
Obtaining that third hole card requires posting an amount equal to the big blind. Players have an allotted amount of time to decide whether to opt in for receiving the third hole card or not, and also are on the clock regarding which of the three hole cards to discard. The game then continues under common Texas Hold’em rules.
Ozzie Poker is promoted by Strategic Entertainment as adding excitement to Hold’em by creating more action and bigger pots. The game will apparently be available at the new Treasure Island poker site.
The new poker room can be accessed at ti-poker.com. As of this writing, residents of 25 states are eligible to sign up.