Ultimate Poker may only be in its fourth month of operation, but the first and only regulated online poker site in the US celebrated another milestone yesterday.
The site dealt its 10 millionth hand of real money poker on Thursday, something which had been anticipated during the course of the week. Steven Kelly was the winner of the historic hand, which was dealt at a $.25/.50 no-limit hold’em cash table.
Kelly, who is also a live poker professional, won a total of $5,006.85 for winning the hand – $5,000 from Ultimate Poker and $6.85 in the pot. The company confirmed the milestone on its Twitter account, stating that “We have a WINNER! Congratulations @SteveWKelly! You were dealt the @UltimatePoker #10MillionthHand and won $5000!!”
Ultimate Gaming Chief Marketing Officer Joe Versaci expressed his and the company’s happiness at the 10 million milestone, saying that it showed poker players in Nevada has embraced Ultimate Poker.
“It’s incredible to be talking about our 10-millionth hand only three months after opening the doors,” he said. “It gives us a good opportunity to look back at how far we’ve come and an even better excuse to run a great promotion.”
Kelly was not the only player to receive a boost to his bank account from the milestone; all other players at the table each won $500 after the hand was dealt. A further total of $23,000 was given to players on the site as a result of a promotion in the lead up to the dealing of the 10th millionth hand.
Ultimate Poker continues to be the only online poker service operating in the US state of Nevada, and the country as a whole. A number of other gaming companies have also outlined their desires to eventually launch sites in Nevada as well as other states such as New Jersey and Delaware.
According to PokerScout, Ultimate Poker currently has a seven day average of 200 players, with a 24 hour peak of 700 players. The latter statistic is indicative of the major interest from players when the historic hand was dealt out.
Competition is likely to heat up after the northern summer, with Caesars reiterating their commitment to release a WSOP-branded real money online poker service in Nevada by the time summer is over.