Ultimate Poker’s exit from the Nevada online poker market left four dozen or so cash players without a poker room to call home and Real Gaming is hoping to woo those players to its site with an “Ultimate Match” promotion.
The promo has a value of up to $3,000 in bonus cash and requires former Ultimate Poker players to provide Real Gaming with either a screenshot of their UP balance or a photo of the check received upon withdrawing their remaining funds from the shuttered site. Depositing those funds at Real Gaming will be matched 100% in bonus money, with the maximum set at three grand.
A full year is allowed to clear the bonus, longer than industry standards that typically top out at six months. However, some poker sites permit only 60 or 90 days to clear deposit bonuses.
Real Gaming’s Extended Soft launch
Real Gaming, a product of South Point Casino, launched under beta testing in February and didn’t receive hard launch approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission until eight months later in October. Its launch followed both UP and WSOP.com despite South Point being first in Nevada (and the U.S.) to receive a license to legally operate an online poker site.
UP made history as the first poker site to launch in a regulated environment, but found the going too rough under an intrastate format that allows no room for growth until interstate action takes hold. Real Gaming co-founder and South Point COO Lawrence Vaughan acknowledged the challenges facing iPoker in the Silver State, but said in a press release that Real Gaming remains “dedicated to delivering innovative products and are confident in the success of online poker in the Nevada market.”
Invitation to UP Players
We welcome Ultimate Poker’s players and invite all to experience the latest gaming technologies and user-friendly mobile platform at Real Gaming that sets us apart from our competitors,” Vaughan added.
When Real Gaming’s soft launch ended in late October, market leader WSOP.com was averaging 85 cash game players, PokerScout reported. At the same time, UP was not far behind with a seven-day average of 55 players.
One month later, WSOP.com has seemingly welcomed all of the UP players and then some, as current numbers show their ring game traffic average to be at 150. Meanwhile, Real Gaming has barely registered a blip on the player traffic charts, with PokerScout estimating only a handful of players during peak hours of play.
Perhaps the new “Ultimate Match” promotion will find more players in Nevada mouse-clicking their way over to Real Gaming. Those who think positive may also believe that eventual interstate play with Delaware and other states will allow Real Gaming to become a player in regulated online poker in the U.S.