Real Gaming, the third online poker website operating in Nevada, has discarded its “soft launch” label and can now proceed to take a stab at grabbing a piece of the Internet poker market in the Silver State.
A soft launch in February lasted a solid eight months until the Nevada Gaming Commission deemed Real Gaming’s testing period concluded this week. That approval came following a recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board in favor of putting an end to the site’s soft launch status, LV-RJ reported.
Real Gaming is the online offering of South Point Casino, who had been mainly targeting their live gaming customers to play online poker during the prolonged testing period. With that phase of the ipoker operation over, it is likely that Real Gaming will now broaden its marketing endeavors in an effort to capture some of the market currently controlled by WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker (UP).
A Look at the Numbers
As of this writing, PokerScout lists WSOP.com as averaging 85 ring game players to the 55 of UP. A population of roughly 2.8 million severely hampers intrastate online poker in Nevada.
For that reason, Nevada and Delaware became partners in a Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) in February that will combine player pools at a future date. The idea is to get New Jersey and other states that eventually enact ipoker legislation to also join the party.
More Sites to Launch in Nevada
Let’s hope that the MSIGA grabs a few new partner states pretty soon because the Nevada market is expected to become crowded in short order. 888Poker is readying a branded site for launch and is also partnered with a poker site soon-to-be offered by Treasure Island.
Those two newbies will join forces with the existing WSOP.com site, who is already in bed with 888. Combined, the three sites will operate as the All American Poker Network (AAPN). Those who follow the online poker industry know that AAPN is already active and accepting online wagers in New Jersey.
Exciting Promos Already Underway at Real Gaming
Nevada residents and tourists may begin to mouse-click their way over to Real Gaming now that the soft launch is officially over. Those that do will find some promotions that may strike their fancy.
Those promos include “Quadzilla,” where bonus cash of between $5-$50 is added to your bankroll when you can make a hand of four-of-a-kind using your pocket pair. Or the “High Hand of the Hour” promo that pays between $5-$100 for making the best hand during specific hours of the day in the afternoon and evening.
Should you win one of those two promotions and announce it to the world via Twitter or Facebook, Real Gaming will send more cash your way in its “Power Up” promotion. And players may also want to participate in Real Gaming’s “Real 50” monthly and annual leaderboard races, as well as “Final Table Freerolls.”