Nevada’s online poker market has been up and running since April of 2013, with a total of three operators competing in the state. Ultimate Poker was the first, followed by WSOP.com last September, and finally Real Gaming in February of this year. Up until now, though, Real Gaming has been operating under a conditional trial period. Yesterday, state regulators gave the official word of approval for the online poker site.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board held a meeting on Thursday in which a multitude of topics were discussed. Among them was South Point’s internet poker offering, Real Gaming. The interactive software was originally submitted to the NGCB for review in January of this year, followed by the regulator’s temporary approval to operate on a trial basis in February. The subject came before the board again on October 8, but no action was taken. Two weeks later, regulators looked upon the issue once more, granting South Point the final approval to transcend the trial phase and officially open its virtual doors.
Although South Point was the very first land-based casino in the Silver State to receive a license back in 2012, approved as an operator, manufacturer and service provider, the company’s choice to build its own software platform from the ground floor up set them back in terms of a launch date. Ultimate Poker, owned by Station Casinos, pursued a similar route of proprietary software, but development of the Ultimate Gaming platform that powers the site began in 2010, giving UP a great advantage that resulted in its being named the very first US regulated, real money online poker site, launched on April 30, 2013. As for WSOP.com, Caesars Entertainment chose to forgo the fabrication phase, electing to employ the decade old experience of 888’s reputable online poker software.
Due to its ‘trial period’ status over the last nine months, Real Gaming has failed to generate any substantial traffic up to this point. According to online poker tracking website PokerScout, the average number of players online and peak hour traffic have been 0 and 3 respectively, week in and week out. Surely South Point is hoping those numbers will see a quick and steady rise in the coming months as Real Gaming attempts to compete with its well-established rivals, UP and WSOP.
Real Gaming’s online poker software requires no download to play, resulting in universal compatibility with all major operating systems, including smartphones. However, download of the location verification app, available for Android and iOS devices, is required. Once registered, members can make a deposit via ACH (instant e-check), bank wire transfer, paper check by mail, or the newest method on the menu, PayNearMe. The instant cash transfer option, established in 2010, is available at all 7-11 convenience store locations.
The online poker room is not currently promoting a first-time deposit bonus, but that is expected to change very soon now that the trial phase has ended. Other promotional offerings at Nevada’s Real Gaming include a $100k giveaway to the top 50 players of the year, a High Hand of the Hour promo worth up to $100 four times daily, the Quadzilla, where players win a cash prize every time they go to showdown with 4 of a Kind (must include pocket pair), and more.