Three months after launching the first regulated, real-money online poker room in the U.S., Ultimate Poker reached a huge milestone on Thursday by dealing its 10 millionth hand of real-money poker.
The historic hand was dealt at a $.25/.50 no-limit hold'em table at 10:22 a.m. PST. The winner of the hand was 2010 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Steven Kelly, who was playing under his Ultimate Poker moniker "SteveKelly." Kelly won $6.85 with an ace-high in the hand, along with an additional $5,000 prize from Ultimate Poker as part of the milestone promotion to celebrate the monumental moment. Each of the other players seated at the table received $500.
According to PokerScout.com there were around 700 real-money cash game players online when the 10 millionth hand was dealt, and fortunately for Kelly he set his alarm in time to wake up for the milestone hand.
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Ultimate Poker celebrated the 10 millionth hand festivities with 21 mini-milestone hands leading up to the big one. Beginning with hand 9 million, Ultimate Poker gave away $23,000 in cash prizes leading up to hand number 10 million. All players at the table when one of those hands was dealt received $50, with the winner of that hand credited $500.
“It’s incredible to be talking about our 10 millionth hand only three months after opening the doors," said Ultimate Gaming Chief Marketing Officer Joe Versaci. "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."
Ultimate Poker remains the only legal real-money online poker operation in Nevada. Last Thursday, parent company Ultimate Gaming received final approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate the site after it underwent a strict 90-day real-money trial period.
The site is open to players over the age of 21 who are physically present in Nevada — you don't need to be a resident of the state. Deposits and withdrawals can be made online or at any of the Station Casinos’ 16 locations in Las Vegas.