Station Casinos will hold the record of being the first to offer regulated online poker in the U.S. via its website “Ultimate Poker”, when it launches on Tuesday. Just last week, the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) gave Station Casinos the go signal to operate its own real-money online poker brand in Nevada. This was after NGC received the casino company’s assurance that money laundering will not take place, as the latter intends to require transparency in recording all transactions not only to prevent money laundering, but also to protect the players’ funds.
Station Casinos also allayed NGC’s concerns about underage gambling by disclosing that their system uses a technology that can prevent minors from placing bets, as this will ensure that only those 21 years old and above, will play poker at the site. In connection with this, registering players are required to furnish their Social Security number and Nevada address.
The company believes that by owning the online poker system, instead of collaborating with another gaming company, casino officials will be able to act immediately; and therefore, quickly resolve any issues that may stem from their online poker offering.
Actually, “Ultimate Poker” was a free platform at Facebook launched by Fertitta Interactive LLC, last June 2012. However, during the latter part of the same year, Station Casinos acquired majority ownership over Fertitta and its Ultimate Gaming website including the online poker platform “Ultimate Poker”.
Currently, the acceptable deposit methods include, paying online using the players’ electronic checking account, or by sending a check via mail. Players can also deposit at Station Casino’s cashier cages, or by placing a bank wire transfer but for a minimum deposit of $500.