Daniel Healey Wins First Legal Real Money Online
Poker Tournament In America at Ultimate Poker
Flagship $10,000 Sunday Tournament featured 200 players on Sunday, May 5
On Sunday, May 5, amateur poker player Daniel Healey of Las Vegas, NV came in first place at Ultimate Poker’s first $10,000 Sunday Tournament at UltimatePoker.com, making history as the winner of the first legal, real money online poker tournament to be held in the United States.
The historic $10,000 Sunday Tournament capped at 200 players, with Healey taking home a first place prize of $4,173.
“It is really exciting to be a part of history, winning the first tournament,” Healey remarked. “I have been keeping up with the news updates and poker blogs ever since Black Friday hit and was extremely excited to hear that legal online poker is here. I am excited to be living in Nevada and playing my favorite game.”
“Since going live on April 30, there has been no downtime whatsoever, and demand to play in our first $10,000 Sunday Tournament exceeded our expectations,” remarked Joe Versaci, Ultimate Gaming Chief Marketing Officer. “We ended up reaching our 200 player cap 45 minutes before the tournament opened.”
Due to high demand, the limit for Ultimate Poker’s Sunday Tournament has doubled to a capacity of 400 players, doubling the potential prize pool to $20,000. A can’t-miss weekly event at 6 p.m. PST, the $10,000 Sunday Tournament features a $100 buy-in and a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. A deep starting stack of 10,000 chips and 15-minute levels provide hours of action-packed poker. Satellites run every day, with greater frequency on Sunday, and range from $1 to $20.
On April 30, 2013, Ultimate Gaming, a majority-owned subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC, launched real money online poker at UltimatePoker.com, making history as the first company in the United States to offer legal and secure online poker. Players age 21 and over in Nevada can play now at UltimatePoker.com, while any player in the world can sign up and deposit at UltimatePoker.com in advance of visiting Nevada.
About Ultimate Gaming/Ultimate Poker:
Ultimate Gaming represents a new breed of online gaming company backed by regulation and driven to create authentic entertainment experiences across online gaming platforms. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the gaming and regulatory capital of the world, and was founded by four of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the city’s recent gaming and technology history. In 2011, Ultimate Gaming acquired CyberArts, allowing the company to create and maintain its own proprietary casino software complete with a clean regulatory slate.
Ultimate Poker is a licensed online poker room in the state of Nevada, leading the way through extraordinary service, best-in-class rewards, and a true-to-its-roots poker experience. Created by online poker specialists and backed by Las Vegas gaming leaders, Ultimate Poker brings fun back to the online felt by merging entertainment, competition, and the gaming lifestyle. Ultimate Poker is the exclusive online gaming partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the fastest growing sports organization in the world, and is the online poker product of Station Casinos, the preferred gaming destination for Las Vegas locals.
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About Station Casinos:
Station Casinos LLC is the leading provider of gaming and entertainment to the residents of Las Vegas, Nevada. Station’s properties, which are located throughout the Las Vegas Valley, are regional entertainment destinations and include various amenities, including numerous restaurants, entertainment venues, movie theaters, bowling and convention/banquet space, as well as traditional casino gaming offerings, such as video poker, slot machines, table games, bingo and race and sports wagering. Station owns and operates Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, Green Valley Ranch Resort Casino Spa, Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel, Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel, Wildfire Rancho, Wildfire Boulder, Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel, Wildfire Sunset, and Lake Mead Casino. Station also owns a 50% interest in Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company, Wildfire Lanes and Casino, and The Greens. In addition, Station owns a 50% interest in MPM Enterprises, LLC, which is the manager of the Gun Lake Casino in southwestern Michigan.