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Caesars and 888 To Launch Real Money Poker By July 6

We recently reported on the landmark launch of Ultimate Gaming’s real money online poker in the state of Nevada. This historic precedent is soon to be followed by Caesars Entertainment who own the WSOP brand. In an announcement today at the 44th annual poker party in Las Vegas WSOP spokesperson Seth Palansky announced that sometime before the main event gets underway on July 6 Caesars Interactive will be launching a WSOP branded real money online poker site. As soon as the Nevada Gaming Board gives them final approval Caesars intends to offer online players the chance to play for real cash if they are residents in Nevada or are residing there for the duration of the tournament. The ideal of a satellite tournament has been mentioned as a playing format. The competition for real money online poker is fierce and it came as no surprise that WSOP executive director Ty Stewart made a snide remark about Ultimate Poker who still boast the title of being the first licensed online poker site in Nevada. He was quick to point out the fact that the marker was ready for a “first-class product”. He also threw in a low blow when he pointed out the fact that on one of the Ultimate Poker screenshots there were two nines of spades in a deck,” There’s only one nine of spades in our deck.” There are, however, three eights in the software that will be powering…

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Real Money Mobile Gaming With New Startup Skillz

With the era of the PC becoming extinct, mobile devices are fast becoming the standard medium for online interaction. There is no way the PC can compete with convenience and availability of pocket sized devices that enable us to perform any online transaction we could need. There is widespread consensus that the largest growth area for gaming developers is the mobile sector. Until now the major issue for developers has been the ability to monetize their games and make a few bucks. A telling statistic is that in 2012 over half of mobile revenues went to the top 25 development studios while leaving over 80% of developers to fight for scraps. Even worse in order to monetize games developers are having to incorporate annoying ads into their games which hardly improves the player’s gaming experience. The current status is being challenged by a San Francisco startup called Skillz. This new startup has the potential to change the way mobile gaming is approached. While everyone is aware that real money online casino games are still largely restricted in the U.S. and other countries, this status quo does not apply to games that rely on skill. This subtle but significant difference in reality means that in the U.S. alone real money betting for games of skill is fully legal. In fact games of skill are legal in over 36 states. The numbers are varied but we are talking about an industry that could generate literally billions of dollars. The ways Skillz works is surprisingly simple. There are basically 4 simple steps: 1.    Developers integrate Skillz in their exiting games in less than an hour 2.    Gamers create a Skillz account 3.    Players get to compete in a variety of cash or free tournaments. 4.    Developers earn revenue for every cash tournament while players have the option of withdrawing their cash any time. Skillz currently claim to reach over 25 million mobile gamers and are a sure bet to grow. CEO and Founder Andrew Paradise summed up the rationale behind their startup,” There’s a sweet spot in between betting, real money gaming, and mobile gaming. There’s a lot of thirst for betting in games of chance, but we see this great need for games of skill, as well.” While only just opening up shop, Skillz is definitely a startup to watch as they could well give casino based mobile games a run for their…

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UltimatePoker Off To Slow Yet Steady Start

We reported this week on the launching of the first real money online poker in Nevada with With online poker being a multi-billion dollar market the stakes could not be higher for new players in the U.S. online market. It has truly been a milestone for the U.S. online gaming industry as a whole and online poker is set to be played throughout the U.S. as legislators cannot go against progress. Although it has only been a few days since the launch of UltimatePoker in Nevada it is interesting to see how many players have joined. Poker sites like are well known in the poker industry for providing up to date information and data on the online poker industry. According to their figures has got off to a slow  yet steady start with an average of 100 real money poker players per day and a peak of 243 in a 24 hour period. This figure is still pretty meaningless in the overall picture as it takes time to compete with the top online poker sites like PokerStars who boast a 21200 players on average per week. While initially only allowed to operate within Nevada borders UltimatePoker has tremendous room for growth with the expansion of legal online gambling in the U.S. at its peak. They also have the distinct advantage of tapping into Ultimate Gaming brands like that of the ever popular U.F.C. which is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet. The ability to combine UFC fans with online poker is a match made in…

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