On Sunday, May 5, amateur poker player Daniel Healey of Las Vegas 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 (Pictured: The final hand of first legal real money online poker tournament in America).
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.