Daniel Healey first Ultimate Poker tournament winner

May 9, 2013 5:37 PM

Amateur Daniel Healey won Ultimate Poker’s first $10,000 Sunday Tournament at UltimatePoker.com.

The historic event capped at 200 players, with Healey taking home a first place prize of $4,173 in the first legal, real money online tourney ever held in the United States.  

“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.”

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, the $10,000 Sunday Tournament features a $100 buy-in and a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.

“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.”

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 Ultimate Gaming, a majority-owned subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC, launched real money online poker at UltimatePoker.com.  Players age 21 and over in Nevada can play, while  any player in the world can sign up and deposit at UltimatePoker.com in advance of visiting Nevada.

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