Just six days after launching UltimatePoker.com online, on Sunday, May 5, amateur poker player Daniel Healey of Las Vegas came in first at Ultimate Poker’s first $10,000 Sunday Tournament, 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 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, 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.
WPT Florida: The Tampa Bay Regional Summer Poker Open is coming to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from May 31 through June 9. Up for grabs is a guaranteed prize pool valued at $600,000 during this exciting 16-event World Poker Tour regional series.
Onsite registration for all events opens Friday, May 24, at noon. The registration fee is non-refundable. To participate, players must obtain a “wild card” and purchase their ticket in person at the poker room cage.
WPT and Seminole Hard Rock casinos have a multi-year partnership. Included are several Tour-branded events and the development of official WPT poker rooms inside select Seminole Hard Rock casinos. To register, book a hotel package or get more information on this event, please call 1-866-502-7529 or visit http://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/gaming/poker or www.WorldPokerTour.com.
Good luck, and may the “nuts” be with you!
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: [email protected].