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First legal online poker site about to launch

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 10/30/2012 11:39 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) –The first legal “real money” online poker site is just weeks away from launching the future of gaming.

The site belongs to the South Point and casino officials tell us they're just waiting for final approval from the state.

News 3’s Sergio Avila has more on when they expect players to ante up.

South Point execs tell us they don't know because the launch falls on the shoulder of gaming regulators.

Southpointpoker.com was a free play site for several months but since then they've shut it down.

Instead they're getting ready to launch the country's first legal real money game.

Chief Operating Officer Lawerence Vaughn said the process is slow going because the state is being extra cautious.

“There's a lot of meticulous details we have had to go through with a fine toothed comb,” Vaughn said.

The site is being tested, retested and then checked again.

The state is making sure only people in Nevada can play and the site is safe from corruption or theft.

All eyes are on Nevada as it needs to maintain the gold standard when it comes to the future of gaming.

“It’s nerve-wracking because it's a lot of pressure, he said. “But I think we have a pretty unique contribution and an interesting perspective to give the people with this product and I think they're going to like it.”

For poker players used to poker rooms the thought of playing legally online is definitely a plus.

“I think it's great,” Mike Hill said. “So many people got burnt in those others and it's nice to know there will actually be something to rely on and play online at home.”

Hill has been playing poker for 45 years and says he'll probably divide his time between online and face-to-face play.

“I like to look at people I like to get a read on them and so forth,” he said. “It's hard to do that online, so I like to get a vibe from them.”

Although Vaughn can't say when the site will be up they're hoping to take the poker room online by the end of the year.

“We're excited to show what we've been working on,” he said “We're excited to show the things we have planned for the next six to 12 months coming as well. We have a lot more coming than what we have coming on day one.”

Southpointpoker.com is in the final testing phases before gaming regulators give it the final approval.

According to their site there are looking to fill 20 positions to help run the new site.

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