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Gaming board satisfied with progress of online gaming site

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 7/11/2013 10:44 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Gaming regulators are giving online poker their final blessing.

Since Ultimate Poker launched at the end of April, gaming regulators have been keeping a close eye on the site.

Thursday the Gaming Control Board said they're convinced the site is working to protect your money. News 3's Sergio Avila reports this trial wasn't without its share of minor issues.

The cards have been dealt and play has been made.

Gaming regulators unanimously recommended final approval for ultimatepoker.com.

The site has been up and taking bets since April 13. Board Chairman AG Burnett said that launch meant all eyes are on Nevada.

“We were all on edge once we released it for play,” Burnett said.

After a 40-day field trial tested everything from customer satisfaction to making sure players were in Nevada, regulators are convinced this site is safe.

“I think we all have breathed a collective sigh of relief that those big issues, those big hacks or scams, fraudsters, those attacks didn’t occur,” Burnett said.

Ultimate Gaming CEO Tobin Prior told the board, it's not that these attacks didn't happen, but they've been unsuccessful. Prior said players outside of Nevada have tried to log in on numerous occasions.

“We’ve proven you can offer regulated safe poker to very very high standards,” Prior said.

The system wasn't expected nor is it one-hundred percent perfect. Prior admitted to the board a minor was able to logon.

“We’ve only had one isolated incident of a person being a month out of the bracket and that was captured by our own internal system and stopped,” Prior said.

That underage player was 20 years and 11 months old and prior said they've changed their security checks to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Chairman Burnett wasn't too concerned with the issue saying they've worked very closely with the company.

“We want to make sure as you heard they are diligent and work on issues as they arise,” Burnett said.

Some Nevadans are also being shut out of the game.

Those who live about a mile from Nevada’s borders are reporting they can't sign on.

Unfortunately Burnett says that's being done as a precaution by ultimate gaming to ensure they're not breaking the law.

“I think I’d rather have that occur frankly, than have the other situation which would be customers from California or Arizona, Utah or even Idaho saying, hey we were able to logon.

Protection for an industry many believe is the future of gaming if it's ever approved nationwide.

For now, Nevada remains the only state legally taking bets online.

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