Real Gaming ready to launch
Real Gaming, which used to be known to online poker players as South Point Poker, is now accepting verifications and registrations online before it launches its new website. The Nevada-based company posted the invitations to players on a gaming forum on Aug. 1. They are eligible to sign up in advance at the RealGaming.com website, which is run by South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. The site will feature real money poker games, but the official launch date has yet to be announced.
The board of the Nevada Gaming Control said South Point Poker LLC has applied for approval of online poker gaming software. The company was issued with a license for online poker by the state of Nevada back in August 2012. It was the first company to be issued such a license, but so far its software hasn’t been approved by the state. South Point was originally given a six-month extension for software approval in February and is now asking to have this extended again since it is about to expire.
As well as South Point seeking an extension, ACEP Interactive and Monarch Interactive are also in the same boat and are hoping for extensions from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. At the moment, the only company operating a real-money poker site in Nevada is Ultimate Poker, which is a subsidiary of Station Casino. Ultimate Poker went live back in April.
CIE (Caesars Interactive Entertainment) planned to begin a World Series of Poker-branded website earlier this year, but has failed to do so. It appears CIE is also awaiting proper approval from the state government, but the company said it still plans to launch an online poker site. However, some insiders believe Caesars may now focus all of its energy on social gaming instead.
In the meantime, Real Gaming customers can set up their accounts. This includes people who don’t live in Nevada, but are planning on visiting the state in the near future. Players who register in advance will be able to deposit money in their accounts when the site launches. The site will send out emails to registered users before it goes live and this will contain instructions on depositing money as well as other information.
Real Gaming will be using its own software that has been developed in-house while Ultimate Poker is using CyberArts software and World Series of Poker will be using software supplied by 888poker.