At 11:58 p.m. Las Vegas time on Tuesday, the millionth hand of legal, secure online poker was dealt at UltimatePoker.com, a company that is fully owned and operated inside the United States of America.
It took just a little more than two weeks (the site launched on April 30) to ring up that number, a sign of both the intense demand and breathtaking potential of internet gaming.
It also represents the latest stage in the fast-moving battle for legalized online gambling of all sorts – including, eventually, sports wagering – that offers the most significant potential change in the way Americans consume sports.
“We’re coming out of a lost decade,” said Tom Breitling, chairman of Ultimate Poker, which is mostly owned by the Nevada-based Station Casinos Inc. “We are finally bringing jobs and taxes back to America.”
That’s gambling’s forever political pitch – jobs and taxes. “Who is against jobs and taxes?” Breitling noted.
Of course, this being America and this being the confused morass of