Real Gaming Sheds “Soft Launch” Label

Real Gaming Sheds Soft Launch LabelThe Real Gaming online poker website in Nevada has lost its “soft launch” label and is expected to perhaps compete on a par with its rivals.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) cleared the site after a lengthy testing period that stretched for eight months. GCB regulators gathered for a meeting recently in Carson City, Nevada to specifically address the status of the South Point Casino offering.

The GCB recommended that the test period be deemed concluded. Taking that recommendation under advisement, the Nevada Gaming Commission concurred and officially gave their [geolink href=””]approval for Real Gaming to proceed as the state’s third online poker room[/geolink].

A Real Gaming soft launch in February followed the roll outs of Ultimate Poker (UP) in April 2013 and in September of the same year. Real Gaming has yet to lay claim to much of the available market share in Nevada, but that may change now that all systems are go.

Current Nevada Market Share Numbers continues to host the bulk of cash game player traffic in the Silver State with a seven-day average of 85 players. UP currently boasts a 55-player average, according to PokerScout.

With a population of less than three million, there is only so much action to be had for Nevada’s online poker sites. However, player numbers are expected to improve once the interstate compact with Delaware is launched.

It is hoped that other states will also join the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) [geolink href=””]created by Nevada and Delaware[/geolink] in February. New Jersey is the next logical partner, and the only one who can legally do so at this time.

More Nevada Poker Sites on the Way

The launch of two additional poker rooms in Nevada is expected soon, as 888Poker is due to release its own branded site as well as be part of a site offered by Treasure Island. That may make things a bit crowded with only about 2.8 million residents in Nevada, and any out-of-state tourists who wish to log on, deposit and play.

The two new sites are set to join, who also is allied with 888, and form a network that already has a presence in New Jersey –the All American Poker Network (AAPN). With so many sites operating in Nevada, it is hoped that other states enact online poker legislation and join the MSIGA sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, Real Gaming is expected to make a marketing push now that its soft launch has ended. The site has already instituted some unique promotions that include “High Hand of the Hour” and “Quadzilla” that award bonus cash to players who make the best hands and four-of-a-kind, respectively.

Jacqueline Packett
Jacqueline Packett