Blom Dominates, Ultimate Poker Approved, New Jersey Booms
So far in poker this week Viktor "Isildur1" Blom piled up $1.4 million in earnings to hit $3.8 million for the year online, Ultimate Poker received final approval for its Nevada poker license and 37 companies have submitted applications to provide iGaming services in Nevada.
And it's only Wednesday!
Viktor Blom Continues Monster Year After $1.4 Million Sunday
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has been on fire this year and moved up to over $3.8 million in online earnings after winning over $1.4 million in cash games on Sunday.
Blom started by taking around $150,000 off Isaac Haxton and followed that up by winning close to $500k in 2-7 Triple Draw and then about $240k in Omaha Hi-Lo.
From there, he took on a variety of players that included Gus Hansen, Kyle Ray and Phil Ivey. His $1.4 million day brought him up to $3.8 million on the year in cash earnings, more than $1.1 million more than the next biggest winner.
Nevada Gaming Commission Grants Ultimate Poker Final Approval
Ultimate Poker became the first fully legal online poker site in the United States on April 30th in Las Vegas, NV.
From that point the site has been on a 90-day probationary run as the software was scrutinized by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
This week the NGC gave Ultimate Poker its seal of approval and issued final approval on their gaming license. According to Ultimate Poker's Chief Technology Officer Chris Derossi, "The technology worked. We are able to offer a safe and secure online poker experience for the first time in America."
With final approval now received the company plans to release a new version of its software as well as a new VIP program for players.
At present Ultimate Poker is the only legal online poker site that offers real-money gaming in Nevada. Other casinos are expected to go online in upcoming months, but for now Ultimate Poker has proven that online poker in Nevada can be a success.
37 Companies Apply for New Jersey iGaming Licenses
On Tuesday the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement revealed that 37 companies had applied for online gaming licenses in the state of New Jersey.
Monday was the deadline for companies to submit an application in order to be approved prior to the mandatory "go live" date of November 26th for Atlantic City casinos.
Bwin.Party, 888 Holdings, The Rational Group, 2UP Gaming, Betfair, Gamesys, Bally Technologies, Ainsworth Game Technology, Ultimate Gaming and KGM Gaming are among the companies that have publicly announced license applications.
The complete list of applicants was not released and those who have applied will be revealed once applications have been processed.