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Online Poker Makes a Comeback in the U.S.

Real-money online poker was officially reintroduced in the U.S. on Tuesday with the launch of the country's first legal site operated by Ultimate Gaming, a subsidiary of larger entertainment company Fertitta Interactive that runs the highly popular Ultimate Fighting Championship.The historic first hand was dealt around noon ET.The site, which has branding attachment to the UFC, becomes the country's first legal online gambling portal allowing users to bid real money since U.S. regulators shut down real-money gambling sites in the summer of 2011 on a day later dubbed "Black Friday" in the poker world."We are proud to be the first company to deliver legal and secure real money online gaming to poker players," said Ultimate Poker Chairman Tom Breitling.The government in 2011 seized the domain names of top gambling sites, including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, and rapidly passed a series of new laws banning online poker, sending shockwaves through what had been a surging...

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