The late 1990s saw the launch of several different online poker sites, including Planet Poker and Poker Paradise, amongst others. But everything메이저놀이터 shifted drastically when UltimateBet opened for business in 2001.

UltimateBet was the first online poker site to메이저놀이터 provide players with access to a diverse selection of poker games, such as Omaha high low and seven-card stud high low. Additionally, it was the first site ever to have multiple professional poker players acting as spokespersons for the site.

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Greg Pierson was a software developer who established logic to develop multi-player video games. Soon after, he made acquainted with Russ Hamilton, who was the one who suggested that the ieLogic software be modified so that poker players could use it.

Russ Hamilton was a famous professional poker player who took first place in the World Series of Poker’s main event in 1994.


While Greg Pierson worked on adapting his game software for poker players, Russ Hamilton recruited some of his poker-playing friends, including Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke, to work for the new company.


The Kahnawake Gaming Commission granted UltimateBet a gaming license in 2001, marking the company’s official debut on the market.

UltimateBet emerged as one of the industry’s most prominent online poker rooms almost overnight, mostly due to the celebrity appeal of its spokespeople and the extensive game selection they provided to players.

The site’s continued success can be attributed to its collaboration with the World Poker Tour to organize the Ultimate Aruba Poker Classic tournament series.

Everyone engaged and basked in the glory of the company’s incredible success for several years, during which time it appeared that everything was running smoothly. The company’s rapid expansion led to the decision to take the business public, following in the footsteps of Party Poker.

Jim Ryan was brought on as CEO and was also in charge of managing the documentation for the company’s transition into an IPO. In February 2006, they changed the company’s name to Excapsa Software and began trading on the London Stock Exchange.

After only a few short months, the company reverted to a privately held organization and established a connection with its sister site, Absolute Poker.

The Beginnings of the Game of Absolute Poker

Six members of the same fraternity started playing Poker online while they were students at the University of Montana. They quickly concluded that running an online poker site would be much more profitable than participating in the game themselves.

As a result, they concluded that they needed their website.

Scott Tom could secure funds thanks to his father, Phil Tom. It was a group effort between him and his fraternity brothers to locate a software development business. Because one of the fraternity brothers already had some connections in Asia, they decided to design their poker website in collaboration with a South Korean company.

The year 2003 marked the beginning of Absolute Poker’s official operation. Following Scott Tom’s acquisition of a license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, he and his fraternity brothers relocated to Costa Rica to assume management responsibilities for the company.

Written by Avellaneda Flórez
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