US gambling site offers Mac users "free" Windows 7 with emulation software

Earlier this year, online gambling became legal in the US for the first time, at least in the state of Nevada. If you live or are visiting the state, you can now gamble online on site such as UltimatePoker.com for real money. One problem for the site is that the software it uses can only be used with the Windows OS.

So, according to a new article on Wired, the company came up with the idea of giving Mac OS X owners a "free" copy of Windows 7, along with some emulation software. This should allow Mac fans to play on UltimatePoker.com until the company comes up with a OS X version of its software. In fact, UltimatePoker.com's chief technology officer, Chris Derossi, was the lead on Apple's older System 7 OS that was offered in the 1990s.

However, Mac players still have to pay up front to get the Windows 7 OS and the VMFusion virtualization software. The "free" part comes in when they gamble on the site. Texas Hold'em Poker is so far the only game that can be played on UltimatePoker.com. According to the site's rake structure, a player would have to put up $5,000 to get enough to be reimbursed for the user who sends in a valid sales receipt for both software programs. At the moment, no one has taken UltimatePoker.com up on its offer.

Source: Wired | Image via Wired

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Well, since the BIOS/EFI and system used by virtualisation software is an emulation, it would be emulation...

This sounds like a stupid cash grab and what about linux users? Win+mac aren't the only os's that can make money ya know. I bet the big corporations are behind this.

Choto Cheeta said,
Yes, what is "free" here in anyway ???

I think they're trying to take into account how much you win back as well as put in.
A win:loss ratio to give the company enough to provide the free software. Regular players who'd normally spend this much anyway will get it free, for everyone else, we're not stupid enough to gamble in a digital game

sagum said,

I think they're trying to take into account how much you win back as well as put in.
A win:loss ratio to give the company enough to provide the free software. Regular players who'd normally spend this much anyway will get it free, for everyone else, we're not stupid enough to gamble in a digital game

I don't gamble so I can be wrong, but isn't poker a fee based game for the house? Where the players are only ever winning or losing from each other and the house just takes a cut from each game. Allowing them to have a guaranteed return on that game without ever having any real risk...