WSOP Poker Site Debuts to Nevada Residents

September 18, 2013

The World Series of Poker is set to debut its real-money online poker site in Nevada this month. Only poker players who reside in Nevada will have access to this site.

Nevada adopted the regulations of online gaming in December, 2011, having legalized online poker earlier that year. At the beginning of this year, state compacts aimed at creating greater liquidity for online poker sites became legalized. It is now expected that sometime in 2014 the state will partner with New Jersey for an interstate network.

In the Monday morning conference call, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “It is a gratifying and exciting day to see the WSOP online launch… from Fremont to any street in Nevada in less than a decade.”

On licensing and testing processes, the firm said that the Nevada Gaming Control Board will be in charge.

The WSOP had originally planned to launch the site early in summer but the date was moved forward. Now the firm looks to joining the other poker site already benefiting from the online gambling market. Station Casinos has so far been the only provider of real-money online poker in Nevada. This past spring saw Station’s Ultimate Poker launch a Nevada-based online poker room and it has been holding out remarkably strongly ever since.

The WSOP poker site will be Windows and Max compatible, and its game suite at the time of launch will constitute Texas Hold’em, Omaha High, Seven Card Stud High, Omaha Eight-or-Better, and Seven Card Stud Eight-or-Better. The deposit methods supported will be such as MasterCard, Visa, and ACH.

The only bad news for poker pros is that the sponsored player model that features on many online poker rooms will not be supported on the WSOP site.

The WSOP is also planning on starting an online poker championship series though at present there are no plans for awarding bracelets. The firm plans to first help players qualify for the existing live events through the real-money site.


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