The World Series of Poker has worked really hard to put together a real-money online poker site. The WSOP confirmed that it will officially launch the new poker website on the 19th of September. The website will be accessible to only those individuals who are within the state borders of Nevada.
The WSOP had spent many months in developing, testing and fine tuning its website to make sure that it had a product that met the expectations of its customers.
The WSOP appreciated the role that the Nevada Gaming Control Board played in helping with the testing and licensing process.
The WSOP had initially planned to launch the website much earlier but due to a number of issues the process was delayed. In a statement, 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.
The WSOP expects a great response within Nevada and also has plans in the future to see if it can broaden its customer base by expanding into the state of New Jersey, provided the various state laws permit the same. The CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Mitch Garber stated that liquidity is a key when it comes to the online poker market. Garber said
We are very big supporters of shared liquidity. A small state like Nevada will benefit from shared liquidity. It is in everyone’s interest to have compacts between states.
Ultimate Poker is currently the only website in Nevada offering online poker and the WSOP has plans to launch in a big way and quickly expand to make itself the number one website in Nevada for online poker.
The new WSOP’s poker website will run a number of games but will first start with the launch of Texas hold’em. Other games that will be featured on the website include Omaha high, seven-card stud high, seven-card stud eight-or-better and Omaha eight-or-better. The website will offer numerous deposit methods including Visa, Mastercard and ACH. The software being offered by the website has been made compatible for both Windows and Mac users.
The WSOP confirmed that it has plans to launch its own online poker championship series but does not plan to award any bracelets for online poker events. The WSOP wants to focus on leveraging its real-money website to enable players qualify for upcoming live tournaments.