The WSOP.com Internet site officially launched in September
October 08, 2013 3:02 AM
by H. Scot Krause
Nevadans and the nearly 40 million annual visitors to the state enter a new era of poker as the world’s most trusted, oldest and most prestigious poker brand – the World Series of Poker (WSOP) – offers real-money online poker in Nevada for the first time.
The WSOP.com Internet site officially launched on Sept. 19. Anyone of legal age in the Silver State with an Internet connection and a mobile phone can now play real money online poker at WSOP.com. Participants must be 21 years old or older, age-verified.
WSOP.com will be the exclusive destination for online players in Nevada to win seats into the land-based World Series of Poker, which has given away more than $1.8 billion to players during its history, including more than $197 million in 2013 alone.
WSOP.com offers satellite and ladder tournaments that could qualify a player for a seat at the $10,000 WSOP Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the price of a movie ticket.
WSOP.com kicks off its unique offering with an opportunity for players of all skill levels to win their way to the WSOP Europe in the first live land-based event Oct. 19 in Paris.
“This is a historic moment for our company,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) CEO Mitch Garber. “A state-of-the-art poker offering from one of the most established and regulated operators in the United States is finally here.
“We have taken the 43-year-old World Series of Poker brand and combined it with the Caesars Entertainment portfolio of assets to provide consumers with what we believe will be an unrivaled poker offering to satisfy today’s technologically savvy consumer,” Garber said.
The WSOP.com real-money poker offering will be available to both PC and Mac Users and will offer:
• Cash games, Sit & Go’s, Satellites and Multi-table Tournaments.
• Buy-ins for cash games that start as low as 1¢-2¢ and tournaments that start at $1.10.
• Daily $100 and $25 freerolls for players of all levels.
• Limit and No-Limit Hold’em with full table and short-handed games, plus the popular Omaha variant will be offered, including Omaha Hi-Lo, as well as Seven Card Stud.
• Deposit methods include ACH (e-Checks) and Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards; withdrawal methods include ACH and paper checks.
WSOP.com will leverage Caesars Entertainment’s industry-leading loyalty program – Total Rewards – to direct mail, and database market to more than 44 million members of the program.
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: ScotKrause@GamingToday.com.