The World Series of Poker is set to launch real-money, regulated online poker in the state of Nevada at WSOP.com on Thursday, September 19th at 9:19 a.m. PST.
Nevada residents and the flood of almost 40 million annual visitors will be able to play at WSOP.com as long as they are at least 21 years of age and have been scrutinized for age-verification through the responsible gaming screening process at WSOP.com.
“This is a historic moment for our company,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment 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. We will bridge land-based and online gaming in ways that have never been seen before.”
The CIE and the Nevada regulatory authorities will monitor WSOP.com's entire operation during a Field Trial stage of development launched by the WSOP.com. Look for satellite offerings into land-based WSOP events that include the $10,000 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino be included in the Field Trial stage. Players can jump on a chance to win their way to the WSOP Europe (WSOPE) — a €10,000 WSOPE Main Event seat and $3,000 in spending money — in Paris, France, with the WSOP.com's offer.
“This opens up a whole new category for the WSOP brand, enabling us to connect with consumers year-round and reach them where they are most today – on digital devices,” said WSOP.com’s General Manager of Online Poker Geoffrey Stewart. “We have high standards, we know our players do as well, and we believe everyone will be impressed with WSOP.com once they get the chance to play and experience its exceptional benefits and rewards.”
Both PC and Mac users can take advantage of the WSOP.com's real-money offer:
- Cash games, sit-and-gos, 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 including ACH (e-Checks), Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards and withdrawal methods including ACH and paper checks.
In 2009 the WSOP and 888 Holdings, (powers Nevada's WSOP.com poker client), partnered up to bring the WSOP's first real-money online poker website to the United Kingdom's regulated market. Look for promotions for the WSOP.com to be aired at the following:
- Television spots in major sports programming and on shows like Breaking Bad and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
- Branded room keys and poker rooms in Caesars' Nevada-owned properties.
- Sponsorships of the Las Vegas Wranglers & Las Vegas 51s and ad-support in the UNLV Rebels basketball telecasts.
- Leverage Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards to direct mail and database market to more than 44 million members of the program.
The Action Club is WSOP.com's loyalty program. Online poker players will be rewarded with loyalty points (WSOP Points) for tournaments and hands played. The WSOP.com's press release states, "The Action Club Rewards currency can be redeemed for cash to buy into online ring games or tournaments or they can be converted into Total Rewards credits to use for discounted room nights, dining credit, show tickets, merchandise or even WSOP tournament buy-ins across all Caesars-owned properties. Additionally, given the close ties with Total Rewards, Action Club members will have the ability to earn casino status in the Total Rewards program based on their online play."
“As a long-standing World Series of Poker employee it is gratifying to see this day upon us,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Our players have played an important part in the success of the World Series of Poker the past decade, and we will work very hard to cultivate a strong poker community and positively represent the game of poker in the online world as we have in the land-based environment.”
The WSOP.com Online Championships is a series of nine tournaments with $500,000 in added money — look for it in October — where nine different winners from those events will get the chance to play in the first-ever “Online Nine!" The Online Nine will compete at the same time as the November Nine on November 4th-5th, 2013.