New Online Poker Site Licensed in US to Launch ThursdayWednesday, September 18th, 2013 by Ryan
We all know about the release of UltimatePoker.com as the first online poker room in the United States to be licensed here, and it drew in a good number of players from Nevada, but it seems that they are no longer alone as the only poker room out there. We knew it wouldn’t take long for the poker rooms to start coming as online poker slowly begins to get regulated here in the United States, but we still have a good ways to go. Obviously these are new poker sites that are getting released, and they aren’t going to be allowing PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker back in the United States just yet, but we are making strides with the new releases. The most recent online poker room that was created is set for its release now though.
This will leave us with two licensed online poker sites in the United States, and the most recent is one that we’ve been anticipating in WSOP.com. The launch date will be on this Thursday, September 19th, at exactly 9:19AM. When the release happens, it’s just another sign of online poker growing back in the United States, and a sign that we are getting closer for all of those poker players who want to be able to continue to play the game they love online.
As far as the launch goes, it was announced on Monday during a conference call that was set up between the members of the media. Caesars personnel actually came out and broke down WSOP.com, and this includes many different parts of the site, but mainly the actual software itself. They also broke down the launch and what it is going to consistent of, and the call was really just a straight to the point deal that featured them letting the media know what the game plan was, and how things were going to go. We not only got the news from the conference call, but also from a press release that came out at the WSOP.com website.
The first bit of news that came out is that the stakes are going to start out as low as $0.01/$0.02 for cash games, and as little as $1.10 for tournaments, and we are going to see a range of games that includes Hold’em, Omaha, and Stud games, and these are also going to include hi/lo variants depending on the game. One other key thing that the World Series of Poker’s new site is going to offer will be satellites that can get players into the WSOP Europe events, and these are going to be available right out of the gate. You can only assume that there are also going to be satellites for the WSOP next year as well.
For players who are looking to get in on the action through freerolls, there are going to be both $100 and $25 freerolls that run daily for any player on the site. There will also be a VIP Rewards Program that is called Action Club, and this is going to be tied into the Total Rewards program that Caesars currently runs. In terms of sizes of tables you can play both full table and short table games in Limit and No Limit Hold’em, and you can also play Omaha or Omaha Hi/Lo, with Seven Card Stud. In total there were 12,000 players who registered for WSOP.com during the 2013 World Series of Poker, but a good number of those were outside of the state of Nevada.
In terms of getting money on and off of the new online poker site, you can deposit funds into your account with a credit or debit card, or choose to use an e-check if you want to. For withdrawing funds from the site you can either get an e-check or paper checks sent directly to you.
The launch of this new online poker site is bound to be a big one, but I’m most interested in seeing how it competes with UltimatePoker.com. UltimatePoker got the draw from being the first site to be out there, but WSOP.com definitely has the name so they should garnish a whole lot of interest from players. I think that this site could end up being a go-to option for players in Nevada, and even further as it expands and other states continue to regulate the game. We’ll wait and see, but I’m excited to see how WSOP.com does things with their original launch this Thursday.