The World Series of Poker and Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced that WSOP.com will launch a real-money online poker room in Nevada this Thursday.
WSOP.com will become the second online poker site offering real-money play in Nevada, joining Ultimate Poker. The launch officially takes place at 9:19 am Pacific time on September 19.
The poker room will be available to both residents of Nevada and visitors to the state who are at least 21 years of age. The software will be available to both PC and Mac users. The site will offer cash games, sit and go tournaments and multi-table tournaments, with stakes as low as $.01-$.02 for cash games and $1.10 for tournaments. No-limit and limit hold'em will be available to players, as well as Omaha, Omaha hi-lo and seven-card stud. Players may deposit using credit cards and debit cards.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO Mitch Garber had this to say about the announcement in a press release:
"This is a historic moment for our company. 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."
WSOP.com will launch under what is called the "Field Trial stage of development," during which Nevada will closely monitor WSOP.com's operations. The public may play during this period, which has no set time frame.
Part of the attraction of the WSOP brand will be its satellite offerings to the World Series of Poker, including chances to win entry into the $10,000 main event in Las Vegas, and the WSOP Europe main event in France slated for next month.
WSOP.com will also be giving away $500,000 in added prize pools via its "Online Nine" promotion, the WSOP.com Online Championships. The winners of the nine tournaments being held as part of that online tournament series will participate in a live tournament to coincide with WSOP's land-based Main Event finale, the November Nine, at the Rio in Las Vegas on November 4-5.
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