WSOP generated some uncommon positive news for the US online poker community this week.
Starting as early as May 1, its clients in Nevada and New Jersey will have the ability to play side by side for the very first time. The three-state agreement also has the 888 Poker sites operating in NJ and Delaware. All three countries will pool liquidity .
It’s a massive step for the US industry, which has been largely ring-fenced since Black Friday. Traffic in the NJ and NV markets will double immediately, and the long-term benefits figure to be significant. WSOP expects to launch its multistate poker client within two weeks, pending final approval from regulators.
The news, of course, generates as many questions as it answers. Will it operate in each state, and what do players need to do to participate?
We have a pretty good bead on things will work for the affected players.
WSOP multistate poker basics
It’d be useful to describe the WSOP platform will be worked on by multistate poker.
Right now, the business has gaming servers located its active states in both. The matches in Nevada run, and the same is true for New Jersey. That has to be changed, though. In order for the games be uniformly approved and to run, they should funnel through precisely the hardware.
NJ regulations, which stipulate that gaming equipment must be physically located inside the boundaries of the state answered the question of where those servers must be. 888 and WSOP will migrate over all gameplay . After May 1, logins to WSOP NV will occur on servers.
New Jersey players will not need to do much besides a software update that is standard. Players in Delaware and Nevadahave a few actions.
Account and cashiering
I play on WSOP NJ or 888 Poker NJ; what do I need to do?
Pretty much nothing. On May 1, WSOP NJ customers will be pushed a standard software update. Once complete, the client will start to fill with gamers from all three countries.
I play on WSOP NV; what do I need to do?
You have a bit more legwork.
Since NJ is now run through by data, all reports must be hosted on these servers. WSOP Nevada gamers will, therefore, need to make a new account on the combined system. Their current account is going to be closed, and loyalty points and all funds, tournament tickets will be migrated to the new account. The migration will be persisted across by gaming limits that are responsible, too.
Typically, players will have the ability to retain their current screen name. More on that below. Hand histories and player notes, however, will not survive the transition.
If I usually play at WSOP NJ but’m traveling to Nevada for the show, what do I need to do?
As outlined above, you need to create a WSOP Nevada account.
888 in Delaware; what do I need to do and I play on ?
You get a similar process if you are a customer of those sites in Delaware. Create a new account and you will need to download a piece of software.
I live in a different state or outside the US; what do I need to do?
There’s another side effect of the transition that is especially related to players. Verification documents are securely stored on the Nevada servers, so they won’t be moved over.
International players who intend to play online this summer will need to create a new account and re-upload their documents.
When can I move my account?
In the coming days (maybe April 23), WSOP will start a pre-transfer process for those wishing to have a head start. Users who take advantage will have their accounts loaded and prepped for launch day. Thereafter, it may take up to 72 hours to complete the transfer.
WSOP is offering a benefit for people who plan ahead, too. Everyone who pre-registers will be entered into a drawing for a $10,000 Main Event seat.
Can I keep my display name?
Typically, yes. Players in DE and NV will need to select screen names that aren’t already on NJ systems in use.
Some players will have reserved their screen name in numerous markets. In those cases, they will be forced to alter one of these.
In the case where more than one person across the networks shares a display name, WSOP will take care of the transition on a case-by-case basis, weighing things like reward and activity/longevity status.
Can I lose my funds or tournament tickets?
No. WSOP will retain and transfer all account info, minus hand history and notes.
Will I receive a new bonus?
Yes. The bonus is a 100 percent match up to $1,000, and a handful of tournament tickets. The offer has been extended to NJ players.
Which website do I log into?
With the gameplay process, not much will change from a functional perspective. Players will continue to log into customers from their current market, so Nevada players will still need to use WSOP NV.
Under the hood, though, all traffic will be routed via the same NJ servers.
Can I use a heads-up screen?
A HUD (heads-up screen) is a graphical tool used by a few poker players to provide on-screen information. It monitors the action to produce a profile of the players.
State regulations differ on HUDs’ approval. While NJ has no stance Nevada, for example, prohibits them. They will not be allowed on the WSOP/888 customers going forward, since they are not available in most jurisdictions.
This change primarily affects NJ players, who’ve been able to use a HUD.
What games will be shared between states?
Regarding cash games, the lobbies will be combined to accommodate players from all three countries. Some games at higher stakes will remain exclusive to WSOP.com, as is now the case.
The majority of the tournaments available in Nevada are also available to players that are east-coast. The exceptions are WSOP-branded events (which aren’t available on 888 platforms) and restricted events where it’s impractical, such as satellites to smaller live tournaments.
Can I play WSOP bracelet events that are online?
Yes, if you are in Nevada or even NJ.
Although 888 provides WSOP software, satellites and bracelet events are exclusive to the WSOP brand. That’s good news for gamers in NJ, who will have the ability to play four bracelet events that are online this summer.
Delaware doesn’t have a WSOP client that is native, so bracelet events won’t be available there.
How many players are there in the tables?
Normally, PokerScout reveals about 250 active players throughout the WSOP/888 network. Currently split into two classes, those players will be pooled into one combined lobby.
The expectation is that the whole will be greater. Action begets action in poker, and networks just start to flourish once they reach a certain threshold of gamers. A hundred is not really a crowd, but a few hundred is enough to draw some interest.
By enticing some fresh ones and activating clients, WSOP/888 expect to understand their network grow in the near future.
What if I play at a Borgata poker website or PokerStars?
There’s currently no avenue for sites active to serve the Nevada marketplace.
PokerStars, the sites under the Borgata network (Borgata, PartyPoker NJ, playMGM) and Pala Poker aren’t currently licensed to operate internet poker rooms in Nevada. So as to provide poker across state 16, they would have to get licenses.
What about MY state?
Only four countries have legalized iPoker so much: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and New Jersey.
Pennsylvania’s law is brand new, so its business hasn’t launched yet. Though, it will join the multistate alliance to make it a four-state pact when it does. That speculation, but there is some evidence to support the concept.
As more states legalize poker, 14, the alliance must continue to expand. And if the multistate system is as successful as expected, it may provide some motivation for states on the fence.
Use our momentum tracker to stay informed about progress in the relevant states.
Who do I contact for assistance?
Customer support is available by email 24 hours a day and telephone:
A comprehensive FAQ is available online, too.
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