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The World Series of Poker will host its 46th annual festival of poker for seven weeks beginning on May 27, and player traffic at WSOP.com in Nevada will likely skyrocket as a result.

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While the live tournaments taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be teeming with players during 68 scheduled events, the online action will also be booming. PokerScout pointed out that last year’s WSOP caused cash game traffic at WSOP.com to rise 24% during the first week of the series and that increase held quite steady throughout the bulk of June.

When the Main Event rolled around in July of 2014, ring game traffic spiked even higher. It has led PokerScout to predict that WSOP.com will see as much as 50% more traffic in July this year than the site now enjoys. Currently, WSOP.com in NV averages 170 cash game players and reaches peaks of 316.

UP No Longer in the Game

Last year at this time, Ultimate Poker was still operating in Nevada, duking it out for market share with WSOP.com. The brand name recognition of WSOP proved too formidable an opponent for UP, causing the site to exit the market in November while citing the difficulty of operating under an intrastate format and against its powerful rival.

UP has since become a mere footnote in the history of regulated online poker in the U.S. Its status as the first site to legally launch on April 30, 2013 now a distant memory.

Real Gaming remains operational in the Silver State and was also accepting wagers at this time last year. But player traffic continues to be a non-factor in terms of market share in Nevada.

Delaware Do-Si-Do

Another comparison we can look at between 2014 and now is that last year the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement between Nevada and Delaware had been signed and sealed – but not yet delivered. It has since been put into play when the two states launched their shared liquidity scheme on March 24, 2015.

This year, players within Delaware will be joining in the fun with the pros and amateurs who arrive in Las Vegas and log on at WSOP.com. The result is more players, more games, more fun, and the potential for more winnings.

We may see a spike in traffic from Delaware players too, as the curiosity seekers in The First State may come out in full force to be part of the increased action.

Welcome Bonus Boosted to $1K

WSOP.com players in Nevada will be pleased to know that the site has increased its first time deposit bonus to 100% up to $1,000 for the duration of the WSOP from May 27 to July 14. That trumps the previous bonus amount of $400. That bonus boost is added incentive for those attending the WSOP to log on and play online.

Click here to get in on the special bonus offered for the duration of the 2015 World Series of Poker.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.

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