Greg Merson, the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, abruptly left Ivey Poker this summer and was spotted wearing WSOP.com patches during the Main Event. Most speculated that he had been signed by the site but an official announcement was never made.
On Thursday, WSOP.com officially revealed Merson as their first brand ambassador as well as several promotions in connection with their one-year anniversary. Officials also revealed several brand enhancements that players can look forward to in the near future.
Merson to Be the Face of the Brand in New Jersey and Nevada
If you’re going to pick a brand ambassador for WSOP.com, there are few stories more compelling than Merson’s. Perfecting his game online, Merson overcame issues with drug addiction to win two bracelets at the 2012 World Series of Poker, including the Main Event.
WSOP.com Head of Online Poker Bill Rini heralded the signing, stating, “Greg is a terrific ambassador for the game of poker. He loves the game, is passionate and opinionated about its future, and he will help us spread the word about our offerings and ensure the poker playing community has a respected, experienced voice to help shape WSOP.com moving forward.”
Promotions Celebrate One Year Anniversary and Acclimate Merson in New Role
Today marks the official one-year anniversary of WSOP.com’s launch in Nevada. The site is celebrating with some huge promotions available to all players.
The first is the Anniversary Tournament Series. Running from Sept. 19 through the 27th, WSOP.com will run a series of tournaments with total guarantees of $70,000. The “Super Sunday” event on September 21 will feature a $25,000 guarantee.
Players wanting to rack up some Action Player Points (APP’s) can take advantage of WSOP.com’s Double Me Up promotion. Through the 27th, players can earn double APP’s on all ring games and tournament fees paid.
Finally, players can take advantage of WSOP.com’s Tournament Ticket Sale. Starting at 9:19 am on Sept. 19 and continuing to 9:19 am on Sept. 20, players can purchase tournament tickets at 50% of the normal tournament fees. These tickets will be valid for up to a year.
Improvements Will Help Improve Player Experience
Officials also revealed some recent and upcoming site improvements that will help improve the overall experience for players. These improvements include a new verification process, live withdrawal and deposit options, and a general time frame on the arrival of mobile gaming. The enhancements are as follows:
Wi-Fi Geolocation – Instead of using a mobile device, players can now use Wi-Fi to verify their location with WSOP.com. This move was made to help eliminate many of the verification issues experienced under mobile verification. In order to participate, players must upgrade their WSOP.com client and keep Wi-Fi always on.
In-Person Withdrawals and Deposits – In addition to standard deposit and withdrawal options, players can now do both at the main cage of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Players can begin the transaction at nvcage.wsop.com and complete the transaction at the Rio.
Mobile Options Coming – Players will be able to play at WSOP.com from their iOS and Android devices later this year. They will be able to do everything they can with the standard PC client once their account is linked to their mobile device.
Expanding Payment Options – This one was a bit vague, but officials revealed that “positive discussions with major credit card issuers and banks” have occurred and expanded payment options will be available in the future. An exact time frame was not stated.
WSOP.com is the top online poker site in Nevada and #2 in New Jersey. During the 2014 World Series of Poker, they rose to the #1 spot nationwide. Since its launch, over 100,000 accounts have been created and $363.28 million wagered.