After Ultimate Gaming launched the first legal online real money poker service in the US state of Nevada back in April, several companies outlined their desires to follow in its footsteps and launch services of their own.
One of those companies was Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), which stated its aims to launch a WSOP-branded service in Nevada over the northern summer. It was originally thought that the service could have been used immediately after the WSOP in July, but that did not occur. Summer finished two weeks ago, but there was so sign of any WSOP online poker service launch when the season ended or any time since then.
That is, until now.
CIE, which owns the WSOP brand, recently released a statement stating that it will announce the official launch date of the long awaited service on Monday. The date is set to be announced as part of a conference call hosted by the company, which will feature at least seven of CIE’s premier figures in the creation and impending launch of the service.
One of those figures will be Seth Palansky, the company’s Vice President of Corporate Communications. Palansky said that the finishing touches were currently being put on the WSOP online real money service and that Caesars is looking forward to launching the highly-touted product.
“We are excited to share news with the poker community next week. We are still pregnant and can’t wait soon give birth to WSOP.com real money online poker,” he said.
Along with providing the official launch date, the conference call is also set to outline the company’s overview of the online poker service as well as its plans for the marketplace. It will be a major move for the WSOP brand, which has been the largest and most famous poker brand for over four decades.
The launch date will be between Monday and October 25, as the latter date will herald the first day of WSOP.com’s Online Championship, which is set to run from then until November 5.
When launched, WSOP’s real money service will likely be the only online poker rival to Ultimate Poker, which has existed without any competition since late April. That will certainly boost competition in Nevada’s young online poker market, with both companies being confined by the stipulation that only players within the state’s borders are allowed to access their real money poker services.
Both Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com are also likely to face increased competition in the near future as other companies have also highlighted their interest in launching similar services in Nevada.
As always, PokerUpdate will keep you updated on the official launch date and other important WSOP.com related news on Monday.