WSOP.com now boasts 2/3 of cash player traffic in Nevada following a 12% rise in action last week.
As of this writing, WSOP’s seven-day average of 100 players on ring game tables is twice that of the 50 players found on Ultimate Poker. A third regulated site, Real Gaming, has not yet commenced with a real-money hard launch, remaining instead in soft launch mode since February.
The first to market advantage that Ultimate Poker enjoyed for almost five months after launching on April 30, 2013 has long since disappeared and WSOP will likely grab an even larger share of the market when the 45th annual World Series of Poker rolls into town on May 27. A total of 65 events are on the docket that will keep poker players from throughout the world in Las Vegas through July 7.
Those players will more than likely prefer WSOP.com to Ultimate Poker, considering that they are in town for the WSOP and advertisements throughout the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino will steer them to the site. For players who do need more poker action outside of live tournaments, WSOP.com will certainly oblige.
WSOP.com’s Head of Online Poker, Bill Rini, recently told pocketfives that “at least one qualifier” will be running daily to win an entry to a live event scheduled for the following day. Coupled with the fact that many players will likely opt to grind cash games online as well, the site is likely to see quite a boost in traffic.
Players competing in live events will be able to double their pleasure and play online simultaneously. For those players who fail to make a deep run in a live tourney but still want to play online while in the casino, a special area has been set aside in the Pavilion Room for that purpose.
Also on tap for Nevada is the combining of player pools with Delaware, the first such partnership in U.S. online poker history. While hopeful estimates pegged a target launch date for this summer, Rini indicated that obstacles remain in the way that may keep the alliance from taking place relatively soon. “There are a lot of technical issues that haven’t been worked out,” he said.
In any event, this will be the first WSOP in which players who don’t reside in Nevada will be able to try regulated online poker. And WSOP.com is expected to benefit considerably.