The site, which as with the UK Caesars/WSOP offerings, will be powered by the 888 Holdings software platform. 888 has entered partnerships with several major American casino companies, and has become well positioned to be a dominant force in the future US online-poker market... quite a turnaround for a company once known as the worst spammers in all of online gaming.
As for WSOP.com, it will indeed be the sole online home for US-based qualifiers to the live World Series of Poker, and will be kicking things off modestly in its first week, with promotions including $700 in Welcome Week Freerolls for early registrants, $1,000 and $2,500 nightly guaranteed tournaments, and a special Sunday tournament each week, beginning September 29 and guaranteeing $15,000 in payouts.
The launch makes WSOP.com the second real-money player in the regulated Nevada market, joining Ultimate Poker, which has had a nearly four-and-a-half-month monopoly since its live launch in early May. Other sites rumored to be early players continue the testing phase and wait for state approval, including South Point and Golden Nugget.
At launch, the new WSOP.com site will offer the following:
- Cash games, sit-'n'-go’s, satellites and multi-table tournaments;
- Buy-ins for cash games that start as low as 1¢-2¢ and tournaments that start at $1.10;
- Daily $100 and $25 freerolls for players of all levels;
- Limit and No-Limit Hold’em with full table and short-handed games, plus the popular Omaha variant will be offered, including Omaha Hi-Lo, as well as Seven Card Stud;
- Deposit methods including ACH (e-Checks), Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards and withdrawal methods including ACH and paper checks.
WSOP.com will also incorporate a live version of Caesars' worldwide Total Rewards loyalty program, called the Action Club, with online players building a stash of "WSOP Points" as they play, which will likely be spendable on various rewards.