May 1st marks the beginning of interstate online poker gaming between New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware, with WSOP.com already offering pre-registration for their new network.
Feeling good about the testing phase of their new interstate online poker network, WSOP has announced that players can go ahead and register for new accounts when located in Delaware, New Jersey or Nevada. The software is currently being reviewed by regulators in each state ahead of the May 1st launch for shared player pooling.
Shared Poker Player Liquidity
For some time now, Nevada and Delaware have shared player pools in the hopes of generating more traffic for their online poker networks. Unfortunately, the two states have very small populations and have been unable to generate a good stream of traffic for online poker play. It was announced recently that New Jersey will be joining in with the new network ready for action on May 1st.
WSOP.com and 888 Poker, as they work together, have already provided a new software platform for regulators to review so that they can offer gaming to players in each state. Basically, with the shared player pools, there will be no geolocation compliance needed as it normally is for the individual states. Players in New Jersey will be able to log on to the WSOP site and have access to poker tournaments and cash games, playing alongside players from Nevada and Delaware.
New Jersey has struggled in the online poker realm as well, so they are hoping to be able to generate more traffic by opening up their services with shared player pooling. This will be a big deal in New Jersey for players, as poker fans will now have access to WSOP gaming options that will include having the ability to win seats to World Series of Poker events in Nevada this summer plus taking part in the online bracelet events on the schedule.
In a press release on the subject, Bill Rini, the Head of Online Poker for WSOP.com, stated:
New Rewards Program
Once the new network is live, WSOP has plans to introduce a new loyalty program. Titled Poker Rewards, the new program will offer players rake back opportunities, with 32% for the highest level. The program starts with the Player monthly level which requires 0 to 199 APPs and has a 0% rake back. Next, is the Bronze level, also a monthly option, with a 200 to 749 APP requirement, offering an 8% rake back.
The Silver level is the next option, a monthly level with 20% rake back and a requirement of 750 to 1,499 points. The Elite level is the next step up, providing 25% rake back with 1,500 to 19,999 APPS required. The top level of the program is known as the Champions Club and this is a yearly level. Players will need to earn 20,000 APPs a year to be able to receive a 32% rake back.
All of these changes are part of the revamping of the WSOP as they prepare for the new interstate gaming options. It will certainly be interesting to see if the changes help each state see larger online poker revenues earned and a spike in online gaming traffic.