As online poker sharing begins, poker players in New Jersey and Nevada have taken part in WSOP online events in record numbers.
The World Series of Poker has been in full swing in Las Vegas over the past two months, with several events having finished up and bracelet winners been named. Attendance has increased this year within several events and online events continue to be on the schedule. Because online poker is offered in Nevada and New Jersey, players have been able to compete online. In the past, players in New Jersey could compete for a seat to a live event, while online players in Nevada could actually take part in bracelet events. Just recently, New Jersey began offering interstate poker, which has allowed players in the state to take part in legit WSOP online events. Because of the interstate gaming, the WSOP has seen record numbers for gaming during the series.
Four Online Bracelet Events
In 2018, the WSOP is offering four online bracelet events. Players from Nevada and New Jersey can take part, with the winner earning the coveted gold WSOP bracelet, along with bragging rights and the first place cash prize.
The first bracelet event just took place and close to 3,000 players took part, setting a new record by way of turnout. Event #10 was a $365 buy-in tournament, offering players in both state the ability to compete. When registration closed, 2,123 players took part. This number was already more than what the event offered last year, and then players reentered the tournament, which brought the total up to 2,972. The prize pool generated was just under the $1 million mark.
The event was won by William Reymond, known as twooopair online. Reymond earned a gold bracelet and this was his first cashout during the WSOP, of over $150,000.
New Jersey Participation
Bill Rini is the head of online poker for WSOP.com, who stated that with this event, 565 players took part in the tournament in New Jersey. It seems the majority of the players taking part from New Jersey were recreational players. In Nevada, you have a mix of recreational players as well as pros.
Its nice to see a solid number of players from New Jersey taking part in the online bracelet event and it lets us know that players are looking to log online from the state and take part in major WSOP events. With three more on the schedule, we should see even more players from the state take part as the online events are hosted by the WSOP.
It seems as online poker continues to expand in the US, the WSOP will only get larger with time. Pennsylvania is expected to launch online poker games in the future and as long as they are open to interstate player pooling, then they will also be able to offer such gaming as well. Players in Pennsylvania should be readily open to taking part in the WSOP as the series of one of the most anticipated in the poker industry and not having to travel means players will be more open to taking part.
It will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks as to how the remaining online WSOP events fare and just how many players decide to compete. We may see each of the three remaining events have a solid record-breaking turnout!