WSOP is of course the acronym for the World Series of Poker, one of poker’s most recognizable and respected brands, and a Caesars Entertainment holding since 2004.
The WSOP.com online poker site in New Jersey is licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, where it is allowed to offer online poker games to New Jersey players.
You can visit WSOP.com New Jersey at WSOP.com.
Review last updated March 2nd, 2014.
What was once a virtual monopoly is now a nearly tight race for supremacy, largely thanks to WSOP’s mostly stable software, somewhat varied tournament schedule and exemplary customer service team.
Which proves just enough to make up for its glaring lack of worthwhile promotions, at least for now.
While there’s nothing truly overwhelming about WSOP’s traffic numbers, they’re high enough that players looking for a game shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one. MTTs run virtually around the clock, as do cash games.
Sit and Goes are a bit of a mixed bag. During the Sit & Go leaderboard promo they were getting off at a fairly regular clip, but since then, volume has taken a very noticeable hit.
Which raises the question, “Why not make leaderboards a staple of the site, instead of just a promo?” There’s this rumor going around that poker players revel in competition, you know. And leaderboards are just the type of thing to keep them coming back.
Here’s a snapshot look at how the peak weekday numbers break down:
Turnouts for Sunday Majors are generally solid. The site’s largest weekly tournament, the $25,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee, draws an average of 150 players, each of whom antes up $200 + $15 for their shot at what usually amounts to 8 or 9k.
The $10,000 Weekly Sunday also has little trouble meeting its guarantee, typically drawing 140 players at $109 a clip.
In terms of tournament diversity, WSOP edges Party / Borgata out. PLO R&As, WSOP Main Event qualifiers, invitational freerolls and turbo micro stakes tournaments run on a consistent basis.
Better yet, WSOP.com $10k Nightly features a paltry $27.50 buy-in. While it is a re-buy tournament, the $10k allows players on a budget to take a cheap shot at a decent payday.
Like on PartyPoker, mid-stakes tournaments (~$50) occur less frequently than I turn a flush. The shortage of tournaments featuring buy-ins between $27.50 and $109 is downright alarming.
WSOP.com tends to be where the “regs” hang out.
Overall, play on the site is noticeably balanced. Yes, there are still plenty of bad players, but they’re almost entirely offset by the number of guys who memorize push-fold charts for fun.
Overlays are rare and becoming rarer, and the sudden lack of leaderboards further decreases player value.
The only points WSOP wins in this category are for its slightly lower rake, compared to PartyPoker, and a select few of its otherwise mediocre promotions.
Last month, WSOP rolled out its vaulted leaderboard promos, hosted two $250,000 freerolls and offered bonuses for short-handed play.
This month we get $215 satellites into the Main Event, a rather weak Game of the Day promo and a few measly freerolls. The internet acronym “WTF” comes to mind.
Alright, so there was the $400 Reload Bonus promo, but it was so short that anyone who doesn’t regularly play on the site probably didn’t notice it.
Hopefully March’s promos more closely resemble January’s. Otherwise, expect WSOP’s numbers to start dwindling.
WSOP has yet to change its much maligned server disconnect policies, which you can read more about here.
Thankfully, they’re not as big an issue as they once were, largely because server disconnects and geolocation hiccups are noticeably down.
Regarding the user interface, WSOP is the Buick to PartyPoker’s cheap sports car. One is nice to look at but sputters out once you hit third gear, while the other won’t win you any new fans, but is traditional and largely reliable.
In other words, there’s nothing special about WSOP’s site, and for the most part, that’s just fine. Why? Because navigating the site continues to be an intuitive process, especially for those who have played on other online poker sites before.
Where WSOP.com is really beginning to shine is in the customer service department. No, that doesn’t mean every one of its representatives would win a congeniality award. And no, player complaints aren’t always addressed right away.
But at least they’re addressed eventually, which is more than I can sometimes say about PartyPoker.
Then there is Head of Online Poker at WSOP Bill Rini.
Mr. Rini is a quintessential example of a what all other site reps should strive to be. Knowledgeable of the game, insightful and unafraid to tell it like it is, Bill is an active participant on WSOP’s Two Plus Two forums, and has no problems providing his opinion on tricky topics.
Case in point: Bill recently engaged in an intelligent back and forth discussion with 2+2 veteran and WSOP.com reg “Gags30″ regarding the possibility of allowing players to sit at more than six cash-game tables.
Bill has also been quick to respond to my direct messages on Twitter, doing whatever is in his power to rectify technical issues.
A few weeks ago, I was nearly convinced that WSOP would eventually become the market leader in NJ’s iGaming industry. But due to the sudden dearth of attractive promotions, WSOP may have trouble gaining any further ground on Party.
Still, there’s something to be said about a site that scoffs at gimmicky promotions yet still manages to do draw NJ’s elite poker players.
Outside of a few nifty features like quick seating and a beginning players tab, there’s absolutely nothing special about WSOP’s software. A relic of a time long-past, WSOP.com is the Ford to PartyPoker’s Ferrari. Yet, thanks to its varied tournament schedule, solid player base and slew of promotional events, WSOP has solidified its place as New Jersey’s second most popular poker site.
Now if only it could rectify its software issues.
On more than one occasion, I was seated at a full-ring cash table when suddenly half the table would spontaneously disconnect. Clearly this is a main server issue and not a mere coincidence.
Compounding matters, to date WSOP has exhibited complete incompetence when dealing with these matters. Consider the following two scenarios:
1) Player A is participating in a NLHE cash-game. He gets involved in a huge hand when the geo-comply software detects he’s no longer within the state of New Jersey – which is odd considering he’s connected to an immobile landline. He is disconnected immediately, forgoing any potential earnings from winning the hand.
2) Player B is chip leader on the bubble of the $10,000 Nightly Guarantee. A scheduled server switch causes the site to disconnect for several hours. The next day, the player finds he was refunded his initial buy-in, and nothing more.
Unfortunately, both of these scenarios have occurred in reality. Granted, server issues are a part of any new online poker roll-out – that’s understandable. What’s unforgivable is that players are suffering monetary losses at no fault of their own. This is where I take issue with WSOP’s server outage policy, which can be found here.
While WSOP has quite a bit of work to do before it gets my wholehearted recommendation, it must be commended for its tournament schedule and forthcoming promotions.
The site’s nightly $27.5 R&A $10,000 Nightly Guarantee is WSOP’s answer to a mid-stakes tournament, and it works. The only downside is that the tournament almost always covers its guarantee, not that that’s any fault of WSOP.com. It’s more a testament to its popularity.
And unlike PartyPoker, WSOP features a plethora of $11 to $22 tournaments, some of which guarantee $5,000. Better yet, WSOP will never cancel a tournament because it projects that too few players will sign up.
No, the last thing WSOP.com does is shy away from giving out free money, evident by its upcoming $250,000 invitational freeroll.
It’s also the first site to implement a Sit & Go leaderboard, although this was likely done to influence SNG traffic, which at the moment is next to nonexistent. Cash game leaderboards are also set to go into effect, beginning on January 5.
WSOP.com loses points for its significant software issues and pedestrian interface. Its software also seems to be missing several essential features, such as an efficient means of tracking one’s VIP status.
With that said, WSOP.com bolsters a far more comprehensive tournament schedule than any site I’ve seen. And its newly-minted leaderboards, extraordinary promotion schedule and reload bonuses only add to its appeal.
Not to mention, WSOP features a lower rake than NJ.PartyPoker.com, which in the long-run might be the determining factor over who reigns supreme in NJ’s iGaming landscape.
WSOP.com New Jersey is powered by 888 Holding’s proprietary software Dragonfish.
888’s poker software has been around for over a decade and offers many of the features available at other online poker sites, plus a few features that are only found at 888 online poker rooms.
This is the same software that is powering us.888Poker.com in New Jersey, as well as 888 Poker’s international network, and the WSOP.com software in Nevada.
Here are the different options available to New Jersey online poker players to play on WSOP.com:
The Caesars Entertainment and 888 Holdings partnership has also created a second online poker room in New Jersey, us.888Poker.com, but at this time the two sites are not sharing a network.
WSOP.com is operating as an independent online poker room in NJ, while 888Poker launched on the All American Poker Network, and at this time there are no plans to combine the sites into a single network.
WSOP.com NJ launched with a strong selection of poker games at a variety of different stakes. Tournaments (multi-table and sit & go) as well as cash games (six-handed and nine-handed tables) are available around the clock, with WSOP.com unsurprisingly placing a heavy emphasis on No Limit Holdem games.
Stakes at the site range from $.01/$.02 to $5/$10 for cash games with tournament buy-ins starting at just $1.
In addition to No Limit Holdem tables, several other poker games are available at WSOP.com New Jersey. Here is the complete list of poker variants offered at the site:
What you get
While it has a high cap of $400, the WSOP.com first-time deposit bonus in New Jersey clears at a pretty slow rate –one of the slowest of any New Jersey online poker site at present. You’ll need to earn 100 Action Player Points (more on these below) for every $10 of bonus money, which works out to 20% cashback.
Furthermore, you only have 60 days to clear your bonus money, after which the remainder of your bonus money will disappear forever. You will still retain the portion you have already cleared, though.
In order to clear the maximum bonus of $400, you would need to rake $2,000 at the site, not an impossible amount, but perhaps out of the reach of some low-limit players.
Fortunately, you will also accrue WSOP Points (more on these below as well) and would be on pace for the Platinum level in the WSOP VIP Reward Program, adding another 8%-12% cashback from the WSOP.com VIP Rewards program, which I’ll now explain.
What you get
WSOP.com uses a very straightforward VIP Rewards Program known as “Action Club.”
Action Club uses Action Player Points to determine a player’s level within the program. There are four monthly levels and two yearly levels – players can reach and WSOP Points are awarded based on your level in the program. WSOP Points are what you redeem for cash and prizes.
For each $1 in raked a player contributes to the pot he will receive two Action Player Points (APP’s), regardless of level in the Action Club Rewards Program. WSOP Points are also awarded based on rake contribution, but a player will also gain a multiplier based on Action Club level.
WSOP Points can be redeemed at any time, and possess a value of $.01, or $1 for every 100 WSOP Points you earn. Based on the requirements, the WSOP.com Action Club offers players anywhere from 8% to 30% cashback.
For more information on Action Club or to see the current promotions offered at WSOP.com in New Jersey click here.
Players at WSOP.com must be 21 years of age, registered users at the site, and be physically located within New Jersey when they log on and play.
Only players in New Jersey are allowed to participate in WSOP.com NJ’s online poker games. Players in Nevada will have to register at the WSOP.com Nevada website, and players elsewhere in the world can join the WSOP.com website on the global 888 Poker Network.
While it’s powered by the same software and is operated by 888 and Caesars Entertainment, the two sites are for all intents and purposes separate entities. Your WSOP.com login details will not work on US.888Poker.com, and the two sites do not share player pools.
You should be able to register an account from anywhere in the world, but you will not be able to verify your account or play for real money unless you are inside New Jersey.
Players outside of New Jersey are capable of participating in play-money games on the site and banking options are supposed to be available as well.
Get started playing online poker in New Jersey at the WSOP.com website.