WSOP.com New Jersey – Review and Fact Sheet

New Jersey site for WSOP.com

The WSOP.com online poker room is one of several online gambling portals operated by Caesars Entertainment in conjunction with their iGaming partner 888 Holdings in New Jersey.

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.

WSOP.com NJ: Player Review

WSOP is arguably New Jersey’s most heavily traversed standalone site, and second largest network. It’s also, in my opinion, the best place to play online poker in New Jersey.

Traffic: WSOP volume wanes, but at a more modest rate

Compared to other NJ-housed sites, traffic on WSOP has fallen at a moderately slower pace (20 percent since March 5th) than market averages.

As of April 16th, 7-day cash-game volume averages are hovering around 125 and trending ever so slightly downward.

During peak hours, it’s rare to find more than 50 concurrent cash-games running on WSOP. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of only 60 percent of the games running on Party at equivalent times.

Yet in the overall cash-game traffic department, WSOP only trails Party NJ by approximately 20 percent. So why the discrepancy?

A quick scouring of WSOP’s player policy page answered my question. WSOP invokes a six table cash-game maximum, which was likely implemented to combat bumhunting. This would explain why the tables-per-player ratio is lower on WSOP than Party NJ.

The 6-max rule does not apply to tournaments.

Cash-game stakes run the gamut from $.01 / $.02 to $2 / $4 and occasionally higher. At least 80 percent of cash-game outcomes are decided over a NLHE table.

Due to the current lack of a Sit & Go promo, SNG volume has fallen dramatically, with usually no more than 15 low-stakes games running at one time. Why WSOP refused to make the SNG Leaderboards a permanent fixture of the site is light years beyond me.

My main grievance with the site’s MTT schedule is that it heavily favors re-buy and add-on structures over more traditional forays. It’s better than it was, and the inclusion of a few mid-stakes tournaments is a nice touch, but the daily MTT listing is still too skewed towards multiple bullet tournaments for my taste.

WSOP MTTs generally hit their guarantees, but rarely exceed them by more than 10 or 20 percent.

Although traffic is slumping overall, I’m of the mind that if there’s a room that can flip the switch without resorting to drastic, fiscally irresponsible methods, it’s WSOP.

Traffic: B- (B)

Value/promotions: WSOP goes from worst to first

Last time around, I condemned WSOP for its utter lack of enticing promos. Regardless of whether or not my scalding review had any impact on decision making, things over at WSOP have improved.

First and foremost, WSOP now offers the single best match bonus in the Garden State. The only caveat is that players must use the e-wallet Neteller as their payment processor of choice – a small price to pay for a $1,000 match bonus and $20 in free cash.

WSOP has also done an admirable job of capitalizing on its allegiance with Caesars’ land-based casinos, evidenced by its WSOPC Championship Freerolls.

And as expected, the site has rolled out its WSOP promos, which grant top finishers entry into various live WSOP events. Less expected were the four vehicles in which players can qualify for such events. Bravo.

As mentioned previously overlays are not common on WSOP, and cash-game rake tends towards the high side. Thus, the value to be had on the site is not quite as high as it could be.

However, WSOP does offer its most dedicated players the opportunity to receive 30 percent rakeback via its VIP rewards scheme – the Action Club. Thanks to the Club’s multi-tiered structure, even casuals shouldn’t have much trouble reaching Gold status, which rewards 10 percent rakeback.

That’s better than the going rate on Party / Borgata.

Grade: B (C-)

Software: WSOP performs well on PCs, Mac/mobile players experience issues

WSOP now allows players dropped from the server due to geolocation errors the opportunity to finish their current hand. Kudos for that.

Otherwise, navigating WSOP remains a fairly intuitive process, at least by poker player standards. Nothing about the layout or aesthetics of the site stand out, but the software performs admirably under most conditions.

I say “most” because Mac and mobile users are experiencing their fair share of disconnects, most of them due to flaws in the site’s geo-targeting software.

Mac users in particular are being bounced from the site at seemingly regular intervals. The issue became so prevalent that it warranted a thread on WSOP’s dedicated Two Plus Two page.

I myself experienced a plethora of location verification hiccups during my time playing on WSOP’s otherwise brilliant Android app. More on that here.

Should WSOP eradicate its player targeting quagmires, I would avidly recommend playing on its site. As is, players not using a PC – preferably a hard-wired one – to do their check-raising best beware.

Grade: B- (B)

Customer service: Continues to make the grade

Customer service complaints on WSOP’s forum are few and far between, largely due to the efforts of WSOP’s Head of Online Poker Bill Rini.

Compared to other site reps, Mr. Rini comes across as kind, informative and thoughtful. He’s also quick to alert the public to new features and/or software updates.

As for the customer service team itself, they are aptly equipped to handle common problems. More complex issues tend to be brushed aside, but at least the team hides its ineptitude behind the guise of helpfulness.

Grade: A- (B+)

Overall: WSOP thrives

WSOP is probably one major software patch away from vying for NJ’s top spot. Their current promos are excellent, Bill Rini is the man, and their tournament scheduling, while slightly R + A heavy, is more than serviceable.

I’d like to see more in the way of big tournament series and for the site to continue to capitalize on its branding, but those are small issues. Conversely, the near inability to play on Macs and mobile devices are glaring problems that must be addressed.

But I have faith that they will. Let’s just hope NJ’s other iGaming operators follow suit.

Grade: B+ (B)

Read Robert's March review of WSOP.com NJ

Review from 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.

Traffic: WSOP holds firm in second

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:

  • WSOP.com does not display the number of players currently online, but I estimate that it’s somewhere in the 800 – 1000 range, which is more than BorgataPoker.com and nj.partypoker.com pull in individually.
  • Expect to see anywhere between 40 – 50 6-max and 10 -15 9-max NLHE games running concurrently.
  • Stakes run the gamut from $0.05 / $0.10 through $5 / $10. Notably, several threads in the WSOP.com Two Plus Two Forum request that the site spread higher limit games. Here’s one.
  • PLO games tend to run from early afternoon to the late evening, topping off at around 10 concurrent games. 7-Stud rarely gets off.
  • After peaking at 218 on January 26th, 7-day cash game traffic numbers are currently at 170 and trending slightly downward.
  • Nightly tournament tend to draw between 50 and 250 runners, on par with Party.
  • Upwards of 15 simultaneous SNGs will run during peak hours. Buy-ins range from $1.10 to $33 and occasionally higher.  WSOP offers a far more diversified menu of SNGs than Party / Borgata.

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.

Value: A surplus of regulars create low value

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.

Promotions: February’s promos are lacking compared to January’s

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.

Service and software: Good and great

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.

Consensus

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.

Read Robert's January review of WSOP.com NJ

Review last updated January 6th, 2014.

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.

Disconnects hinder player experience

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.

Varied tournament schedule, promotions attract grinders

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.

The Bottom Line

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.

Overview of WSOP.com in New Jersey

WSOP.com New Jersey software

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:

  • Downloadable client: To have access to all of the features available at WSOP.com you’ll need to download the full client, which is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • Mobile: Caesars Entertainment has released an iOS app for WSOP.com that is available for both iPhone and iPad and can be found in the iTunes store. There’s also an Android app for real-money play.

WSOP.com network partners

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.

Games available

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:

  • No Limit Holdem
  • Limit Holdem
  • Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)
  • Omaha 8 or better
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Seven Card Stud 8 or better

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WSOP NJ Bonuses & Promotions

Deposit Bonus

What you get

  • WSOP.com offers a 100% up to $400 Deposit Bonus. This means WSOP.com will match your first deposit up to a maximum of $400.
  • WSOP.com’s opening bonus in New Jersey is equivalent to a 20% cashback/rakeback deal.
  • The WSOP.com deposit bonus expires 60 days after your first deposit.
  • Bonus Money is released in $10 increments.

The lowdown

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.

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VIP Rewards Program

What you get

  • The estimated Value of the WSOP.com VIP scheme is between 8% and 30% cashback/rakeback.
  • Players can convert their points into cash at WSOP.com.

The lowdown

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.

Monthly Tiers:

  • Silver (4x WSOP Point multiplier) – 200 APP’s
  • Gold (5x WSOP Point multiplier) – 400 APP’s
  • Platinum (6x WSOP Point multiplier) – 1,200 APP’s
  • Diamond (7.5x WSOP Point multiplier) – 3,500 APP’s

Yearly Tiers:

  • Elite (10x WSOP Point multiplier) – 50,000 APP’s
  • Seven Stars (15x WSOP Point multiplier) – 400,000 APP’s

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.

  • Silver – 8% cashback
  • Gold – 10% cashback
  • Platinum – 12% cashback
  • Diamond – 15% cashback
  • Elite – 20% cashback
  • Seven Star – 30% cashback

For more information on Action Club or to see the current promotions offered at WSOP.com in New Jersey click here.

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Current Promotions

WSOP.com NJ – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can play at WSOP.com in New Jersey?

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.

Can players in Nevada or other parts of the world play at WSOP.com?

No.

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.

Is us.888Poker.com the same site as WSOP.com?

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.

Do I have to be in New Jersey to make an account at WSOP.com?

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.

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Robert DellaFave
Robert DellaFave - Robert DellaFave is a game designer and avid poker player. He writes for several online poker publications and dreams of one day programming a poker simulation clever enough to beat the pros. Read more by following @DivergentGames on Twitter.