WSOP.com announced the Coast to Coast Classic tournament series, featuring more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools. As the name suggests, the tournament will bring together players from the three pooled states.
WSOP.com began sharing liquidity earlier this week under the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association compact. The move should provide a boost to the poker business in Nevada and New Jersey, where poker revenue lagged in March.
The Coast to Coast Classic gets underway May 11 and culminates with the May 20 Main Event featuring a guarantee of $200,001, which will be the biggest tournament ever held in US regulated markets (by a single dollar, obviously).
WSOP NJ and WSOP Nevada are dangling a carrot as well. Anyone who plays in three Coast to Coast Classic events receives a freeroll ticket into a 20-seat guarantee satellite for the $365 Online WSOP gold bracelet event this summer; more on bracelet events in a bit.
The series features 32 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $1,000. Prize pool guarantees run from $10,000 to the Main Event’s six figures Players can expect three tournaments each day and four on the two Sundays of the series.
Tournaments will start at the top of the hour, with the first at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific and the last at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Main Event is a $500 buy-in with a 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT start.
There are four online WSOP bracelet events that NJ and Nevada players can now play in from the comfort of their own home, including the one mentioned above (all times Pacific):
These events were announced before shared liquidity went live, so there will almost certainly be record numbers for the WSOP’s online offerings this year.
There’s also another special satellite available for the $1,000 online event. The OnlinePokerReport.com WSOP satellite is a $5 buy-in password protected no-limit hold’em tourney. It features a $1,000 ticket to Event No. 61 added to the prize pool.
That event takes place on June 23 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific/6:30 p.m. Eastern. The password is OPR1000.
The three-state compact brings New Jersey into the deal some years after Nevada and Delaware came together. Those states signed the first compact in 2014. WSOP.com began sharing player pools with the three 888 network sites in Delaware under the agreement in March 2015. New Jersey signed on with both states in October 2017.
Combining the player pools should lead to more games and larger guarantees. PokerScout tracks traffic at NJ online poker sites, and the early returns have shown a big bump for WSOP. The peak traffic has come in close to 400 players, and the seven-day average is at 150 players, which puts it well ahead of PokerStars in the early days of shared liquidity.
Guaranteeing a million dollars is certainly nothing to sneeze at. And that’s especially true on very short notice, as the series came into existence just this week.
But even the shared player pools won’t make this the biggest tourney series in the history of regulated US poker. That title still belongs to this year’s NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars. That series clocked in at $1.3 million in guaranteed.
WSOP surpassing its guarantees should be a no-brainer given the expanded player pools, but it will be an early indicator of how things are going for the newly shared player pools.