Nevada online poker news

Nevada Online Poker: Latest News & Analysis

Nevada was one of the first three states to offer legal US poker sites, back in 2013.

Those original three states – NV, NJ and DE – also have a mutual agreement to conduct multi-state poker between themselves. That’s good news, as it allows Nevada players access to a much larger network than would be possible exclusively within the state.

On the other hand, Nevada is an exception to the general rule that online casinos and online poker go hand-in-hand. Although the same law which legalized online poker allows for NV online casino gaming as well, the state regulator has avoided implementing the latter at the behest of the brick-and-mortar casino industry.

The first online poker site in the state, which was also the first in the country, was the now-defunct Ultimate Poker. These days, however, there is only one game in town: WSOP.com.

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NV online poker sites

There’s only one operator in Nevada at the moment, and it’s not the usual one.

In recent years, PokerStars has consistently been the first poker operator to enter new states. However, Nevada regulators have taken a hard-line stance when it comes to companies that operated illegally in the US before Black Friday.

Although it is a very different company now than it was then, PokerStars has nonetheless been denied entry. Instead, WSOP is the only operator serving Nevada customers, at least for now.

WSOP.com NV

  • Land-based partner: Caesars
  • Tech partner: 888 Holdings
  • Date launched: September 2013

WSOP may only hold a monopoly due to PokerStars’ exclusion from the market, but it would probably have a major presence in the state regardless. After all, Las Vegas is the home of the live World Series of Poker each summer, and the WSOP online poker room is now an integral part of that.

WSOP NV is part of a network that also comprises Delaware (where it is also the only operator) and New Jersey. Eventually, other states will join this compact, and other operators may launch their own networks. For now, however, WSOP is the only option in the US for interstate poker.

Game options are a bit limited on WSOP and the software gets so-so reviews. However, thanks to its interstate player pool, it often sets records for tournament prize pools. This is especially true when it hosts special series awarding its coveted WSOP Circuit rings or even WSOP gold bracelets.

NV poker apps

Few poker sites these days offer in-browser play. Whether you’re playing on desktop or mobile, you’ll have to download a standalone client or app. Every legal operator will offer these for all the major platforms, including iOS and Android.

Playing poker on a mobile device is very popular these days, but it does have some limitations. Firstly, most apps only let you display a single table at a time. The lack of a keyboard can make bet sizing a chore, unless you’re willing to limit yourself to certain pre-set sizes.

WSOP NV poker app

The current WSOP NV poker app is good, but not great. It’s functional and easy to use, but a bit lacking in polish and some modern features. It also doesn’t currently allow for Pot-Limit Omaha play, even though this game is available on desktop.

There are a couple of pieces of good news here. Firstly, the fact that it’s based on older 888 software means it will run on older devices, down to Android 2.3 or iOS 6.1, while other poker apps require newer devices. Secondly, WSOP plans on switching over to 888’s newer Poker 8 platform soon.

Downloading mobile poker apps

Downloading poker apps is easier than ever, thanks to a change in Google’s policies. It used to be that Android users had to download directly from the operator’s website, which added some steps. That’s no longer the case.

Real money poker apps are always free to download. You’ll find them in the Apple App Store or Android Play Store just like any other apps. The only restrictions are that in order to download them, you must be of legal age, and physically located in a state where they’re legal to use.

Once you download the app, just open it and it will walk you through the signup process if you don’t already have an account.

NV online poker partnerships

Nevada has an enormous number of land-based casinos, any of which can theoretically partner with an online company to launch a poker product. In practice, however, online poker is a small enough industry that there will never be a lot of competition.

At the moment, WSOP is the only Nevada poker site. It is owned by Caesars, which owns over a dozen casinos in the state, so doesn’t need to partner with an outside company.

The brand most likely to launch a second site in the state is BetMGM. There too, the parent company, MGM Resorts International, has a retail presence in the state, so wouldn’t have to seek out a partnership.

Nevada online poker tournaments

Nevada is an exciting place for online poker tournaments, due to the relationship between WSOP.com and the live World Series of Poker.

The WSOP regular weekly tournament schedule is pretty standard fare. The biggest weekly event takes place on Sundays at 3 PM, and features a $320 buy-in and a $100,000 guarantee. WSOP additionally runs quarterly Online Championship series, which typically feature combined guarantees in the millions.

Where things get interesting is that you’ll occasionally have the opportunity to win WSOP Circuit rings and series bracelets in online events. Since 2015, each summer’s World Series of Poker has featured a growing number of online bracelet events. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WSOP additionally began hosting online circuit events, awarding rings, and moved the entire summer series online, awarding a total of 31 gold bracelets for US players.

Exactly how many such events we’ll see in the future remains to be seen, but their success has been such that they should become a standard part of the rotation. For starters, WSOP kicked off 2021 by announcing monthly online circuit events throughout the year.

Depositing and withdrawing at online poker sites in NV

WSOP accepts a standard array of deposit options, including:

  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • ECH/e-Check
  • PayNearMe
  • PayPal
  • Neteller
  • Cash at the cage of any Caesars property

Most, but not all of these are also available as withdrawal options. Some, however, like credit cards, are deposit only. However, if none of the available electronic withdrawal options work for you, you can elect to receive a check in the mail, or receive cash at the cage of any Caesars property.

NV online poker promotions

Although the state has only one online poker room at the moment, you won’t be lacking for promotions, as WSOP has a robust array on offer. As with other operators in other states, these fall into a few basic categories.

No deposit signup offer

If you’re looking to get started in online poker without putting any of your own money at risk, you’ll want to look for no deposit poker offers. In the case of WSOP NV, it’s a $10 bonus, enough to buy in to a small tournament or play a few orbits at a cash table. Plus, a $10 minimum deposit gets you a $50 free bonus.

First deposit bonuses

Online casinos and poker rooms often offer a matching bonus on first deposits. These are a one-shot offer, so you’ll want to take maximum advantage. In the case of WSOP NV, it’s a 100% match up to $1,000. In other words, whatever you deposit, the site will double it.

Note, however, that these offers pretty much always come with a play through requirement attached, often with a time limit. Thus, the maximum benefit you’ll receive in practice might be much less than $1,000, depending on how much you’re willing to play to clear your bonus.

Reload bonuses

Deposit matching isn’t always limited to first deposits. If you see a similar deal for subsequent deposits, that’s called a reload bonus. Unlike first deposit bonuses, these are often limited time offers, sometimes associated with a tournament series or holiday season. You may need to check the site’s promotions page to find a special bonus code to activate these.

Loyalty programs

Most poker sites also have a VIP program of some sort. Typically the way this works is that you earn points by playing, which can be redeemed for cash or other bonuses. There are usually tiers or levels to move through by earning a certain number of points per year or per month, which accelerate the rate at which you earn rewards.

In WSOP’s case, there are five tiers. The highest of these, Champions Club, allows you to redeem points at a rate that works out to 32% rakeback, and requires a relatively modest $10,000 in rake per year to achieve. The program also integrates with Caesars Total Rewards, so your online and retail play will combine to boost your Tier in that program.

Limited-time promotions

Most poker rooms offer various other sorts of promotions on a limited time basis. WSOP has a lot of these. Many are volume based, meaning they task you with playing a certain number of hands or earning a certain number of rewards points in order to unlock a direct bonus or a chance to win a prize.

Such promotions are usually opt-in, so you’ll want to check the operator’s promotions page on a regular basis to make sure you’re not missing out.

Nevada poker formats and variants

Poker is a complicated game, with more ways to play than most people could name. Relatively few of these are available online, however, especially in the US.

The main reason for that is that poker requires opponents to play against. The smaller the market’s population, the lower site traffic will be, and the harder it is to keep games running. Less popular variants just produce empty tables with few or no hands being dealt. Operators don’t want that, so they only offer games that will produce action.

Here’s what you’ll find in Nevada at the moment:

Cash games

Cash games, also known as ring games, are the traditional way to play poker. You’ll exchange money in your account for chips, and play one hand at a time until you want to cash out. You can stand up at any point (as long as you’re not currently involved in a hand) and convert your chips back to money.

These days, the most popular way to play cash games is six handed, which is a smaller table size than you’ll see in most tournaments. Cash games tend to be aggressive and volatile, and the amount you can win will be in proportion to the amount you risk.

Scheduled tournaments

Also known as multi-table tournaments (MTTs), scheduled tournaments have a reward-to-risk ratio that scales with the number of players involved. There’s no cashing out from a tournament; you pay a fixed buy-in, receive a number of chips, and play until you’ve lost all your chips or are the last player standing.

Prizes depend on the order of elimination. Typically the top 10% to 15% of players will receive some sort of prize, with a significant portion of the prize money going to the overall winner. You’re therefore much more likely to lose your money than to win anything, yet a final table finish can produce a huge return on your investment.

Sit-and-go tournaments

Sit-and-go is an on-demand tournament format. Usually, but not always, it consists of just a single table of players. The tournament will have a specific capacity and pay structure, and start when the requisite number of players have signed up.

Lottery sit-and-go tournaments

Lottery sit-and-go (LSNG) is a variant on the sit-and-go concept. It was pioneered by the French site Winamax, and popularized by PokerStars, where it’s known as Spin & Go. These are very short-handed tournaments in which the prize pool is multiplied by a random factor. Usually, you’ll be playing for slightly less than you would be in a regular sit-and-go, but occasionally you’ll get the chance to win a lot more.

WSOP’s version of LSNG is called BLAST. It’s 4-handed, whereas most LSNGs are 3-handed, and has a maximum multiplier of 10,000x.

Alternative games and betting structures

Since the early 2000s, the game of No-Limit Texas Hold’em is the game most people think of when you say “poker.” Every online poker site offers this, and it’s the default for most tables and tournaments.

That said, depending on where you play, you’ll probably have some other options. Fixed Limit betting is an older, more conservative way to play. It’s no longer a popular format for Hold’em, but works better than No-Limit for certain categories of games, like Stud. Pot Limit is an in-between option, where the betting is capped at the size of the pot, and is the preferred structure for some Hold’em variants like Omaha.

WSOP offers Hold’em, Omaha and Stud, with a variety of betting structures, and Hi/Lo variants for both Omaha and Stud. However, only Hold’em can be played using the mobile app. For the others, you’ll need the desktop client. There is currently no way to play Draw poker variants online in Nevada.

Advantages of legal online poker sites

It is frustrating for US poker players not to be able to play on international poker sites. The traffic for those is much higher, meaning a better variety of games and bigger tournament prize pools.

Unfortunately, attempting to play on those while disguising your location is a good way to find yourself banned and your account balance seized. Don’t do it.

It’s likewise a bad idea to play on black market offshore sites. They’ll accept you as a customer, but they’re very risky. Here are some of the ways it’s better to stick to legal sites like WSOP NV:

  • Game integrity: Legal sites have their random-number generators checked carefully by the regulator to ensure a fair deal. They’re also required to provide site security and monitor players for signs of cheating.
  • Outside testing: Legal sites undergo extensive testing before being allowed to launch. Compared to black market sites, they should be relatively free of bugs, and you can be sure there are no loopholes that can be exploited by cheaters.
  • No money laundering: Legal sites are required to engage in Know Your Customer (KYC) checks, while black market sites don’t properly vet their players. As a result, the black market is a hotbed for money laundering by organized criminals and terrorist organizations.
  • Responsible gambling: Legal sites are required to adhere to best practices to encourage responsible play. Playing on black market sites has been found to correlate with higher rates of gambling addiction.
  • Tax revenue for the state: When you’re playing on a black market site, all the rake you pay goes into the company’s pockets. When you play on a legal site, you’re supporting important initiatives in your state.
  • Legal recourse: If anything does go wrong on a legal site, you can turn to the Nevada Gaming Control Board for assistance. If you’re playing on an offshore site, you have no recourse no matter what they decide to do.

Telling whether a site is legal or not is easy in Nevada right now: If it’s WSOP.com, it’s legal. Any other site isn’t. However, more generally, here’s how to tell if a site is licensed in the US:

  • There’s a review for it on our site. OnlinePokerReport will never review or promote illegal offshore sites. If we mention them at all, it will be accompanied by a warning. Thus, if you stick to our signup links, you’ll be safe.
  • Look for the name of the regulator. Somewhere on a site’s front page, you should find the name of the organization which regulates it. Even illegal offshore sites are often “licensed,” but the issuing body will be in a foreign country like Curaçao or Costa Rica. Legal US sites will always be licensed by a regulator located in your state.
  • Check that the URL ends in dot-com. All legal real money sites use a dot-com domain. These can be seized by US authorities, so illegal sites use other suffixes like .cr, .eu or .bet. You’ll also see some sites with .net suffixes, which may be legal but are for play money only.
  • If in doubt, ask the regulator. The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s website contains a list of all the operators that have permission to run an online gambling site in the state.

NV Online Poker FAQ

Is online poker legal in Nevada?

Yes, as long as you are playing at a site licensed by Nevada gaming regulators. Currently the only active site is WSOP.com.

Is PokerStars online in Nevada?

No. PokerStars is considered a “bad actor” by Nevada regulators due to its actions prior to the 2011 crackdown, and cannot obtain a license in the state. It is, however, legal in certain other states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

What are the requirements for playing on WSOP.com in Nevada?

To sign up for real-money play on WSOP.com in Nevada, players must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age. This is the same age required to gamble at a brick and mortar casino located in Nevada.
  • Provide some sensitive information, including a full nine digit social security number.
  • Offer other information, such as a residency address, date of birth and and the answer to a security question.
  • Be able to pass verification checks, confirming all of the above. All information is run through external database to confirm validity.

You must be physically located within the state’s borders to play, but don’t necessarily have to be a resident.

What games are available on WSOP NV?

WSOP.com offers variants of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Seven Card Stud as cash games. Tournaments are available for Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo. Limits start at pennies and run up to blinds in the hundreds of dollars.

Tournaments start at $1 and run up to major bracelet event buy-ins of $1,000 and higher. There are also sit-and-go tournaments with buy-ins ranging from micro-stakes to hundreds of dollars.

How does the online poker site know if a player is in Nevada?

A combination of checks are instituted to verify if a player is located in Nevada at the time of login:

  • The first is a simple IP address check, which locates the origin of a player’s Internet connection.
  • Cell phones are pinged by cell towers to determine an approximate location. This is known as cell phone triangulation.
  • The software checks to see what wireless internet connections are within close proximity of the login location.

Geo-location technology has vastly improved since it was first adopted by Nevada’s regulated sites, especially with regards to mobile. Now, players connected to the Internet via wireless or 4G LTE should have little trouble logging on and staying connected to the WSOP.com software.

How many online poker sites are available in Nevada?

Just one, WSOP.com. A second operator, Real Gaming, holds a license, but doesn’t have a viable product on the market.

Can players deposit from outside of Nevada?

Yes, although they will not be able to wager funds unless they are physically located in the state of Nevada. Withdrawals can also be processed from out-of-state.

Do Nevada poker rooms share player pools with any other state or country?

Yes. As of April 2018, Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey share player pools. It is expected Pennsylvania players will also be pooled when the state’s regulated market goes live in 2018.

What types of poker can you play in NV?

Game options are limited because there’s only one legal operator. WSOP offers only No-Limit Texas Hold’em through its app, though you can play cash games, tournaments or sit-and-goes. Through the desktop client, you’ll have access to a slightly wider range of games, including Omaha and Stud.

Has Nevada legalized other types of online gambling?

Yes, but with limitations.

Online sports betting exists in Nevada, but most sportsbooks require you to deposit in person, so you’ll still have to visit a casino.

The state’s online gambling law technically allows for online casinos as well as poker. However, the retail casino industry is opposed to the idea, fearing the disruption that it would bring. So far, the state’s regulators have complied with the industry’s wishes and haven’t authorized online casino gaming, though they could do so in future.

Nevada legal online poker timeline and major developments

  • Nevada was home to the first legalized and regulated online poker room in the United States.
  • The floodgates opened in 2011 when the Department of Justice passed a legal opinion that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting. By the end of that year, the Nevada Gaming Commission crafted regulations for the prospective industry.
  • But it wouldn’t be until February 2013 that the legislature legalized statewide online poker, also leaving the door open for liquidity sharing compacts among states. Ultimate Poker became the first room to go live in April 2013, followed closely by the more brand recognizable WSOP.com in September.
  • The new market proved a challenging one, and by November 2014, Ultimate Poker felt forced to withdraw. This left WSOP.com as the only viable operator in the state.
  • Earlier in 2014, Nevada entered into a traffic sharing agreement with Delaware, and since, WSOP.com in Nevada and three 888 branded sites in Delaware have shared liquidity. This move proved more of a boon for Delaware than Nevada, as Delaware online poker traffic was miniscule, to put it mildly.
  • Since, WSOP.com has followed a traffic pattern where liquidity holds steady throughout the most of the year, only to spike during the live World Series of Poker at the Rio. To capitalize upon the influx of poker tourism during the summer, WSOP.com rolls out a series of special-themed events, including a popular satellite into the live Main Event (25 Seat Scramble), and online bracelet tournaments.
  • Online poker became a bigger part of the WSOP in both 2017 and 2018 with more events and bigger guarantees for prize pools.

Browse our more in-depth timeline below.

Nevada launches first regulated real-money US online poker site

On December 23, 2011 — just seven months after Black Friday ravaged the US online poker industry — the Department Of Justice publicly released a legal opinion stating that online poker did not constitute a violation of the Wire Act.

This historical ruling effectively gave the thumbs up to legislators who wished to enact licensing and regulatory procedures for online poker.

It didn’t take long for Nevada to get on board. In fact, the Nevada Gaming Commission had approved draft regulations authorizing online poker the very same week that the DOJ released its opinion.

Nevada’s regulations paved the way for future legislation, covering finer points such as:

  • Underage gambling
  • Responsible gambling
  • Identity and financial protection
  • Technical, including geolocation, protocols

Because these safeguards were absent from the U.S. industry previously, fraud, cheating and misrepresentation of funds were commonplace — that would no longer be the case in the regulated era.

More than one year would pass before Nevada lawmakers looked at online poker. On February 21, 2013, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 114 into law. The bill legalized online poker within Nevada’s borders in the absence of federal intervention, and also cleared a path for interstate liquidity compacts.

Two months later, on April 30, Ultimate Poker made history as the first regulated online poker site to accept real-money players. Ultimate Poker was a majority-owned subsidiary of Stations Casinos, a company most well-known for operating a host of locals casinos in the Las Vegas area.

The new site also served as the official and exclusive online gambling partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both Stations and the UFC heavily marketed its new home-grown online poker site to the masses, as least in its early days.

In the three years plus that Nevada has offered legal online poker, the industry has undergone a litany of changes. The first, and perhaps the most noteworthy, occurred in September 2013, when WSOP.com entered the market.

WSOP goes online, and quickly ascends to market share lead

WSOP.com, officially went live on September 19, 2013. It wouldn’t be long before it became the go-to site for online poker players situated in Nevada.

The backing of arguably the biggest name in land-based casino gaming in Caesars, combined with the brand recognition of the World Series of Poker, and a client powered by online gaming behemoth 888, proved to be a potent combination.

If that weren’t already enough, WSOP.com would soon strengthen its position in the US by launching as part of the first wave of regulated online poker sites in New Jersey.

According to Poker Industry Pro (paywall) via online traffic tracking site PokerScout.com, it only took six weeks for WSOP NV to erase the gap between itself and Ultimate Poker. In early November 2013, a new market share king was crowned.

Ultimate didn’t exactly help its own cause. The software was riddled with technical failings, and lacked many of the features players had become accustomed to in the pre-Black Friday days. It also offered fewer cash game variants and smaller tournament guarantees than its rival.

A stellar customer service offering and a timely sponsorship deal with then rising star Jason Somerville helped to slow the bleeding, but that hardly proved enough to prevent WSOP NV from extending its lead throughout late 2013 and into 2014.

In June 2014, WSOP NV experienced its best month ever, thanks largely to the presence of the live Series in Las Vegas and the site’s own cross-promotional efforts. Every summer since, the site has bucked the seasonal downtrend that plagues the online poker industry during the warmer months.

WSOP bridges the gap between online and live series

WSOP NV has taken advantage of its ties to the live World Series of Poker in Las Vegas to great effect.

Beginning in 2014, the site began offering numerous entry paths to live events via satellite, capped off by a 25 Seat Scramble that awarded, at minimum, 25 seats into the WSOP Main Event.

The site also began hosting big summer series’ of its own, in an attempt to capitalize upon the increased poker tourism. The strategy proved a wise one, as both cash game liquidity and revenue reached their high points during the summer months.

In 2015, tested the waters ever further, when it held the first online bracelet event. “Online” is a bit of misnomer, as the online portion of the tournament paused when the final table was set, with the final six combatants facing each other in a live setting at the Rio.

In either case, the formula worked: as the first bracelet event drew 905 players, and the second in 2016, 927 players and 1,247 total entries. That proved enough to create the largest prize pool in WSOP NV history: $1,184,650.

WSOP NV made history in July 2015 when it hosted the first online bracelet event. The $1,000 entry tournament saw players battle down to six players online. Then, the final six combatants convened at the Rio for the live final table.

The event was an unprecedented success, generating the largest prize pool by far in US regulated online poker history ($859,750). That mark stood for exactly one year when it was outdone by the second running of the event.

Since then, the online portion of the WSOP has only increased in stature. The WSOP featured multiple events in 2018, and a New Jersey resident even won from the comfort of his own home thanks to multistate online poker.

Real Gaming throws a party, and no one shows up

A third online poker site, the South Point-backed Real Gaming, launched in February 2014. The move struck as somewhat odd, as the Nevada market was hardly capable of sustaining two online poker operators, let alone a third and unproven entry.

Not surprisingly, Real Gaming struggled right from the start, and although the site is still operational today, it’s traffic remains negligible.

On an interesting side, there was once the possibility of up to six online poker rooms in the Nevada market. The notion that new operators could thrive in a market barely capable of sustaining two active sites was far-fetched.

It appears that the potential operators realized this, and (wisely) abandoned their plans.

Ultimate Poker shutters its doors

In November 2014, some 19 months after becoming the first U.S. regulated sites, Ultimate Poker decided to pull out of the Nevada market.

The move came as little surprise, as two months earlier Ultimate ceased operations in New Jersey, where it was a perennial basement dweller behind more recognizable brands.

The operator cited the challenging operating environment as the reason behind its departure.

At the time, cash game liquidity was split approximately 60-40 between WSOP NV and Ultimate Poker. In the wake of UP’s departure, WSOP NV launched a marketing campaign centered on attracting former Ultimate players.

WSOP’s aggressive stance combined with its newly-minted monopoly position in the Nevada market led to traffic rising 60 percent from mid-November to mid-December 2014.

The Nevada-Delaware-New Jersey interstate compact

On February 25, 2014, Nevada and Delaware entered into the U.S regulated market’s first interstate liquidity pact. The agreement, signed by Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell, was originally supposed to go live in the summer of 2014.

But so-called “technical glitches” resulted in numerous delays, and it wasn’t until March 2015 that the agreement went live.

As per the agreement, operators had to have been licensed in both states. Luckily, 888 operates all three skins on the Delaware poker network, and provides the WSOP.com platform in New Jersey and Nevada.

For Nevada, the pact represented little more than a symbolic victory, as Delaware’s player pool was but a tiny fraction of its own. It is unlikely that NV players even noticed the addition of the Delaware pool.

On the flip side, the pact was a boon for Delaware players, who suddenly saw traffic increase by a multiple of twenty.

By 2018, New Jersey had joined the compact. So far, the net impact has not been to grow the overall market. But it has given WSOP — which is the only site active in both Nevada and NJ — a sizable advantage in the US online poker market.

COVID-19 induces WSOP to expand its online presence

In 2020, the WSOP went online in a bigger way than ever before. Prior to the pandemic, it was already planining on upping the number of online bracelet events to 14. However, the shutdown of retail casinos combined with travel limitations forced it to cancel the summer series entirely.

Instead, it hosted a purely online series, consisting of 31 bracelet events for US players. This was, far and away, the largest online series ever hosted legally in the US. WSOP also partnered with GGPoker to create a separate series for international players.

It likewise brought its Circuit events online, and continued that into 2021. Given how successful these online events have been, it’s likely that WSOP will continue to run online ring and bracelet events in future years, even after the pandemic has abated.

How could the Nevada market improve?

The Nevada market, which is now nearly synonymous with WSOP.com, is in a much better place than it was at launch:

  • There are more cashiering options to choose from, and payment processing acceptance rates are way up.
  • The software is less prone to crashes, and geo-location technology has improved.
  • Liquidity rose from 2014 – 2015 and has now stabilized at a healthy point, given the small size of the Nevada market.
  • Both the quantity and quality of promotional offerings have improved.

Still, there is plenty of room for improvement:

  • The version of the 888 platform utilized by WSOP NV is somewhat antiquated, lacking many of the features more modern international platforms have incorporated. Fortunately, 888 plans on rolling out its new Poker 8 platform in the US sometime in 2021.
  • There isn’t much in the way of game selection. Part of this is a byproduct of operating in a low liquidity market. However, in order to attract net depositing players, 888 may want to consider adding its lottery sng variant to the WSOP.com lobby.
  • The cash game rake tends toward the higher side.
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