Note: This review is for WSOP Nevada. Read a review of WSOP NJ here.
It’s a brand new world for WSOP.com players in both Nevada and New Jersey, as the online poker site can now pool players across state lines. That should create more and better cash games and bigger tournament guarantees.
WSOP NV is a real-money online poker site from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) brand. The site is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, and it operates exclusively within Nevada. To play on WSOP.com, players must be physically located within Nevada. Visitors who aren’t residents of the state are able to participate with proof of age.
WSOP uses software from 888, a major online casino in Europe. The 888 software platform also powers regulated online gambling in Delaware and New Jersey.
Thanks to a compact known as the Multi-State Internet Gaming Alliance, the three states are now combined into one network as of April 30. Interstate online poker is seen as instrumental to the growth and success of the industry going forward. Although liquidity sharing is available for all approved operators, WSOP/888 has the only network currently active in all three states.
WSOP NV is licensed and regulated by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
|WSOP Bonus Code||GET10|
|No Deposit Bonus||$10 no deposit bonus|
|Deposit Bonus||100% to $1000|
|Regulatory authority||Nevada Gaming Control Board|
|Land-based casino partner||Caesars / World Series of Poker|
|Link to claim bonus||Claim bonus here|
The World Series of Poker is the premier live poker tournament series in the world. It takes place every summer from late May through early July at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Players on WSOP.com Nevada can participate in low buy-in tournaments to try and win their way into WSOP events. These “satellites” pay out entries into WSOP events alongside or in place of cash prizes, and they run frequently in the months leading into each summer.
There are also online WSOP events which award the same coveted bracelets as winners of their live events receive. In 2018, events number 10 ($365), 47 ($565), 61 ($1,000), and 63 ($3,200) were online No-Limit Hold’em bracelet events (buy-in amounts in parentheses).
Online poker player pooling between Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware went live prior to the start of the 2018 World Series of Poker.
Want to know what it was like when New Jersey players came into the mix? Read more about what to expect here.
WSOP.com is the only legal online poker option for players in Nevada. Traffic typically averages around 200 cash game players online, according to PokerScout.
Generally speaking, No-Limit Hold’em players can easily find 6-max and 9-max tables running around the clock for low stakes ($100 max buy-in and lower), with slightly bigger games frequently available at peak hours. Pot-Limit Omaha also runs regularly for similar stakes, but with fewer available tables.
Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud, and Stud Hi/Lo run semi-regularly at a wide variety of stakes. Limit Hold’em occasionally sees genuinely high-stakes games break out.
Across all games, traffic spikes upwards every summer while the World Series of Poker is in Las Vegas from late May through early July, as many of those visiting players spend some time playing online.
WSOP.com Nevada first launched on September 17, 2013. It was the second online poker room in Nevada.
Ultimate Poker, which was the first legal online poker site in Nevada, has been dead for quite a while now. Real Gaming, an affiliate of South Point Casino, also operated in Nevada before failing.
WSOP.com offers a reasonable first deposit bonus that clears at a rate of $1 for every 10 APPs (Action Player Points) earned on the site. You can earn APPs when participating in cash games and tournaments on the site.
The bonus works out to the equivalent of 20% rakeback, and you have 60 days to clear your bonus. Reload bonuses, when available, offer the same terms.
There are ten available levels within the WSOP.com Action Club, their player rewards system. Low volume players who rake under $100/month don’t receive much, but Silver-level players and higher receive the ability to convert points straight for cash at varying rates.
Technically speaking, it’s possible to earn up to 35% in effective rakeback at the highest level, but the amount of required play to hit the top Seven Stars Action Club level is incredibly difficult, and only the highest volume pro players have any chance to get there. Most players who play somewhat regularly will end up with between 8% and 15% effective rakeback.
Monthly leaderboards are also available for a variety of game types like shorthanded cash games, sit & go’s, and tournaments, but they again favor high-volume players heavily.
WSOP.com’s desktop software client is a fairly average online poker client, but that’s a good thing compared to other software in regulated US markets.
The software is downloadable and comes with most of the features players look for from an online poker site. These include note-taking abilities, an easy-to-navigate hand replayer, and a simple but effective lobby which includes lots of filtering options so you can easily find a table that appeals to you.
Games are mostly quite smooth and reliable. For a while, there were some bugs related especially to limit games, but as of the time of this writing (2018), the site works pretty well.
The wide variety of games available is a major positive for WSOP.com. Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and these different games do actually run fairly regularly.
There’s one fairly significant downside to WSOP.com’s software – the mobile client. WSOP.com mobile is available for iOS and Android devices, but it serves pretty limited purposes.
The mobile client is difficult to navigate as it includes no lobby, and the only available game is Hold’em. For playing Hold’em tournaments, it’s sufficient, but the mobile client is quite frustrating otherwise and lags far behind its desktop counterpart in terms of quality. The mobile app only permits one table to be open at a time.
WSOP.com support used to be a major source of complaints from players on the site, but over time it has gotten quite a lot better. Emails are typically responded to within 24 hours, and a live chat is sometimes available.
There are some complaints about how WSOP.com handles support inquiries. There is room for improvement.
Is WSOP.com Nevada the best poker site out there? Well, it depends on where “there” is.
Certainly there are European and even New Jersey-based poker sites that deliver more of what poker players want. Features, game types, promotions, etc.
However, those sites aren’t available in Nevada. And within the state, WSOP.com is far-and-away the best poker site available. It’s a workhorse that may not deserve many awards, but it also doesn’t deserve many complaints.
The fact is that poker players care primarily about things that WSOP.com Nevada delivers, and for that reason the site has consistently been the only site in the state to receive any meaningful traffic.
Let’s face it, Nevadans will only have one online poker site available until many states open and network. Until then, WSOP.com adequately fulfills its duty.
Cashout speeds have improved lately. The addition of withdrawals at the Rio cage in Las Vegas certainly helped. These are processed in about one day, while electronic checks are sent to players’ bank accounts within three days.
There are seven cash games available at WSOP.com: No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, Fixed Limit Hold’em, Fixed Limit Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High/Low. No Limit Hold’em is available in six and nine seat tables. The two types are equally popular.
Six-max and full ring offer multiple tables during peak hours at:
Six-max offers higher limit games most hours of the day. In addition to the above limits, players will also find multiple tables of $1/$2 and $2/$4.
Pot Limit Omaha is mostly available in penny limits. An occasional $.25/$.50 or higher game is spread during peak hours. There are six-max and full ring tables at Pot Limit Omaha. The active tables tend to be six-max.
Pot Limit Omaha High/Low is more popular than the high-only counterpart. The lowest limit spread is $.05/$.10. While the highest available limit is $5/$10, the action tends to stay at $.50/$1 and below. Pot Limit Omaha High/Low is only available in full ring.
Fixed Limit Hold’em tables start at $.05/$.10 and run up to $50/$100. There is very little action at Fixed Limit Hold’em. These games are available in six and none seats.
Fixed Limit Omaha High/Low starts at $.05/$.10 and run up to $15/30. There is a regular $3/$6 game that runs during the day. All tables have nine seats.
Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High/Low are available in $.05/$.10 up to $10/$20. There is little action at the high-only version. Stud High/Low has limited game availability at the $1/$2 through $3/$6 limits.
Sit and gos are available in heads up, six-max, and full ring formats. All sit and gos are one table. The house admin fee is 5% at heads up and 10% for all others.
Heads up sit and gos are available in No Limit Texas Hold’em. The buyins are $1, $5, $10, $25 and $50. Several run during peak hours at various limits. There is also a $200 heads up sit and go that is only available to players that have been preapproved at that limit.
Six-max sit and gos are available with the same buys as heads up, except that a $100 level is added. The $200 buyin is not restricted. Action at No Limit Hold’em six-max sit and gos is nearly nonexistent.
Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low sit and gos are spread in the six-max format. These only get off the ground during peak hours. The most popular limits are $1 and $5, although a $10 one may run now and then during peak hours.
Full ring sit and gos are only spread in No Limit Texas Hold’em. There is ample action at $1, $5, and $10. Peak hours will bring $25 players out. Anything higher than that is rare.
There are more than three dozen daily poker tournaments at WSOP.com. Virtually all tournaments are No Limit Texas Hold’em. There are a couple of Pot Limit Omaha tournaments each week.
More than half of the daily tournaments have a guaranteed prize pool. Most of these events offer rebuys and add-ons. Most tournaments have buyins of $1-$5. The average number of players in each tournament is around 50.
New players receive seven entries into daily new player freerolls that offer a $100 prize pool. There is a daily $100 freeroll that is available to all players. There is also a weekly $250 freeroll. Players that give real money action during the week qualify for a $500 weekly freeroll on Sundays.
New depositors receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. Players must earn 100 Action Points for every $10 in bonus. One Action Point is earned for every $.50 in contributed rake or tournament fees paid. This makes the first deposit bonus worth 20% rakeback.
Players have 60 days to clear the bonus. Any portion not released before then expires. The bonus status is available in the upper left hand corner of all tables while it is valid.
Currently, Action Club is WSOP.com’s VIP rewards program. There are 11 levels. The first four levels offer entry into a weekly $500 invitation-only freeroll. This requires just $1 in rake. Silver is the lowest level that returns rakeback. Higher VIP tiers offer rakeback in addition to the freeroll entry.
Action Club Rakeback and Requirements
Note that WSOP will be revamping its loyalty program once its multistate network is live.
Action Club Notes
The annual tiers are nearly unobtainable. The highest volume players can achieve Elite if action begins early enough in the year. Players that maintain Diamond tier or higher for four consecutive months will receive access to the exclusive Diamond Lounges at Caesars Entertainment casinos. Players must have at least $10 in rakeback to initiate a cash transfer. VIP cash can be claimed through the WSOP.con software under My Profile/My Rewards.
Regulated online poker in the United States just received a potentially significant boost as online poker players at WSOP.com in Nevada are now able to deposit via PayPal.
PayPal has prohibited U.S. online gambling transactions to the point that any mention of gambling (even arbitrary comments in the comments section) could lead to your PayPal account being flagged and blocked.
This has been PayPal’s longstanding policy, although the company did hint they were exploring their options in the legal online gaming markets in the U.S. as far back as last summer.
PayPal also accepts transactions for daily fantasy sports websites. This seems to indicate PayPal’s policy moving forward will be to accept transactions from most legal online gaming sites.
One reason this is a very big deal is the addition of PayPal could open up online gaming to a swathe of new players.
Even though legal online poker and casino sites in the U.S. already offer PayPal-esque options (Skrill and Neteller for instance), few people have these online payment processing accounts. To use Neteller or Skrill to deposit they would first need to setup an account.
On the other hand, virtually anyone who has ever used eBay or other eCommerce sites likely has a PayPal account. According to a 2013 Forbes article there are as many as 50 million PayPal users in the U.S.
With PayPal there’s no need to research the company or create an account as most people already:
A secondary reason the addition of PayPal at legal online gaming sites in the U.S. is a big deal is it further legitimizes the nascent industry.
Accepting PayPal is along the lines of a stamp of approval; a verification that an online website can be trusted.
DFS websites often tout PayPal’s willingness to process transactions as a sign of their legitimacy, and now online poker and online casino sites in legal markets in the U.S. will be able to follow suit.
In addition to offering an air of legitimacy, legal online poker sites in the U.S. offer something their unregulated counterparts don’t, PayPal. This is the first clear sign of demarcation between regulated and unregulated U.S. sites.
The addition of PayPal provides potential online gamblers with a deposit method they’re familiar with and likely already possess. Furthermore, PayPal is a trusted, known commodity in the U.S. which should help the regulated online gaming markets promote themselves as safe, secure, places to play.