Online poker players have become accustomed to poker sites going offline for software updates. When WSOP.com went offline in Nevada on Monday night, it was one of the most highly anticipated updates of all time. When the site came back online, players were able to play against players in other states for the first time in the history of U.S. regulated online poker.
The re-launch of WSOP.com as the first interstate online poker room in the United States comes 6.5 months after New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware – the only three states that offer regulated online poker – entered into an agreement to pool their respective players in a bid to increase liquidity.
“It’s a monumental day for online poker in the United States,” said WSOP.com’s Head of Online Poker Bill Rini. “This is truly a game-changer for players and we hope is the model blueprint for additional states to join the fray.”
WSOP.com is the only operator that offers play in all three regulated states.
Players were quick to react to the changes and are looking forward to what this means for the tournament schedule moving forward.
A few hours into the NJ/NV @WSOPcom merge and tournaments are looking really good. Sundays are going to be really exciting again.
— Jeremy Danger (@PokerJermz) May 1, 2018
The first Sunday of multi-state tournament action includes a $100,000 Guaranteed event with a $320 buy-in (with rebuys). Last Sunday, the $215 buy-in Ultimate Warrior in New Jersey offered a $40,000 guarantee and attracted 229 entrants.
To help promote the launch, WSOP.com announced Tuesday morning the Coast-to-Coast Classic, a tournament series with $1 Million guaranteed over 32 events. Buy-ins range from $11 to $1,000 and guarantees go as high as $200,001.
Players in New Jersey do not have to change anything to play on the multi-state platform, but players in Nevada and Delaware will have to re-download the software and create a new account.
Players with questions about multi-state online poker can visit this thread on PocketFives.com.