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Caesars, WSoP debut first-of-its-kind three-state poker pool

| By Jill R. Dorson
Today (28 May), Caesars Entertainment and the World Series of Poker (WSoP) become the first to launch a real-money, three-state pooled liquidity option.
WSOP online poker pool

Caesars and WSoP are combining player pools in Michigan, New Jersey and Nevada.

WSoP Online, formerly WSoP.com, is an upgraded platform with four-table capabilities on mobile, multi-flight re-entry tournaments and more new features, according to a press release.

Existing players in New Jersey and Nevada will be required to create new accounts on the platform. When players create a new username, information including existing balances, reward points and tournament tickets will transfer to the WSoP Online account. Per the release, transfers will happen within 72 hours of the 28 May launch of the new platform. New Jersey and Nevada players will have to re-install the WSoP Online app.

Texas Hold’em, Omaha available for pooled play

“This platform upgrade is long overdue and is a big win for our players,” Danielle Barille, vice-president of online poker at Caesars Digital said via the press release. “We’re thrilled to bring Michigan players into the fold with Nevada and New Jersey, resulting in a better experience, more value and the biggest prize pools of the year.”

In Michigan, Caesars, BetMGM, and PokerStars offer online poker, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). PokerStars is also approved for multi-state play.

Caesars submitted its request to the regulator in April. The MGCB approved Caesars to offer Texas Hold’em and Omaha internet poker games, in the new format. New games must be submitted to the MGCB for approval.

WSoP opens for registration

WSoP Online debuted a day before the World Series of Poker opens for registration at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. Between 1 June and 21 July, the platform will host 30 online bracelet events. An official gold bracelet will be available to win every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday during that span.

The new platform will also host “satellite” events to qualify for land-based events. Beginning 18 June and 29 June, WSoP Online will be home to five high-roller, hybrid events. The final six players in each event will play live in Las Vegas, beginning 14 July.

The live WSoP Main Event begins 3 July and the Final Table is set for 16-17 July at the Horseshoe. Daniel Weinman last year became the first American to win the event and walked away with $2.1m (£1.6m/€1.9m).

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