Never had a chance to play in a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event before? Is the $1,675 price tag a little out of your price range? Well, you might be in luck.
Beginning Wednesday, WSOP.com will be offering its players in Nevada a chance to win a seat to the upcoming WSOP Circuit Main Event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Every night at 8 p.m. PT from Feb. 19-26, WSOP.com will be hosting a $16.50 buy-in satellite event with rebuys and add-ons with one $1,675 seat guaranteed!
All winners of the online satellite will then compete in the Main Event which begins on Friday, Feb. 28. The tournament features two separate starting flights and gives players the option of one re-entry on Saturday’s Day 1b if they bust on Day 1a.
Last year, David Tuthill bested a field of 744 to win the WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace Las Vegas Main Event. Tuthill finished on top of a tough final table that included AP Phahurat and Jeff Fielder to claim the top prize of $223,197 along with an automatic seat in the WSOP Circuit National Championship.
For more information on the upcoming WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace Las Vegas, visit WSOP.com.
In addition to the WSOP Circuit satellites, WSOP.com is offering double Action Player Points (APPs) during the entire month of February. Each day, a designated specific type of game and stakes will be promoted. Players who participate in that game will receive double the normal APPs.
This month-long promotion will not only apply to cash games but sit-and-go tournaments as well. In ring games, APPs are awarded to the table at the rate of two APPs for each $1 in rake collected. A player receives APPs based on his or her contributed portion of the rake for each hand played. In tournaments, you receive two APPs for each $1 in fee paid.
Here’s a look at the Game of the Day schedule for the remainder of the month:
Feb. 18: $0.01/0.02 No Limit Holdem (9-handed)
Feb. 19: $3/$6 Fixed Limit Holdem (9-handed)
Feb. 20: $0.50/$1 PLO (6-handed)
Feb. 21: $0.05/.10 No Limit Holdem (9-handed)
Feb. 22: $5.50 STT No Limit Holdem Turbo (6-handed)
Feb. 23: $0.25/0.50 No Limit Holdem (9-handed)
Feb. 24: $11 STT No Limit Holdem (6-handed) Turbo
Feb. 25: $1/$2 No Limit Holdem (6-handed)
Feb. 26: $1/$2 PLO (6-handed)
Feb. 27: $0.10/0.20 No Limit Holdem (9-handed)
Feb. 28: $0.01/0.02 No Limit Holdem (9-handed)
Head over to WSOP.com now and sign up to get in on the action today!
Krejcik’s estimate is modeled on the initial revenue reports for online gambling in New Jersey and traffic data from PokerScout.com.
Nevada has decided not to break out online poker revenue in official reporting until three sites are operational.
Additional sites probably won’t expand the market much
The Nevada online poker market is currently made up of only two sites: WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker.
Many more are licensed and at least one – 888’s All American Poker Network – has indicated an intent to launch in 2014.
But Krejcik doesn’t see additional entries doing much to expand the market, writing that he does “not believe additional online poker sites /networks would have a material impact on the overall market size.”
Interstate compacts, and the extra liquidity they provide, could potentially grow the market. But Krejcik is pessimistic on that point as well, saying that “chances are low that NV and NJ enter into any type of inter-state compact this year.”
Impact of World Series of Poker will be closely watched
One wild card for Nevada’s regulated online poker sites: the impact of the World Series of Poker, which will bring tens of thousands of poker players to Las Vegas from May through July.
While online poker was available during the 2013 WSOP, it was a new product offered only by Ultimate Poker that suffered from myriad software issues.
This will be the first year that direct online satellites to live events (and the accompanying promotional push) will be a part of the World Series of Poker experience.
With more choices, improved software and the full weight of WSOP.com thrown behind online poker, the 2014 WSOP will be the first true test of whether or not Nevada’s online poker sites can convert an influx of live poker traffic to the virtual tables.
A history-making online poker interstate partnership between Nevada and Delaware is set to be signed by the governors of both states later today, Delaware Online reported.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his Nevada counterpart, Gov. Brian Sandoval, will reportedly get together in Wilmington, Delaware and officially forge an agreement that will allow both states to combine their player pools. The deal will boost the online poker regimes of both states, increasing liquidity and perhaps prompting more signups as a result.
Revenue numbers released by the Delaware State Lottery for January reveal that a combined 1,006 new players signed up at the state’s three online gambling sites operated by Harrington Raceway, Delaware Park and Dover Downs. The new registrations allowed the state’s online gambling scheme to experience increased revenue only slightly, from $140,009.22 in December to $145,276.23 in January.
With regard to poker, a significant decrease was seen. While $106,922.76 was earned in rake from the online poker tables in December, 2013, only$88,390.48 was reported in January. That decline approaching 20% is likely a huge factor in Markell deciding to team up with Sandoval and the Silver State.
Nevada’s two sites of WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker typically average less than 200 players combined on the cash tables, according to PokerScout. A third site, Real Gaming, launched last week, which may siphon players from the two that have co-existed since mid-September. This appears to be a fine time for both Delaware and Nevada to make their play and increase liquidity.
The interstate agreement comes on the heels of a recent announcement by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) that he expects an online poker-only bill on the federal level to be introduced in a matter of weeks. The proposal will reportedly rewrite the Wire Act to exclude online casino gambling, but allow Internet poker to be regulated by any state that chooses to opt in on the federal scheme.
The expected alliance of Nevada and Delaware later today is what many had envisioned for online poker throughout the U.S. once state-by-state regulations began taking hold. Perhaps New Jersey will also join the mix in the near future, to be followed by a number of other states who are said to be considering online poker and gambling legislation