When you hear the abbreviation “WSOP,” you immediately think of the World Series of Poker, the largest poker tournament in the entire world that takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WSOP is also a huge player in online poker, and players in Nevada and New Jersey can now be interconnected while playing under the WSOP banner.
WSOP is licensed and regulated by the Nevada Gaming Commission. So how is WSOP allowed in New Jersey? Well, there is the Multi-State Gaming Alliance, which takes three states, including both Nevada and Jersey, as well as Delaware and makes them “one,” so to speak. This pact came to fruition on April 30, 2019, and other states are expected to join.
Pros and Cons
- The WSOP brand
- Solid welcome offer
- Solid game offerings
- Mobile accessibility, but a bit limited
- Offerings can differ per state
Promotions and Bonuses
The welcome offer at WSOP consists of a deposit match of 100 percent up to $600. Players will been given the bonus in $5 increments per 50 APP’s acquired. APP’s are essentially rewards points. You get these through playing on the site. For example, you will get 2 APP’s per $1 in rake collected in ring games.
New players will also get 7 “Welcome week freerolls”.
There are other ongoing promotions as well:
- 100K Sundays: A tournament that can be entered to win up to $100K, with a $320 buy-in.
- Tuesday Showdown: Every Tuesday there is a $30K guaranteed prize pool. It’s done at 6:00 p.m. and the buy-in is $500.
In addition to these promotions, there are plenty of others always going on for set periods of time. For a complete guide, visit WSOP’s promotions page, found here.
In order to register for an account as WSOP, players must first download a client. There are two separate clients available: One for New Jersey and one for Nevada.
After you download and install this client, you can begin the registration process. Here is the information you need to provide:
- Date of birth
- Security question
- Phone number
- Last four digits of your social security number
- Promotional code (if applicable)
- Consent to the terms of service
It’s a fast and seamless process, but you must have this client to register.
Deposits and Withdrawals
- ACH (bank transfer)
- Cash Cage Deposit (example: Caesars in Atlantic City, New Jersey)
- Cash Cage
Having PayPal functionality is huge. This is definitely a customer favorite when it comes to performing transactions, so offering this is definitely something that should catch attention for prospective players at WSOP.
The WSOP site itself is wonderful. You can find plenty of information such as current promotions and banking options there, but you really don’t get started on the game portion until you download the aforementioned client.
Upon downloading and installing the client, which doesn’t take more than just a few minutes at most, you are brought to the main page of WSOP.
Everything is super easy to navigate. Starting at the right side of the page, there are options to go between the real money wager and free to play. Below this, you can login or register.
Continuing down, in the middle, there is a link to online support, which is an incredible FAQ section. At the bottom of the FAQ, there is a “Contact Us” button in which you can fill out a form to get further help.
Back to the client, at the top of the screen, there are numerous options to go between:
- Quick seat
- All games
- My favorites
- Blast (higher stakes games)
All of the games list the amounts of money you must wager and the games function beautifully.
Everything is so condensed and streamlined. The graphics on the client are so-so, but that doesn’t matter as much, because the experience overrides the lack of a more aesthetically pleasing, graphically enhanced interface.
There are mobile apps available for both iOS and Android. Upon downloading the apps, you must sign in/create an account.
The mobile app does leave a lot to be desired compared to the desktop client. Graphically speaking it’s great and the fact there even is a mobile app is wonderful, too. However, there are some bugs and the only available game is Hold ‘Em. Lastly, sometimes the app can lag behind creating a frustrating experience.
We definitely prefer desktop and the mobile app can always be improved upon. It’s common sense to assume that WSOP will improve this platform as it will create more user engagement.
Providing the software for the entirety of WSOP is none other than the European juggernaut and industry titan 888. 888 also has a presence in both Delaware and New Jersey as well.
Overall, WSOP has quite the library of games:
- 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
- Seven Card Stud High/Low
In addition to these, as mentioned, you can get free rolls as a new customer and there are always new tournaments taking place on various days.
The great thing about WSOP is that there is an environment that tends to players of all levels. In fact, as mentioned in the user experience section, there is a section of games totally dedicated to new players, and there are high stakes tournaments which could be viewed as something for more experienced players.
So, whether you’ve been playing poker for 30 years or 30 days, there is something for you to try out at WSOP.
There is a not a VIP program per se, but there is a rewards program. There are four monthly levels:
- Player: 0-199 APP’s
- Bronze: 200-749 APP’s
- Silver: 750 - 1,499 APP’s
- Elite: 1,500 APP’s
Upon reaching bronze status, your APP’s can be converted into WSOP points, which can then be converted into real cash. APP’s are calculated monthly and are obtained via play on the site.
Support and Security
For customer support, WSOP offers email support and a FAQ section that has most of your questions answered. While a live chat would be nice to add, it’s worth noting that the email support is responsive and, again, the FAQ has most of the information you’d need. You can view these through the WSOP client.
As far as security goes, being licensed in Nevada, a state that has a long history with online wagering, you can be comfortable knowing that WSOP is accredited by them. Also, let’s be honest, it’s the WSOP—the brand alone has the resources to keep you and you account safe.
Lastly, being under the Multi-State pact comes with another level of security. We can promise you that you will be safe using WSOP.
Found in the “Help” section of the client, there is a Responsible Gaming page that players can use and access if they feel they are experiencing a gambling problem.
On this Responsible Gaming page, WSOP lists out numerous organizations and hotlines that you can contact. Further, WSOP has in-house parameters that you can set in terms of session limits, deposit limits, and loss limits.
There is also plenty of information on protecting underage kids from accessing and playing the game. You can access the complete and comprehensive guide to Responsible Gaming here.
Although, overall, WSOP is less than perfect, it is still an incredible online poker offering for those in Nevada and New Jersey. There is an added layer of authenticity playing at WSOP that you won’t find at other online poker platforms in either state.
Most importantly, WSOP has a game library that is one of the best. If WSOP can spruce up the mobile app, that will put them in even higher regard with the online community and make WSOP not only the most well-known in-person tournament in the world, but online as well.