On May 1, WSOP.com officially launched its shared liquidity software, merging players together from New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. The combined poker site has had its ups and downs during the first week, but most has been positive.
Earlier this year, the three states that have legal poker sites agreed to merge players pools on WSOP.com and share liquidity, meaning each state gets a fair shake in the revenues.
Poker players don’t get about how much money the poker sites make. They care about how much money they make. The shared liquidity agreement is also beneficial to the players as it will create a poker site with more games and larger guaranteed prize pools.
Instead of New Jersey players only competing against others in the state on one poker site, those players are now able to compete against those in Nevada and Delaware on a shared site.
The poker community is hopeful that Pennsylvania will join the shared liquidity agreement once the Keystone State begins licensing poker sites. Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to legalize internet poker last year but the gambling board hasn’t yet approved any licenses. No timetable has been set on when that will occur but many are hopeful poker players in the state will be allowed to play online by the end of the year.
Some Early Issues
As of May 1, customers of WSOP.com were required to sign-up for a new account to play on the new software. After the shared liquidity site launched, a few issues popped up.
On Twitter, some players complained that withdrawals and software downloads had become a problem.
“@WSOPcom I have a wireless card. I’m not hardwired. I event tried a wireless adapter. Works on laptop & iOS. Desktop which worked fine prior will not locate me. It buffers for about 2 minutes saying locating & I get this. At the point where I will pay someone for help,” @DC_Swindler23 tweeted at WSOP.com’s social media page with a picture of an error message saying the site couldn’t verify his location.
Even Doug Polk, who logged into the site on Saturday to continue his bankroll challenge, had problems logging in for the first time. The high stakes pro is attempting to turn $100 into $10,000 over a series of livestreams on his YouTube channel.
Better Days Ahead
The positive has far outweighed the negative thus far on WSOP.com. Many players have said they enjoy having new tournaments such as the $320 buy-in event each Sunday which has a $100,000 guarantee.
Players in Nevada haven’t yet noticed a major increase in traffic, but that will all change in the coming weeks. WSOP.com is guaranteeing at least $15 million in tournament prize pool money from now through September. Poker players will be flocking to the site this summer to chase a big payday.