Real-Money Play Begins Early on

World Series of Poker

This summer at the 2013 World Series of Poker, early sign-ups were allowed for online poker. For those that took advantage of the early sign-up process — an estimated 12,000 people — Christmas came a little bit early. Originally slated to begin real-money play on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 9:19 a.m. PST, players located in Nevada who preregistered for were invited to play on the site.

After receiving notification via email on Tuesday, players had the ability to download the client through a special link. The updated client included real-money cash games, sit-n-gos, and multi-table tournaments. This marks the first official competitor to Ultimate Poker, the first legally-regulated online poker site that launched at the end of April.

While Ultimate Poker only offers no-limit and limit Hold'em, has a few more poker variants available in pot-limit Omaha, limit Omaha eight-or-better, limit seven-card stud, and limit seven-card stud eight-or-better.

The site also features a loyalty program named the Action Club, satellites to live events including the World Series of Poker Europe, and in October the site will host the Online Championships, a nine-tournament series with $500,000 in added money. The nine winners of the Online Championships will compete in a sit-n-go titled the “Online Nine,” which will coincide with the November Nine.

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