WSOP.com Celebrates Shared Liquidity with the Coast to Coast Classic
The days of state-segregated online poker markets are behind us — well, at least for Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. On Tuesday, WSOP.com became the first online poker site stateside to offer a combined platform for players in the three states where regulated online poker is up and running, representing a huge step in the march towards a sustainable regulated online poker network in the U.S.
“It’s a monumental day for online poker in the United States,” said WSOP.com’s Head of Online Poker Bill Rini of the launch. “This is truly a game-changer for players and we hope is the model blueprint for additional states to join the fray.”
“This is truly a game-changer for players and we hope is the model blueprint for additional states to join the fray.”
While Pennsylvania has already passed online gambling legislation and may be in position to join the liquidity party in the not-too-distant future, Rini and other online poker proponents hope that the shared liquidity move will pave the way for more dominoes to fall.
After all, the resulting much-larger player pools sure to result from sharing liquidity will mean a more appealing market for players – wider game selection in cash games and tournaments, wider time zone coverage and bigger prize pools. This, in turn, makes the online poker market more viable for operators, meaning more tax dollars for states.
To celebrate the enactment of the shared liquidity agreement, WSOP.com has announced the first amped up tournament series to take place May 11-20, prior to the start of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Aptly named the “Coast to Coast Classic,” the series is guaranteeing at least $1,000,000 in prize pools across 32 tournaments, the highlight being a $200,001 Guaranteed Main Event on Sunday, May 20, making it the largest record U.S. regulated prize pool guarantee.
Coast to Coast Classic Details
Buy-ins for the inaugural shared liquidity series will range from $11 to $1,000 and the schedule will offer three events on most days with a fourth event added on Sundays, May 13 and 20. Coast to Coast Classic tournaments begin at the top of the hour; for players in Nevada, events start on the hour between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pacific. Those playing from their homes on the East Coast can plan for tournament start times between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern.
In addition to the larger than ever prize pool guarantees, WSOP.com is sweetening the pot with a freeroll ticket into a 20 seat guaranteed satellite for WSOP Event #10, a $365 online gold bracelet event.
The new and improved WSOP.com software is accessible to players within the borders of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, tri-state compliance assured with the aid of GeoComply’s geolocation technology. Eligible players can join the action by registering for an account here.
For additional details regarding what’s in store for players on WSOP.com in the coming months, including the $15 million summer, the 2018 online WSOP gold bracelet schedule and the new and improved loyalty program “Poker Rewards,” read this PokerNews liquidity preview article.
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