WSOP and 888 Poker to Share New Jersey PlayersPublished January 13, 2015 by Elana K
WSOP and 888 Poker, two of New Jersey's popular gambling sites, have begun sharing players as of Monday, January 12, in an effort to bring online poker to a wider audience.
Yesterday marked the first day of player-sharing between WSOP and 888 Poker, two of the most popular internet gambling sites in New Jersey. The move means larger prizes for online gamblers, but its real goal is to increase player liquidity, which, according to David Licht, CEO of the All American Poker Network, will “help create a better player experience that we hope will attract a diversity of players and begin to bring poker to a broader audience once again."
WSOP and 888 Poker are now sharing $130,000 in guaranteed tournaments per week, but each site will maintain its own rewards and VIP programs.
New Jersey Needs a Boost
In a somewhat embarrassing outcome, New Jersey’s internet gambling revenue for the first year came out to only one tenth of what was projected. Therefore, to give its revenue a boost, New Jersey is turning to online poker. In the first year of New Jersey’s regulated online gambling, poker made up only 25% of the income, which makes casinos and government officials optimistic that there is room for growth.
WSOP is owned by Caesars Entertainment, the world’s biggest gaming company. The WSOP website became open to New Jersey players in July 2014, and offers a variety of poker games (on computer and mobile), including Texas Holdem, Omaha and 7 card stud. The World Series of Poker, a traditional poker tournament, is the most prestigious and well-known poker event in the world, dating all the way back to 1970.
About 888 Poker
888 Poker has become a household name since its creation in 1997. They currently have over 5 million members, and offer unique features such as PokerCam (webcam poker), Private Games, Teams Poker and 3D poker. The site is protected by McAfee, TRUSTe, GameCare & ICRA, and takes players’ online gaming experience to the next level.