When it comes to online poker sites, there is none other with closer ties to the World Series of Poker than Poker.WSOP.com. That's because Poker.WSOP.com is owned and operated by Caesar's Interactive Entertainment, which in turn, is owned by the world renowned brick 'n mortar casino operator, Harrah's. Having bought out the WSOP empire back in 2004, launching Harrah's Interactive Entertainment in 2009 (now called Caesar's Interactive Entertainment), Harrah's is making great strides expanding the WSOP brand in the world of real-money online gambling.
In particular, Poker.WSOP is catering to the UK and European demographic, while a fun-money version of the online poker room is funneling traffic from U.S. residents in search of practice-play online poker tournaments. In fact, until the US government regulates online poker, the Poker.WSOP.com website is redirecting all U.S. IP addresses to the main WSOP website, where links to a free Facebook poker application and fun-money tournament site can be found. The sheer number of players using this free application is a testament to how popular the WSOP brand truly is.
Being the largest annual poker tournament in the world and running 40 years strong, it's no wonder that WSOP is an internationally recognized brand. From 2003 to 2008, entrants to the WSOP tournaments increased from just over 13,000 to nearly 59,000 - hailing from 124 countries. With the creation of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007, and the creation of it's interactive gaming division, Harrah's mission to expand the global reach of the WSOP brand was well under way. With all of Europe in its sight, Poker.WSOP is currently accepting UK players and hosting cash online poker tournaments, not to mention giving real money away in the form of a generous 100% Match Welcome Bonus up to $500 Free.
As with all bonuses, players must fist meet the clearing requirements before withdrawing any cash earned from the bonus itself (there are 30 days to do so). In short, this amounts to earning 10 points to clear $1 in bonus money. Points are earned by playing at cash poker tables, and are awarded at the rate of 2 points for every $1 paid in tournament fees/rake, which amounts to paying $5 in rake/fees to clear $1 in bonus money. To clear a $500 bonus, one would need to pay $2,500 in fees, which despite not sounding like a phenomenal offer, isn't so bad considering the potential winnings earned over the long run - In other words, the time it takes to actually pay $2,500 in rake/tournament fees.
Building on the renowned reputation of Harrah's Total Rewards customer-loyalty program, WSOP gives all real money players a terrific VIP scheme worth taking advantage of. There are seven different levels of VIP status, each based on the amount of monthly play incurred by players. For players who reach the two highest levels - VIP and VIP Diamond - status will last for one year. These are the ideal loyalty levels to reach, as the ratio of loyalty points awarded amounts to over 30% rakeback. For the lowest loyalty level (Blue), $10 cash can be redeemed for every 10,000 rewards points.
In addition to a welcome bonus and rewards points right from the very start, first-time depositing players are given entry tickets to seven different $500 freeroll tournaments, one $1,000 freeroll and free entry to the $50K First Depositors Challenge, which the top 20 finishers of will receive free entry to a $50,000 guaranteed tournament.
WSOP Poker uses software designed by 888 Holdings (Cassava Enterprises) and is integrated with the Dragonfish network - a comprehensive betting platform with thousands of active players. The network is also synced with 888's longtime popular poker site, Pacific Poker. Poker games include Texas Hold'em (which brings in the most action at low to mid stake tables), Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, with ring games, multi-table and single table games available (private tables available as well). Cash games can be played with a bankroll as small as $0.55, with games as high as $1,000 + $30. Freeroll tournaments up to $1,000 take place daily alongside bad beat and Royal Flush jackpot tables, as well as weekly guaranteed tournaments worth $1K, $5K, $10K, $12.5K, $25,000 and $50,000.
As for the actual playing experience, the software features cascading and tiling tables, classic/semi-classic and 3D modes with rotating tables, avatars and chat tools. A player notes feature, hand history and keyboard shortcuts toolbar helps to navigate the platform in quick time, which certainly comes in handy when playing multiple games at once. That said, WSOP Poker allows up to 6 cash games and 4 tournaments to be played by a single player at any given time.
If you're ready to give WSOP Poker a go, visit poker.WSOP.com and make a real money deposit via any number of third-party eWallets, including PayPal (also available for withdrawals). As mentioned, fun-money games can be played, which is all that players from the U.S. have access to anyhow. Highly rated, 24 hour customer service is available via toll-free telephone, email and live chat.
Online Poker Casino Review Content Updated: April, 2011
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