- The software was added to the WSOP website just prior to the start of Event #1.
- Players can register accounts and play for play-money.
- No real-money launch date has been released.
On the same day that the 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker kicked off, Caesars Interactive has released its US online poker client even though only play-money games are available at this time.
The software was added to the WSOP website just prior to the start of Event #1 of the series, and the first game got started within a matter of minutes.
WSOP.com is set to be the second online poker site to begin taking real-money wagers in Nevada this summer.
Ultimate Poker was the trailblazer, launching the morning of April 30, 2013 and offering the first ever regulated hand of online poker in the US.
Players are currently allowed to establish accounts and choose screen names. People will need to be present within the state in order to play real-money games once they become available. Visitors in town for the WSOP at the Rio, or any of the other summer poker series going on around Las Vegas, will be able to take part at the real-money virtual tables once they become available.
As far as a date when real-money games will kickoff, Seth Palansky, Caesars’ Vice President of Corporate Communications stated on a media call earlier this month, “we can’t confirm an exact launch date, but we know it will be this summer.”
Once real-money games are launched, players will be allowed to play online even while at the tables within the Rio. According to WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effle, “Our electronic device rule will continue to be enforced […] as long as a player is not in an active hand, they can use their devices for whatever, as long as we don’t find them cheating. Effle continued, “my main concern is that the game continues at its natural pace, things don’t get slowed down and that players are paying attention to what’s important which is the tournament at hand.”
At the time of publication, an official press release had yet to have been issued regarding the software release.