Q+A: WSOP.com marks four years of online poker

Ray Brewer Las Vegas Sun

A stack of $50,000 tournament chips await a poker player before the start of the 2017 World of Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio Convention Center on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

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One of only two remaining online poker providers in Nevada, WSOPm is celebrating its fourth anniversary today. The company began operating on Sept. 19, 2013, several months after the Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 114 and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed it into law legalizing the business.

At the time, skeptics said that if online poker was limited to a few states — the federal push to legalize has fizzled — the industry would struggle. poker domino Before Assembly Bill 114’s approval, Anthony Cabot, a local attorney and Internet gambling expert, said Nevada’s online poker would not fare well.

“Poker doesn’t work in a small state like ours,” he said at the time. “Poker requires liquidity. People only play on poker sites if there are a lot of people playing on that site and the game has the limits they want.”

And that’s how it panned out. Ultimate Poker, the first online poker offering in Nevada, shut down in November 2014, leaving WSOPm and Realgamingm as the only two legal online poker sites in Nevada. poker indonesia

The Las Vegas Sun spoke recently to Bill Rini, the head of online poker at World Series of Poker, and Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications at Caesars Interactive Entertainment, about WSOPm. Edited excerpts of the conversation follow:

How has WSOPm been successful and lasted in this industry?

Rini: A lot of it has to do with a great brand and obviously a receptive audience in Las Vegas of poker players.

We have seen a progressive attitude from the gaming regulators who really have sort of gone out of their way to help us bridge the gap between online and offline as well as the help we have received from the Caesars organization in and of itself.

We’ve found it increasingly easy to do cross-promotional things with live poker and online poker during the World Series of Poker itself when we have tens of thousands of events here. We have started to merge the two worlds of live and online in a lot of players’ minds.

Not too long ago, poker was everywhere. Now not so much. Is the ebbing popularity of the game one reason why there isn’t more online poker in Nevada? poker online

Rini: Before the boom, it was tough to get games going. It was mostly just regular players playing against each other.

The whole poker boom sort of changed that and took it to levels nobody imagined, where it was in movies and television shows. And it wasn’t just in shows about poker.

You would have seen it in a TV program, and someone would be playing online poker in the background. And they weren’t placing it there for a specific reason, but just because it was part of the culture.

Now, things have calmed down. You often have a huge growth, then a contraction, and we’re definitely on the contraction side of that.

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