The World Series of Poker hardly needs an introduction as the highest-paying and most prestigious tournament series in all of poker. The people behind the name have smartly chosen to leverage the brand and open a real money poker site open to players around the world. Players can now visit WSOP.com to play online poker, win real money and earn seats to WSOP events.
In partnership with the famous World Series of Poker, WSOP.com brings the action to your computer screen. Frequent promotions and a positive reputation make WSOP a worthy option.
- Legal and licensed in the US
- Mac and mobile compatible
- Lots of promotions on offer every day
- Clean, functional software
- Low traffic compared to international sites
- 7 Card Stud games not very busy
WSOP.com operates in Nevada and New Jersey while WSOP.co.uk focuses on the international market with an emphasis on the UK. In all cases, the WSOP poker room operates in conjunction with 888 for marketing and software development. If you have ever played at 888 Poker, you will feel right at home at WSOP.
In the United States, WSOP.com holds licenses from state gaming commissions to offer real money games for customers located in Nevada and New Jersey. In the UK and elsewhere, WSOP.co.uk operates under a Gambling Commission license. For the purposes of this WSOP.com review, we’ll be focusing on the US-facing poker room. If you would like to learn more about WSOP.co.uk, take a look at our 888 Poker review. WSOP.co.uk is just a skin on the 888 Network with the same software, same games and same player pool. The only difference is which logo you see on the website and software.
WSOP Software Review
WSOP easily has the best software of the regulated sites in New Jersey and Nevada. This is especially the case in Nevada, where the battle between WSOP and Real Gaming isn’t even close. WSOP.com is by far the best choice in Nevada. There are more choices up in New Jersey, but even there I believe WSOP has the best software.
For one, the software just works. It is easy to download, install and get running for the first time. It doesn’t hurt anything at all that WSOP is partnered with the highly experienced 888 for some of its software needs. The people at 888 operate in the highly competitive international market and know how to build a functional, competitive poker platform.
Going beyond basic functionality and compatibility, the software is merely functional. The graphics get the job done but could use a facelift at some point. There are not many features or settings to configure your experience beyond the basics. Even so, WSOP’s software works a lot better than the software used by other US-legal sites.
The software does support multi-tabling and includes settings that will automatically tile or cascade all tables for you. Other features include four color decks, customizable table themes and player notes.
Compatibility: Mac players will be glad to know that WSOP.com does have a Mac-friendly option that works. Mobile poker is supported as well. If you visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store, you can download the official WSOP.com app to play for real money on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Mobile players have access to all the same cash games and tournaments that are available to desktop users.
Cash Game Variety
WSOP.com has a surprisingly diverse range of cash game formats for a site that can only operate in two US states. Generally, you see poker sites that exist off smaller player pools try to funnel their players into just one or two game types such as Texas Holdem and Omaha. WSOP doesn’t care – they offer Texas Holdem and Omaha plus Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo.
Cash game stakes start at $0.01/$0.02 and go up from there to as high as $2.50/$5.00. The low and mid-level stakes always have a handful of tables running, but the action can get sparse at the higher limit tables if you visit during off-peak hours. WSOP.com supports no-limit, fixed limit and pot limit formats for its Holdem and Omaha tables with 6-person and 9-person tables available for all games.
I’m sure the WSOP people realize how sad it would be if a poker site named after the World Series of Poker had a weak tournament offering. Despite only being an option in two states right now, WSOP manages to put together a strong tournament lineup for players in both states. They host multiple freerolls every day, guaranteed prize pool events every week and lots of satellites to WSOP events.
The biggest regular tournament at WSOP.com is the $20K Sunday Guarantee. This one comes with a $200 buyin and never awards less than $20,000 in prizes. If that buyin is a bit much for the ole bankroll, you can win a seat any week through satellites starting at $5. Sundays are always big at WSOP with more than $55,000 worth of guaranteed prizes every week.
WSOP also hosts a variety of tournaments each day of the week at a wide range of buyins with varying prize pools. Every night, they host a $3,000 guaranteed rebuy and at least one freeroll with $100 up for grabs.
SNG players will also find a good deal of sit-n-go action at all stakes. A weekly SNG leaderboard awards an additional $3,000 in prizes to the players who perform the best in single table tournaments with prizes paid out to the best players in three different tiers:
- Low stakes SNGs ($5 or less): $500 in weekly prizes
- Middle stakes SNGs ($20 or less): $1,000 in weekly prizes
- High stakes SNGs ($25 or more): $1,500 in weekly prizes
As one of the few regulated poker sites in the United States, WSOP.com is able to accept real money deposits via mainstream payment options. You can fund your account with all of the following methods:
- Visa and MasterCard
- Cash Deposits at Affiliated Casinos
- Personal Check
WSOP.com is a solid all-around poker site. Even though it operates in just two states, they do a good job marketing their services and bringing new customers into the fold. Traffic can be hit-or-miss, but that is to be expected in these early stages of legal online poker in the US. WSOP is definitely the best option in Nevada and is a competitive option in New Jersey.