This summer poker players will once again descend upon the desert oasis that is Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, with dreams of gold bracelets and poker immortality running through their heads, and while most will leave with just a story, some will see their dreams fulfilled and some will even have success at the online tables.
Ultimate Poker went live just before last year’s WSOP, but in 2014 the industry is more mature and there are more options. So, this year these thousands of dreamers will have more poker options than ever before with legalized online poker up and running in the state, including Caesars’ WSOP.com online poker room.
In years past busting out of a WSOP tournament meant a slow walk to your hotel room to sit and stew, but not anymore, now you can power up your laptop or even head over to the WSOP’s “Grind Room” and play online poker.
When you hop on WSOP.com you can play cash games, multi-table tournaments or sit & go’s, or you can try to qualify for tomorrow’s bracelet events via one of the numerous satellite options available, and lucky for you…
You can play at WSOP.com while at the Rio or anywhere in Nevada
Not only is Caesars allowing players to participate in online games while playing in live tournaments (so long as it doesn’t interfere with the live tournament of course) but they’ve also designated a specific area in the Pavilion Room for online play, and have made their wi-fi network available throughout the Rio.
The special area is being called the “Grind Room” and features designated computers and a separate dedicated wi-fi network specifically for players who want to play online poker in between tournaments, or perhaps just to get in some hands while they wait to be seated.
Laptop or bust, as WSOP.com is not available on mobile devices
If you are going to play online poker while sitting at a WSOP tournament table you’ll need to bring your laptop, as WSOP.com is not available on mobile devices in Nevada – perhaps Caesars will debut their mobile platform this summer?
It may be a little more cumbersome, but poker is poker, and online poker players have had to make due in worse situations than lugging around a laptop.
In addition to the convenience of playing online poker on the floor of the Rio, WSOP.com is also offering some great promotions during the WSOP, including…
A 100% up to $1,000 Bonus
If you’re new to WSOP.com you can also take advantage of the site’s first time deposit bonus, as all new players will receive a 100% deposit bonus up to $1,000, if they make their first deposit during the World Series of Poker. This is a huge increase over the site’s usual 100% up to $600 bonus.
You’ll also receive…
Five tickets to a $1,000 freeroll tournament
On top of the first time deposit bonus you’ll also receive five tickets to a $1,000 freeroll at the site.
This means instead of the usual one entry into a $1,000 welcome Freeroll you’ll receive five during your WSOP visit.
Here is what you’ll need to do to cash-in your tickets:
Make your first-time deposit of at least $10 at WSOP.com and you’ll be entered into our exclusive $1k Welcome Week Freeroll. Welcome Week Freerolls run Saturdays at 2:00pm. To get started, just register a real money account at WSOP.com, make a deposit into your account and you’ll receive an email invitation.
And there is also…
A Sit & Go leader-board throughout the World Series of Poker
For all of you Sit & Go wizards you’ll also be able to compete in WSOP.com’s S&G leader-board.
The leader-board prize-money will be split up between the Top 30 finishers in three separate tiers, depending on the stakes you play for:
- Low Limit ($5 and below) – $1,000 in weekly prize money
- Mid Limit ($20 and below) – $1,500 in weekly prize money
- High Limit ($30 and above)- $2,500 in weekly prize money
And as I mentioned in the opening…
WSOP.com is hosting “Next Day” satellites
One of the most interesting additions to the 2014 World Series of poker will be the “Next Day” direct buy-in satellites to WSOP bracelet events.
Next day satellites will take place online in a variety of formats with buy-ins starting as low as $11. For a complete satellite schedule you can visit the WSOP.com lobby.