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Tri-state online player pool liquidity launched between New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware today. To stir up some excitement for the bigger online tournaments to come, WSOP.com announced $15 million in guaranteed prize pools from tournaments running from May to September.
On April 30, regulators from all three states gave their final approvals to Bill Rini, head of online poker at WSOP.com. Rini said they were actually able to flip the switch a few hours earlier than expected.
It will probably take a few days before WSOP.com releases the player numbers for the big launch if they do so at all. However, figures from Nevada and Delaware’s player traffic before the start, along with numbers from WSOP.com in New Jersey provide some insight into what players can expect.
Before tri-state sharing began today, WSOP/888 in Nevada and Delaware clocked roughly 245 players at peak. WSOP NJ had similar peak numbers at approximately 215. Even if the new combined player pool and bigger tournament guarantees fail to attract new players, it is safe to bet the tri-state pool will peak close to 500 players.
But WSOP.com and New Jersey servers are expecting far more players to turn up. Especially this month, during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Action online will both mirror and feed into the live action with four WSOP.com gold bracelet events, satellites into live WSOP events, and a weekly $100,000 guaranteed tournament. The site is promising at least $10,000 in prize pool money every day of the promotion.