Disclaimer: WSOP poker online is not yet available in Pennsylvania. The following review is what we expect from the online poker operator when WSOP goes live based on the poker product in New Jersey and Nevada. This review will be updated when WSOP PA goes live.
Get ready, Pennsylvania! The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is officially coming to the Keystone State. In case you haven’t heard of the World Series of Poker brand, it is an annual summer series of poker tournaments in Las Vegas televised by ESPN.
The WSOP Main Event champion is the most coveted poker title in the world, and the event itself is covered extensively by various media outlets. Rather than waiting all year for a shot at the WSOP Main Event, Pennsylvania poker players can play at WSOP from the comfort of their own home online.
Find out more about WSOP Pennsylvania below, from the anticipated welcome bonus and promotions along with information about what is to be expected from this legal online poker site and a general overall review.
As a new poker player to WSOP PA, receive a welcome bonus, a matched deposit bonus and eligibility for freerolls just by signing up through us.
As of now, WSOP.com welcomes new player accounts with a $10 no deposit required bonus to try out its online poker site. Use our exclusive bonus code to redeem the free welcome bonus of $10 at WSOP (code yet to be released).
Honestly, we can’t come up with any negatives to getting $10 risk free to try out things like various poker games, fun features and multi-table tournaments at WSOP.com.
When you are ready to make your first deposit at WSOP.com, receive a 100% matched deposit bonus up to $1,000. Please note that this bonus is only valid for your first deposit. Thus, depositing $1,000 allows you to take full advantage of this generous offer.
Clearing this bonus requires you to earn loyalty points, or Action Play Points.
New depositors have 60 days to clear the bonus. Otherwise, the remainder becomes forfeited. Finally, look for freeroll tickets in your player account to register for new player freerolls as WSOP PA’s welcome to you.
|Online Poker Room||WSOP Online Poker|
|No Deposit Bonus||TBD|
|First Deposit Bonus||TBD|
|Last Updated||October 2020|
The WSOP.com Poker Rewards program certainly pays when you play. Every cash game hand that is raked earns you points called Action Play Points regardless of whether you win the hand or not. To begin with, there is no sign-up or anything extra to enroll in Poker Rewards. Simply start playing any real money cash game or real money tournament.
Loyalty status isn’t just a title at WSOP. Once you make the jump to Bronze status, your APPs can then be converted to rakeback or cashback through your WSOP points. In addition, the higher your status, the higher your WSOP multiplier, which translates to higher cashback.
Below, check out either the monthly or yearly WSOP status with required APPs along with WSOP multipliers.
|WSOP Status||APPs Required||WSOP Point Multipliers|
|Bronze||200+ APPs each month||4.0x|
|Silver||750+ APPs each month||10.0x|
|Elite||1,500+ APPs each month||12.5x|
|Champions Club||20,000+ APPs each year||16.0x|
Head to “My Profile” within the WSOP poker client lobby, then click “My Rewards” and finally choose “Convert.” There is a 1,000 point minimum, and then each 100 WSOP points convert to $1 cashback.
Important: You need to earn a minimum of one WSOP point every six months to keep your points. Otherwise, at minimum, convert your points into cash or they will expire.
Finally, if you have reached a higher loyalty tier at another online poker operator, WSOP.com allows for a “comparable tier match request.” Simply email support and include your legal name, your contact information and your WSOP user ID along with a screenshot from the other online poker room of the status level you have achieved there.
Did you know that you can link your Caesars Entertainment rewards card? Just go to wsop.com/rewards/trconnect to start the process. This is incredibly valuable because you can also earn one Tier Credit for your Caesars Rewards card for every APP earned. In this manner, you can reach higher Caesars Rewards tier levels just by playing online.
The WSOP poker app, powered by 888 Holdings, will be downloadable for your desktop computer that operates either on Windows or Mac OS or on your mobile device that runs on Android or iOS.
From WSOP’s main website, click on “Play Now.” The download process will begin automatically whether on Windows or Mac OS.
Minimum requirements for WSOP desktop software on Windows:
Minimum requirements for WSOP desktop software on Mac OS:
You can easily download WSOP poker for either your Android or Apple mobile device via the main website.
Do note that for the Android app, there are a few additional steps to follow:
Minimum requirements for WSOP Android app:
Minimum requirements for WSOP iOS app:
WSOP.com has not quite launched yet in Pennsylvania. However, the same software at WSOP.com NJ and NV will be used in PA. Therefore, the WSOP software for mobile and desktop should run smoothly and with minimal fault as far as its usability. Navigation and filtering controls for choosing games and selecting other options is very intuitive.
Here are some of the features to look forward to when WSOP PA launches:
While the actual software usability is without much fault, it appears that WSOP could really use a visual update to the poker client. For example, when downloading the WSOP desktop client, the visual download process feels right out of the old Windows 2000 operating system.
Moreover, should you choose to play on a newer Android device (we used a Google Pixel 3a), a notice frequently appears on launch that the WSOP app was “built for an older version” of Android, and thus it may not work properly. Lastly, we would like to be able to convert our WSOP points to cash through the app. However, this feature is only available on the desktop client.
Overall, we did not notice any actual software bugs. Although the software has a more dated visual look, it loads and runs rather smoothly on both desktop and mobile versions. Thus, it makes it easy to overlook the dated visual aspects. Finally, the best aspect of playing on WSOP is that the online poker room is fully legal and regulated by the state of Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board. This means that your personal information and funds are protected and secure.
On the whole, expect enough of the most popular games and game variety for you to play no matter the time of day or day of the week.
On the other hand, if you are searching for a specific type of poker game variant that is less popular, we don’t expect to see these running very often. This would be especially true during low traffic or off-peak hours.
Here is a list of our preferred poker game types at WSOP.com:
Below, read on for a more comprehensive preview of each poker game at WSOP.
Below, you can see a variety of MTTs offered at WSOP.com. Buy-ins and guarantees could differ when WSOP PA finally launches. In fact, historically, guarantees at PokerStars PA run larger than PokerStars NJ due to a larger Pennsylvania population. Thus, we can expect that WSOP PA will either match or exceed the guarantees listed below.
Look for a $10K and $15K guaranteed daily. The $15K typically runs later in the evening and is considered the most popular of the weekday tournaments.
On Tuesdays, check out the $25,000 guarantee. This tournament is considered the biggest of the weekday tournaments, so make sure you don’t miss it.
Kick off your weekend with a $10K guaranteed. Look for special monthly tournaments where the guarantee doubles.
No surprises here. Sundays are the biggest day of the week for MTTs.
Although WSOP gives you the option for other types of sit-n-gos like Omaha, hold ’em is by far the most popular choice.
Look to see around 10-20 SNGs running depending on the site’s player traffic. Particularly, if you choose to play lower stakes no-limit hold ’em, the SNGs are easy to fill and start very quickly.
BLAST Poker at WSOP is a type of SNG. We would call it an SNG on steroids. Essentially, once you enter into a BLAST SNG, a drawing before the game determines your prize multiplier. This multiplier can make the prize pool up to 10,000x your buy-in. However, it is typically just 2x the buy-in. The multiplier also affects the BLAST timer, which is a countdown determined by the multiplier.
Then, you play a four-handed super turbo hold ’em SNG. Once the timer goes off, you are all-in until a winner is determined.
Again, WSOP does offer many options for cash games. Available stakes range from $0.10/$0.20 up to $10/$20.
However, the number of active tables are typically low, and it can be frustrating trying to find open seats, depending on the day and time. Active tables that run regularly are no-limit hold ’em. Unless demand picks up, forget about playing some of the lesser known variants like pot-limit Omaha, Omaha hi/lo or especially stud in the cash game setting.
The beauty of playing at a legal online poker room is that you have myriad banking options. Additionally, WSOP doesn’t charge you any additional fees for banking. However, it must be said that depending on the payment processor, there may be a small fee associated with the transaction.
You have five deposit options for WSOP:
For withdrawals, you currently have three options:
If this is the first time you are requesting a withdrawal, make sure to validate the payment method or it will not process quickly. This means that once you request a withdrawal, you will receive a unique token number via email that you will then need to enter to validate the withdrawal. The minimum withdrawal amount is $10 via ACH or $50 at the casino cashier’s cage.
Finally, withdrawal requests are subject to approval, so you may need to provide more of your personal information. Be sure to complete any additional requests within 14 days or the funds are returned to your account and the withdrawal request is canceled.
In New Jersey and Nevada, WSOP.com has separate customer support teams. For example, there are dedicated phone lines and dedicated email addresses for each state. In addition, New Jersey players have access to a virtual support center with frequently asked questions that range from promotions and bonuses to banking, registration, account issues and technical questions.
In both states, the WSOP support teams are available 24/7, no matter the day or time. Finally, NJ and NV players can access the WSOP.com forums, which are moderated by each state’s customer support teams so that questions and concerns are resolved with utmost haste.
In our experience, customer support at WSOP is very responsive and quick to resolve any questions or concerns.
For WSOP in PA, we would expect that it will also have a dedicated customer support team for Pennsylvania players. Also, we expect that customer support at WSOP PA will be as responsive and quick to resolve any issues.
Here are the support channels that Pennsylvania players should have access to:
The WSOP brand is owned by Caesars Entertainment. Caesars was formerly known as Harrah’s Entertainment until 2010. In 2020, Caesars was acquired by Eldorado Resorts, with the merged company retaining the Caesars brand.
In PA, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requires online gambling operators to have a physical brick-and-mortar casino anchor, which is Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack.
Also, Dragonfish, owned by 888 Holdings, powers the software for WSOP.com. And because of an interstate pooling agreement, WSOP NJ and NV share a player pool with 888 Poker in NJ and Delaware. Pennsylvania is yet to join that interstate compact.