888 and WSOP.com will share some of their players at the tables. The two sites will combine platforms on Monday, January 12, 2015. Lower limit cash games and sit and gos will be the first games to share players. There will also be $130,000 in weekly guaranteed tournaments available to players on both sites.
The move will not affect any promotions between the two sites. Each will spread unique deposit and reload bonuses. VIP programs and other regular promotions will also be offered separately.
WSOP.com is the second largest New Jersey poker site, while 888 is last out of the three. Borgata/Party is the largest New Jersey site in terms of cash game traffic. The Borgata/Party partnership combine to average about 160 cash game players at any given time, according to PokerScout.
WSOP.com and 888 combine to average 205 players. Assuming there is not much in the way of shared players between the sites, and most of the popular games are shared, WSOP.com and 888 would become the larger of the two New Jersey poker networks.
The new network will be called the All American Poker Network. There are plans for 888 to open a skin in Nevada on WSOP.com’s platform. This is in anticipation of a liquidity sharing agreement between Delaware and Nevada. WSOP.com has a near monopoly in Nevada, while 888 is the exclusive online poker room in Delaware.
There were two other poker networks in New Jersey when regulated online gaming launched in November 2013. Ultimate Poker closed in October 2014, while Betfair closed its poker room in December 2014. Ultimate also closed its casino site at the time due to a conflict with its Atlantic City partner, Trump Taj Mahal.
Betfair still operates a casino site through a licensing agreement with Golden Nugget. Betfair was originally partnered with Trump Plaza but was forced to find a new partner when the Atlantic City casino closed in September 2014.