One Week Later, How Has Interstate Online Poker Affected WSOP/888 In NJ?

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On May 1, US online poker players got their first taste of WSOP.com’s new three-state online poker network. And so far so good.

Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware have only been sharing liquidity for a week, so there aren’t too many concrete conclusions to draw at this point. But, as expected, the interstate online poker agreement is already paying huge dividends for WSOP.com.

Average cash game traffic trending up

According to PokerScout.com, in the weeks leading up to interstate online poker, WSOP.com NJ/888 Poker had a seven-day rolling average of 70-80 cash game players.

In Nevada-Delaware, WSOP.com/888 was doing a bit better, with a seven-day rolling average of around 130 players.

On Sunday, the combined might of the two player pools saw the seven-day rolling average eclipse 200 players.

That number might not seem overly impressive since the 200 player average is simply the cumulative total of the two merged networks (Nevada-Delaware and New Jersey), but there are two reasons to get excited about the new three-state network surpassing 200 average players Sunday:

  • One of the days factored into the seven-day rolling average was pre-liquidity sharing.
  • Early technical glitches and the necessity for Nevada and Delaware players to create new accounts likely tamped down traffic.

Peak traffic soars

Peak traffic on the new US network has already proven to be greater than the sum of its parts.

On Saturday, peak cash game traffic hit 572 and was nearly as high on Sunday.

Since interstate pooling began on May 1, peak traffic has essentially doubled.

First Sunday tournament shatters $100k guarantee

More evidence that the sum of the three states is greater than the parts was the $100k guaranteed Sunday tournament WSOP.com/888 ran this weekend. The guarantee was never in doubt.

When all was said and done, the prize-pool reached $156,600 on the back of 356 registered players and another 166 re-entries.

Prior to liquidity sharing, WSOP.com/888 New Jersey offered a $40k guarantee, and WSOP.com/888 Nevada-Delaware ran a $20k guaranteed Sunday tournament.

More growth on the horizon for interstate online poker

Traffic numbers should continue to rise at WSOP.com/888 for the following reasons:

  • Word of mouth will reactivate lapsed players, draw in new players, and poach players from other New Jersey online poker operators.
  • WSOP.com will likely increase marketing and promotions, including big tournament series and WSOP satellites.
  • Traffic in Nevada will spike when the World Series of Poker kicks off in late May.

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So far, partypoker and PokerStars relatively unaffected

Despite the new allure of WSOP.com and 888, PokerStars NJ cash game traffic increased week-over-week.

The third major online poker site in New Jersey, partypoker, hasn’t been as fortunate. That said, the traffic decline has been fairly negligible, and falls within partypoker’s normal range, albeit, at the low end of that range.

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Steve Ruddock

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Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.