Tuesday saw the long-anticipated launch of WSOP.com, the second legal real-money online poker site to launch in the United States. At 9:19 am PT, Nevada residents and visitors to the state were finally able to register to play a wide variety of games for real money on the World Series of Poker’s newest expansion of their brand.
With an uncomplicated and smooth registration process, players were able to be seated at the tables quickly, on a site that was heavily promoted throughout the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Here’s a step-by-step look at how to get back in the online game:
The first step is quick and standard: It requests a name, date of birth, gender, email address, username and password. In step 2, players will find a process familiar in the regulated US online poker market: a requirement to enter a phone number, which will be used to verify ones location. They’ll also ask for a simple security question and answer.
Once a player enters his or her phone number, the site sends a text message to verify location.
Reply to the text message, and receive an almost instant response. In the next step, players are asked to enter their address.
Some may encounter a small hiccup in the process, with “remote control software,” but this problem is easy to fix. Those familiar with Ultimate Poker, which launched real money online games in Nevada earlier this year, may be aware that the issue is tied to programs like TeamViewer. Simply turn off that program and log back in to the site.
WSOP.com offers a feature not found on Ultimate Poker that recalls a player’s username and password.
Once those hurdles are cleared and the site verifies the player’s location, he or she is just about ready to play on the site created by “the most trusted name in poker.”
In the cashier, WSOP.com offers deposits via credit/debit card or bank transfer. (I opted for a bank transfer and the money was in my account instantly.)
The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, from signup to getting seated, (even if you include time spent grabbing screen shots of each step along the way).
The site offers No Limit Hold’em, Omaha and Stud games, a hand history replayer, automatic reload in cash games.
As the advertisement goes, “Game back (on)line.”
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