The World Series of Poker held their annual pre-WSOP conference call to update the worldwide media on the upcoming event. This year’s conference call was much more informative than those of year’s past for one simple reason – WSOP.com.
WSOP.com is now live in Nevada and New Jersey and has quickly become the leader in legalized online poker. The 2014 WSOP will be fully integrated with WSOP.com, offering players more opportunities to win.
First, players will be able to deposit for WSOP.com at the Rio and will be offered a special 100% deposit bonus good up to $1,000. To help facilitate play on the site, there will be a “Grind Room” setup at the Rio with all the facilities needed for those wishing to play online.
Next, players will be able to bring both laptops and mobile devices to the tables for play on WSOP.com. These devices must not slow down play. In addition, for the first time ever players will be allowed to use electronic devices once the money is reached in events. However, headphones will still be banned once money play is reached.
If you want to satellite your way into a WSOP event, you now have added options. In addition to the customary live satellites, WSOP.com will be running satellites for both the Main Event and daily bracelet events. Bracelet event satellites will begin during the series and will be held for next-day events.
At present, over 100 seats into the WSOP Main Event have been awarded and the WSOP plans to award 100 more online prior to the start of the Main Event.
WSOP.com was not the only item on the docket. There were a couple important changes announced during the call:
- 5 p.m. events will now have a 4 p.m. start time to allow for more play. There will be no dinner break on Day 1 of evening events.
- Mega satellites will be held each day for the next day’s event. Satellites at 5 p.m. will be $330 and will cover the lower buy-in events. The 8 p.m. satellite will cover $10k and up events.
Finally, WSOP officials are making some other changes to help enhance the WSOP experience. This includes new chairs, new carpet in the convention center, a Hash House A-Go-Go in the Rio, a zip line attraction, indoor blimps, frisbee dog shows and other promotions that will commence prior to the beginning of events.
The 2014 World Series of Poker kicks off on May 27 with the first two of 65 bracelet events. For a complete schedule of events, head over to WSOP.com.