Four Perks of Intrastate Online Poker
The impending legalization of online poker in Nevada will surely be a long-term boom for the state.
Other states are also considering the issue and weighing the positives and negatives.
Today we give you four benefits that you can expect to see almost immediately after legal intrastate poker sites start opening.
1) Online WSOP Satellites
For years the World Series of Poker has been a key benefactor of players qualifying by online satellites, especially for the Main Event.
With online poker legalization in Nevada, and hopefully other states soon, this give the WSOP an opportunity for legal WSOP satellites for not just the Main Event but also for preliminary events.
This would be of great convenience to those in Nevada and also California provided they legalize online gaming.
Those wanting to play satellites during the WSOP wouldn't have to travel to the Rio to play.
2) Added Promotional Avenues for Live Casinos
One immediate benefit for live card rooms that could come from online poker in the USA is in the form of promotions.
For example, many card rooms offer some type of freeroll or special tournament that is based on the amount of play in the poker room during the month.
They can take this a step further and offer players live casino benefits that can be earned on their online site.
If you need to earn 40 hours to play the monthly live freeroll, just play those hours online and show up to the casino.
Yes, online freerolls could be offered, but smart casino owners will try and incorporate live action into their sites too.
3) Online Poker Site Sponsorships
Once online poker sites start opening in Nevada and in other states don't be surprised if a spike in online poker sponsorships occur.
Those pros already in Nevada should probably start promoting themselves to casinos in regards to sponsorship right now.
An early likely sponsorship you will see is Jean-Robert Bellande with Aria. Jamie Gold's contract with the Tropicana should roll over to the online site as well.
It would be nice if we could see maybe Doyle Brunson sponsored by the Bellagio or some other big name connected with an online site connect to a Vegas Casino.
4) Greater Player Benefits and Comps
Once online poker sites start opening in Nevada and elsewhere, sites are going to be fiercely competing with each other to increase their player bases.
What this will mean for those playing online is not only greater choice, but also greater potential rewards.
Don't be surprised to see much more than "best poker deposit bonuses" and freeroll events offered to players.
Expect a bevy of promotions ranging from free stays at the live casinos, free prizes and swag to other benefits and comps for players.
Some of you remember the early days of online real money poker.
While things may not be that wild, do expect some promotions to rival those of old school online poker sites.