WSOP Makes Big Changes, New Jersey Gaming Full Steam Ahead - Poker Junkie
Big news out of Las Vegas and Atlantic City took centerstage this week with the WSOP announcing big changes for its international events and New Jersey iGaming getting the green light.
WSOP Asia-Pacific, WSOPE Europe to Alternate Years
WSOP officials announced a major change for its international championships this week. Starting in 2014 both the WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific will become biennial events.
The next WSOP Europe will be held in 2015.
Another major announcement was a change in the dates for the 2014 WSOP APAC. Originally expected in the spring the event will now run from October 1-17 at the Crown Melbourne. The event will be expanded to include 10 bracelet events.
WSOP officials are spinning this as a way to provide more bang for your travel and to counter the saturation in tournament poker. Also, October is spring in Melbourne which provides a much more pleasant climate for the traveling player.
The location of the 2015 WSOP Europe is yet to be announced although the expectation is it will move to Spain.
Atlantic City iGaming Now Live
The soft launch period for New Jersey iGaming is now complete and the state is the third in the United States to offer legal online poker. It's also the second state to offer a full suite of iGaming products.
Six of the seven casinos that entered the soft launch period last week were approved for a full iGaming launch. Golden Nugget was not approved and will remain in a beta soft launch mode for the time being.
The Borgata, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally's AC, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza and the Tropicana all now offer legal iGaming to New Jersey residents.
Some minor problems still remain for some New Jersey players. The geo-location service used to verify players is blocking some users that live close to state lines. Also, several banks are still not allowing deposits for online gambling. Wells Fargo, Discover Financial Services and Bank of America are tops on that list.
PokerStars is still waiting to hear whether it will even be allowed to offer iGaming in New Jersey. The application submitted by Resorts Hotel Casino and PokerStars is still under review and no timeframe has been set on when it will be approved, if at all.
Regulators are still concerned over the legal past surrounding PokerStars and owner Isai Scheinberg. PokerStars had entered into an agreement with The Atlantic Club earlier this year but regulatory delays allowed the casino to back out of the deal.