The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has now expanded into its fourth state following the launch in Michigan on Monday. The provider is already active in Pennsylvania, Nevada, and New Jersey and offers a mix of live-action real money poker games with a full schedule of daily tournaments.
With the launch of the new site, players are also given a chance to qualify for 2022 gold bracelet events via the upcoming WSOP satellites. Ty Stewart, Executive Director of WSOP, said in a statement, “We’re sorry it’s taken so long, but WSOP.com is ready to make up for our late entry with industry-leading promotions, the biggest weekly tournaments, and player appreciation benefits like freerolls to the Main Event in Las Vegas.”
The site is segregated, with players only able to compete against other people within the state. Michigan has already applied to become part of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA).
The application is being reviewed by Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, who are the three current members of the pact. If approved, Michigan operators can connect their player pools with those of the three other states.
WSOP Signs New Brand Ambassador
To familiarize players with the new brand in Michigan, WSOP signed a partnership deal with 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada, a local pro. He will serve as the WSOP Ambassador and host live-streaming sessions on the site and participate in bounty events. He will also travel throughout the state hosting live tournaments.
Cada said, “It’s go time in Michigan. I know a lot of local players are excited that WSOP.com is finally live in the state, and I’m personally looking forward to getting to know all the great poker players at tournaments and online events soon. Game on!”
WSOP is also offering a $1,000 bonus for anyone from Michigan that can go further than Cada in the 2022 Main Event, which will be on the Las Vegas Strip. The site is offering satellites for as little as $1 as a way to potentially qualify for the event. In addition, new players on the site will have a chance to win monthly freerolls in which the winner receives a VIP trip to Las Vegas to play in the Main Event.
WSOP Turns Up the Michigan Poker Heat
WSOP.com is the only place Michigan players can earn entries into offline events. It features many weekly online tournaments as well as the weekly Sunday Major and Six Figure Sundays. Both tournaments have guarantees of at least $50,000, and other major tournaments will be upcoming with guarantees of more than $100,000.
The site’s online circuit for its tournament festivals is scheduled to start on April 20 through May 1, which will award a total of 12 WSOP Gold Rings.
The WSOP is the largest single gaming event globally and has paid out more than $3.5 billion in prizes since its first tournament back in 1970. Last year’s Main Event had more than 127,000 entrants, and over $237 million in prize money was awarded.