Officials from the World Series of Poker have appealed to players in Nevada to help them out with some poker beta testing, with a public invitation to try their new WSOP.com site in advance of the planned incursion into the US gambling market in the state.
The date is getting ever closer for the launch of Vegas casino games in the state, with poker the first one to be approved and many sites going for a soft launch of fun play games with the aim of introducing real cash play in a brief while. Any player over the age of twenty one years old and living in Nevada can sign up to play, with the beta test stage a chance for those who join up to experience the site before anyone else and also to verify that all of the software is working just as it should.
“By joining the WSOP.com beta program,” the field test page states, “you will be among the first players to experience the WSOP.com online poker platform.” The site will operate as a skin which is to be built and maintained by the WSOP and their parent company Caesars Interactive Entertainment, with the software platform that powers it put together by 888 Holdings PLC, for what will surely be a winning partnership. The two companies extended their overseas licensing agreements into a US based deal during 2012, with both of them seeking approval from the online poker regulators in Nevada to move into this new phase.
Both of those licenses have now been granted, with Caesars getting theirs late in 2012 and 888 achieving it just last month, but now it is down to the Nevada Gaming Commission to approve the software during the live testing phase before real money action can begin. It is this policy which necessitates real players to sign up and try out the site, and though a real money start date is yet to be announced we are sure to see more on this story as the testing progresses and we see a reaction from the regulators themselves.