by Tom McEvoy
After waiting what seemed like an eternity, the WSOP.com poker website finally launched for live action in mid September. I signed up for an account during the 2013 World Series of Poker as did hundreds of other Nevada residents. Signing up for the site was the easy part; after that, things got considerably more difficult. My first roadblock was making a deposit. It took several emails and chats with support to finally get a transfer from my checking account to my new online account. Evidently some credit card companies allow a transfer, others do not.
I have been a long time Sprint customer—one of the biggest phone services in Nevada. Unfortunately the WSOP website does not have an arrangement with Sprint customers, so I had more problems to deal with. Several of my friends who also have Sprint refused to switch to a different phone service or do what the WSOP site requires, which is as follows: mobile phone location service is available only on selected carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Virgin Mobile, and Verizon. So it was now a matter of using one of these carriers, or not playing— after I had already made my deposit. I decided to see if Sprint knew anything about this—none of the people I talked to at Sprint had a clue. No way to get any help there. So now I considered my other options—an additional phone service which I don’t need for anything but online play, or forget about playing until the site finally makes a deal with Sprint to allow their customers to play online. I already have a long grey beard and am looking more and more like Santa Claus, so I am not sure how much longer I can let my beard grow while waiting for a deal with Sprint before I start playing online again. OK, I caved in and went to Cricket which has a $35 per month service charge plus about $50 for the phone plus tax. The reason I chose Cricket is because they don’t require a contract so I can quit anytime, just in case Sprint makes a deal with the WSOP site.
Finally I get to start playing on the site. There is good news and bad news. I don’t want this article to sound all negative, so here are the positives. The software is excellent and easy to navigate. You can play more than one game at once. They offer some freeroll tournaments and a big $100,000 freeroll on October 25th of this year for all their customers. The games they are spreading are very good action which is another positive. On the side with the bad news is the fact that they don’t have a lot of games or customers as yet. There are no big games currently spread bigger than $2 & $4 blind Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. Hopefully that will change in the future with more customers. It is my opinion that the site has promise, but hook-up’s with other states is essential for the site to grow and prosper.
Tom McEvoy is a WSOP Champion, teacher and author. His website is www.tommcevoy.com