World Series of Poker fans in PA or MI may not be aware that players in NJ and NV are actually getting an outdated experience on WSOP’s online platform. While users from PA and MI are getting the latest innovative technology, others are using the out-of-date 888 poker software that still resembles online poker rooms in the early 2000s.
The WSOP software still used in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware showcases an outdated lobby that has not changed much over the past 10 years. In the ever-changing and growing online poker community, players favor software with the latest technological features and aren’t afraid to switch platforms. Needless to say, people are at least wanting an updated contemporary lobby.
What is the old WSOP software missing?
As the WSOP platforms in these states have not seen any revision in a decade, the software is missing out on key components and features that are necessary if WSOP wants to attract new players.
For example, the software does not have the ability to multi-table or support the Pot-Limit Omaha variant. Users also love the Progressive Knockout (PKO) tournament format, which the aged software does not support.
An update to its systems would give WSOP an edge on its competitors while providing users with a modern and inviting design that would create a more enjoyable experience.
Why Haven’t They Updated?
While no one knows for sure why there has been such a delay in NJ and NV for software improvements, people do have their guesses. Some of the theories include logistical or regulatory issues within the states. Even just adding or changing small details could necessitate consent from regulators. And if permission was required by state entities or lottery commissions before a new app went live, you can almost guarantee it would be a time-consuming process.
Another speculation includes some potential conflict with 888, the software supplier for the WSOP app. Owned by Caesars Entertainment, the WSOP brand and app were created in partnership with 888. In previous years, 888 has been WSOP’s official sponsor for the World Series. As of recently, WSOP has begun to use GGPoker as their sponsor and partner, which has proven to be a fruitful partnership. There is a possibility that WSOP is looking to switch to GGPoker’s software which could also explain the delay.
Lastly, some people have a theory that WSOP is potentially waiting on Michigan regulators’ consent to merge the NJ/NV/DE player pool before launching the new app. For this to happen, the software must comply with the rigorous standards in place in Michigan.
Ultimately, World Series Of Poker needs to make a change, or they risk losing players to other online poker competitors.
A Look Into Poker 8
Poker 8 is the new 888 software that WSOP uses in Pennsylvania and Michigan that went live in 2021 and 2022.
A look at some of the features this software includes: PKOs, Mystery Bounty, Multi-Fight Tournaments, multi-table on mobile devices, support for PLO tournaments, improved graphics, new hand replayer, portrait mode on your phone, and several other features. The software includes a new desktop client for Mac and Windows and a new mobile app for iOS and Android.
The new modern design of the lobby and upgraded filtering ability has been widely loved by users of the platform.
Poker 8 has been released to all markets except New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. NJ and NV are supposed to be up next for the Poker 8 deployment, but have yet to see the rollout.
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