Is WSOP Merged Player Pool on the Horizon?

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World Series of Poker was expected to merge its online player pools between Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey earlier this month, making it the first three-state combined player pool in online poker. With little to no development from WSOP, Michigan online poker players are still left on the edge of their seats.

Speculation started when WSOP posted its schedules for its May online circuits, and the schedules of Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey all matched. This led players to believe that the long-awaited player pool merge between the three states was imminent. The schedules were quickly taken down.

WSOP’s social media manager, Kevin Mathers didn’t give much insight into the matter stating: “Unfortunately it’s keep waiting… Some noticed a few days ago that the WSOP website ‘leaked’ May’s WSOP Online Circuit ring events schedule and noticed Michigan has the same schedule as Nevada/New Jersey…The Michigan Gaming Control Board has yet to formally announce that WSOP.com was merging liquidity with NV/NJ.”

WSOP MI debuted in the state in 2022 and has operated only within its respective player pool since its inception. WSOP became the third poker site to launch in the state behind PokerStars MI and BetMGM MI.

While WSOP’s gold bracelets are still sought after in the Wolverine state, Michigan players are seeing smaller payouts compared to other states with shared player pools. Currently, PokerStars MI is the only site that has merged its player pool, combining with New Jersey in January 2023. This merger solidified PokerStars MI’s top position in the state as it increased traffic by 32% from the previous year. BetMGM stands as the smallest of the three sites but representatives have expressed that multi-state player pools are in the company’s future as well.

One thing that would certainly have to occur before the three-state merge would be a software update for New Jersey and Nevada. Michigan WSOP has been operating on the updated Poker 8 software alongside Pennsylvania for two years. It seems that WSOP NJ and NV are in the early stages of testing this new software out for themselves.

Screenshots obtained by Pokerfuse reveal a lot of improvements including a cleaner interface to enhance the player’s experience, added tournaments, and much more. The new app features a more dynamic design including symbols to accompany different game titles.

The new poker client also features two views for cash games, List and Group View. The updated software will also offer a slew of new tournament options like:

PKO Tournaments

Mystery Bounty Tournaments

Multi-Flight Tournaments

Overall, the additions will bring NV and NJ WSOP sites into the newest era of online poker.

The improvements would be made to both desktop and mobile versions and are expected to roll out in NJ and NV soon.

Michigan’s WSOP May circuit ends on May 24 with its 12th event. It is unclear when this anticipated three-state merger will happen between Michigan, New Jersey, and Nevada. Michigan already has an active and profitable poker community, this shared pool should be of great interest to the World Series of Poker.

Mac Daniel is a writer for PlayOnlineCasino and PlayOnlineSportsBetting. He has experience writing about a wide variety of topics, including healthcare, tourism, non-profit organizations, and most recently casino and sportsbetting news. To check out more of his work, visit: playonlinemichigan.com