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Caesars Entertainment has launched a new three-state poker pool called WSOP Online, the largest inter-state pool in operation since a previous crackdown on the offshore market.

The platform combines player pools in Michigan, Nevada and New Jersey, and represents the first US three-state poker pool in history.

WSOP.com has also officially rebranded to WSOP Online, with Caesars touting the upgraded functionality of the new product.

Caesars Digital VP of online poker Danielle Barille (pictured) said: “This platform upgrade is long overdue and is a big win for our players.

“The best is yet to come for WSOP Online tournaments, and we’re thrilled to bring Michigan players into the fold with Nevada and New Jersey, resulting in a better experience, more value, and the biggest prize pools of the year.”

Poker pool largest since UIGEA

The operator is the second in the US to merge pools, after PokerStars combined its Michigan and New Jersey pools in January 2023.

The migration was completed on Monday (27 May) at approximately 8PM ET, but reportedly saw minor technical problems at the outset.

Social media users in Nevada and New Jersey faced difficulty validating their location, first reported by Poker Industry Pro.

The combined liquidity pools were made possible by the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MISGA), in which states agree to share online casino users.

Michigan, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia have signed up to the compact.

Delaware is home to a Rush Street interactive (RSI) monopoly on iGaming, which does not currently feature poker.

West Virginia has also yet to see any operator launch a poker product in the state.

iGaming itself is still a niche activity in the US, with just seven of the 50 states having regulated the activity.

While iGaming is legal in Pennsylvania, the state has not yet agreed to join the inter-state compact.

Traffic sharing is a major topic of conversation the US’s regulated online poker sector, with state-by-state poker liquidity being far smaller than the worldwide pools of the offshore era.

In the 2000s, offshore online poker was a popular activity among US residents.

The US Government cracked down on the activity following the passage of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.

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