Online poker is legal and well-regulated in Nevada. The Silver State was an early mover in online poker, passing legislation in 2013 to establish a licensing regime for real money poker sites.
The first Nevada poker sites opened later that year, beating every other state to the punch. Delaware and New Jersey would follow Nevada’s lead in short order, but Nevada was the first state in the country to oversee the launch of legal online poker rooms.
WSOP.com by Caesars Entertainment and Ultimate Poker by Station Casinos opened early in Nevada’s online poker market. However, Station Casinos shut down Ultimate Poker after just 18 months in the market. A third site, Real Gaming, launched for a while as well but later ceased operations.
Today, WSOP.com remains the sole remaining poker site in Nevada.
Playing on WSOP.com in Nevada
Legal online poker has been operational in Nevada for the better part of a decade, and during that time, has never experienced a significant boom in traffic.
Nevada has one of the smaller populations in the nation with that of just 3 million people, and the market has supported one real option for players (WSOP.com) throughout its entire legal history. However, the spread of legalization has helped in those efforts as Nevada joins player-sharing agreements with other US states where online poker is legal.
Players 21 or older can get started with online poker in Nevada by heading to WSOP.com. There, players can download the WSOP app, sign up for an account and visit the cashier to make a deposit.
WSOP Nevada hosts a variety of promotions for customers, including:
- A general welcome bonus for all new players
- A rakeback program good for up to 32% back
- WSOP satellites to win entries to the biggest land-based tournaments in the world
- Daily freerolls with real prizes
- Daily $10,000 guaranteed tournaments
- Over $250,000 in guaranteed tournaments every Sunday
Nevada players can access WSOP.com from nearly all connected devices, including iOS and Android smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.
The WSOP.com interface is powered by 888 Holdings, the official sponsor of the WSOP. 888 Holdings announced in early 2021 the launch of its new and much-improved Poker 8 software and an extension of its longstanding relationship with WSOP.
Poker Deposits and Withdrawals in Nevada
Nevada poker players can choose from a variety of deposit methods and withdrawal options:
- E-wallets: PayPal and Neteller
- E-Check / ACH Payments
- Credit and Debit Cards: Visa and Mastercard
- PayNearMe: Make cash deposits at various retailers such as 7-Eleven
- Cash at the Cage: Make in-person cash deposits at affiliated casinos (login for a full list of properties) – ID and $50 minimum required
- Withdrawal via paper check
What Games Can I Play in Nevada?
Nevada online poker consists of a wide range of poker games, formats, and stakes for tournaments and cash games alike. Multi-table tournaments (MTTs) and sit-n-go tournaments (SNGs) are particularly strong in Nevada, with online satellites to WSOP events and direct entry to online WSOP Circuit bracelet events throughout the year.
Nevada Online Poker Cash Games
Players can find cash games spread from micro-stakes up to high stakes, with most action found at No-Limit Hold ’em and Pot-Limit Omaha tables. Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Fixed-Limit Hold ’em, and Stud games are also available, though far less common.
MTTs are available around the clock with buy-in ranges for all players. Freerolls are open daily, and tournaments with guaranteed prize pools are offered 24 hours a day for low- and high-stakes action.
WSOP.com is particularly strong on the tournament side, with monthly WSOP Circuit Events for players in Nevada and elsewhere – recently, WSOP held a month-long WSOP Bracelet series with millions in total prizes
BLAST Poker tournaments account for the majority of online SNGs in Nevada. The format is similar to Jackpot SNGs players may have read about elsewhere, but there are several differences.
BLAST Poker tournaments operate under the following rules set:
- A draw at the beginning of each BLAST Tournament decides the prize pool, which ranges from 2x the buyin to 10,000x the buyin
- The tournament begins when four players join, unlike traditional Jackpot SNGs that launch after three players have joined
- BLAST tournaments operate on a winner-take-all format, but normal gameplay only runs for a predetermined amount of time. After the timer winds down, players are forced all-in with their given hands as many times as needed to determine a winner
Shared Player Pools for Nevada Online Poker
Early in its only poker history, Nevada joined Delaware in a player-sharing agreement known as the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). The agreement united both states into a single player pool, boosting traffic for poker operators in both states.
The merger ended up helping Delaware more than it did Nevada, but it established a precedent for interstate poker and paved the way for further developments. New Jersey joined MSIGA several years later and provided an even bigger boost to Nevada and Delaware.
One of the important points of MSIGA is that it only benefits operators that active in two or more member states. 888 Holdings operates WSOP in Nevada, powers Delaware’s three lottery-owned poker sites, and is active in NJ.
As other states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia join MSIGA, look for US online poker to build steam as it reaches the critical mass needed to sustain busy cash games and larger tournaments.
WSOP.com would also need to gain approval to open for business in those states, as it currently operates only in the tri-state MSIGA market. Should that happen, Nevada would almost certainly benefit from increased traffic and revenue. However, other operators such as PokerStars could also lobby for their own shared-pool agreements in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere.
Growth of Online Poker in Nevada
The World Series of Poker and WSOP.com operate under the same brand, and as early as 2014, both brands functioned to strengthen one another. By summer 2014, players could qualify for live WSOP bracelet events through WSOP.com, including the $10,000 buy-in Main Event. A year later, the first online WSOP bracelet event was held, though the event paused with six remaining to play the following day live at the Rio Las Vegas.
Each year since has brought even more integration of WSOP.com into the overall WSOP picture. Five years into Nevada’s poker launch, nine of the summer’s WSOP events took place entirely online.
In 2020, the entire stateside version of WSOP bracelet events moved online, as were numerous online WSOP circuit series, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over July, one bracelet event ran per day with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $3,200. The series then shifted to GGPoker in August for all international players to participate in a similar festival.
WSOP.com in 2021
The 2021 year looks to further strengthen the WSOP.com brand online, with even more WSOP sanctioned events held via the WSOP Online Circuit, which has one full Circuit “stop” taking place each month.
Many of these Circuit events have land-based Caesar’s sponsors, including the likes of Planet Hollywood, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s, Rio Las Vegas, Caesars Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, and Harrah’s Las Vegas. Others are simply named according to the season in which they occur (Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall).
In March 2021, Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers said via Twitter that he spoke with a WSOP executive and confirmed a Live edition of the WSOP would happen in 2021, though not during its normal timeframe (Late May-Mid July). Given the increased presence of WSOP.com within its annual festival, it would not be surprising to see WSOP.com integrated into the 2021 WSOP as well should things follow through on some form of a live series.
Nevada Online Poker Laws
All players 21 and older can play online poker in Nevada as long as they are within state lines and confirmed by geolocation software. Players may only have one account per poker site, and player-to-player transfers are prohibited.
Live Poker in Nevada
Live poker was struggling in Nevada even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced casinos shut for months on end. Several poker rooms closed their doors during the height of the pandemic, and some have closed since.
However, Las Vegas and Reno still stand as Nevada’s two primary destinations for in-person poker rooms.
A total of 19 poker rooms remain open in Las Vegas, including ten on the Strip. Among the largest are:
- The ARIA Poker Room
- Bellagio Poker Room
- Caesars Palace Poker Room
- Venetian Poker Room
- Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room
Smaller rooms at Bally’s, the Flamingo, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, and the Sahara remain operational as well.
Golden Nugget is another option for players who find themselves downtown, and those who wish to play off The Strip can also look to rooms such as Orleans and South Pont.
Three Reno Casinos (Atlantis, Grand Sierra, and Peppermill) are also open, as are Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley Inn.