Thursday May 30,2013 : WORLD SERIES OF POKER ONLINE POKER (SORT OF) LAUNCHED
Technical glitch allows a few players to deposit, raising false hopes that real money operations have begun
Caesars Entertainment used Wednesday’s start of the World Series of Poker 2013 to launch a play-for-fun online poker site…but an unintended technical glitch that temporarily allowed a few players to deposit and play for real raised false hopes that the Real McCoy was now online and competing with Ultimate Poker.
The soft launch illustrated that the company is catering for both Windows and Mac users, and gave players a choice between play-for-fun or providing their details in a sort of pre-registration for real money play….thought to be coming around mid-year.
Players pre-registering are asked for personal details that include physical address and social security numbers, and geo-location technology is used to confirm their presence within the borders of Nevada, where the new real money site is licensed.
Caesars and WSOP officials moved quickly to rectify the glitch, advising message board users that the deposits were allowed in error but not processed.
Caesars has yet to give a specific launch date for real money action, but has confirmed that it will be this summer.
Many in the industry had expected the real money launch to be choreographed with the annual World Series of Poker, but as it turns out the site now up is for fun-play and pre-registration only.
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