Pennsylvania & Michigan Players Will Be First To Experience “Poker 8”
888poker earlier announced that with its partnership with Caesars being extended, the WSOP.com will enter Pennsylvania and Michigan during the first half of the year.
888poker also indicated that the site’s upcoming launch in both markets will feature its latest software update, Poker 8.
888poker has been providing software support for the WSOP.com sites since 2013. WSOP.com currently operates in New Jersey and Nevada.
Players in most 888poker clients across the globe are already enjoying the fresh features and major upgrades in the new Poker 8 platform, but the innovative software has yet to be introduced to the US market.
Now, as per 888poker’s latest announcement, players in both Pennsylvania and Michigan will be the first in the US to experience Poker 8, as WSOP.com will go live in both states using the new software. Here’s what players in PA and MI can expect from the new Poker 8 platform:
Tournament players will be welcomed by a redesigned lobby sporting a cleaner, more modern look, with clear filters and columns allowing users to easily and conveniently go to their game of choice. Similarly, the cash game lobby has also been upgraded. The large filter buttons will now make it easier for cash game players to select games according to stakes, table size and game type.
Portrait Layout & MTT Feature
Mobile players can now navigate the software and play games using just one hand via the new portrait mode. Poker 8’s new MTT feature will also allow players to play up to four tables simultaneously. Both features have become a staple of software upgrades by online poker operators in recent years, and they have been crucial to improving the overall gaming experience of players.
Following Poker 8’s rollout in both Pennsylvania and Michigan, it will then be introduced to New Jersey and Nevada.
US Expansion Opportunities Looking Bright
The US is home to three major online poker operators – PokerStars, partypoker US Network, and WSOP.com/888poker. Among them, WSOP.com/888poker have lagged behind when it comes to expanding their operations across the country. While this is the case, both sites have the edge when it comes to liquidity.
WSOP.com currently operates the only multi-state online poker network in America by offering games to players across New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. 888poker powers the network through its software. With WSOP.com’s launch in PA and MI, the network could expand soon as both markets are expected to join the existing interstate online poker agreement once the Wire Act issue is cleared.