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WSOP Poker Site Announces It Has Signed Greg Merson As Its First 'Brand Ambassador'

Group's Nevada Online Poker Site Turns 1-Year-Old Tomorrow

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Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the WSOP-branded online poker site launching in the state of Nevada. To mark the occasion, the WSOP, owned by Caesars, announced that it has signed Maryland-native Greg Merson to be its first site-sponsored pro.

Merson won the 2012 main event.

There were reports in July that a deal with Merson was in place, but it took nearly two months before the WSOP officially announced the agreement.

According to Merson’s Twitter, he currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. The WSOP also has an online poker product in the Garden State.

A WSOP press release gave some interesting numbers from the site’s first year in Nevada.

To date, WSOP.com in Nevada has registered more than 100,000 accounts, dealt 15,022,347 cash game hands, where $363,284,608 has been wagered. On the tournament side, WSOP.com in Nevada has run 14,564 tournaments.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Caesars has reaped $23.9 million from its online gaming products through August. That’s without Nevada-New Jersey player sharing.

According to PokerScout, over the past six months, if you exclude the six weeks of the WSOP live tournaments in Las Vegas when traffic spiked, the firm’s Nevada online poker site is averaging around 100 cash game players at any given time.

That figure trails the WSOP’s New Jersey site.

“It has been a year full of excitement, with plenty of lessons learned,” WSOP.com Head of Online Poker Bill Rini said in a statement. “Most importantly for the game’s long-term health, the technology and the regulations have worked as intended. We have established a solid foundation for this recently-regulated digital form of entertainment in the United States, and remain fully-committed and bullish on the long-term prospects of the business.”

 
 
 
 

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robtr3
over 7 years ago

Hoboken??? Did he blow his 8 mil already or is that some kind of joke?

 
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Patrick13
over 7 years ago

He's living in New Jersey so he can play online legally you idiot.

 
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robtr3
over 7 years ago

@Patrick...I get that much...but Hoboken? On purpose? With THAT kind of cash presumably in the bank?

 
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robtr3
over 7 years ago

I mean, I don't expect him to spring for a place in Short Hills or triple-beachfront in Brigantine, but it's hard to believe he'd put himself in such a rough part of New Jersey while working with the kind of cash he's presumably working with.

 
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