Caesars Poker Review

Ownership


Caesars Poker (unofficial name) is the Nevada intrastate online poker product of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. (CIE), a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment (which many people might know better by its former name, Harrah's). CIE already several popular social games, including Slotomania, which it says "currently ranks in the Top 5 grossing games on both the iPad® and iPhone®, ahead of many well known games including Angry Birds." Its parent company owns scores of casino properties under such famous brand names as Harrah's, Caesars, and Horseshoe. It also owns the World Series of Poker (WSOP) along with its host venue, the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The online poker offering from Caesars will likely be a WSOP-branded site.


Software


Caesars Interactive Entertainment has partnered with established online gaming firm 888 Holdings to use 888's software for its Nevada internet poker offering. The Caesars site has not launched yet, so we have not been able to test the software, but if it is a clone of the client 888 already uses, we would expect it to be solid, if uninspiring. Caesars does have a play-money "WSOP-USA" poker room which looks exactly the same as 888.com, so it's probably safe to say that the upcoming real-money site will be just like it.


The lobby gives players multiple ways to find the games they want, using the tried-and-true tab method, which splits the lobby into Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Sit-and-Go, and Tournaments sections. Each section can be filtered by stakes, number of players, and table availability, as well as sorted by stakes, limit, players, average pot, and hands per hour. People new to online poker can also use the "Beginners" lobby, which simplifies things and allows players to be automatically seated at a table or tournament based on pre-selected conditions such as stakes or number of players.


Tables have many customization options, including table theme, card back graphics, and card face appearance. The software also has a good player notes system, allowing for customized labels and over a dozen icons.


While it remains to be seen if this will be an option with Caesars, 888 gives players the ability to save hand histories to the hard drive, an especially useful feature to studying offline.


One neat feature in the 888 software is the hand replay, which animates a recap of the previous hand to make it a bit easier to follow than it would be just reading the hand history.


888 also has a flash-based web browser version of its software.


Traffic


As Caesars online poker is not yet live, there is no real-money traffic of which to speak. On the free WSOP poker room, though traffic is pretty good for a play-money poker room. The vast majority, as expected, is at the No-Limit Holdem ring game tables, where there is plenty of action at all play-money stakes. Sit-and-Go traffic is surprisingly light and not many multi-table tournaments are offered, though some do hit registration numbers of over 100 and even 200.


Security and Ethics


As Caesars online poker is not yet live, there is nothing of note regarding site security.


Customer Support


As Caesars online poker is not yet live, we have not had the opportunity to test its customer support at this time.


Banking


As Caesars online poker is not yet live, there is no banking information at this time.


Promotions


As Caesars online poker is not yet live, there are no promotions to discuss at this time. That said, because it will be a World Series of Poker-branded site, we should almost certainly expect to see many promotions that will revolve around opportunities to win WSOP and WSOP Circuit seats. And with Caesars' extensive collection of properties, it would not be surprising to see promotions having to do with hotel stays, entertainment tickets, and vacation packages.


Overall Review


As Caesars online poker is not yet live, it is impossible to give a definitive review, but as it is partnering with 888, we at least know the software is well-established. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the prospects of a Caesars online poker launch is the multitude of potential promotions with World Series of Poker tie-ins.


Caesars Poker Info


  • Name: TBD (possibilities include Caesars Poker or WSOP-USA)
  • Established: 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Network: Independent
  • Owner: Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
  • Positives: Solid, easy-to-use software; Browser-based and downloadable options; Large, established gaming company behind the site; WSOP promotional possibilities
  • Negatives: Unexciting software; Site is not yet live