888 and WSOP.com will begin to share some of their player pools with one another from today, OnlinePokerReport.com reported today. The two sites are currently competing with Party Poker/Borgata in the New Jersey regulated market, with Party Poker/Borgata being the biggest site so far.
The two sites will not be sharing all of their player pool, but instead only selected low limit cash game tables, to be able to compete with Party Poker/Borgata and potentially Pokerstars if they are let into New Jersey as it is expected that they might be.
They will also be sharing specific tournaments worth $130,000 weekly, where the players can compete across platforms. It is believed that it is primarily the bigger guaranteed tournaments which the sites will be sharing liquidity in, bringing down the overlay costs significantly for both parties.
With the boost in tournament players as well as in low limit cash games, it is the two sites hope that they can increase revenues and provide a better experience for the players, with more games around the clock. With Betfair and Ultimate Poker leaving the market, it made it possible for 888 and WSOP to partner up this way to compete against Party Poker/Borgata and potentially Pokerstars.