There was talk a few weeks ago of Caesar's launching a real money site before this years WSOP kicked off, but sadly those rumors failed to turn into reality. However Caesar's Interactive has launched a free play site and many have greeted it with a smile. There are the usual issues of course with the fact that it is only available to residents of Nevada and play money only isn't really what online poker players are looking for. This site follows Ultimate Poker into the 'regulated' online poker world in the states and the wsop.com site although clearly a bigger brand, is still going to struggle in such a limited market such as Nevada.
Players in Nevada are allowed to register and create their accounts and even deposit cash, however they are not allowed to play real money games until that option becomes available, and that is said to be soon, however how many poker players are going to make a deposit and sit and wait until they can use their cash? It's understandable why they are doing this at this time of year, with the World Series of Poker in full swing, however the WSOP is the point and the reason for poker players heading to Vegas in June, not to play fun money poker games, but we can see their point in allowing people to sign up etc.
For those players awaiting real money poker games they will have to keep waiting as no official announcement has been made, however that is said to be happening this summer. Should the site go live this summer that will mean 2 online poker rooms for players in Nevada competing in a very small space. It's been repeatedly stated that online poker in Nevada will not succeed unless there are interstate compacts made, and there is talk of this, however it will be a while before we see any real action in Nevada as far as online poker goes. Players still have the option of playing real money cash games and huge tournaments however at many of the offshore regulated online poker rooms such as BetOnline Poker and Bovada, both of which provide plenty of real money poker.