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From this new virtual home, it's conducting the same shifty activities as it had before. One would think that the principals of this organization would attempt to keep a low profile to avoid attracting negative attention. This isn't the case. They're active on Quora, Reddit, and several other online communities. They appear to be doing everything in their power to lure in the unsuspecting. 2WinPower Shill on Medium 2WinPower-Related Answer on Quora How Do We Know the Games Are Fake? LCB did painstaking research to establish that the games distributed by 2WinPower are illicit. First of all, they're hosted on different servers than the authentic software from the trustworthy gaming houses that released them. Furthermore, there have been changes in the code, which can be seen by inspecting the source while the program is open in a browser window. Finally, a few of the games have custom loading screens that mention 2WinPower. 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However, this is mostly smoke and mirrors.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2winpower-home-page.jpg" alt="Screenshot of the 2WinPower Website" width="639" height="367" /><br /><em>Home Page of 2WinPower</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The real agenda of the firm is to package and sell casino games that have been stolen from reputable vendors. The titles from its catalog come from BetSoft, Microgaming, Playtech, Realtime Gaming, and other renowned names in the casino gaming industry.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The site had actually been shut down in 2017 following reports from LatestCasinoBonuses.com and action by slot machine developer Aristocrat. They convinced 2WinPower's ISP to boot these crooks from their servers. 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They appear to be doing everything in their power to lure in the unsuspecting.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2winpower-medium-post.jpg" alt="Post Promoting 2WinPoker on Medium" width="639" height="611" /><br /><em>2WinPower Shill on Medium</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2winpower-quora-post.jpg" alt="Answer About 2WinPower at Quora" width="591" height="549" /><br /><em>2WinPower-Related Answer on Quora</em></p> <h2>How Do We Know the Games Are Fake?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">LCB did painstaking research to establish that the games distributed by 2WinPower are illicit. 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This means players might be getting a raw deal, thinking they're benefiting from the officially stated return-to-player percentages while in actuality getting fleeced bigtime.</p> <h2>What Companies Use This Counterfeit Software?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The ersatz gambling software lifted by 2WinPower was resold by Desoft Gaming, which passed it along to two of its customers, BetMaxValue Casino and Betstower. Untangling the corporate web of deceit linking these latter three entities is a tricky matter all the more so because they're now all defunct.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of more interest perhaps at the present time is Burnbet Casino, which is still in operation. <a title="Read About Burnbet Casino's Unethical Ways" href="/avoid-burnbet-casino" target="_self">We've told you before about Burnbet</a>, which uses games from 2WinPower and engages in all kinds of other disreputable practices as well, like the slow payment of winnings and making threats against negative reviewers. We once again reiterate our advice to <strong>avoid Burnbet Casino</strong> like the plague.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/burnbet-casino-home-page.jpg" alt="Home Page of Burnbet Casino" width="638" height="581" /><br /><em>Burnbet Casino Website</em></p> <h2>Are Clients Aware of What They're Buying?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It may seem like a no-brainer that something's not right with 2WinPower. After all, how can a firm legally sell games that were made by others? Thus, you might be thinking that all customers of 2WinPower are aware exactly of what they're getting into.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet, there are many other honest organizations that have essentially the same business model, but they do it in an aboveboard way. Groups like EveryMatrix and SoftSwiss gather together offerings from multiple software producers and offer them as a single package to new and existing internet casinos. This lets gambling sites enhance their selections without having to deal individually with each development company.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's not unfeasible that unwary or inexperienced casino execs might be duped into believing that 2WinPower's offerings are the real deal. This becomes even more likely when we consider the shills advertising the company across the internet.</p> <h2>Watch Out for 2WinPower</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are dozens of upstanding software distributors in the online casino space, so <strong>there's no reason to choose the unprincipled 2WinPower</strong>. Its products are counterfeit, its marketing misleading, and its entire business model unethical. 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As a consequence, the 2winpower.com domain was shut down.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, LCB wrote <a title="LatestCasinoBonuses.com Informs Us That 2WinPower Is Back" href="https://latestcasinobonuses.com/news/2winpower-returns-beware-of-fake-slots" target="_blank">an update on the fate of 2WinPower</a> in February 2018 and revealed that this bogus enterprise was back with a new domain name: 2wpower.com. From this new virtual home, it's conducting the same shifty activities as it had before.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One would think that the principals of this organization would attempt to keep a low profile to avoid attracting negative attention. This isn't the case. They're active on Quora, Reddit, and several other online communities. They appear to be doing everything in their power to lure in the unsuspecting.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2winpower-medium-post.jpg" alt="Post Promoting 2WinPoker on Medium" width="639" height="611" /><br /><em>2WinPower Shill on Medium</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2winpower-quora-post.jpg" alt="Answer About 2WinPower at Quora" width="591" height="549" /><br /><em>2WinPower-Related Answer on Quora</em></p> <h2>How Do We Know the Games Are Fake?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">LCB did painstaking research to establish that the games distributed by 2WinPower are illicit. First of all, they're hosted on different servers than the authentic software from the trustworthy gaming houses that released them. Furthermore, there have been changes in the code, which can be seen by inspecting the source while the program is open in a browser window. Finally, a few of the games have custom loading screens that mention 2WinPower.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The issues posed by these games include the possibility of security risks and gameplay glitches. More worrisome, perhaps, is the fact that the payout frequencies may have been altered from the originals. This means players might be getting a raw deal, thinking they're benefiting from the officially stated return-to-player percentages while in actuality getting fleeced bigtime.</p> <h2>What Companies Use This Counterfeit Software?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The ersatz gambling software lifted by 2WinPower was resold by Desoft Gaming, which passed it along to two of its customers, BetMaxValue Casino and Betstower. Untangling the corporate web of deceit linking these latter three entities is a tricky matter all the more so because they're now all defunct.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of more interest perhaps at the present time is Burnbet Casino, which is still in operation. <a title="Read About Burnbet Casino's Unethical Ways" href="/avoid-burnbet-casino" target="_self">We've told you before about Burnbet</a>, which uses games from 2WinPower and engages in all kinds of other disreputable practices as well, like the slow payment of winnings and making threats against negative reviewers. 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Groups like EveryMatrix and SoftSwiss gather together offerings from multiple software producers and offer them as a single package to new and existing internet casinos. This lets gambling sites enhance their selections without having to deal individually with each development company.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's not unfeasible that unwary or inexperienced casino execs might be duped into believing that 2WinPower's offerings are the real deal. This becomes even more likely when we consider the shills advertising the company across the internet.</p> <h2>Watch Out for 2WinPower</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are dozens of upstanding software distributors in the online casino space, so <strong>there's no reason to choose the unprincipled 2WinPower</strong>. Its products are counterfeit, its marketing misleading, and its entire business model unethical. 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Dutch users were informed of this decision on April 11, and their accounts were immediately locked. About the Decision Winamax has elected to cease offering games to players in the Netherlands as it explained in an email, which Twoplustwo user “improvementss” posted to the forums. The opening paragraphs of the email are as follows: We are contacting you today in regards to your Winamax account. We have deduced that your postal address and/or bank details registered to your Winamax player account and the IP addresses you are connecting from are located in the Netherlands. All gaming operators that want to offer their services to players living in the Netherlands must hold a licence issued by the local gambling commission. As Winamax does not hold such a licence, your player account will be permanently closed on Monday, 30th of April 2018. The only way around the closure of accounts for Netherlands-registered players is to prove residence in another country where Winamax operates legally, complete with a non-Netherlands bank account. Response This news was greeted with dismay by Netherlanders who were surprised by the contents of the emails they received as well as the fact that the account suspensions happened immediately with no advance warning. Indeed, several players had active entries in 2-day tournaments and had been anticipating advancing further in these events. However, the Winamax 2+2 forum rep, “deviate7,” soon revealed the solution to this issue: He further elaborated that on April 30, all players from the Netherlands would automatically have their real money balances sent to the bank accounts that they had registered with Winamax. This sum will include the face value of all unused tournament tickets, and Miles (Winamax's rewards currency) will be converted to euros at a value of €0.013 apiece. Netherlands Online Gambling Legal Situation “deviate7” explained that Winamax was taking this course of action “due to recent changes in legislation.” However, there hasn't been any new legislation passed in the Netherlands related to online poker or gambling. The legal status of online gaming in the Netherlands is currently unsettled. The Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), maintains that organizations must hold valid licenses to offer online gambling to Dutch citizens. It bases this belief on its interpretation of archaic laws that date back to before the internet was envisioned. No entity now holds any such license. In 2005, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that bookmaker Ladbrokes was violating the law, and fellow sports-betting company Betsson lost a similar case in 2017. However, many of the enforcement activities that KSA has attempted have been thwarted by the courts. In late 2017, a court ruled against this body's efforts to prohibit payment processors from transacting with offshore gambling outfits. Before this, in 2015, a problem gambler in the Netherlands sued Unibet to recoup €178,000 in losses, alleging that the betting firm was operating illegally in the country. The judiciary disagreed, and Unibet didn't have to pay anything. In general, unlicensed gambling businesses have no fear of providing their services to the Netherlands. It takes the KSA quite a while to mount any serious challenges against them, and the vagaries of Dutch law mean that the decisions quite often end up in favor of the gaming firms. Winamax's Reasoning Given the widespread presence of gray market gambling companies in the Dutch market and the government's relative toothlessness in tackling them, Winamax's decision to bow out may seem mysterious. Yet, there are possible explanations that we can't be certain are applicable in this case but that appear fairly probable. The KSA isn't happy about the confusing and troublesome legal climate for gambling, and it has been pushing the legislature, the States General, to pass a new law, called the Remote Gambling Act. This would establish a licensing framework for internet gambling, levy taxes on the businesses, and enact a set of rules and regulations. Incidentally, this legislation specifically contains the word “poker” and declares that the game falls within its scope. According to the draft proposal, the government will have significant leeway in formulating additional rules regarding online gaming licensure. There are hints that they're toying with the creation of a “bad actor” clause that would bar any organization that offered a betting platform in contravention of the law from obtaining a license. The Act is expected to pass and become law within the next year or so. Winamax may be preemptively leaving the country so that it stands a better chance of being able to return later on with the full permission of the authorities. Another factor that might be influencing the minds of Winamax execs is the shared player pool that has been formed between France and Spain with Italy and Portugal expected to join in the upcoming months. In order to participate, Winamax has to have the blessing of ARJEL, the French gaming regulator. It's highly likely that removing itself from gray markets like the Netherlands is key to the site staying on the good side of this agency. About Winamax Winamax opened its poker room in 2006 on the now-shuttered Ongame Network. In 2010, the company decided to switch over to its own software and continue as a standalone site. Unlike many in the crowded market at that time, it carved out a sizeable niche for itself especially in the regulated French online poker scene. Traffic at Winamax actually surpassed that of PokerStars in France in 2012, making Winamax one of the few entities to beat 'Stars in any market. However, the crown passed back to PokerStars early in 2018 as it combined its French and Spanish player liquidity, giving further incentive to Winamax to get its own traffic-sharing arrangements in place. Winamax has been courting European customers in other countries besides France for about a year and is right now the seventh-largest destination for online poker in the world. Expresso Poker Table at Winamax Winamax has been known to try out innovative experiments from time to time, setting it apart from some of its less creative competitors. For instance, it was the first internet poker location to debut a lottery SNG product, which it called Expresso Poker, in August 2013. This new game type has proven very successful and spawned countless imitators, like Spin and Go at PokerStars, Sit &amp; Go Hero at PartyPoker, and Jackpot Poker at Americas Cardroom. Where Can Dutch Pokerists Play Now? If your Winamax account was frozen, then you'll be glad to know that there are still quite a few online poker sites that happily accept Dutch residents. Our pick for the best among them is Sportsbetting.ag. When you make your initial deposit, you'll get a 100% up to $2,500 bonus that clears at a speedy 33% rakeback clip. Check out our review of Sportsbetting Poker for further information.   ";s:16:"description_html";s:13526:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_4"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwinamax-ceases-offering-poker-in-netherlands&amp;title=Winamax%20Poker%20Site%20Exits%20Dutch%20Market"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-logo.png" alt="Winamax Logo" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Winamax</strong>, the France-focused online poker and sports-betting operator, <strong>has stopped serving customers from the Netherlands</strong>. Dutch users were informed of this decision on April 11, and their accounts were immediately locked.</p> <h2>About the Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax has elected to cease offering games to players in the Netherlands as it explained in an email, which <a title="Forum Post Regarding Winamax Closing Dutch Accounts" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53689583&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Twoplustwo user “improvementss” posted to the forums</a>. The opening paragraphs of the email are as follows:</p> <blockquote><p>We are contacting you today in regards to your Winamax account.<br /><br /> We have deduced that your postal address and/or bank details registered to your Winamax player account and the IP addresses you are connecting from are located in the Netherlands.<br /><br /> All gaming operators that want to offer their services to players living in the Netherlands must hold a licence issued by the local gambling commission. As Winamax does not hold such a licence, your player account will be permanently closed on Monday, 30th of April 2018.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The only way around the closure of accounts for Netherlands-registered players is to prove residence in another country where Winamax operates legally, complete with a non-Netherlands bank account.</p> <h2>Response</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Comment Quote" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This news was greeted with dismay by Netherlanders who were surprised by the contents of the emails they received as well as the fact that the account suspensions happened immediately with no advance warning. Indeed, several players had active entries in 2-day tournaments and had been anticipating advancing further in these events.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, the Winamax 2+2 forum rep, “deviate7,” soon revealed the solution to this issue:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><a title="Read “deviate7's” Post on Twoplustwo" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53689654&amp;postcount=889" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/winamax-exits-netherlands-twoplustwo-post.png" alt="2+2 Post on Winamax Netherlands Departure" width="640" height="178" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">He further elaborated that on April 30, all players from the Netherlands would automatically have their real money balances sent to the bank accounts that they had registered with Winamax. This sum will include the face value of all unused tournament tickets, and Miles (Winamax's rewards currency) will be converted to euros at a value of €0.013 apiece.</p> <h2>Netherlands Online Gambling Legal Situation</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/netherlands-tricolor-map.png" alt="Map of the Netherlands" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">“deviate7” explained that Winamax was taking this course of action “due to recent changes in legislation.” However, there hasn't been any new legislation passed in the Netherlands related to online poker or gambling.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The legal status of online gaming in the Netherlands is currently unsettled. The Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), maintains that organizations must hold valid licenses to offer online gambling to Dutch citizens. It bases this belief on its interpretation of archaic laws that date back to before the internet was envisioned. No entity now holds any such license.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In 2005, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that <a title="The Register's Reporting on the Dutch Ladbrokes Case" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/21/dutch_reject_foreign_online_betting/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">bookmaker Ladbrokes was violating the law</a>, and fellow sports-betting company <a title="Betsson's Tussle With Kansspelautoriteit" href="https://calvinayre.com/2017/09/15/business/dutch-court-rejects-betsson-fight-dutch-gaming-regulator/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Betsson lost a similar case</a> in 2017.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, many of the enforcement activities that KSA has attempted have been thwarted by the courts. In late 2017, a <a title="Dutch Officials Lose Fight Against Gaming Payment Processors" href="https://www.casinomeister.com/gambling-news/dutch-regulator-comes-short-bid-penalise-payment-processor/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">court ruled against this body's efforts</a> to prohibit payment processors from transacting with offshore gambling outfits. Before this, in 2015, a problem gambler in the Netherlands sued Unibet to recoup €178,000 in losses, alleging that the betting firm was operating illegally in the country. The judiciary disagreed, and <a title="Unibet Prevails in Lawsuit" href="https://calvinayre.com/2015/03/26/business/unibet-off-the-hook-for-dutch-gambler-losses/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Unibet didn't have to pay</a> anything.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In general, unlicensed gambling businesses have no fear of providing their services to the Netherlands. It takes the KSA quite a while to mount any serious challenges against them, and the vagaries of Dutch law mean that the decisions quite often end up in favor of the gaming firms.</p> <h2>Winamax's Reasoning</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking.png" alt="Thinking" width="109" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Given the widespread presence of gray market gambling companies in the Dutch market and the government's relative toothlessness in tackling them, Winamax's decision to bow out may seem mysterious. Yet, there are possible explanations that we can't be certain are applicable in this case but that appear fairly probable.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The KSA isn't happy about the confusing and troublesome legal climate for gambling, and it has been pushing the legislature, the States General, to pass a new law, called the <a title="Text of the Dutch Remote Gambling Act" href="https://www.slideshare.net/fredericengel/betting-and-gaming-act-remote-games-of-chance" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Remote Gambling Act</a>. This would establish a licensing framework for internet gambling, levy taxes on the businesses, and enact a set of rules and regulations. Incidentally, this legislation specifically contains the word “poker” and declares that the game falls within its scope.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to the draft proposal, the government will have significant leeway in formulating additional rules regarding online gaming licensure. There are hints that they're toying with the creation of a “bad actor” clause that would bar any organization that offered a betting platform in contravention of the law from obtaining a license.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Act is expected to pass and become law within the next year or so. Winamax may be preemptively leaving the country so that it stands a better chance of being able to return later on with the full permission of the authorities.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Another factor that might be influencing the minds of Winamax execs is the shared player pool that has been formed between France and Spain with Italy and Portugal expected to join in the upcoming months. In order to participate, Winamax has to have the blessing of ARJEL, the French gaming regulator. It's highly likely that removing itself from gray markets like the Netherlands is key to the site staying on the good side of this agency.</p> <h2>About Winamax</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-logo.png" alt="Logo of Winamax" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax opened its poker room in 2006 on the now-shuttered Ongame Network. In 2010, the company decided to switch over to its own software and continue as a standalone site. Unlike many in the crowded market at that time, it carved out a sizeable niche for itself especially in the regulated French online poker scene.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Traffic at Winamax actually surpassed that of PokerStars in France in 2012, making Winamax one of the few entities to beat 'Stars in any market. However, the crown passed back to PokerStars early in 2018 as it combined its French and Spanish player liquidity, giving further incentive to Winamax to get its own traffic-sharing arrangements in place. Winamax has been courting European customers in other countries besides France for about a year and is right now the seventh-largest destination for online poker in the world.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-expresso-table.jpg" alt="Winamax Expresso Poker" width="600" height="470" /><br /><em>Expresso Poker Table at Winamax</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax has been known to try out innovative experiments from time to time, setting it apart from some of its less creative competitors. For instance, it was the first internet poker location to debut a <a title="Best Sites in the U.S.A. for Lottery-Style Sit and Gos" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self">lottery SNG</a> product, which it called Expresso Poker, in August 2013. This new game type has proven very successful and spawned countless imitators, like Spin and Go at <a title="Read About the World's Largest Poker Room, PokerStars" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a>, Sit &amp; Go Hero at <a title="Up to 40% Weekly RB at PartyPoker" href="/Party-Poker-Online-Tournaments-Cash-Games-MTT" target="_self">PartyPoker</a>, and Jackpot Poker at <a title="Review of ACR Ring Games, Tournaments, and Sit &amp; Gos" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self">Americas Cardroom</a>.</p> <h2>Where Can Dutch Pokerists Play Now?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ace-jack-chips.png" alt="Chips and Cards" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If your Winamax account was frozen, then you'll be glad to know that there are still quite a few online poker sites that happily accept Dutch residents. Our pick for the best among them is Sportsbetting.ag. When you make your initial deposit, you'll get a 100% up to $2,500 bonus that clears at a speedy 33% <a title="All of ProfRB's Rakeback Poker Offers" href="/rakeback" target="_self">rakeback</a> clip. Check out our <a title="SB.ag Poker Room Review" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><strong>review of Sportsbetting Poker</strong></a> for further information.</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_3"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwinamax-ceases-offering-poker-in-netherlands&amp;title=Winamax%20Poker%20Site%20Exits%20Dutch%20Market"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:13526:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_4"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwinamax-ceases-offering-poker-in-netherlands&amp;title=Winamax%20Poker%20Site%20Exits%20Dutch%20Market"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-logo.png" alt="Winamax Logo" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Winamax</strong>, the France-focused online poker and sports-betting operator, <strong>has stopped serving customers from the Netherlands</strong>. Dutch users were informed of this decision on April 11, and their accounts were immediately locked.</p> <h2>About the Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax has elected to cease offering games to players in the Netherlands as it explained in an email, which <a title="Forum Post Regarding Winamax Closing Dutch Accounts" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53689583&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Twoplustwo user “improvementss” posted to the forums</a>. The opening paragraphs of the email are as follows:</p> <blockquote><p>We are contacting you today in regards to your Winamax account.<br /><br /> We have deduced that your postal address and/or bank details registered to your Winamax player account and the IP addresses you are connecting from are located in the Netherlands.<br /><br /> All gaming operators that want to offer their services to players living in the Netherlands must hold a licence issued by the local gambling commission. As Winamax does not hold such a licence, your player account will be permanently closed on Monday, 30th of April 2018.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The only way around the closure of accounts for Netherlands-registered players is to prove residence in another country where Winamax operates legally, complete with a non-Netherlands bank account.</p> <h2>Response</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Comment Quote" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This news was greeted with dismay by Netherlanders who were surprised by the contents of the emails they received as well as the fact that the account suspensions happened immediately with no advance warning. Indeed, several players had active entries in 2-day tournaments and had been anticipating advancing further in these events.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, the Winamax 2+2 forum rep, “deviate7,” soon revealed the solution to this issue:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><a title="Read “deviate7's” Post on Twoplustwo" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53689654&amp;postcount=889" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/winamax-exits-netherlands-twoplustwo-post.png" alt="2+2 Post on Winamax Netherlands Departure" width="640" height="178" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">He further elaborated that on April 30, all players from the Netherlands would automatically have their real money balances sent to the bank accounts that they had registered with Winamax. This sum will include the face value of all unused tournament tickets, and Miles (Winamax's rewards currency) will be converted to euros at a value of €0.013 apiece.</p> <h2>Netherlands Online Gambling Legal Situation</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/netherlands-tricolor-map.png" alt="Map of the Netherlands" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">“deviate7” explained that Winamax was taking this course of action “due to recent changes in legislation.” However, there hasn't been any new legislation passed in the Netherlands related to online poker or gambling.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The legal status of online gaming in the Netherlands is currently unsettled. The Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), maintains that organizations must hold valid licenses to offer online gambling to Dutch citizens. It bases this belief on its interpretation of archaic laws that date back to before the internet was envisioned. No entity now holds any such license.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In 2005, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that <a title="The Register's Reporting on the Dutch Ladbrokes Case" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/21/dutch_reject_foreign_online_betting/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">bookmaker Ladbrokes was violating the law</a>, and fellow sports-betting company <a title="Betsson's Tussle With Kansspelautoriteit" href="https://calvinayre.com/2017/09/15/business/dutch-court-rejects-betsson-fight-dutch-gaming-regulator/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Betsson lost a similar case</a> in 2017.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, many of the enforcement activities that KSA has attempted have been thwarted by the courts. In late 2017, a <a title="Dutch Officials Lose Fight Against Gaming Payment Processors" href="https://www.casinomeister.com/gambling-news/dutch-regulator-comes-short-bid-penalise-payment-processor/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">court ruled against this body's efforts</a> to prohibit payment processors from transacting with offshore gambling outfits. Before this, in 2015, a problem gambler in the Netherlands sued Unibet to recoup €178,000 in losses, alleging that the betting firm was operating illegally in the country. The judiciary disagreed, and <a title="Unibet Prevails in Lawsuit" href="https://calvinayre.com/2015/03/26/business/unibet-off-the-hook-for-dutch-gambler-losses/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Unibet didn't have to pay</a> anything.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In general, unlicensed gambling businesses have no fear of providing their services to the Netherlands. It takes the KSA quite a while to mount any serious challenges against them, and the vagaries of Dutch law mean that the decisions quite often end up in favor of the gaming firms.</p> <h2>Winamax's Reasoning</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking.png" alt="Thinking" width="109" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Given the widespread presence of gray market gambling companies in the Dutch market and the government's relative toothlessness in tackling them, Winamax's decision to bow out may seem mysterious. Yet, there are possible explanations that we can't be certain are applicable in this case but that appear fairly probable.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The KSA isn't happy about the confusing and troublesome legal climate for gambling, and it has been pushing the legislature, the States General, to pass a new law, called the <a title="Text of the Dutch Remote Gambling Act" href="https://www.slideshare.net/fredericengel/betting-and-gaming-act-remote-games-of-chance" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Remote Gambling Act</a>. This would establish a licensing framework for internet gambling, levy taxes on the businesses, and enact a set of rules and regulations. Incidentally, this legislation specifically contains the word “poker” and declares that the game falls within its scope.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to the draft proposal, the government will have significant leeway in formulating additional rules regarding online gaming licensure. There are hints that they're toying with the creation of a “bad actor” clause that would bar any organization that offered a betting platform in contravention of the law from obtaining a license.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Act is expected to pass and become law within the next year or so. Winamax may be preemptively leaving the country so that it stands a better chance of being able to return later on with the full permission of the authorities.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Another factor that might be influencing the minds of Winamax execs is the shared player pool that has been formed between France and Spain with Italy and Portugal expected to join in the upcoming months. In order to participate, Winamax has to have the blessing of ARJEL, the French gaming regulator. It's highly likely that removing itself from gray markets like the Netherlands is key to the site staying on the good side of this agency.</p> <h2>About Winamax</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-logo.png" alt="Logo of Winamax" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax opened its poker room in 2006 on the now-shuttered Ongame Network. In 2010, the company decided to switch over to its own software and continue as a standalone site. Unlike many in the crowded market at that time, it carved out a sizeable niche for itself especially in the regulated French online poker scene.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Traffic at Winamax actually surpassed that of PokerStars in France in 2012, making Winamax one of the few entities to beat 'Stars in any market. However, the crown passed back to PokerStars early in 2018 as it combined its French and Spanish player liquidity, giving further incentive to Winamax to get its own traffic-sharing arrangements in place. Winamax has been courting European customers in other countries besides France for about a year and is right now the seventh-largest destination for online poker in the world.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-expresso-table.jpg" alt="Winamax Expresso Poker" width="600" height="470" /><br /><em>Expresso Poker Table at Winamax</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax has been known to try out innovative experiments from time to time, setting it apart from some of its less creative competitors. For instance, it was the first internet poker location to debut a <a title="Best Sites in the U.S.A. for Lottery-Style Sit and Gos" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self">lottery SNG</a> product, which it called Expresso Poker, in August 2013. This new game type has proven very successful and spawned countless imitators, like Spin and Go at <a title="Read About the World's Largest Poker Room, PokerStars" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a>, Sit &amp; Go Hero at <a title="Up to 40% Weekly RB at PartyPoker" href="/Party-Poker-Online-Tournaments-Cash-Games-MTT" target="_self">PartyPoker</a>, and Jackpot Poker at <a title="Review of ACR Ring Games, Tournaments, and Sit &amp; Gos" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self">Americas Cardroom</a>.</p> <h2>Where Can Dutch Pokerists Play Now?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ace-jack-chips.png" alt="Chips and Cards" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If your Winamax account was frozen, then you'll be glad to know that there are still quite a few online poker sites that happily accept Dutch residents. Our pick for the best among them is Sportsbetting.ag. When you make your initial deposit, you'll get a 100% up to $2,500 bonus that clears at a speedy 33% <a title="All of ProfRB's Rakeback Poker Offers" href="/rakeback" target="_self">rakeback</a> clip. 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With the restricted menu of internet cardrooms available to denizens of the United States, you may be excited at the appearance of a new one. We decided to take a look at it so that we could inform you whether or not 64Spades lives up to the hype. Unfortunately, our ultimate conclusion is that 64Spades shows all the signs of being a hastily and poorly cobbled-together entity. While it does show some promise, there are many annoyances and frustrations that players have to put up with. Besides these faults, it also has the low traffic levels common to newly started poker rooms, so you really aren't missing out on anything much by electing to take a pass on this third-tier internet poker destination. Table of Contents 1.   64Spades Initial Impressions 2.   64Spades Promotions 3.   64Spades Rakeback 4.   64Spades Software 5.   64Spades Games and Traffic 6.   64Spades Cashier 7.   Comments From 64Spades Players 8.   Final Words About 64Spades 9.   64Spades FAQ Initial Impressions Before we proceeded with the 64Spades download, we attempted to get as much info as possible from the poker room's website. We always prefer to jump into the pool with our eyes open. One thing caught our eye while conducting our research: The copyright notice on 64Spades' site reads, “© 2017 64Spades.” This was accurate as of April 19th, 2018 and it means either that the pages are old and infrequently updated or that the webmaster is lax and hasn't bothered to change the year. Either way, this doesn't reflect well on the professionalism and competence of the organization. After reading through the 64Spades website, we proceeded to download and install the poker client. One thing that's annoying is that, at least for the Windows version of the software, you can't specify which folder you want it to install to. It just placed all files in the default location chosen by the installation program. Undeterred by these minor irritations, we proceeded to continue with our review of 64Spades. Sadly, there were plenty of other snafus awaiting us, but more about that later. For now, let's take a look at the promotions offered by the room. Promotional Offers Almost every online poker provider showcases valuable promotions to keep customers coming back for more, and 64Spades is no exception. There are several ongoing specials that provide a means of scoring some free money whether you're a new or returning player. First Deposit Bonus This is worse than most online poker bonuses on the market. The welcome bonus at 64Spades has an interesting wrinkle to it in that you can get three separate bonuses on your first three deposits. Each is good for 100% up to $1,000 in free matching funds, meaning that you can claim up to $3,000 in total bonuses. This is quite a fair bit of cash – more than most internet poker sites provide for new players. However, a close examination of the terms of this deal reveals that it's not as rewarding as it might seem at first glance. The release rate of the bonus is 10 Reward Points for every dollar of bonus money. You get a Reward Point for every $1 raked. Thus, you must rake 10x the value of the bonus funds for an effective rakeback equivalent of 10%. This is worse than most online poker bonuses on the market. The bonus is paid out in increments of 10% of its value. So if you make a $500 deposit to get a $500 bonus, then the bonus will clear in $50 chunks. You have 365 days to earn as much of the bonus as you can, which is a fairly generous deadline. Freerolls There are many freerolls every day at 64Spades. Particularly prevalent are satellites into micro-stakes events where you can win your seat for free. There are also freerolls that pay out in cash, but the prize pools are usually small, most often $10 or less. The field sizes are pretty manageable though, frequently fewer than 100 players, so you stand a decent chance of picking up a prize without having to battle it out all day long. $300 Freeroll? A big banner on the 64Spades Deposit Bonus page promotes a “$300 FREE ROLL!” However, we looked in the tournament lobby, and we couldn't find any such freeroll listed. Additionally, we clicked in the Tournament Tickets section of the cashier after making a deposit, and we didn't have any ticket to a $300 freeroll. It looks like this is either a promotion that, for whatever reason, hasn't yet gone live or a special that used to be active but is now invalid. Whatever the case, the site should really remove this misleading advertising from its website. Bad Beat Jackpot? The phenomenon of possibly phantom promos isn't restricted to just the mystery $300 freeroll. There's a Bad Beat Jackpot total shown on some Texas Hold'em tables of $0.10/$0.20 and above (both NL and LHE). But there's no information about this BBJ on the 64Spades website! Neither is there any explanation of how it works within the poker client. We here at Professional Rakeback are committed to digging up as many details as we can find on the topics that interest us. We therefore searched the internet for anything we could find about this 64Spades Bad Beat Jackpot. ...there might be a promotion available without any official information publicized about how to win it. We eventually turned up a YouTube video about it, produced by…Al Spath of all people? Yes, it turns out this experienced writer and poker player has been urging viewers to play at the site. This isn't exactly an encouraging sign given the sites he has promoted in the past, like the failed Jao Poker. Anyway, what Spath revealed was the BBJ requires quads or better to lose at showdown, and both players must use both of their hole cards to make their final hands. The video was from the end of January 2018, so we don't know if what Spath said is still true. It's difficult to determine whether or not a special drop is being taken to fund this jackpot (assuming it's still active) because there's no published rake chart for 64Spades that we could see. Thus, it would be quite a challenge to try to examine hand histories and thereby determine what, if anything, is going on with the Bad Beat Jackpot. The entire sum contained in the jackpot was a mere $4,319 as of April 17, 2018, so the amount to be won isn't exactly life-changing. Still, regardless of the size of the pot, we were quite disappointed to learn that there might be a promotion available without any official information publicized about how to win it. 64Spades Rakeback There's no mention of any official 64Spades rakeback deals by the poker site. Thus, your only rakeback from the card room will come from the deposit bonus, and it's a mere 10%. As part of our research we attempted to contact the company and ask them about their affiliate referral program. Not to be a braggard, but you would think that they would jump at the chance to have a high-traffic, high-authority rakeback site represent them. The truth is, they never even bothered to respond to our emails. We have seen people privately promoting their 64Spades referral codes (typically via spamming forums or social media) and offering rakeback percentages as high as 20%. We don't know if this is permitted by 64Spades or if these individuals are breaking the rules by doing so. In fact, it is quite strange given our experience, or lack there of, in getting in touch with their management. Any 64Spades RB you get through these possibly unscrupulous promoters will be paid out at their discretion. Such arrangements sometimes flourish for a while, but we have seen them terminated with prejudice at other internet poker sites in the past. Be careful if you elect to trust a random referrer to set you up with 64Spades rakeback. There is also the possibility that these rakeback deals may be false advertising, i.e. just a way to sucker people in to signing up with the promise of a promotion that does not actually exist! Software The software running at 64Spades was produced by Enterra. This is a niche gaming application provider that sets up white-label sites for customers. There actually is an Enterra Poker Network, and skins have the option to join it or remain standalone. The management of 64Spades has opted for this latter option, so its traffic isn't shared with any other operator. Of course another possibility is that 64Spades wanted to join the network, but could not. Given that they are utilizing payment methods that are not exactly allowed for online gambling transactions, it could be that Enterra simply did not want to burden the risk of adding a brand new, unestablished, unknown poker room with shady payment practices to their poker network. 64Spades provides download poker installers for Windows, iOS, and Android. In addition, there's an HTML5 app that you can log into with virtually every modern web browser. Games and Functionality The selection of games supported is excellent, and we haven't seen such a wide variety at any other site besides SwCPoker. There's Hold'em, Omaha and variants like Courchevel and 5 Card Omaha, Seven Card Stud games, Lowball (including 2-7 TDL and Badugi), and Chinese Poker. These are available in many distinct blind levels, table sizes, and betting structures. Unusually, there are two formats that are displayed within the software but not enabled: fast-fold poker, called “Rapid,” and lottery SNGs, which are shown as “Spins.” Given the presence of quite a few rarely played game varieties, we're surprised that these two popular formats are missing. We're pretty impressed by the ambitious nature of this online poker software project. It's even possible to create private, password-protected tables. Nevertheless, there are a few minor glitches and problems that detract from the usability of this poker solution. For instance, we received the following error multiple times when choosing to muck our hand at showdown: There are odd interface choices, like the fact that there's both a graphical hand replayer and a text-based hand history viewer but no way to switch between them. If you're looking at a hand history and wish to view a replay of the action, you must close the textual hand history tool and open up the graphical one. As far as we know, there are no tracking or HUD packages that work with 64Spades. Speaking of hand histories, you may have plans of importing them into your tracking program. If you attempt to do so, you'll be disappointed. As far as we know, there are no tracking or HUD packages that work with 64Spades. Neither Poker Tracker nor Hold'em Manager provide support for Enterra software or 64Spades. 64Spades Lobby The lobby shows just about what you would expect: game categories that you can select with subcategories for finer control and a listing of all matching games in the center of the screen. The menu at the top lets you adjust your display, gameplay, and language settings. It's possible to sort the games listed by clicking on any of the stat columns. There's also a filtering tool, but it's somewhat limited, and there are only a few criteria that you can filter by. Overall, the software is better than we would expect from a small development house like Enterra but nowhere near as good as the top internet poker sites. Games and Traffic Report 64Spades Cash Games Like we mentioned before, there are dozens of types of poker offered by 64Spades. This may be overkill, however, because there are only a few of them that see much action. During peak hours, which are U.S. evening times, there are up to 10 tables active. They're usually split up between NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, and Open Face Chinese Poker. The paucity of NLHE and PLO traffic may make this room only worthwhile as a backup or secondary poker destination. Yet the presence of a couple of tables of OFC Poker simultaneously active may intrigue those who appreciate this variant because most other sites for U.S.A. internet poker don't spread it. Open Face Chinese Pineapple Table at 64Spades As a poker room that does the majority of its marketing and advertising through social media and word of mouth, 64Spades attracts a casual crowd. While you will encounter the occasional pro, the bulk of the player population is comprised of recreational users. Thus, what games do run tend to be very soft. The blind levels present for Hold'em go from $0.04/$0.08 to $100/$200, and for Omaha, they range from $0.04/$0.08 to $10/$20. Weirdly, there's a $0.05/$0.10 stake available, which seems redundant when we consider that $0.04/$0.08 is also present. Chinese Poker goes from $0.05 to $10 per point. The most popular stakes in the big-bet games are $0.10/$0.20 and $0.25/$0.50. For Chinese Poker, values of less than $1 a point appear to be the most common. The tables are split up into those that allow straddles, those that qualify (allegedly) for the bad beat jackpot, those that permit running it twice, slow tables, et cetera. Furthermore, there are many table sizes: 9-handed, 8-max, 6-players, heads-up, and a few more. We believe that this massive selection is not needed and is confusing to newcomers. Most of these extraneous tables could be killed without any adverse effects. One nice touch is that the allowed buyins are from 35bb - 150bb in NLHE and 40bb - 200bb for PLO. This is a bit deeper than you would usually encounter, and it makes for more post-flop excitement. No Limit Texas Hold'em Cash Game Table at 64Spades There is play money, called “64Gold,” of which every new user starts with 640. However, there's rarely anyone seated at the 64Gold tables. 64Spades Sit &amp; Gos It's not uncommon to open up the Sit &amp; Go tab and see exactly 0 people registered in games. SNGs run from $1 + $0.05 up to $200 + $10. There are NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, and PL Omaha/8 games. Remarkably, the 5% fee structure is consistent across the entire spectrum of buyins, making this a great deal for any sit-n-go player. Unusually, nine-handed sit n' goes only pay out the top two finishers as opposed to the normal three. We would have liked to sample the sit-and-go games at 64Spades, but we were not able to. The player volume just isn't there. It's not uncommon to open up the Sit &amp; Go tab and see exactly 0 people registered in games. 64Spades Multi-Table Tournaments The MTTs consist largely of freerolls with no more than $20 up for grabs and several dozen entrants. Most of the rest of the schedule is micro-stakes games that typically garner no more than about 25 participants. The largest weekly tourney is called “Any Given Sunday.” It costs $36 + $4 to join, and it distributes $4,000 in guaranteed prizes. Tournament Lobby at 64Spades Every once in a while, there are bigger, one-off tournaments as well as MTT series. These special occasions typically have larger prize pools and buyins than the normal, everyday events. Cashier Deposits The 64Spades cashier boasts three accepted payment methods: credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin. This PayPal acceptance is worrisome because it's against the terms and conditions of PayPal to use its service for the purposes of gambling within the United States. We've seen rare online poker sites before that allow you to deposit through PayPal, but many of these entities have gotten in trouble for doing this. Currently, Global Poker is the most prominent internet poker room that advertises its PayPal acceptance, and notwithstanding its contention that its sweepstakes poker model isn't counted as gambling, we feel that this line of reasoning is highly suspect. In any case, 64Spades doesn't even have the fig leaf of Global's contentious sweepstakes arguments to protect it, so it's taking big chances with its and your money. If PayPal gets wind of what's going on and doesn't approve, not only can it freeze 64Spades' account, but it might also go after regular players too. Even money unrelated to transactions for poker could become inaccessible if a customer's PayPal account is suspended. Having eliminated PayPal from our consideration as a depositing payment method, we looked at credit cards. However, they showed up in our cashier screen as “The service is temporarily unavailable.” Bitcoin was the only remaining payment channel for us to employ, so we prepared to send some coins to the site. Actually, Bitcoin is our preferred method of conducting online real money transfers for gaming because it's quick and inexpensive to use while being largely under the radar of the banking and government sectors. You can find out more about BTC and how to use it for gambling over the internet with our guide to setting up Bitcoin and using it for online poker. When we looked at the Bitcoin depositing instructions in the cashier, we were left with many questions: This doesn't look like any deposit form we've seen at any other online poker room. There's nowhere to put in the amount you wish to fund your account with, no mention of the exchange rate, and none of the other info that's typically required to make a BTC transaction. We were about to just send Bitcoin to the address shown, trusting that everything would be handled correctly, but then we saw the following on 64Spades' Bitcoin webpage: All this verbiage about “underfunded” and “over-funded” had us worried. How could we send the right number of coins if there was nowhere to enter our desired transaction value? We waited patiently...but we never got a response from support. We decided that it was time to contact support to get some clarification on this matter. We clicked on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the website, and this brought us to a webform. We filled out all the fields and clicked “Send.” The webpage told us that our message was sent, but we didn't get an email confirmation. Suspecting that we might have typed in our email address incorrectly, we sent another support request through the same web-based mechanism. Again, we didn't receive any email acknowledgement of our inquiry. We waited patiently for a couple of days, but we never got a response from support. We eventually opted to make a test deposit by sending a small sum of BTC to the address indicated in the cashier. This money was converted to USD and placed into our account within an hour. We then proceeded to add the remainder of the cash we intended to deposit to the same address, and it was similarly credited to our balance. Note: The BTC depositing address shown remained the same even after we made a deposit, which is bad for anonymity and user security. Strangely, 64Spades used a conversion rate that was more favorable for us than the going market rate. The dollars that were placed into our account were worth about 40% more than what our Bitcoin wallet indicated as the USD value of the BTC we sent. We wonder if this was an unprofessional error on their part or perhaps an "instant bonus" they credited us without our knowledge. Though we looked for evidence of such a bonus, and we are rather experienced in navigating poker software,  there was no way to tell that we could discover. 64Spades shows that the valid range of Bitcoin deposits is $5 to $20,000. For PayPal, it's $20 - $3,000. The min and max amounts for credit cards isn't stated probably because this method isn't currently available. Withdrawals 64Spades has text about available cash-out options on its website – the only trouble is that three different pages give three separate lists of payout processors! The offered payment methods may be one of the following combinations depending on which page you're viewing: Money orders and digital wallets Money orders and prepaid debit cards Bitcoin, e-wallets, and prepaid debit cards You will probably agree with is, having three different pages with three different sets of conflicting data is unprofessional. Even more so when one considers that this is your money that we are talking about accessing here! We haven't yet attempted to make a withdrawal from 64Spades, so we have no insight into how speedy or reliable the site is in this department, but we'll update this review if and when we do. In the meantime, you can browse over to our monthly poker site payout report for data on payment processing at other offshore poker sites. Account Verification Before requesting a withdrawal, you must complete account verification by uploading certain documents through the 64Spades poker client. The documents you must send are listed as “an identity document, registration page, address confirmation, another document.” The only one of these documents that's described in detail is “address confirmation,” which is basically a utility bill or bank statement showing both your name and address on the same page. We suppose “an identity document” is basically self-evident and refers to a driver's license, passport, or similar identification. It's anyone's guess what “registration page” is, and “another document” is rather vague. Again, we are going to have to ding them for being unprofessional here. With such vagueness what is to stop them from requesting some mythical documents that you can not provide? And then using that lack of documentation to deny your withdrawal requests! It strikes us as shady. Can We Send This to 64Spades as “Another Document”? We think they could use it! It may take up to 72 hours after you upload your files for the validation process to be completed. Once your paperwork is approved, you'll receive an email to this effect. What Players Are Saying Our thoughts on 64Spades are mixed because there are a few appealing aspects to it; yet, there are plenty of problematic issues as well. We scoured the internet to see what others had to say, and we found that comments about this internet poker room were both positive and negative as well. Final Words Though there are features that some users will appreciate, like the Open Face Chinese games and soft tables, we advise our readers to take a pass on 64Spades at this time. PayPal acceptance is a ticking time bomb that could go off unpredictably, and the entire cashier setup is confusing and non-intuitive. Low traffic numbers, poor or nonexistent customer support, and a website that seems like it was thrown together in a couple of afternoons combine to paint the picture of a site that, if not outright shady, is definitely poorly managed. It may be possible for 64Spades to get its act together at some point. Until that time, however, the safest course is to find an alternate online poker room and avoid 64Spades. Our page about USA online poker lists better and more reputable sites that you can play at along with facts about internet poker legality, the history of the industry, and more. ...find an alternate online poker room and avoid 64Spades. When did 64Spades open? - We haven't been able to pin down the exact date when 64Spades opened its doors, but it appears to have been during the month of August 2017. Where is 64Spades headquartered? - 64Spades is, allegedly, based in San José, Costa Rica. Who can create an account at 64Spades? - 64Spades accepts customers from most countries around the world, including the United States. However, the website does state: “Certain country restrictions apply. If online Poker is not allowed in your country, you will not be able to register for a real money player account on 64Spades.” How can I reach support? - There's a support form on the 64Spades website, but our testing revealed that it doesn't really do anything. You might have better luck sending an email to admin[at]64spades.com or a message through the company's Facebook page. What is the 64Spades welcome bonus offer? - 64Spades grants new depositing players a 100% up to $1,000 deposit bonus. It's actually valid for the first three deposits for a total of up to $3,000 in complimentary funds. Despite the healthy size of the maximum possible bonus, it's not really as good as it seems. Even if you did claim the entire bonus, there is very little traffic at which to generate rake and it is difficult to unlock with low clearance rates of 10%. Why is the 64Spades bonus not an especially good deal? - Although you can get up to $3,000 in gratis bonus cash, it will take quite a while to earn it out. You do get 365 days to do so, which is a lengthy expiration timer, but the rate of release is equal to only 10% rakeback. This is much less than at competing USA online poker rooms. For instance, the deposit bonus at Ignition Poker clears at a 30% rakeback rate (at least in multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos), and the offer at Sportsbetting.ag pays out at a whopping 33% cashback . Even rakeback deals without any bonus involved are worth 36% at Intertops and 27% at Americas Cardroom. To put it simply, there are offers much superior to that of 64Spades elsewhere. Can I play at 64Spades from my Mac? - 64Spades does not have a client specifically for Mac poker. However, you can use the browser-based, HTML5 interface to log in and play without having to download anything. Can I play at 64Spades from my phone or tablet? - Yes, it's possible to access the 64Spades poker room through an app on your iOS or Android device. Even if you're running some other operating system on your smart device, there's an InstaPlay client that works with pretty much any modern device with an internet connection. How do I auto-post blinds? - Turning on (and off) auto-post blinds is a bit convoluted at 64Spades. You can't toggle a box right on the table like you can at most other internet poker rooms. Instead, you must go to the table settings menu, represented by a gear symbol toward the top of the window, and check the “Auto Post Blinds” item. FOUR color deck please? - It's easy to turn on four-color deck from within the Table Themes window. You can access it by clicking on an icon near the top of a table that looks like a box or by navigating in the lobby top menu to “Options” ---&gt; “Table's Skins.” Go to the “Front Deck” section, and change it from the default to the four-colored cards. Then click “Apply.” We are going to leave the comments section open for a while in case any of you wish to chime in and share your own personal experiences. If you happen to be a 64 spades employee, affiliate, or owner, we would be especially keen to hear from you either publicly in the comments, or privately (just contact us). 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With the restricted menu of internet cardrooms available to denizens of the United States, you may be excited at the appearance of a new one. We decided to take a look at it so that we could inform you whether or not 64Spades lives up to the hype.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, our ultimate conclusion is that 64Spades shows all the signs of being a hastily and poorly cobbled-together entity. While it does show some promise, there are <strong>many annoyances and frustrations that players have to put up with</strong>. Besides these faults, it also has the low traffic levels common to newly started poker rooms, so you really aren't missing out on anything much by electing to take a pass on this third-tier internet poker destination.</p> <div style="border: solid 3px blue; background-color: floralwhite; padding: 2%;"> <p style="font-size: large;">Table of Contents</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;">1. <a title="Jump to Initial Impressions" href="#impressions">  64Spades Initial Impressions</a><br /> 2. <a title="Jump to Promos" href="#promos">  64Spades Promotions</a><br /> 3. <a title="Jump to Rakeback" href="#rakeback">  64Spades Rakeback</a><br /> 4. <a title="Jump to Software" href="#software">  64Spades Software</a><br /> 5. <a title="Jump to Games" href="#games">  64Spades Games and Traffic</a><br /> 6. <a title="Jump to Cashier" href="#cashier">  64Spades Cashier</a><br /> 7. <a title="Jump to Player Comments" href="#comments">  Comments From 64Spades Players</a><br /> 8. <a title="Jump to Conclusion" href="#conclusion">  Final Words About 64Spades</a><br /> 9. <a title="Jump to FAQ" href="#faq">  64Spades FAQ</a></p> </div> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="impressions" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Initial Impressions</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Before we proceeded with the 64Spades download, we attempted to get as much info as possible from the poker room's website. We always prefer to jump into the pool with our eyes open.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One thing caught our eye while conducting our research: The copyright notice on 64Spades' site reads, “© 2017 64Spades.” This was accurate as of April 19th, 2018 and it means either that the pages are old and infrequently updated or that the webmaster is lax and hasn't bothered to change the year. Either way, this doesn't reflect well on the professionalism and competence of the organization.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">After reading through the 64Spades website, we proceeded to download and install the poker client. One thing that's annoying is that, at least for the Windows version of the software, you can't specify which folder you want it to install to. It just placed all files in the default location chosen by the installation program.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Undeterred by these minor irritations, we proceeded to continue with our review of 64Spades. Sadly, there were plenty of other snafus awaiting us, but more about that later. For now, let's take a look at the promotions offered by the room.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="promos" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Promotional Offers</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Almost every online poker provider showcases valuable promotions to keep customers coming back for more, and 64Spades is no exception. There are several ongoing specials that provide a means of scoring some free money whether you're a new or returning player.</p> <h3>First Deposit Bonus</h3> <div style="float: left; width: 33%; margin-right: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>This is worse than most online poker bonuses on the market.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The welcome bonus at 64Spades has an interesting wrinkle to it in that you can get three separate bonuses on your first three deposits. Each is good for <strong>100% up to $1,000</strong> in free matching funds, meaning that you can claim up to $3,000 in total bonuses.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is quite a fair bit of cash – more than most internet poker sites provide for new players. However, a close examination of the terms of this deal reveals that it's not as rewarding as it might seem at first glance.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The release rate of the bonus is 10 Reward Points for every dollar of bonus money. You get a Reward Point for every $1 raked. Thus, you must rake 10x the value of the bonus funds for an effective <strong>rakeback equivalent of 10%</strong>. This is worse than most <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read our comparison and analysis of a multitude of online poker bonuses." href="/usa-poker-sites-first-deposit-bonus-guide"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">online poker bonuses</span></a></span> on the market.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The bonus is paid out in increments of 10% of its value. So if you make a $500 deposit to get a $500 bonus, then the bonus will clear in $50 chunks. You have 365 days to earn as much of the bonus as you can, which is a fairly generous deadline.</p> <h3>Freerolls</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are many <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best Sites for U.S.A. Poker Freerolls" href="/freeroll-poker-tournaments" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">freerolls</span></a></span> every day at 64Spades. Particularly prevalent are satellites into micro-stakes events where you can win your seat for free. There are also freerolls that pay out in cash, but the prize pools are usually small, most often $10 or less. The field sizes are pretty manageable though, frequently fewer than 100 players, so you stand a decent chance of picking up a prize without having to battle it out all day long.</p> <h3>$300 Freeroll?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A big banner on the 64Spades Deposit Bonus page promotes a “$300 FREE ROLL!” However, we looked in the tournament lobby, and we couldn't find any such freeroll listed. Additionally, we clicked in the Tournament Tickets section of the cashier after making a deposit, and we didn't have any ticket to a $300 freeroll.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It looks like this is either a promotion that, for whatever reason, hasn't yet gone live or a special that used to be active but is now invalid. Whatever the case, the site should really remove this misleading advertising from its website.</p> <h3>Bad Beat Jackpot?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The phenomenon of possibly phantom promos isn't restricted to just the mystery $300 freeroll. There's a Bad Beat Jackpot total shown on some Texas Hold'em tables of $0.10/$0.20 and above (both NL and LHE). But there's no information about this BBJ on the 64Spades website! Neither is there any explanation of how it works within the poker client.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We here at Professional Rakeback are committed to digging up as many details as we can find on the topics that interest us. We therefore searched the internet for anything we could find about this 64Spades Bad Beat Jackpot.</p> <div style="float: right; width: 33%; margin-left: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>...there might be a promotion available without any official information publicized about how to win it.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We eventually turned up a YouTube video about it, produced by…Al Spath of all people? Yes, it turns out this experienced writer and poker player has been urging viewers to play at the site. This isn't exactly an encouraging sign given the sites he has promoted in the past, like <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Jao Poker Closes Without Paying Players" href="/jao-network-goes-dark" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">the failed Jao Poker</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Anyway, what Spath revealed was the BBJ requires quads or better to lose at showdown, and both players must use both of their hole cards to make their final hands. The video was from the end of January 2018, so we don't know if what Spath said is still true.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's difficult to determine whether or not a special drop is being taken to fund this jackpot (assuming it's still active) because there's no published rake chart for 64Spades that we could see. Thus, it would be quite a challenge to try to examine hand histories and thereby determine what, if anything, is going on with the Bad Beat Jackpot.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The entire sum contained in the jackpot was a mere $4,319 as of April 17, 2018, so the amount to be won isn't exactly life-changing. Still, regardless of the size of the pot, we were quite disappointed to learn that there might be a promotion available without any official information publicized about how to win it.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="rakeback" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">64Spades Rakeback</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's no mention of any official 64Spades <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Get Rakeback at One of ProfRB's Solid Partner Rooms" href="/rakeback" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">rakeback deals</span></a></span> by the poker site. Thus, your only rakeback from the card room will come from the deposit bonus, and it's a mere 10%.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As part of our research we attempted to contact the company and ask them about their affiliate referral program. Not to be a braggard, but you would think that they would jump at the chance to have a high-traffic, high-authority rakeback site represent them. The truth is, they never even bothered to respond to our emails.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We have seen people privately promoting their 64Spades referral codes (typically via spamming forums or social media) and offering rakeback percentages as high as 20%. We don't know if this is permitted by 64Spades or if these individuals are breaking the rules by doing so. In fact, it is quite strange given our experience, or lack there of, in getting in touch with their management.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Any 64Spades RB you get through these possibly unscrupulous promoters will be paid out at their discretion. Such arrangements sometimes flourish for a while, but we have seen them terminated with prejudice at other internet poker sites in the past. Be careful if you elect to trust a random referrer to set you up with 64Spades rakeback. There is also the possibility that these rakeback deals may be false advertising, i.e. just a way to sucker people in to signing up with the promise of a promotion that does not actually exist!</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="software" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Software</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The software running at 64Spades was produced by Enterra. This is a niche gaming application provider that sets up white-label sites for customers. There actually is an Enterra Poker Network, and skins have the option to join it or remain standalone. The management of 64Spades has opted for this latter option, so its traffic isn't shared with any other operator.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of course another possibility is that 64Spades wanted to join the network, but could not. Given that they are utilizing payment methods that are not exactly allowed for online gambling transactions, it could be that Enterra simply did not want to burden the risk of adding a brand new, unestablished, unknown poker room with shady payment practices to their poker network.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">64Spades provides download poker installers for Windows, iOS, and Android. In addition, there's an HTML5 app that you can log into with virtually every modern web browser.</p> <h3>Games and Functionality</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The selection of games supported is excellent, and we haven't seen such a wide variety at any other site besides <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read Our Review of SwCPoker" href="/Seals-With-Clubs-Bitcoin-Poker" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">SwCPoker</span></a></span>. There's Hold'em, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Top Places for Online PLO Games" href="/best-sites-to-play-pot-limit-omaha-online" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Omaha</span></a></span> and variants like Courchevel and 5 Card Omaha, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Leading Internet Sites for 7-Card Poker" href="/online-poker-rooms-spreading-seven-card-stud" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Seven Card Stud</span></a></span> games, Lowball (including 2-7 TDL and Badugi), and Chinese Poker. These are available in many distinct blind levels, table sizes, and betting structures.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unusually, there are two formats that are displayed within the software but not enabled: <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Try Out Fast-Fold Poker at These U.S. Internet Poker Operators" href="/fast-fold-poker-games" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">fast-fold poker</span></a></span>, called “Rapid,” and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Lottery-Style Poker Games Available Online" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">lottery SNGs</span></a></span>, which are shown as “Spins.” Given the presence of quite a few rarely played game varieties, we're surprised that these two popular formats are missing.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're pretty impressed by the ambitious nature of this online poker software project. It's even possible to create private, password-protected tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-table-creation-interface.png" alt="Creating a Private Table at 64Spades" width="354" height="287" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nevertheless, there are a few minor glitches and problems that detract from the usability of this poker solution. For instance, we received the following error multiple times when choosing to muck our hand at showdown:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-error-message.png" alt="64Spades Error Message" width="516" height="134" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are odd interface choices, like the fact that there's both a graphical hand replayer and a text-based hand history viewer but no way to switch between them. If you're looking at a hand history and wish to view a replay of the action, you must close the textual hand history tool and open up the graphical one.</p> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large; text-align: center;"><p>As far as we know, there are no tracking or HUD packages that work with 64Spades.</p> </blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Speaking of hand histories, you may have plans of importing them into your tracking program. If you attempt to do so, you'll be disappointed. As far as we know, there are no tracking or HUD packages that work with 64Spades. Neither <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read ProfRB's Review of Poker Tracker 4" href="/Poker-Tracker" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Poker Tracker</span></a></span> nor <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="HEM2 Overview With Screenshots" href="/holdem-manager-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Hold'em Manager</span></a></span> provide support for Enterra software or 64Spades.</p> <h3>64Spades Lobby</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The lobby shows just about what you would expect: game categories that you can select with subcategories for finer control and a listing of all matching games in the center of the screen. The menu at the top lets you adjust your display, gameplay, and language settings. It's possible to sort the games listed by clicking on any of the stat columns. There's also a filtering tool, but it's somewhat limited, and there are only a few criteria that you can filter by.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-cash-game-lobby.png" alt="64Spades Lobby" width="644" height="443" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Overall, the software is better than we would expect from a small development house like Enterra but nowhere near as good as the top internet poker sites.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="games" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Games and Traffic Report</h2> </div> <h3>64Spades Cash Games</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Like we mentioned before, there are dozens of types of poker offered by 64Spades. This may be overkill, however, because there are only a few of them that see much action. During peak hours, which are U.S. evening times, there are up to 10 tables active. They're usually split up between NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, and Open Face Chinese Poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The paucity of NLHE and PLO traffic may make this room only worthwhile as a backup or secondary poker destination. Yet the presence of a couple of tables of OFC Poker simultaneously active may intrigue those who appreciate this variant because most other sites for U.S.A. internet poker don't spread it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-ofc-pineapple-table.jpg" alt="OFC Pineapple Game at 64Spades" width="641" height="462" /><br /><em>Open Face Chinese Pineapple Table at 64Spades</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As a poker room that does the majority of its marketing and advertising through social media and word of mouth, 64Spades attracts a casual crowd. While you will encounter the occasional pro, the bulk of the player population is comprised of recreational users. Thus, what games do run tend to be very soft.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The blind levels present for Hold'em go from $0.04/$0.08 to $100/$200, and for Omaha, they range from $0.04/$0.08 to $10/$20. Weirdly, there's a $0.05/$0.10 stake available, which seems redundant when we consider that $0.04/$0.08 is also present. Chinese Poker goes from $0.05 to $10 per point.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The most popular stakes in the big-bet games are $0.10/$0.20 and $0.25/$0.50. For Chinese Poker, values of less than $1 a point appear to be the most common.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The tables are split up into those that allow straddles, those that qualify (allegedly) for the bad beat jackpot, those that permit running it twice, slow tables, et cetera. Furthermore, there are many table sizes: <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Looking for Full Ring Cash Games? Look here" href="/where-to-find-the-best-full-ring-cash-games-online-for-americans" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">9-handed</span></a></span>, 8-max, 6-players, heads-up, and a few more. We believe that this massive selection is not needed and is confusing to newcomers. Most of these extraneous tables could be killed without any adverse effects.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One nice touch is that the allowed buyins are from 35bb - 150bb in NLHE and 40bb - 200bb for PLO. This is a bit deeper than you would usually encounter, and it makes for more post-flop excitement.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-nlhe-cash-game-table.jpg" alt="NLHE Cash Game Table at 64Spades" width="638" height="459" /><br /><em>No Limit Texas Hold'em Cash Game Table at 64Spades</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There is play money, called “64Gold,” of which every new user starts with 640. However, there's rarely anyone seated at the 64Gold tables.</p> <h3>64Spades Sit &amp; Gos</h3> <div style="float: right; width: 33%; margin-left: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>It's not uncommon to open up the Sit &amp; Go tab and see exactly 0 people registered in games.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">SNGs run from $1 + $0.05 up to $200 + $10. There are NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, and PL Omaha/8 games. Remarkably, the 5% fee structure is consistent across the entire spectrum of buyins, making this a great deal for any sit-n-go player. Unusually, nine-handed sit n' goes only pay out the top two finishers as opposed to the normal three.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We would have liked to sample the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best SNG Online Poker Rooms for Americans" href="/what-is-the-best-sit-and-go-online-poker-room-for-americans" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">sit-and-go games</span></a></span> at 64Spades, but we were not able to. The player volume just isn't there. It's not uncommon to open up the Sit &amp; Go tab and see exactly 0 people registered in games.</p> <h3>64Spades Multi-Table Tournaments</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The MTTs consist largely of freerolls with no more than $20 up for grabs and several dozen entrants. Most of the rest of the schedule is micro-stakes games that typically garner no more than about 25 participants. The largest weekly tourney is called “Any Given Sunday.” It costs $36 + $4 to join, and it distributes $4,000 in guaranteed prizes.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-tournament-lobby.png" alt="64Spades Tourney Lobby" width="644" height="443" /><br /><em>Tournament Lobby at 64Spades</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Every once in a while, there are bigger, one-off <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Sites for Online Poker Tournaments Open to U.S. Residents" href="/what-is-the-best-multi-table-tournament-online-poker-room-for-americans" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">tournaments</span></a></span> as well as MTT series. These special occasions typically have larger prize pools and buyins than the normal, everyday events.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="cashier" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Cashier</h2> </div> <h3>Deposits</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The 64Spades cashier boasts three accepted payment methods: <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Where Can I Deposit With a Visa Card for Online Poker" href="/online-poker-sites-accept-visa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">credit cards</span></a></span>, PayPal, and Bitcoin. This PayPal acceptance is worrisome because it's against the terms and conditions of PayPal to use its service for the purposes of gambling within the United States.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We've seen rare online poker sites before that allow you to deposit through PayPal, but many of these entities have gotten in trouble for doing this. Currently, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Global Poker and It's Troublesome Sweepstakes Model" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Global Poker</span></a></span> is the most prominent internet poker room that advertises its PayPal acceptance, and notwithstanding its contention that its sweepstakes poker model isn't counted as gambling, we feel that this line of reasoning is highly suspect.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In any case, 64Spades doesn't even have the fig leaf of Global's contentious sweepstakes arguments to protect it, so it's taking big chances with its and your money. If PayPal gets wind of what's going on and doesn't approve, not only can it freeze 64Spades' account, but it might also go after regular players too. Even money unrelated to transactions for poker could become inaccessible if a customer's PayPal account is suspended.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Having eliminated PayPal from our consideration as a depositing payment method, we looked at credit cards. However, they showed up in our cashier screen as “The service is temporarily unavailable.” Bitcoin was the only remaining payment channel for us to employ, so we prepared to send some coins to the site.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Actually, Bitcoin is our preferred method of conducting online real money transfers for gaming because it's quick and inexpensive to use while being largely under the radar of the banking and government sectors. You can find out more about BTC and how to use it for gambling over the internet with our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin Online Poker" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">guide to setting up Bitcoin and using it for online poker</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When we looked at the Bitcoin depositing instructions in the cashier, we were left with many questions:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-bitcoin-deposit.png" alt="BTC Deposit Window at 64Spades" width="642" height="402" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This doesn't look like any deposit form we've seen at any other online poker room. There's nowhere to put in the amount you wish to fund your account with, no mention of the exchange rate, and none of the other info that's typically required to make a BTC transaction.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We were about to just send Bitcoin to the address shown, trusting that everything would be handled correctly, but then we saw the following on 64Spades' Bitcoin webpage:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-bitcoin-website-quote.png" alt="64Spades Warning About Bitcoin Deposits" width="640" height="197" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All this verbiage about “underfunded” and “over-funded” had us worried. How could we send the right number of coins if there was nowhere to enter our desired transaction value?</p> <div style="float: left; width: 33%; margin-right: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>We waited patiently...but we never got a response from support.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We decided that it was time to contact support to get some clarification on this matter. We clicked on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the website, and this brought us to a webform. We filled out all the fields and clicked “Send.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The webpage told us that our message was sent, but we didn't get an email confirmation. Suspecting that we might have typed in our email address incorrectly, we sent another support request through the same web-based mechanism. Again, we didn't receive any email acknowledgement of our inquiry.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We waited patiently for a couple of days, but we never got a response from support. We eventually opted to make a test deposit by sending a small sum of BTC to the address indicated in the cashier. This money was converted to USD and placed into our account within an hour. We then proceeded to add the remainder of the cash we intended to deposit to the same address, and it was similarly credited to our balance.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Note: The BTC depositing address shown remained the same even after we made a deposit, which is bad for anonymity and user security.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Strangely, 64Spades used a conversion rate that was more favorable for us than the going market rate. The dollars that were placed into our account were worth about 40% more than what our Bitcoin wallet indicated as the USD value of the BTC we sent. We wonder if this was an unprofessional error on their part or perhaps an "instant bonus" they credited us without our knowledge. Though we looked for evidence of such a bonus, and we are rather experienced in navigating poker software,  there was no way to tell that we could discover.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">64Spades shows that the valid range of Bitcoin deposits is $5 to $20,000. For PayPal, it's $20 - $3,000. The min and max amounts for credit cards isn't stated probably because this method isn't currently available.</p> <h3>Withdrawals</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">64Spades has text about available cash-out options on its website – the only trouble is that three different pages give three separate lists of payout processors!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The offered payment methods may be one of the following combinations depending on which page you're viewing:</p> <ul><li>Money orders and digital wallets</li> <li>Money orders and prepaid debit cards</li> <li>Bitcoin, e-wallets, and prepaid debit cards</li> </ul><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You will probably agree with is, having three different pages with three different sets of conflicting data is unprofessional. Even more so when one considers that this is your money that we are talking about accessing here!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We haven't yet attempted to make a withdrawal from 64Spades, so we have no insight into how speedy or reliable the site is in this department, but we'll update this review if and when we do. In the meantime, you can browse over to our monthly <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Offshore Poker, Casino, and Sportsbook Payout Report" href="/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report" target="_self">poker site payout report</a></span> for data on payment processing at other offshore poker sites.</p> <h3>Account Verification</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Before requesting a withdrawal, you must complete account verification by uploading certain documents through the 64Spades poker client. The documents you must send are listed as “an identity document, registration page, address confirmation, another document.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The only one of these documents that's described in detail is “address confirmation,” which is basically a utility bill or bank statement showing both your name and address on the same page. We suppose “an identity document” is basically self-evident and refers to a driver's license, passport, or similar identification.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's anyone's guess what “registration page” is, and “another document” is rather vague. Again, we are going to have to ding them for being unprofessional here. With such vagueness what is to stop them from requesting some mythical documents that you can not provide? And then using that lack of documentation to deny your withdrawal requests! It strikes us as shady.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/web-design-for-dummies-front-cover.jpg" alt="Web Design for Dummies Book" width="401" height="362" /><br /><em>Can We Send This to 64Spades as “Another Document”? We think they could use it!</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It may take up to 72 hours after you upload your files for the validation process to be completed. Once your paperwork is approved, you'll receive an email to this effect.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="comments" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">What Players Are Saying</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Our thoughts on 64Spades are mixed because there are a few appealing aspects to it; yet, there are plenty of problematic issues as well. We scoured the internet to see what others had to say, and we found that comments about this internet poker room were both positive and negative as well.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><a title="Twoplustwo User Wonders About 64Spades Support" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53636918&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-twoplustwo-post.png" alt="2+2 Post About 64Spades" width="640" height="371" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><a title="2+2 Post About 64Spades' Website" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53637051&amp;postcount=2" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-twoplustwo-post-2.png" alt="Another Post on Twoplustwo on 64Spades" width="640" height="193" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-facebook-comment.png" alt="64Spades Comment on FB" width="474" height="67" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-facebook-comment-2.png" alt="Second Facebook Comment About 64 Spades" width="474" height="63" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-twitter-tweet.png" alt="Tweet About 64Spades" width="641" height="320" /></p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="conclusion" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Final Words</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Though there are features that some users will appreciate, like the Open Face Chinese games and soft tables, we advise our readers to <strong>take a pass on 64Spades</strong> at this time. PayPal acceptance is a ticking time bomb that could go off unpredictably, and the entire cashier setup is confusing and non-intuitive. Low traffic numbers, poor or nonexistent customer support, and a website that seems like it was thrown together in a couple of afternoons combine to paint the picture of a site that, if not outright shady, is definitely poorly managed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It may be possible for 64Spades to get its act together at some point. Until that time, however, the safest course is to find an alternate online poker room and <strong>avoid 64Spades</strong>. Our page about <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Guide to Online Poker Rooms Serving the United States" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>USA online poker</strong></span></a></span> lists better and more reputable sites that you can play at along with facts about internet poker legality, the history of the industry, and more.</p> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large; text-align: center;"><p>...find an alternate online poker room and avoid 64Spades.</p> </blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><img id="faq" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-faq-banner.png" alt="64Spades FAQ Banner Divider" width="640" height="50" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>When did 64Spades open?</strong> - We haven't been able to pin down the exact date when 64Spades opened its doors, but it appears to have been during the month of August 2017.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Where is 64Spades headquartered?</strong> - 64Spades is, allegedly, based in San José, Costa Rica.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Who can create an account at 64Spades?</strong> - 64Spades accepts customers from most countries around the world, including the United States. However, the website does state: “Certain country restrictions apply. If online Poker is not allowed in your country, you will not be able to register for a real money player account on 64Spades.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>How can I reach support?</strong> - There's a support form on the 64Spades website, but our testing revealed that it doesn't really do anything. You might have better luck sending an email to admin[at]64spades.com or a message through the company's Facebook page.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>What is the 64Spades welcome bonus offer?</strong> - 64Spades grants new depositing players a 100% up to $1,000 deposit bonus. It's actually valid for the first three deposits for a total of up to $3,000 in complimentary funds. Despite the healthy size of the maximum possible bonus, it's not really as good as it seems. Even if you did claim the entire bonus, there is very little traffic at which to generate rake and it is difficult to unlock with low clearance rates of 10%.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Why is the 64Spades bonus not an especially good deal?</strong> - Although you can get up to $3,000 in gratis bonus cash, it will take quite a while to earn it out. You do get 365 days to do so, which is a lengthy expiration timer, but the rate of release is equal to only 10% rakeback. This is much less than at competing USA online poker rooms. For instance, the deposit bonus at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Ignition Casino Poker: Fun, Anonymized Tables" href="/ignition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Ignition Poker</span></a></span> clears at a 30% rakeback rate (at least in multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos), and the offer at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="SB.ag $2,500 Poker Bonus" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Sportsbetting.ag</span></a></span> pays out at a whopping 33% cashback . Even rakeback deals without any bonus involved are worth 36% at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Intertops Cash Games, Tournaments, Promotions, Etc." href="/Intertops" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Intertops</span></a></span> and 27% at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Rakeback and Elite Benefits Rewards at ACR" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Americas Cardroom</span></a></span>. To put it simply, there are offers much superior to that of 64Spades elsewhere.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Can I play at 64Spades from my Mac?</strong> - 64Spades does not have a client specifically for <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="U.S.A. Destinations for Poker on a Mac" href="/mac-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Mac poker</span></a></span>. However, you can use the browser-based, HTML5 interface to log in and play without having to download anything.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Can I play at 64Spades from my phone or tablet?</strong> - Yes, it's possible to access the 64Spades poker room through an app on your iOS or Android device. Even if you're running some other operating system on your smart device, there's an InstaPlay client that works with pretty much any modern device with an internet connection.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>How do I auto-post blinds?</strong> - Turning on (and off) auto-post blinds is a bit convoluted at 64Spades. You can't toggle a box right on the table like you can at most other internet poker rooms. Instead, you must go to the table settings menu, represented by a gear symbol toward the top of the window, and check the “Auto Post Blinds” item.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">F</span><span style="color: #0000ff;">O</span><span style="color: #008000;">U</span>R color deck please?</strong> - It's easy to turn on four-color deck from within the Table Themes window. You can access it by clicking on an icon near the top of a table that looks like a box or by navigating in the lobby top menu to “Options” ---&gt; “Table's Skins.” Go to the “Front Deck” section, and change it from the default to the four-colored cards. Then click “Apply.”</p> <hr /><div style="background: darkgrey; padding: 2%; margin: 2%;"> <p style="font-size: 20px; text-align: justify;">We are going to leave the comments section open for a while in case any of you wish to chime in and share your own personal experiences. If you happen to be a 64 spades employee, affiliate, or owner, we would be especially keen to hear from you either publicly in the comments, or privately (<a title="Anyone and everyone, feel free to contact us with your experiences with, or any information you have regarding, the 64 Spades poker room." href="/Contact_Us">just contact us</a>).</p> </div> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_5"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F64-spades-review&amp;title=64Spades%20Review%20-%20Our%20Experts%20Tell%20You%20Whether%20to%20Deposit%20or%20Run%21"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:46757:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_6"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F64-spades-review&amp;title=64Spades%20Review%20-%20Our%20Experts%20Tell%20You%20Whether%20to%20Deposit%20or%20Run%21"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-banner.png" alt="64Spades Banner" width="640" height="115" /></div> <p> </p> <div style="background-color: #000000;"> <div style="width: 44%; float: left; background-color: #f1f1f1; color: #3cb371; border: solid 3px #3CB371; padding-top: 0.25%; padding-bottom: 0.25%; padding-left: 1.5%; padding-right: 1%;"> <p style="font-size: 20px; text-align: left;">64Spades Brags</p> <p>✓ USA accepted<img style="margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/us-flag-icon-tiny.png" alt="USA Tiny Flag" width="22" height="12" /><br /> ✓ Desktop and mobile compatible<br /> ✓ Many game formats supported<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> </div> <div style="width: 44%; float: right; background-color: #f1f1f1; color: #ff4500; border: solid 3px #FF4500; padding-top: 0.25%; padding-bottom: 0.25%; padding-left: 1.5%; padding-right: 1%;"> <p style="font-size: 20px; text-align: left;">64Spades Beats</p> <p>x Low player traffic<br /> x Obscure software provider<br /> x Limited cashier options<br /> x PayPal acceptance worrisome<br /> x Confusing and incomplete website<br /> x No HUD Compatibility<br /> x No RB or VIP Program</p> </div> </div> <p style="clear: both;"> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There has been a lot of buzz lately in social media about <strong>64Spades</strong>, a new real money online poker site that caters to Americans. With the restricted menu of internet cardrooms available to denizens of the United States, you may be excited at the appearance of a new one. We decided to take a look at it so that we could inform you whether or not 64Spades lives up to the hype.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, our ultimate conclusion is that 64Spades shows all the signs of being a hastily and poorly cobbled-together entity. While it does show some promise, there are <strong>many annoyances and frustrations that players have to put up with</strong>. Besides these faults, it also has the low traffic levels common to newly started poker rooms, so you really aren't missing out on anything much by electing to take a pass on this third-tier internet poker destination.</p> <div style="border: solid 3px blue; background-color: floralwhite; padding: 2%;"> <p style="font-size: large;">Table of Contents</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;">1. <a title="Jump to Initial Impressions" href="#impressions">  64Spades Initial Impressions</a><br /> 2. <a title="Jump to Promos" href="#promos">  64Spades Promotions</a><br /> 3. <a title="Jump to Rakeback" href="#rakeback">  64Spades Rakeback</a><br /> 4. <a title="Jump to Software" href="#software">  64Spades Software</a><br /> 5. <a title="Jump to Games" href="#games">  64Spades Games and Traffic</a><br /> 6. <a title="Jump to Cashier" href="#cashier">  64Spades Cashier</a><br /> 7. <a title="Jump to Player Comments" href="#comments">  Comments From 64Spades Players</a><br /> 8. <a title="Jump to Conclusion" href="#conclusion">  Final Words About 64Spades</a><br /> 9. <a title="Jump to FAQ" href="#faq">  64Spades FAQ</a></p> </div> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="impressions" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Initial Impressions</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Before we proceeded with the 64Spades download, we attempted to get as much info as possible from the poker room's website. We always prefer to jump into the pool with our eyes open.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One thing caught our eye while conducting our research: The copyright notice on 64Spades' site reads, “© 2017 64Spades.” This was accurate as of April 19th, 2018 and it means either that the pages are old and infrequently updated or that the webmaster is lax and hasn't bothered to change the year. Either way, this doesn't reflect well on the professionalism and competence of the organization.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">After reading through the 64Spades website, we proceeded to download and install the poker client. One thing that's annoying is that, at least for the Windows version of the software, you can't specify which folder you want it to install to. It just placed all files in the default location chosen by the installation program.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Undeterred by these minor irritations, we proceeded to continue with our review of 64Spades. Sadly, there were plenty of other snafus awaiting us, but more about that later. For now, let's take a look at the promotions offered by the room.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="promos" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Promotional Offers</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Almost every online poker provider showcases valuable promotions to keep customers coming back for more, and 64Spades is no exception. There are several ongoing specials that provide a means of scoring some free money whether you're a new or returning player.</p> <h3>First Deposit Bonus</h3> <div style="float: left; width: 33%; margin-right: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>This is worse than most online poker bonuses on the market.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The welcome bonus at 64Spades has an interesting wrinkle to it in that you can get three separate bonuses on your first three deposits. Each is good for <strong>100% up to $1,000</strong> in free matching funds, meaning that you can claim up to $3,000 in total bonuses.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is quite a fair bit of cash – more than most internet poker sites provide for new players. However, a close examination of the terms of this deal reveals that it's not as rewarding as it might seem at first glance.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The release rate of the bonus is 10 Reward Points for every dollar of bonus money. You get a Reward Point for every $1 raked. Thus, you must rake 10x the value of the bonus funds for an effective <strong>rakeback equivalent of 10%</strong>. This is worse than most <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read our comparison and analysis of a multitude of online poker bonuses." href="/usa-poker-sites-first-deposit-bonus-guide"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">online poker bonuses</span></a></span> on the market.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The bonus is paid out in increments of 10% of its value. So if you make a $500 deposit to get a $500 bonus, then the bonus will clear in $50 chunks. You have 365 days to earn as much of the bonus as you can, which is a fairly generous deadline.</p> <h3>Freerolls</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are many <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best Sites for U.S.A. Poker Freerolls" href="/freeroll-poker-tournaments" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">freerolls</span></a></span> every day at 64Spades. Particularly prevalent are satellites into micro-stakes events where you can win your seat for free. There are also freerolls that pay out in cash, but the prize pools are usually small, most often $10 or less. The field sizes are pretty manageable though, frequently fewer than 100 players, so you stand a decent chance of picking up a prize without having to battle it out all day long.</p> <h3>$300 Freeroll?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A big banner on the 64Spades Deposit Bonus page promotes a “$300 FREE ROLL!” However, we looked in the tournament lobby, and we couldn't find any such freeroll listed. Additionally, we clicked in the Tournament Tickets section of the cashier after making a deposit, and we didn't have any ticket to a $300 freeroll.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It looks like this is either a promotion that, for whatever reason, hasn't yet gone live or a special that used to be active but is now invalid. Whatever the case, the site should really remove this misleading advertising from its website.</p> <h3>Bad Beat Jackpot?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The phenomenon of possibly phantom promos isn't restricted to just the mystery $300 freeroll. There's a Bad Beat Jackpot total shown on some Texas Hold'em tables of $0.10/$0.20 and above (both NL and LHE). But there's no information about this BBJ on the 64Spades website! Neither is there any explanation of how it works within the poker client.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We here at Professional Rakeback are committed to digging up as many details as we can find on the topics that interest us. We therefore searched the internet for anything we could find about this 64Spades Bad Beat Jackpot.</p> <div style="float: right; width: 33%; margin-left: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>...there might be a promotion available without any official information publicized about how to win it.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We eventually turned up a YouTube video about it, produced by…Al Spath of all people? Yes, it turns out this experienced writer and poker player has been urging viewers to play at the site. This isn't exactly an encouraging sign given the sites he has promoted in the past, like <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Jao Poker Closes Without Paying Players" href="/jao-network-goes-dark" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">the failed Jao Poker</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Anyway, what Spath revealed was the BBJ requires quads or better to lose at showdown, and both players must use both of their hole cards to make their final hands. The video was from the end of January 2018, so we don't know if what Spath said is still true.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's difficult to determine whether or not a special drop is being taken to fund this jackpot (assuming it's still active) because there's no published rake chart for 64Spades that we could see. Thus, it would be quite a challenge to try to examine hand histories and thereby determine what, if anything, is going on with the Bad Beat Jackpot.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The entire sum contained in the jackpot was a mere $4,319 as of April 17, 2018, so the amount to be won isn't exactly life-changing. Still, regardless of the size of the pot, we were quite disappointed to learn that there might be a promotion available without any official information publicized about how to win it.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="rakeback" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">64Spades Rakeback</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's no mention of any official 64Spades <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Get Rakeback at One of ProfRB's Solid Partner Rooms" href="/rakeback" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">rakeback deals</span></a></span> by the poker site. Thus, your only rakeback from the card room will come from the deposit bonus, and it's a mere 10%.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As part of our research we attempted to contact the company and ask them about their affiliate referral program. Not to be a braggard, but you would think that they would jump at the chance to have a high-traffic, high-authority rakeback site represent them. The truth is, they never even bothered to respond to our emails.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We have seen people privately promoting their 64Spades referral codes (typically via spamming forums or social media) and offering rakeback percentages as high as 20%. We don't know if this is permitted by 64Spades or if these individuals are breaking the rules by doing so. In fact, it is quite strange given our experience, or lack there of, in getting in touch with their management.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Any 64Spades RB you get through these possibly unscrupulous promoters will be paid out at their discretion. Such arrangements sometimes flourish for a while, but we have seen them terminated with prejudice at other internet poker sites in the past. Be careful if you elect to trust a random referrer to set you up with 64Spades rakeback. There is also the possibility that these rakeback deals may be false advertising, i.e. just a way to sucker people in to signing up with the promise of a promotion that does not actually exist!</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="software" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Software</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The software running at 64Spades was produced by Enterra. This is a niche gaming application provider that sets up white-label sites for customers. There actually is an Enterra Poker Network, and skins have the option to join it or remain standalone. The management of 64Spades has opted for this latter option, so its traffic isn't shared with any other operator.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of course another possibility is that 64Spades wanted to join the network, but could not. Given that they are utilizing payment methods that are not exactly allowed for online gambling transactions, it could be that Enterra simply did not want to burden the risk of adding a brand new, unestablished, unknown poker room with shady payment practices to their poker network.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">64Spades provides download poker installers for Windows, iOS, and Android. In addition, there's an HTML5 app that you can log into with virtually every modern web browser.</p> <h3>Games and Functionality</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The selection of games supported is excellent, and we haven't seen such a wide variety at any other site besides <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read Our Review of SwCPoker" href="/Seals-With-Clubs-Bitcoin-Poker" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">SwCPoker</span></a></span>. There's Hold'em, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Top Places for Online PLO Games" href="/best-sites-to-play-pot-limit-omaha-online" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Omaha</span></a></span> and variants like Courchevel and 5 Card Omaha, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Leading Internet Sites for 7-Card Poker" href="/online-poker-rooms-spreading-seven-card-stud" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Seven Card Stud</span></a></span> games, Lowball (including 2-7 TDL and Badugi), and Chinese Poker. These are available in many distinct blind levels, table sizes, and betting structures.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unusually, there are two formats that are displayed within the software but not enabled: <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Try Out Fast-Fold Poker at These U.S. Internet Poker Operators" href="/fast-fold-poker-games" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">fast-fold poker</span></a></span>, called “Rapid,” and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Lottery-Style Poker Games Available Online" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">lottery SNGs</span></a></span>, which are shown as “Spins.” Given the presence of quite a few rarely played game varieties, we're surprised that these two popular formats are missing.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're pretty impressed by the ambitious nature of this online poker software project. It's even possible to create private, password-protected tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-table-creation-interface.png" alt="Creating a Private Table at 64Spades" width="354" height="287" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nevertheless, there are a few minor glitches and problems that detract from the usability of this poker solution. For instance, we received the following error multiple times when choosing to muck our hand at showdown:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-error-message.png" alt="64Spades Error Message" width="516" height="134" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are odd interface choices, like the fact that there's both a graphical hand replayer and a text-based hand history viewer but no way to switch between them. If you're looking at a hand history and wish to view a replay of the action, you must close the textual hand history tool and open up the graphical one.</p> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large; text-align: center;"><p>As far as we know, there are no tracking or HUD packages that work with 64Spades.</p> </blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Speaking of hand histories, you may have plans of importing them into your tracking program. If you attempt to do so, you'll be disappointed. As far as we know, there are no tracking or HUD packages that work with 64Spades. Neither <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read ProfRB's Review of Poker Tracker 4" href="/Poker-Tracker" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Poker Tracker</span></a></span> nor <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="HEM2 Overview With Screenshots" href="/holdem-manager-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Hold'em Manager</span></a></span> provide support for Enterra software or 64Spades.</p> <h3>64Spades Lobby</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The lobby shows just about what you would expect: game categories that you can select with subcategories for finer control and a listing of all matching games in the center of the screen. The menu at the top lets you adjust your display, gameplay, and language settings. It's possible to sort the games listed by clicking on any of the stat columns. There's also a filtering tool, but it's somewhat limited, and there are only a few criteria that you can filter by.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-cash-game-lobby.png" alt="64Spades Lobby" width="644" height="443" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Overall, the software is better than we would expect from a small development house like Enterra but nowhere near as good as the top internet poker sites.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="games" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Games and Traffic Report</h2> </div> <h3>64Spades Cash Games</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Like we mentioned before, there are dozens of types of poker offered by 64Spades. This may be overkill, however, because there are only a few of them that see much action. During peak hours, which are U.S. evening times, there are up to 10 tables active. They're usually split up between NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, and Open Face Chinese Poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The paucity of NLHE and PLO traffic may make this room only worthwhile as a backup or secondary poker destination. Yet the presence of a couple of tables of OFC Poker simultaneously active may intrigue those who appreciate this variant because most other sites for U.S.A. internet poker don't spread it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-ofc-pineapple-table.jpg" alt="OFC Pineapple Game at 64Spades" width="641" height="462" /><br /><em>Open Face Chinese Pineapple Table at 64Spades</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As a poker room that does the majority of its marketing and advertising through social media and word of mouth, 64Spades attracts a casual crowd. While you will encounter the occasional pro, the bulk of the player population is comprised of recreational users. Thus, what games do run tend to be very soft.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The blind levels present for Hold'em go from $0.04/$0.08 to $100/$200, and for Omaha, they range from $0.04/$0.08 to $10/$20. Weirdly, there's a $0.05/$0.10 stake available, which seems redundant when we consider that $0.04/$0.08 is also present. Chinese Poker goes from $0.05 to $10 per point.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The most popular stakes in the big-bet games are $0.10/$0.20 and $0.25/$0.50. For Chinese Poker, values of less than $1 a point appear to be the most common.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The tables are split up into those that allow straddles, those that qualify (allegedly) for the bad beat jackpot, those that permit running it twice, slow tables, et cetera. Furthermore, there are many table sizes: <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Looking for Full Ring Cash Games? Look here" href="/where-to-find-the-best-full-ring-cash-games-online-for-americans" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">9-handed</span></a></span>, 8-max, 6-players, heads-up, and a few more. We believe that this massive selection is not needed and is confusing to newcomers. Most of these extraneous tables could be killed without any adverse effects.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One nice touch is that the allowed buyins are from 35bb - 150bb in NLHE and 40bb - 200bb for PLO. This is a bit deeper than you would usually encounter, and it makes for more post-flop excitement.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-nlhe-cash-game-table.jpg" alt="NLHE Cash Game Table at 64Spades" width="638" height="459" /><br /><em>No Limit Texas Hold'em Cash Game Table at 64Spades</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There is play money, called “64Gold,” of which every new user starts with 640. However, there's rarely anyone seated at the 64Gold tables.</p> <h3>64Spades Sit &amp; Gos</h3> <div style="float: right; width: 33%; margin-left: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>It's not uncommon to open up the Sit &amp; Go tab and see exactly 0 people registered in games.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">SNGs run from $1 + $0.05 up to $200 + $10. There are NL Hold'em, PL Omaha, and PL Omaha/8 games. Remarkably, the 5% fee structure is consistent across the entire spectrum of buyins, making this a great deal for any sit-n-go player. Unusually, nine-handed sit n' goes only pay out the top two finishers as opposed to the normal three.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We would have liked to sample the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best SNG Online Poker Rooms for Americans" href="/what-is-the-best-sit-and-go-online-poker-room-for-americans" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">sit-and-go games</span></a></span> at 64Spades, but we were not able to. The player volume just isn't there. It's not uncommon to open up the Sit &amp; Go tab and see exactly 0 people registered in games.</p> <h3>64Spades Multi-Table Tournaments</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The MTTs consist largely of freerolls with no more than $20 up for grabs and several dozen entrants. Most of the rest of the schedule is micro-stakes games that typically garner no more than about 25 participants. The largest weekly tourney is called “Any Given Sunday.” It costs $36 + $4 to join, and it distributes $4,000 in guaranteed prizes.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-tournament-lobby.png" alt="64Spades Tourney Lobby" width="644" height="443" /><br /><em>Tournament Lobby at 64Spades</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Every once in a while, there are bigger, one-off <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Sites for Online Poker Tournaments Open to U.S. Residents" href="/what-is-the-best-multi-table-tournament-online-poker-room-for-americans" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">tournaments</span></a></span> as well as MTT series. These special occasions typically have larger prize pools and buyins than the normal, everyday events.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="cashier" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Cashier</h2> </div> <h3>Deposits</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The 64Spades cashier boasts three accepted payment methods: <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Where Can I Deposit With a Visa Card for Online Poker" href="/online-poker-sites-accept-visa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">credit cards</span></a></span>, PayPal, and Bitcoin. This PayPal acceptance is worrisome because it's against the terms and conditions of PayPal to use its service for the purposes of gambling within the United States.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We've seen rare online poker sites before that allow you to deposit through PayPal, but many of these entities have gotten in trouble for doing this. Currently, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Global Poker and It's Troublesome Sweepstakes Model" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Global Poker</span></a></span> is the most prominent internet poker room that advertises its PayPal acceptance, and notwithstanding its contention that its sweepstakes poker model isn't counted as gambling, we feel that this line of reasoning is highly suspect.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In any case, 64Spades doesn't even have the fig leaf of Global's contentious sweepstakes arguments to protect it, so it's taking big chances with its and your money. If PayPal gets wind of what's going on and doesn't approve, not only can it freeze 64Spades' account, but it might also go after regular players too. Even money unrelated to transactions for poker could become inaccessible if a customer's PayPal account is suspended.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Having eliminated PayPal from our consideration as a depositing payment method, we looked at credit cards. However, they showed up in our cashier screen as “The service is temporarily unavailable.” Bitcoin was the only remaining payment channel for us to employ, so we prepared to send some coins to the site.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Actually, Bitcoin is our preferred method of conducting online real money transfers for gaming because it's quick and inexpensive to use while being largely under the radar of the banking and government sectors. You can find out more about BTC and how to use it for gambling over the internet with our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin Online Poker" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">guide to setting up Bitcoin and using it for online poker</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When we looked at the Bitcoin depositing instructions in the cashier, we were left with many questions:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-bitcoin-deposit.png" alt="BTC Deposit Window at 64Spades" width="642" height="402" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This doesn't look like any deposit form we've seen at any other online poker room. There's nowhere to put in the amount you wish to fund your account with, no mention of the exchange rate, and none of the other info that's typically required to make a BTC transaction.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We were about to just send Bitcoin to the address shown, trusting that everything would be handled correctly, but then we saw the following on 64Spades' Bitcoin webpage:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-bitcoin-website-quote.png" alt="64Spades Warning About Bitcoin Deposits" width="640" height="197" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All this verbiage about “underfunded” and “over-funded” had us worried. How could we send the right number of coins if there was nowhere to enter our desired transaction value?</p> <div style="float: left; width: 33%; margin-right: 1%;"> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large;"> <p>We waited patiently...but we never got a response from support.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We decided that it was time to contact support to get some clarification on this matter. We clicked on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the website, and this brought us to a webform. We filled out all the fields and clicked “Send.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The webpage told us that our message was sent, but we didn't get an email confirmation. Suspecting that we might have typed in our email address incorrectly, we sent another support request through the same web-based mechanism. Again, we didn't receive any email acknowledgement of our inquiry.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We waited patiently for a couple of days, but we never got a response from support. We eventually opted to make a test deposit by sending a small sum of BTC to the address indicated in the cashier. This money was converted to USD and placed into our account within an hour. We then proceeded to add the remainder of the cash we intended to deposit to the same address, and it was similarly credited to our balance.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Note: The BTC depositing address shown remained the same even after we made a deposit, which is bad for anonymity and user security.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Strangely, 64Spades used a conversion rate that was more favorable for us than the going market rate. The dollars that were placed into our account were worth about 40% more than what our Bitcoin wallet indicated as the USD value of the BTC we sent. We wonder if this was an unprofessional error on their part or perhaps an "instant bonus" they credited us without our knowledge. Though we looked for evidence of such a bonus, and we are rather experienced in navigating poker software,  there was no way to tell that we could discover.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">64Spades shows that the valid range of Bitcoin deposits is $5 to $20,000. For PayPal, it's $20 - $3,000. The min and max amounts for credit cards isn't stated probably because this method isn't currently available.</p> <h3>Withdrawals</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">64Spades has text about available cash-out options on its website – the only trouble is that three different pages give three separate lists of payout processors!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The offered payment methods may be one of the following combinations depending on which page you're viewing:</p> <ul><li>Money orders and digital wallets</li> <li>Money orders and prepaid debit cards</li> <li>Bitcoin, e-wallets, and prepaid debit cards</li> </ul><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You will probably agree with is, having three different pages with three different sets of conflicting data is unprofessional. Even more so when one considers that this is your money that we are talking about accessing here!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We haven't yet attempted to make a withdrawal from 64Spades, so we have no insight into how speedy or reliable the site is in this department, but we'll update this review if and when we do. In the meantime, you can browse over to our monthly <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Offshore Poker, Casino, and Sportsbook Payout Report" href="/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report" target="_self">poker site payout report</a></span> for data on payment processing at other offshore poker sites.</p> <h3>Account Verification</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Before requesting a withdrawal, you must complete account verification by uploading certain documents through the 64Spades poker client. The documents you must send are listed as “an identity document, registration page, address confirmation, another document.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The only one of these documents that's described in detail is “address confirmation,” which is basically a utility bill or bank statement showing both your name and address on the same page. We suppose “an identity document” is basically self-evident and refers to a driver's license, passport, or similar identification.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's anyone's guess what “registration page” is, and “another document” is rather vague. Again, we are going to have to ding them for being unprofessional here. With such vagueness what is to stop them from requesting some mythical documents that you can not provide? And then using that lack of documentation to deny your withdrawal requests! It strikes us as shady.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/web-design-for-dummies-front-cover.jpg" alt="Web Design for Dummies Book" width="401" height="362" /><br /><em>Can We Send This to 64Spades as “Another Document”? We think they could use it!</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It may take up to 72 hours after you upload your files for the validation process to be completed. Once your paperwork is approved, you'll receive an email to this effect.</p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="comments" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">What Players Are Saying</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Our thoughts on 64Spades are mixed because there are a few appealing aspects to it; yet, there are plenty of problematic issues as well. We scoured the internet to see what others had to say, and we found that comments about this internet poker room were both positive and negative as well.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><a title="Twoplustwo User Wonders About 64Spades Support" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53636918&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-twoplustwo-post.png" alt="2+2 Post About 64Spades" width="640" height="371" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><a title="2+2 Post About 64Spades' Website" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53637051&amp;postcount=2" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-twoplustwo-post-2.png" alt="Another Post on Twoplustwo on 64Spades" width="640" height="193" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-facebook-comment.png" alt="64Spades Comment on FB" width="474" height="67" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-facebook-comment-2.png" alt="Second Facebook Comment About 64 Spades" width="474" height="63" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-twitter-tweet.png" alt="Tweet About 64Spades" width="641" height="320" /></p> <div style="width: 99%; background: linear-gradient(to right, rgba(0,0,0,1),rgba(0,0,0,0.25)); margin-top: 0.5%; padding-top: 1.5%; padding-bottom: 1.5%; padding-left: 1%;"> <h2 id="conclusion" style="font-size: 200%; color: white;">Final Words</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Though there are features that some users will appreciate, like the Open Face Chinese games and soft tables, we advise our readers to <strong>take a pass on 64Spades</strong> at this time. PayPal acceptance is a ticking time bomb that could go off unpredictably, and the entire cashier setup is confusing and non-intuitive. Low traffic numbers, poor or nonexistent customer support, and a website that seems like it was thrown together in a couple of afternoons combine to paint the picture of a site that, if not outright shady, is definitely poorly managed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It may be possible for 64Spades to get its act together at some point. Until that time, however, the safest course is to find an alternate online poker room and <strong>avoid 64Spades</strong>. Our page about <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Guide to Online Poker Rooms Serving the United States" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>USA online poker</strong></span></a></span> lists better and more reputable sites that you can play at along with facts about internet poker legality, the history of the industry, and more.</p> <blockquote style="color: #bdb76b; font-size: x-large; text-align: center;"><p>...find an alternate online poker room and avoid 64Spades.</p> </blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><img id="faq" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/64spades-faq-banner.png" alt="64Spades FAQ Banner Divider" width="640" height="50" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>When did 64Spades open?</strong> - We haven't been able to pin down the exact date when 64Spades opened its doors, but it appears to have been during the month of August 2017.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Where is 64Spades headquartered?</strong> - 64Spades is, allegedly, based in San José, Costa Rica.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Who can create an account at 64Spades?</strong> - 64Spades accepts customers from most countries around the world, including the United States. However, the website does state: “Certain country restrictions apply. If online Poker is not allowed in your country, you will not be able to register for a real money player account on 64Spades.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>How can I reach support?</strong> - There's a support form on the 64Spades website, but our testing revealed that it doesn't really do anything. You might have better luck sending an email to admin[at]64spades.com or a message through the company's Facebook page.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>What is the 64Spades welcome bonus offer?</strong> - 64Spades grants new depositing players a 100% up to $1,000 deposit bonus. It's actually valid for the first three deposits for a total of up to $3,000 in complimentary funds. Despite the healthy size of the maximum possible bonus, it's not really as good as it seems. Even if you did claim the entire bonus, there is very little traffic at which to generate rake and it is difficult to unlock with low clearance rates of 10%.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Why is the 64Spades bonus not an especially good deal?</strong> - Although you can get up to $3,000 in gratis bonus cash, it will take quite a while to earn it out. You do get 365 days to do so, which is a lengthy expiration timer, but the rate of release is equal to only 10% rakeback. This is much less than at competing USA online poker rooms. For instance, the deposit bonus at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Ignition Casino Poker: Fun, Anonymized Tables" href="/ignition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Ignition Poker</span></a></span> clears at a 30% rakeback rate (at least in multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos), and the offer at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="SB.ag $2,500 Poker Bonus" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Sportsbetting.ag</span></a></span> pays out at a whopping 33% cashback . Even rakeback deals without any bonus involved are worth 36% at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Intertops Cash Games, Tournaments, Promotions, Etc." href="/Intertops" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Intertops</span></a></span> and 27% at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Rakeback and Elite Benefits Rewards at ACR" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Americas Cardroom</span></a></span>. To put it simply, there are offers much superior to that of 64Spades elsewhere.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Can I play at 64Spades from my Mac?</strong> - 64Spades does not have a client specifically for <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="U.S.A. Destinations for Poker on a Mac" href="/mac-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Mac poker</span></a></span>. However, you can use the browser-based, HTML5 interface to log in and play without having to download anything.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Can I play at 64Spades from my phone or tablet?</strong> - Yes, it's possible to access the 64Spades poker room through an app on your iOS or Android device. Even if you're running some other operating system on your smart device, there's an InstaPlay client that works with pretty much any modern device with an internet connection.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>How do I auto-post blinds?</strong> - Turning on (and off) auto-post blinds is a bit convoluted at 64Spades. You can't toggle a box right on the table like you can at most other internet poker rooms. Instead, you must go to the table settings menu, represented by a gear symbol toward the top of the window, and check the “Auto Post Blinds” item.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">F</span><span style="color: #0000ff;">O</span><span style="color: #008000;">U</span>R color deck please?</strong> - It's easy to turn on four-color deck from within the Table Themes window. You can access it by clicking on an icon near the top of a table that looks like a box or by navigating in the lobby top menu to “Options” ---&gt; “Table's Skins.” Go to the “Front Deck” section, and change it from the default to the four-colored cards. Then click “Apply.”</p> <hr /><div style="background: darkgrey; padding: 2%; margin: 2%;"> <p style="font-size: 20px; text-align: justify;">We are going to leave the comments section open for a while in case any of you wish to chime in and share your own personal experiences. If you happen to be a 64 spades employee, affiliate, or owner, we would be especially keen to hear from you either publicly in the comments, or privately (<a title="Anyone and everyone, feel free to contact us with your experiences with, or any information you have regarding, the 64 Spades poker room." href="/Contact_Us">just contact us</a>).</p> </div> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_5"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F64-spades-review&amp;title=64Spades%20Review%20-%20Our%20Experts%20Tell%20You%20Whether%20to%20Deposit%20or%20Run%21"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:3;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:89:"https://professionalrakeback.com/chico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business";s:5:"title";s:51:"Chico Poker Network No Longer Accepting Australians";s:4:"date";i:1523939958;s:11:"description";s:5873:" The three Chico Poker Network sites, Sportsbetting.ag, BetOnline, and TigerGaming, are no longer offering their services to Australian customers. Users from Down Under started reporting being blocked from accessing their accounts on April 16. About the Account Suspensions The aptly named Australian poster “shutdown” on the Twoplustwo forums was kind enough to post the email correspondence he had with BetOnline. He first received notice of his account being blocked: This message was short on details, so “shutdown” followed up with BoL, and he got the following explanation: Several other Australian players chimed in to say that they had received similar emails. People with accounts at TigerGaming received a slightly more detailed statement, which was helpfully shared by forumite “jaamit” and reads as follows: Dear ..., Regrettably, we now confirm that TigerGaming.com will be withdrawing real money services from Australia, effective Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 12pm ET. In addition, players located within Australia are immediately prohibited from registering new accounts with TigerGaming.com. The Company has arrived at this decision due to changes in Australian gaming law and the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act. Therefore, as a player residing within Australian borders who currently holds an active [insert brand name] account, you are no longer permitted to access or use the TigerGaming.com website, its online gaming software or services for the purposes of depositing, or placing a wager or bet. However, our records show that you have an outstanding balance in your account; we wish to reassure you that your funds are safe, secure and available for withdrawal. To facilitate this process, all payout limits have been removed and you are free to withdraw any and all funds from your TigerGaming.com account prior to April 30th, 2018. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at support@tigergaming.com. One of our Player Services Team will be happy to help. Should future online gaming legislation be considered that will allow us to return to the Australian market we will be happy to welcome you back. We thank you for your understanding, and for being a valued member of the TigerGaming community. The TigerGaming.com Team   Thanks to Reddit user _Bamyasi_ who was kind enough to send us a full screenshot via email, we have the entire and most recent version of the Tiger Gaming exit email:     Anyone now attempting to sign up for either Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, or BetOnline no longer sees Australia listed as a valid country in the drop-down menu of the registration form.   Reasons for Chico's Decision The managers of the Chico Network are probably worried about being found to be in violation of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, which was referenced in the TigerGaming email. This legislation prohibits offshore firms from offering poker, casino, and certain other betting services to Australia's residents. Even just advertising internet gaming products to Australians can cause an organization to run afoul of these restrictions. Any entity found guilty of infractions under this law is subject to hefty penalties and possible criminal prosecution. The Interactive Gambling Amendment, which came into effect August 2017, scared off a number of poker sites from the Australian market. PokerStars, PartyPoker, 888poker, and Intertops are just a few of the companies that used to welcome Aussies but now no longer do. Most of the online poker and gambling entities that pulled out of the Australian arena did so in the waning months of 2017. Other organizations weighed the risks and concluded that they would continue to operate in Australia because the chances of actually being prosecuted for violations of the law were miniscule. It initially appeared that the Chico Poker Network was going to stay the course, but it looks like they got cold feet for no readily discernible reason. The answer may lie in the doings of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the body tasked with enforcing the Interactive Gambling Amendment and other related legislation. In recent months, the ACMA has worked to identify enterprises that might be breaking the law and liaising with them to get them to stop. The ACMA seems to prefer acting behind the scenes, convincing companies to voluntarily cease offering gambling products in Australia rather than targeting them with legal action. It's rumored that the ACMA was behind online sportsbook Pinnacle's determination to get out of the Australian betting market last month. It's possible that Chico was identified by the ACMA as being an offending party and was quietly convinced to halt its illicit operations in Australia. Where to Play Poker Now Despite the removal of the Chico Poker Network's sites from the menu available to Australian players, there are still several upstanding poker rooms that you can join. It's important to note that none of the provisions of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 criminalize the act of playing online poker. It's only those who are in the business of running the games who have anything to fear. The largest site that still accepts Australian customers is Ignition Casino Poker. As its name implies, it offers both a poker room and an online casino. You can get a separate 100% up to $1,000 bonus for each of these products. Read our comprehensive Ignition Poker review page to learn more about this site, including how to create an account. To explore your other options for online card games, check out our guide to Australian online poker, which explains the laws that relate to this pastime, the leading internet sites, the history of poker in Australia, and more. ";s:16:"description_html";s:11308:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_8"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business&amp;title=Chico%20Poker%20Network%20No%20Longer%20Accepting%20Australians"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/chico-poker-network-logo.png" alt="CPN Logo" width="160" height="70" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The three <a title="About the Chico Poker Network" href="/chico-poker-network" target="_self">Chico Poker Network</a> sites, Sportsbetting.ag, BetOnline, and TigerGaming, are <strong>no longer offering their services to Australian customers</strong>. Users from Down Under started reporting being blocked from accessing their accounts on April 16.</p> <h2>About the Account Suspensions</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The aptly named Australian poster “shutdown” on the Twoplustwo forums was kind enough to <a title="Read “shutdown's” Post on 2+2" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53710758&amp;postcount=5040" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">post the email correspondence</a> he had with BetOnline. He first received notice of his account being blocked:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chico-blocks-australians-email-1.png" alt="Email From BetOnline About Blocking Australians" width="640" height="473" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This message was short on details, so “shutdown” followed up with BoL, and he got the following explanation:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chico-blocks-australians-email-2.png" alt="Follow-up Email From BoL Regarding Exiting the AUS Market" width="641" height="343" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Several other Australian players chimed in to say that they had received similar emails. People with accounts at TigerGaming received a slightly more detailed statement, which was helpfully <a title="Email Sent by TigerGaming to Australian Customers" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53714437&amp;postcount=5056" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">shared by forumite “jaamit”</a> and reads as follows:</p> <blockquote><p>Dear ...,<br /><br /> Regrettably, we now confirm that TigerGaming.com will be withdrawing real money services from Australia, effective Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 12pm ET. <br /><br /> In addition, players located within Australia are immediately prohibited from registering new accounts with TigerGaming.com.<br /><br /> The Company has arrived at this decision due to changes in Australian gaming law and the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act.<br /><br /> Therefore, as a player residing within Australian borders who currently holds an active [insert brand name] account, you are no longer permitted to access or use the TigerGaming.com website, its online gaming software or services for the purposes of depositing, or placing a wager or bet. <br /><br /> However, our records show that you have an outstanding balance in your account; we wish to reassure you that your funds are safe, secure and available for withdrawal. To facilitate this process, all payout limits have been removed and you are free to withdraw any and all funds from your TigerGaming.com account prior to April 30th, 2018. <br /><br /> If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at <a href="mailto:support@tigergaming.com">support@tigergaming.com</a>. One of our Player Services Team will be happy to help.<br /><br /> Should future online gaming legislation be considered that will allow us to return to the Australian market we will be happy to welcome you back.<br /><br /> We thank you for your understanding, and for being a valued member of the TigerGaming community.<br /><br /> The TigerGaming.com Team</p></blockquote> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Thanks to Reddit user _Bamyasi_ who was kind enough to send us a full screenshot via email, we have the entire and most recent version of the Tiger Gaming exit email:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/tiger-gaming-australian-account-closure-email.png" alt="Full email to players from Tiger Gaming regarding Aussie account closures." width="592" height="934" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <div style="text-align: justify; background-color: #ff0000; color: #ffffff; padding: 2%;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>Anyone now attempting to sign up for either Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, or BetOnline no longer sees Australia listed as a valid country in the drop-down menu of the registration form.</strong></span></div> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><br /></span></p> <h2>Reasons for Chico's Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking-gear.png" alt="Man With Gear in Head" width="97" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The managers of the Chico Network are probably worried about being found to be in violation of the <a title="About the Australian Online Poker Ban" href="/australia-bans-poker-offshore-sites-move-in" target="_self">Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016</a>, which was referenced in the TigerGaming email. This legislation prohibits offshore firms from offering poker, casino, and certain other betting services to Australia's residents. Even just advertising internet gaming products to Australians can cause an organization to run afoul of these restrictions. Any entity found guilty of infractions under this law is subject to hefty penalties and possible criminal prosecution.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Interactive Gambling Amendment, which came into effect August 2017, scared off a number of poker sites from the Australian market. <a title="PokerStars Leaves Australia" href="/pokerstars-to-exit-australia" target="_self">PokerStars</a>, <a title="The Party's Over for AUS Poker Fans" href="/party-poker-stops-offering-poker-in-australia" target="_self">PartyPoker</a>, <a title="888 Abandons Australia Market" href="/888-pulls-poker-from-Australian-markets" target="_self">888poker</a>, and <a title="Intertops Closes to New Australian Sign-ups" href="/intertops-abandons-australian-gambling-market" target="_self">Intertops</a> are just a few of the companies that used to welcome Aussies but now no longer do.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most of the online poker and gambling entities that pulled out of the Australian arena did so in the waning months of 2017. Other organizations weighed the risks and concluded that they would continue to operate in Australia because the chances of actually being prosecuted for violations of the law were miniscule. It initially appeared that the Chico Poker Network was going to stay the course, but it looks like they got cold feet for no readily discernible reason.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The answer may lie in the doings of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the body tasked with enforcing the Interactive Gambling Amendment and other related legislation. In recent months, the ACMA has worked to identify enterprises that might be breaking the law and liaising with them to get them to stop. The ACMA seems to prefer acting behind the scenes, convincing companies to voluntarily cease offering gambling products in Australia rather than targeting them with legal action.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's rumored that the ACMA was behind online sportsbook <a title="Prestigious Sports-Betting Site Pinnacle Leaves Australia" href="/pinnacle-sportsbook-abandons-australia-online-gambling-market" target="_self">Pinnacle's determination to get out of the Australian betting market</a> last month. It's possible that Chico was identified by the ACMA as being an offending party and was quietly convinced to halt its illicit operations in Australia.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><img src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/australia-banner-divider.png" alt="Australia Banner Divider" width="640" height="51" /></p> <h2>Where to Play Poker Now</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite the removal of the Chico Poker Network's sites from the menu available to Australian players, there are still several upstanding poker rooms that you can join. It's important to note that none of the provisions of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 criminalize the act of playing online poker. It's only those who are in the business of running the games who have anything to fear.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The largest site that still accepts Australian customers is Ignition Casino Poker. As its name implies, it offers both a poker room and an online casino. You can get a separate 100% up to $1,000 bonus for each of these products. Read our comprehensive <a title="Ignition Poker Cash Games, SNGs, Jackpots, and Tournaments" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Poker review</strong></a> page to learn more about this site, including how to create an account.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To explore your other options for online card games, check out our guide to <a title="Best AUS Online Poker Sites" href="/australia-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><strong>Australian online poker</strong></a>, which explains the laws that relate to this pastime, the leading internet sites, the history of poker in Australia, and more.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_7"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business&amp;title=Chico%20Poker%20Network%20No%20Longer%20Accepting%20Australians"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:11308:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_8"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business&amp;title=Chico%20Poker%20Network%20No%20Longer%20Accepting%20Australians"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/chico-poker-network-logo.png" alt="CPN Logo" width="160" height="70" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The three <a title="About the Chico Poker Network" href="/chico-poker-network" target="_self">Chico Poker Network</a> sites, Sportsbetting.ag, BetOnline, and TigerGaming, are <strong>no longer offering their services to Australian customers</strong>. Users from Down Under started reporting being blocked from accessing their accounts on April 16.</p> <h2>About the Account Suspensions</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The aptly named Australian poster “shutdown” on the Twoplustwo forums was kind enough to <a title="Read “shutdown's” Post on 2+2" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53710758&amp;postcount=5040" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">post the email correspondence</a> he had with BetOnline. He first received notice of his account being blocked:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chico-blocks-australians-email-1.png" alt="Email From BetOnline About Blocking Australians" width="640" height="473" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This message was short on details, so “shutdown” followed up with BoL, and he got the following explanation:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chico-blocks-australians-email-2.png" alt="Follow-up Email From BoL Regarding Exiting the AUS Market" width="641" height="343" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Several other Australian players chimed in to say that they had received similar emails. People with accounts at TigerGaming received a slightly more detailed statement, which was helpfully <a title="Email Sent by TigerGaming to Australian Customers" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53714437&amp;postcount=5056" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">shared by forumite “jaamit”</a> and reads as follows:</p> <blockquote><p>Dear ...,<br /><br /> Regrettably, we now confirm that TigerGaming.com will be withdrawing real money services from Australia, effective Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 12pm ET. <br /><br /> In addition, players located within Australia are immediately prohibited from registering new accounts with TigerGaming.com.<br /><br /> The Company has arrived at this decision due to changes in Australian gaming law and the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act.<br /><br /> Therefore, as a player residing within Australian borders who currently holds an active [insert brand name] account, you are no longer permitted to access or use the TigerGaming.com website, its online gaming software or services for the purposes of depositing, or placing a wager or bet. <br /><br /> However, our records show that you have an outstanding balance in your account; we wish to reassure you that your funds are safe, secure and available for withdrawal. To facilitate this process, all payout limits have been removed and you are free to withdraw any and all funds from your TigerGaming.com account prior to April 30th, 2018. <br /><br /> If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at <a href="mailto:support@tigergaming.com">support@tigergaming.com</a>. One of our Player Services Team will be happy to help.<br /><br /> Should future online gaming legislation be considered that will allow us to return to the Australian market we will be happy to welcome you back.<br /><br /> We thank you for your understanding, and for being a valued member of the TigerGaming community.<br /><br /> The TigerGaming.com Team</p></blockquote> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Thanks to Reddit user _Bamyasi_ who was kind enough to send us a full screenshot via email, we have the entire and most recent version of the Tiger Gaming exit email:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/tiger-gaming-australian-account-closure-email.png" alt="Full email to players from Tiger Gaming regarding Aussie account closures." width="592" height="934" /><br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <div style="text-align: justify; background-color: #ff0000; color: #ffffff; padding: 2%;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>Anyone now attempting to sign up for either Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, or BetOnline no longer sees Australia listed as a valid country in the drop-down menu of the registration form.</strong></span></div> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><br /></span></p> <h2>Reasons for Chico's Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking-gear.png" alt="Man With Gear in Head" width="97" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The managers of the Chico Network are probably worried about being found to be in violation of the <a title="About the Australian Online Poker Ban" href="/australia-bans-poker-offshore-sites-move-in" target="_self">Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016</a>, which was referenced in the TigerGaming email. This legislation prohibits offshore firms from offering poker, casino, and certain other betting services to Australia's residents. Even just advertising internet gaming products to Australians can cause an organization to run afoul of these restrictions. Any entity found guilty of infractions under this law is subject to hefty penalties and possible criminal prosecution.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Interactive Gambling Amendment, which came into effect August 2017, scared off a number of poker sites from the Australian market. <a title="PokerStars Leaves Australia" href="/pokerstars-to-exit-australia" target="_self">PokerStars</a>, <a title="The Party's Over for AUS Poker Fans" href="/party-poker-stops-offering-poker-in-australia" target="_self">PartyPoker</a>, <a title="888 Abandons Australia Market" href="/888-pulls-poker-from-Australian-markets" target="_self">888poker</a>, and <a title="Intertops Closes to New Australian Sign-ups" href="/intertops-abandons-australian-gambling-market" target="_self">Intertops</a> are just a few of the companies that used to welcome Aussies but now no longer do.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most of the online poker and gambling entities that pulled out of the Australian arena did so in the waning months of 2017. Other organizations weighed the risks and concluded that they would continue to operate in Australia because the chances of actually being prosecuted for violations of the law were miniscule. It initially appeared that the Chico Poker Network was going to stay the course, but it looks like they got cold feet for no readily discernible reason.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The answer may lie in the doings of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the body tasked with enforcing the Interactive Gambling Amendment and other related legislation. In recent months, the ACMA has worked to identify enterprises that might be breaking the law and liaising with them to get them to stop. The ACMA seems to prefer acting behind the scenes, convincing companies to voluntarily cease offering gambling products in Australia rather than targeting them with legal action.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's rumored that the ACMA was behind online sportsbook <a title="Prestigious Sports-Betting Site Pinnacle Leaves Australia" href="/pinnacle-sportsbook-abandons-australia-online-gambling-market" target="_self">Pinnacle's determination to get out of the Australian betting market</a> last month. It's possible that Chico was identified by the ACMA as being an offending party and was quietly convinced to halt its illicit operations in Australia.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><img src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/australia-banner-divider.png" alt="Australia Banner Divider" width="640" height="51" /></p> <h2>Where to Play Poker Now</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite the removal of the Chico Poker Network's sites from the menu available to Australian players, there are still several upstanding poker rooms that you can join. It's important to note that none of the provisions of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 criminalize the act of playing online poker. It's only those who are in the business of running the games who have anything to fear.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The largest site that still accepts Australian customers is Ignition Casino Poker. As its name implies, it offers both a poker room and an online casino. You can get a separate 100% up to $1,000 bonus for each of these products. Read our comprehensive <a title="Ignition Poker Cash Games, SNGs, Jackpots, and Tournaments" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Poker review</strong></a> page to learn more about this site, including how to create an account.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To explore your other options for online card games, check out our guide to <a title="Best AUS Online Poker Sites" href="/australia-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><strong>Australian online poker</strong></a>, which explains the laws that relate to this pastime, the leading internet sites, the history of poker in Australia, and more.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_7"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business&amp;title=Chico%20Poker%20Network%20No%20Longer%20Accepting%20Australians"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:4;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:60:"https://professionalrakeback.com/what-happened-to-pokerscout";s:5:"title";s:42:"PokerScout Sold, Now Has New Look and Feel";s:4:"date";i:1523585794;s:11:"description";s:6537:" One of the stalwarts of the online poker industry, the traffic tracking site PokerScout, has been acquired by Catena Media. The old setup of the website has been retired, and it now sports a different presentation and layout that has left most visitors disappointed. About the Changes Beginning Feb. 22, visitors to pokerscout.com now see something similar to the following page: This is quite different from the way the site used to look as shown below: Image of PokerScout.com Homepage from Feb. 22, Courtesy of InternetArch8ive.org The old format was able to contain more rows of data within a given screen size, and it had a distinctive brown, white, and gray color scheme. By contrast, the new PokerScout employs a generic black, white, and red design, and the text seems bloated somehow so that less information can be seen on the screen. The fact that there are three prominent poker room afflinks near the top of the page doesn't help matters either. The old PokerScout had a number of cool features, like play money traffic numbers and a checkmark showing U.S.-friendly poker rooms on the main page, which the new site lacks. Clicking on an individual network within the list used to bring up a page containing extensive data about that operator, such as the software it ran and the sites housed on that network. Currently, readers who select a particular poker organization merely get to see the peak player counts for the last 14 days. New Focus of PokerScout The new owners of PokerScout appear to be pushing a philosophy centered around regulated markets. This may be why there's no indication on the main page of which offshore sites accept American players. Even selecting “USA” from the “Countries” menu at the top merely brings up data on the licensed New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware poker rooms along with text about the history and legality of online poker in the United States. In keeping with its focus on government-supervised internet poker, the site is even geo-serving specialized pages to those from various jurisdictions. Many individuals in the United States, for instance, are being redirected to a NJ page, which only shows player volume information for four state-licensed New Jersey online poker rooms. Background on Catena Catena Media, which now owns PokerScout.com, is a huge media conglomerate that has been acquiring gambling-related websites left and right. It's based in Malta and traded on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange under the ticker symbol CTM. Some of the prominent Catena properties are AskGamblers.com, CasinoUK.com, and USPoker.com. The overwhelming bulk of the websites operated by Catena Media work according to an affiliate model. That is, they attempt to drive traffic to their partner real money gaming brands, and they get a cut of the revenues. PokerScout now appears to be heading in this same direction: quite a difference from the time when it was a largely unbiased informational portal. About the Deal The purchase of PokerScout actually occurred some months ago in November 2017. The selling price was $350,000. There were clues that something was amiss at PokerScout between November 2017 and the launch of the updated website in February. There were periods when the links to news articles on the right-hand side of the home page were not updated for several days in a row. Furthermore, some of the numerical traffic info was a few weeks out of date at times. History of PokerScout Daniel Stewart launched his online poker traffic tracking site in April 2006, and it was originally called PokerSiteScout. In its first incarnation, PokerSiteScout presented statistics on cash games at just nine internet poker rooms. It changed name to PokerScout in 2007. There were a number of organizations providing similar services, like PokerPulse.com and NHBRA.com, but PokerScout quickly surpassed them in popularity, and both competing sites are now defunct. Screenshot of PokerSiteScout.com, Ancestor of PokerScout, From July 2006, Courtesy of InternetArchive.org From its simple beginnings, PokerScout has grown over the years. By the end of 2017, it provided coverage of more than 60 real money online poker providers, including tournament data for some of them, along with a small section devoted to play money sites. Supplementing its poker liquidity stats, PokerScout rounded out its content with a news section, user reviews of poker rooms, and reports on industry trends that were available for purchase. The GameIntel Connection The previous owner of PokerScout is continuing to compile the relevant game-related data as part of GameIntel.com. This is the company that the new PokerScout is sourcing its player traffic information from. Thus, the accuracy and quality of the reported numbers should still be the same as it was before. However, what Catena Media decides to do with these detailed numbers is entirely up to them. We could see a lot of the figures either ignored or presented in ways that further the agenda of Catena. For example, it's not out of the realm of possibility that all “gray market” operators might be left off of the PokerScout lists entirely in the not-too-distant future. In theory, someone else could purchase the game reports from GameIntel and start up a competitor to PokerScout. However, GameIntel states that “Our reports are strictly for private use by the purchaser, not for republication or distribution.” Anyone wishing to use the data for other than private use needs to get the approval of GameIntel. Given the ongoing arrangements between Catena and GameIntel, such permission is not likely to be forthcoming for any would-be replacement of PokerScout. PokerScout and the Future We're not exactly sure if there are further alterations to come for PokerScout now that it's in the hands of Catena Media. For the moment, it's possible to view traffic numbers for the biggest U.S.A. online poker sites in the market, which are Ignition Casino and the Winning Poker Network, although they're not clearly identified at PokerScout as accepting American customers. You can learn more about these entities with our thorough Ignition Casino Poker review and our fact-filled Americas Cardroom review. For constantly updated info on all the reputable sites for players in the United States, check out our guide to U.S. online poker, which is full of material concerning the legal situation for internet poker, the top sites for Americans, and more. ";s:16:"description_html";s:11889:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_10"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwhat-happened-to-pokerscout&amp;title=PokerScout%20Sold%2C%20Now%20Has%20New%20Look%20and%20Feel"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerscout-logo.png" alt="PokerScout Logo" width="140" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One of the stalwarts of the online poker industry, the traffic tracking site <strong>PokerScout</strong>, has been acquired by <strong>Catena Media</strong>. The old setup of the website has been retired, and it now sports a different presentation and layout that has left most visitors disappointed.</p> <h2>About the Changes</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Beginning Feb. 22, visitors to pokerscout.com now see something similar to the following page:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/new-pokerscout-screenshot.png" alt="Screenshot of the New PokerScout" width="652" height="481" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is quite different from the way the site used to look as shown below:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/old-pokerscout-screenshot.png" alt="Screenshot of the Old PokerScout" width="649" height="443" /><br /><em>Image of PokerScout.com Homepage from Feb. 22, Courtesy of InternetArch8ive.org</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The old format was able to contain more rows of data within a given screen size, and it had a distinctive brown, white, and gray color scheme. By contrast, the new PokerScout employs a generic black, white, and red design, and the text seems bloated somehow so that less information can be seen on the screen. The fact that there are three prominent poker room afflinks near the top of the page doesn't help matters either.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The old PokerScout had a number of cool features, like play money traffic numbers and a checkmark showing U.S.-friendly poker rooms on the main page, which the new site lacks. Clicking on an individual network within the list used to bring up a page containing extensive data about that operator, such as the software it ran and the sites housed on that network. Currently, readers who select a particular poker organization merely get to see the peak player counts for the last 14 days.</p> <h2>New Focus of PokerScout</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%; float: left;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/magnifying-glass.png" alt="Magnifying Glass" width="77" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new owners of PokerScout appear to be pushing a philosophy centered around regulated markets. This may be why there's no indication on the main page of which offshore sites accept American players. Even selecting “USA” from the “Countries” menu at the top merely brings up data on the licensed <a title="Online Poker in New Jersey" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-new-jersey" target="_self">New Jersey</a>, <a title="Internet Poker in the State of Nevada" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-nevada" target="_self">Nevada</a>, and <a title="Delaware Poker Online" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-delaware" target="_self">Delaware</a> poker rooms along with text about the history and legality of online poker in the United States.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In keeping with its focus on government-supervised internet poker, the site is even geo-serving specialized pages to those from various jurisdictions. Many individuals in the United States, for instance, are being redirected to a NJ page, which only shows player volume information for four state-licensed New Jersey online poker rooms.</p> <h2>Background on Catena</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Catena Media, which now owns PokerScout.com, is a huge media conglomerate that has been acquiring gambling-related websites left and right. It's based in Malta and traded on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange under the ticker symbol CTM. Some of the prominent Catena properties are AskGamblers.com, CasinoUK.com, and USPoker.com.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The overwhelming bulk of the websites operated by Catena Media work according to an affiliate model. That is, they attempt to drive traffic to their partner real money gaming brands, and they get a cut of the revenues. PokerScout now appears to be heading in this same direction: quite a difference from the time when it was a largely unbiased informational portal.</p> <h2>About the Deal</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Info Button - Blue" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <a title="Catena Media Buys PokerScout" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20171104071738/https://www.catenamedia.com/release/catena-media-acquires-us-pokerscout-com-in-connection-with-new-online-gaming-legislation-in-pennsylvania/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">purchase of PokerScout</a> actually occurred some months ago in November 2017. The selling price was $350,000.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There were clues that something was amiss at PokerScout between November 2017 and the launch of the updated website in February. There were periods when the links to news articles on the right-hand side of the home page were not updated for several days in a row. Furthermore, some of the numerical traffic info was a few weeks out of date at times.</p> <h2>History of PokerScout</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Books" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Daniel Stewart launched his online poker traffic tracking site in April 2006, and it was originally called PokerSiteScout. In its first incarnation, PokerSiteScout presented statistics on cash games at just nine internet poker rooms. It changed name to PokerScout in 2007. There were a number of organizations providing similar services, like PokerPulse.com and NHBRA.com, but PokerScout quickly surpassed them in popularity, and both competing sites are now defunct.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokersitescout-screenshot.png" alt="Screenshot of PokerSiteScout" width="650" height="448" /><br /><em>Screenshot of PokerSiteScout.com, Ancestor of PokerScout, From July 2006, Courtesy of InternetArchive.org</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">From its simple beginnings, PokerScout has grown over the years. By the end of 2017, it provided coverage of more than 60 real money online poker providers, including tournament data for some of them, along with a small section devoted to play money sites. Supplementing its poker liquidity stats, PokerScout rounded out its content with a news section, user reviews of poker rooms, and reports on industry trends that were available for purchase.</p> <h2>The GameIntel Connection</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/gameintel-logo.jpg" alt="GameIntel Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The previous owner of PokerScout is continuing to compile the relevant game-related data as part of GameIntel.com. This is the company that the new PokerScout is sourcing its player traffic information from. Thus, the accuracy and quality of the reported numbers should still be the same as it was before.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, what Catena Media decides to do with these detailed numbers is entirely up to them. We could see a lot of the figures either ignored or presented in ways that further the agenda of Catena. For example, it's not out of the realm of possibility that all “gray market” operators might be left off of the PokerScout lists entirely in the not-too-distant future.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In theory, someone else could purchase the game reports from GameIntel and start up a competitor to PokerScout. However, GameIntel states that “Our reports are strictly for private use by the purchaser, not for republication or distribution.” Anyone wishing to use the data for other than private use needs to get the approval of GameIntel. Given the ongoing arrangements between Catena and GameIntel, such permission is not likely to be forthcoming for any would-be replacement of PokerScout.</p> <h2>PokerScout and the Future</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/future-arrow.png" alt="Future Arrow" width="164" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're not exactly sure if there are further alterations to come for PokerScout now that it's in the hands of Catena Media. For the moment, it's possible to view traffic numbers for the biggest U.S.A. online poker sites in the market, which are Ignition Casino and the Winning Poker Network, although they're not clearly identified at PokerScout as accepting American customers. You can learn more about these entities with our thorough <a title="Ignition's Anonymous Poker Site" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></a> and our fact-filled <a title="ACR Cash Games, SNGs, Jackpot Poker, Tourneys" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><strong>Americas Cardroom review</strong></a>. For constantly updated info on all the reputable sites for players in the United States, check out our <a title="Best U.S.A. Internet Poker Firms" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><strong>guide to U.S. online poker</strong></a>, which is full of material concerning the legal situation for internet poker, the top sites for Americans, and more.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_9"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwhat-happened-to-pokerscout&amp;title=PokerScout%20Sold%2C%20Now%20Has%20New%20Look%20and%20Feel"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:11889:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_10"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwhat-happened-to-pokerscout&amp;title=PokerScout%20Sold%2C%20Now%20Has%20New%20Look%20and%20Feel"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerscout-logo.png" alt="PokerScout Logo" width="140" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One of the stalwarts of the online poker industry, the traffic tracking site <strong>PokerScout</strong>, has been acquired by <strong>Catena Media</strong>. The old setup of the website has been retired, and it now sports a different presentation and layout that has left most visitors disappointed.</p> <h2>About the Changes</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Beginning Feb. 22, visitors to pokerscout.com now see something similar to the following page:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/new-pokerscout-screenshot.png" alt="Screenshot of the New PokerScout" width="652" height="481" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is quite different from the way the site used to look as shown below:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/old-pokerscout-screenshot.png" alt="Screenshot of the Old PokerScout" width="649" height="443" /><br /><em>Image of PokerScout.com Homepage from Feb. 22, Courtesy of InternetArch8ive.org</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The old format was able to contain more rows of data within a given screen size, and it had a distinctive brown, white, and gray color scheme. By contrast, the new PokerScout employs a generic black, white, and red design, and the text seems bloated somehow so that less information can be seen on the screen. The fact that there are three prominent poker room afflinks near the top of the page doesn't help matters either.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The old PokerScout had a number of cool features, like play money traffic numbers and a checkmark showing U.S.-friendly poker rooms on the main page, which the new site lacks. Clicking on an individual network within the list used to bring up a page containing extensive data about that operator, such as the software it ran and the sites housed on that network. Currently, readers who select a particular poker organization merely get to see the peak player counts for the last 14 days.</p> <h2>New Focus of PokerScout</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%; float: left;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/magnifying-glass.png" alt="Magnifying Glass" width="77" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new owners of PokerScout appear to be pushing a philosophy centered around regulated markets. This may be why there's no indication on the main page of which offshore sites accept American players. Even selecting “USA” from the “Countries” menu at the top merely brings up data on the licensed <a title="Online Poker in New Jersey" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-new-jersey" target="_self">New Jersey</a>, <a title="Internet Poker in the State of Nevada" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-nevada" target="_self">Nevada</a>, and <a title="Delaware Poker Online" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-delaware" target="_self">Delaware</a> poker rooms along with text about the history and legality of online poker in the United States.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In keeping with its focus on government-supervised internet poker, the site is even geo-serving specialized pages to those from various jurisdictions. Many individuals in the United States, for instance, are being redirected to a NJ page, which only shows player volume information for four state-licensed New Jersey online poker rooms.</p> <h2>Background on Catena</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Catena Media, which now owns PokerScout.com, is a huge media conglomerate that has been acquiring gambling-related websites left and right. It's based in Malta and traded on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange under the ticker symbol CTM. Some of the prominent Catena properties are AskGamblers.com, CasinoUK.com, and USPoker.com.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The overwhelming bulk of the websites operated by Catena Media work according to an affiliate model. That is, they attempt to drive traffic to their partner real money gaming brands, and they get a cut of the revenues. PokerScout now appears to be heading in this same direction: quite a difference from the time when it was a largely unbiased informational portal.</p> <h2>About the Deal</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Info Button - Blue" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <a title="Catena Media Buys PokerScout" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20171104071738/https://www.catenamedia.com/release/catena-media-acquires-us-pokerscout-com-in-connection-with-new-online-gaming-legislation-in-pennsylvania/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">purchase of PokerScout</a> actually occurred some months ago in November 2017. The selling price was $350,000.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There were clues that something was amiss at PokerScout between November 2017 and the launch of the updated website in February. There were periods when the links to news articles on the right-hand side of the home page were not updated for several days in a row. Furthermore, some of the numerical traffic info was a few weeks out of date at times.</p> <h2>History of PokerScout</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Books" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Daniel Stewart launched his online poker traffic tracking site in April 2006, and it was originally called PokerSiteScout. In its first incarnation, PokerSiteScout presented statistics on cash games at just nine internet poker rooms. It changed name to PokerScout in 2007. There were a number of organizations providing similar services, like PokerPulse.com and NHBRA.com, but PokerScout quickly surpassed them in popularity, and both competing sites are now defunct.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokersitescout-screenshot.png" alt="Screenshot of PokerSiteScout" width="650" height="448" /><br /><em>Screenshot of PokerSiteScout.com, Ancestor of PokerScout, From July 2006, Courtesy of InternetArchive.org</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">From its simple beginnings, PokerScout has grown over the years. By the end of 2017, it provided coverage of more than 60 real money online poker providers, including tournament data for some of them, along with a small section devoted to play money sites. Supplementing its poker liquidity stats, PokerScout rounded out its content with a news section, user reviews of poker rooms, and reports on industry trends that were available for purchase.</p> <h2>The GameIntel Connection</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/gameintel-logo.jpg" alt="GameIntel Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The previous owner of PokerScout is continuing to compile the relevant game-related data as part of GameIntel.com. This is the company that the new PokerScout is sourcing its player traffic information from. Thus, the accuracy and quality of the reported numbers should still be the same as it was before.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">However, what Catena Media decides to do with these detailed numbers is entirely up to them. We could see a lot of the figures either ignored or presented in ways that further the agenda of Catena. For example, it's not out of the realm of possibility that all “gray market” operators might be left off of the PokerScout lists entirely in the not-too-distant future.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In theory, someone else could purchase the game reports from GameIntel and start up a competitor to PokerScout. However, GameIntel states that “Our reports are strictly for private use by the purchaser, not for republication or distribution.” Anyone wishing to use the data for other than private use needs to get the approval of GameIntel. Given the ongoing arrangements between Catena and GameIntel, such permission is not likely to be forthcoming for any would-be replacement of PokerScout.</p> <h2>PokerScout and the Future</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/future-arrow.png" alt="Future Arrow" width="164" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're not exactly sure if there are further alterations to come for PokerScout now that it's in the hands of Catena Media. For the moment, it's possible to view traffic numbers for the biggest U.S.A. online poker sites in the market, which are Ignition Casino and the Winning Poker Network, although they're not clearly identified at PokerScout as accepting American customers. You can learn more about these entities with our thorough <a title="Ignition's Anonymous Poker Site" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></a> and our fact-filled <a title="ACR Cash Games, SNGs, Jackpot Poker, Tourneys" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><strong>Americas Cardroom review</strong></a>. For constantly updated info on all the reputable sites for players in the United States, check out our <a title="Best U.S.A. Internet Poker Firms" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><strong>guide to U.S. online poker</strong></a>, which is full of material concerning the legal situation for internet poker, the top sites for Americans, and more.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_9"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fwhat-happened-to-pokerscout&amp;title=PokerScout%20Sold%2C%20Now%20Has%20New%20Look%20and%20Feel"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:5;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:89:"https://professionalrakeback.com/uruguay-bans-888-bwin-bet365-and-other-gambling-websites";s:5:"title";s:43:"Uruguay Blocking Offshore Gambling Websites";s:4:"date";i:1523242679;s:11:"description";s:4820:" The South American nation of Uruguay has announced that it is blocking access to 21 online gambling sites that it says are violating the law. This move followed reports in February that the authorities were working on mechanisms for detecting and blocking these sites. The companies targeted include PokerStars, bet365, bwin, and 888. All forms of gambling including online casino, poker, and sports betting will be blocked. Background Information In the last week of September 2017, Uruguay's new Accountability Law was signed by the president, and its provisions came into effect at the beginning of 2018. This was a comprehensive piece of legislation dealing with many topics, such as technology, fraud, taxes, and trade. One of its stipulations was that the “provision of online services, technological platforms and applications linked to gambling or online betting” is prohibited. The agency tasked with enforcing the terms of the legislation is the National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas (DNLQ). In February, it began the work of determining which entities were in violation of the law and following the procedures outlined for dealing with the situation. This involved sending the companies notice and setting a deadline by which they must cease offering their services in Uruguay. Because it wasn't easy to identify the responsible individuals at some of the gambling concerns in question, information about the DNLQ's decrees was posted in the country's official government publication (Diario Oficial). According to the April 6 edition of the Diario Oficial, the proscribed domains are: betapuesta.com wwwˍbetapuesta.com wwwˍ10bet.com 10bet.com bet365.com 888vipcasinolub.com wwwˍ888.com wwwˍ888.es wwwˍ888casino.es wwwˍ888games.com wwwˍ888Ladies.com wwwˍ888Sports.com esˍ888casino.com esˍ888poker.com marathonbet.com oddsring.com sportsˍbwin.com wwwˍbetcris.com wwwˍmuchovegas.com wwwˍpokerstars.com wwwˍpokerstars.net The DNLQ is working with the Communications Services Regulatory Unit, the Central Bank of Uruguay, credit card issuers, and telcos to implement the blocking of the affected websites. According to media reports, the blocking of the 21 sites was begun on March 30. Reasons for the Crackdown According to comments made by Luis Gama, head of the DNLQ, the motivation behind blocking offshore gambling services is to safeguard the public. However, there may be other reasons for the recent decision to prevent Uruguayans from accessing these sites. The only entity legally permitted to offer online wagering in Uruguay is the sports-betting site Supermatch: a division of DNLQ. Preventing Uruguayans from wagering with other firms will undoubtedly drive traffic to Supermatch and thereby increase its revenue. Home Page of Uruguay's Government-Run Betting Site, Supermatch Also, Gama hinted that the government may eventually license other operators to provide internet gambling products. If such a scheme were put into effect, then the government could raise a considerable sum in taxes and licensing fees. This is the model that Colombia followed: first banning online gaming companies and then licensing a few of them under a strictly regulated regime. Unlike Colombia, which has a population of around 50 million, Uruguay is home to only 3.4 million. Thus, it's unlikely that any hopes for a burgeoning regulated online gaming market in the country would prove successful. Future Action Possible In a recent radio interview, Luis Gama stated that a further 19 websites were identified that were accepting bets from Uruguay residents in contravention of the regulations. These sites are the next targets for DNLQ. As officials gain more experience blockading offending web pages, we could see the blacklist eventually increase from 40 to hundreds. There Are Still Ways to Bet From Uruguay If you're someone affected by the decision of the Uruguay government to restrict your freedoms, then don't worry. There are still several online sports, poker, and casino organizations that have not yet come under the scrutiny of the DNLQ. We highly recommend TigerGaming, which allows you to conduct these three forms of wagering along with several others. When you make your first deposit, you can claim a bonus of 100% up to $2,500 to bet on sports, an identical offer in the poker room, and three separate $1,000 casino bonuses. 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";s:16:"description_html";s:8789:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_12"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Furuguay-bans-888-bwin-bet365-and-other-gambling-websites&amp;title=Uruguay%20Blocking%20Offshore%20Gambling%20Websites"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/uruguay-outline-map.jpg" alt="Outline Map of Uruguay" width="68" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The South American nation of Uruguay has announced that it is <strong>blocking access to 21 online gambling sites</strong> that it says are violating the law. This move followed reports in February that the authorities were working on mechanisms for detecting and blocking these sites. The companies targeted include <a title="Professional Rakeback's PokerStars Review" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a>, bet365, bwin, and 888. All forms of gambling including <a title="Best online casino websites." href="/best-casino-sites">online casino</a>, poker, and sports betting will be blocked.</p> <h2>Background Information</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In the last week of September 2017, Uruguay's new Accountability Law was signed by the president, and its provisions came into effect at the beginning of 2018. This was a comprehensive piece of legislation dealing with many topics, such as technology, fraud, taxes, and trade. One of its stipulations was that the “provision of online services, technological platforms and applications linked to gambling or online betting” is prohibited.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The agency tasked with enforcing the terms of the legislation is the National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas (DNLQ). In February, it began the work of determining which entities were in violation of the law and following the procedures outlined for dealing with the situation. This involved sending the companies notice and setting a deadline by which they must cease offering their services in Uruguay.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Because it wasn't easy to identify the responsible individuals at some of the gambling concerns in question, information about the DNLQ's decrees was posted in the country's official government publication (Diario Oficial). According to the April 6 edition of the Diario Oficial, the proscribed domains are:</p> <ul><li>betapuesta.com</li> <li>wwwˍbetapuesta.com</li> <li>wwwˍ10bet.com</li> <li>10bet.com</li> <li>bet365.com</li> <li>888vipcasinolub.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888.es</li> <li>wwwˍ888casino.es</li> <li>wwwˍ888games.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888Ladies.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888Sports.com</li> <li>esˍ888casino.com</li> <li>esˍ888poker.com</li> <li>marathonbet.com</li> <li>oddsring.com</li> <li>sportsˍbwin.com</li> <li>wwwˍbetcris.com</li> <li>wwwˍmuchovegas.com</li> <li>wwwˍpokerstars.com</li> <li>wwwˍpokerstars.net</li> </ul><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The DNLQ is working with the Communications Services Regulatory Unit, the Central Bank of Uruguay, credit card issuers, and telcos to implement the blocking of the affected websites. According to media reports, the blocking of the 21 sites was begun on March 30.</p> <h2>Reasons for the Crackdown</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-pages.png" alt="Pages" width="63" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to comments made by Luis Gama, head of the DNLQ, the motivation behind blocking offshore gambling services is to safeguard the public. However, there may be other reasons for the recent decision to prevent Uruguayans from accessing these sites.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The only entity legally permitted to offer online wagering in Uruguay is the <a title="Sports betting websites." href="/sports-betting-sites-usa">sports-betting site</a> Supermatch: a division of DNLQ. Preventing Uruguayans from wagering with other firms will undoubtedly drive traffic to Supermatch and thereby increase its revenue.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/supermatch-home-page.jpg" alt="Home Page of Supermatch" width="636" height="431" /><br /><em>Home Page of Uruguay's Government-Run Betting Site, Supermatch</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Also, Gama hinted that the government may eventually license other operators to provide internet gambling products. If such a scheme were put into effect, then the government could raise a considerable sum in taxes and licensing fees. This is the <a title="Colombia's Online Gaming Regulation" href="/colombian-gambling-regulations-have-negative-effects-on-poker-sites" target="_self">model that Colombia followed</a>: first banning online gaming companies and then licensing a few of them under a strictly regulated regime.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unlike Colombia, which has a population of around 50 million, Uruguay is home to only 3.4 million. Thus, it's unlikely that any hopes for a burgeoning regulated online gaming market in the country would prove successful.</p> <h2>Future Action Possible</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/file-folder.png" alt="File Folder" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In a recent radio interview, Luis Gama stated that a further 19 websites were identified that were accepting bets from Uruguay residents in contravention of the regulations. These sites are the next targets for DNLQ. 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Read our comprehensive <a title="TigerGaming Has All the Gambling Action You Seek" href="/tiger-gaming-review" target="_self"><strong>TigerGaming review</strong></a> page for all the details</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you are a crypto-currency user, you might be interested in another site we recommend. That site is NitrogenSports. They offer sports betting, casino games, and online poker to players around the world. Anonymous and crypto-currency only. 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This move followed reports in February that the authorities were working on mechanisms for detecting and blocking these sites. The companies targeted include <a title="Professional Rakeback's PokerStars Review" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a>, bet365, bwin, and 888. All forms of gambling including <a title="Best online casino websites." href="/best-casino-sites">online casino</a>, poker, and sports betting will be blocked.</p> <h2>Background Information</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In the last week of September 2017, Uruguay's new Accountability Law was signed by the president, and its provisions came into effect at the beginning of 2018. This was a comprehensive piece of legislation dealing with many topics, such as technology, fraud, taxes, and trade. One of its stipulations was that the “provision of online services, technological platforms and applications linked to gambling or online betting” is prohibited.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The agency tasked with enforcing the terms of the legislation is the National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas (DNLQ). In February, it began the work of determining which entities were in violation of the law and following the procedures outlined for dealing with the situation. This involved sending the companies notice and setting a deadline by which they must cease offering their services in Uruguay.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Because it wasn't easy to identify the responsible individuals at some of the gambling concerns in question, information about the DNLQ's decrees was posted in the country's official government publication (Diario Oficial). According to the April 6 edition of the Diario Oficial, the proscribed domains are:</p> <ul><li>betapuesta.com</li> <li>wwwˍbetapuesta.com</li> <li>wwwˍ10bet.com</li> <li>10bet.com</li> <li>bet365.com</li> <li>888vipcasinolub.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888.es</li> <li>wwwˍ888casino.es</li> <li>wwwˍ888games.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888Ladies.com</li> <li>wwwˍ888Sports.com</li> <li>esˍ888casino.com</li> <li>esˍ888poker.com</li> <li>marathonbet.com</li> <li>oddsring.com</li> <li>sportsˍbwin.com</li> <li>wwwˍbetcris.com</li> <li>wwwˍmuchovegas.com</li> <li>wwwˍpokerstars.com</li> <li>wwwˍpokerstars.net</li> </ul><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The DNLQ is working with the Communications Services Regulatory Unit, the Central Bank of Uruguay, credit card issuers, and telcos to implement the blocking of the affected websites. According to media reports, the blocking of the 21 sites was begun on March 30.</p> <h2>Reasons for the Crackdown</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-pages.png" alt="Pages" width="63" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to comments made by Luis Gama, head of the DNLQ, the motivation behind blocking offshore gambling services is to safeguard the public. However, there may be other reasons for the recent decision to prevent Uruguayans from accessing these sites.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The only entity legally permitted to offer online wagering in Uruguay is the <a title="Sports betting websites." href="/sports-betting-sites-usa">sports-betting site</a> Supermatch: a division of DNLQ. Preventing Uruguayans from wagering with other firms will undoubtedly drive traffic to Supermatch and thereby increase its revenue.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/supermatch-home-page.jpg" alt="Home Page of Supermatch" width="636" height="431" /><br /><em>Home Page of Uruguay's Government-Run Betting Site, Supermatch</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Also, Gama hinted that the government may eventually license other operators to provide internet gambling products. If such a scheme were put into effect, then the government could raise a considerable sum in taxes and licensing fees. This is the <a title="Colombia's Online Gaming Regulation" href="/colombian-gambling-regulations-have-negative-effects-on-poker-sites" target="_self">model that Colombia followed</a>: first banning online gaming companies and then licensing a few of them under a strictly regulated regime.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unlike Colombia, which has a population of around 50 million, Uruguay is home to only 3.4 million. Thus, it's unlikely that any hopes for a burgeoning regulated online gaming market in the country would prove successful.</p> <h2>Future Action Possible</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/file-folder.png" alt="File Folder" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In a recent radio interview, Luis Gama stated that a further 19 websites were identified that were accepting bets from Uruguay residents in contravention of the regulations. These sites are the next targets for DNLQ. As officials gain more experience blockading offending web pages, we could see the blacklist eventually increase from 40 to hundreds.</p> <h2>There Are Still Ways to Bet From Uruguay</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ace-jack-chips.png" alt="Cards and Chips" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you're someone affected by the decision of the Uruguay government to restrict your freedoms, then don't worry. There are still several online sports, poker, and casino organizations that have not yet come under the scrutiny of the DNLQ. We highly recommend TigerGaming, which allows you to conduct these three forms of wagering along with several others. When you make your first deposit, you can claim a bonus of 100% up to $2,500 to bet on sports, an identical offer in the poker room, and three separate $1,000 casino bonuses. Read our comprehensive <a title="TigerGaming Has All the Gambling Action You Seek" href="/tiger-gaming-review" target="_self"><strong>TigerGaming review</strong></a> page for all the details</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you are a crypto-currency user, you might be interested in another site we recommend. That site is NitrogenSports. They offer sports betting, casino games, and online poker to players around the world. Anonymous and crypto-currency only. Read our <strong><a title="Nitrogen Sports's poker room reviewed by Professional Rakeback's experts." href="/nitrogensports">NitrogenSports poker review</a></strong> for more information.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_11"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Furuguay-bans-888-bwin-bet365-and-other-gambling-websites&amp;title=Uruguay%20Blocking%20Offshore%20Gambling%20Websites"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:6;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:64:"https://professionalrakeback.com/250k-mtt-april-2018-pwl-network";s:5:"title";s:49:"Ignition/Bodog/Bovada Hosting $250K Poker Tourney";s:4:"date";i:1523210775;s:11:"description";s:2839:" After holding a similar event in February, the PaiWangLuo Network is running another $250,000 guaranteed tournament on Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET with a buyin of $300 + $25. The $250K Guaranteed can be played from Ignition Casino, Bodog, or Bovada. Tournament Structure Players will start with 15,000 chips, and the initial blind level is 10/20. This means that everyone will be 750 bb deep, and these massive stacks will last for a while because the blinds are set to increase only once every 15 minutes. Late registration will be open until the 15th blind level. There are no rebuys, add-ons, or re-entries allowed. The payout structure has been altered so that at least 15% of the field will get a prize. In order to avoid an overlay, participation needs to reach 834 players, in which case 126 individuals will finish in the money. If between 841 and 960 people buy in, then 144 will win some cash. In the event that more than 960 but less than 1,201 entrants turn up, 180 will get paid. Satellites Abound It's possible to win your seat to the $250K Guaranteed for less if you don't wish to spend the entire $325 required to register directly. Daily satellites begin April 7 at prices between $7 + $0.70 and $40 + $4. Be aware that tickets obtained through these qualifier tournaments must be used in the $250,000 Guaranteed event. They will expire after April 22. Most of these satties award between 1 and 10 seats each, but there are a couple that are scheduled for just before the big tournament takes place, and they will distribute 30 seats apiece. The 50K Cheap Seats 30 Seats GTD [Turbo] will start up at 12:30 p.m. on April 22, and it costs $7.70 to enter. Your last chance to earn your ticket will be in the $250K Satellite 30 Seats GTD [Turbo], which begins at 2:30 p.m. April 22 for a buyin of $40 + $4. Create Your Account If Necessary You won't be able to play in the $250K Guaranteed unless you have an account at one of the PaiWangLuo Network sites. They are Ignition, Bovada, and Bodog. We recommend Ignition to our Australian and American readers, and you'll get a poker bonus of 100% up to $1,000 on your first deposit along with a matching casino bonus. Read our Ignition Casino Poker review for all the details. Players from the United States have the option to play at Bovada instead as do residents of Mexico. It offers a 100% up to $500 poker bonus, and it has a sportsbook, which Ignition lacks. Check out our Bovada review for further information. Players from Canada and several Latin American countries can participate via Bodog and claim a 100% up to $1,000 poker bonus. You can learn more about Bodog, which has been expanding into new markets recently, by poring over our comprehensive Bodog poker, sports, and casino review. ";s:16:"description_html";s:5974:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_14"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F250k-mtt-april-2018-pwl-network&amp;title=Ignition%2FBodog%2FBovada%20Hosting%20%24250K%20Poker%20Tourney"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; border: 1px solid black;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/pai-wang-luo-network-logo-small.png" alt="PWL Network Logo" width="142" height="76" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">After holding <a title="$250K Gtd. Super Bowl Edition" href="/250k-superbowl-poker-tournament-pai-wang-luo-2018" target="_self">a similar event in February</a>, the PaiWangLuo Network is running another <strong>$250,000 guaranteed tournament</strong> on Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET with a buyin of $300 + $25. The $250K Guaranteed can be played from <strong>Ignition Casino, Bodog, or Bovada</strong>.</p> <h2>Tournament Structure</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Players will start with 15,000 chips, and the initial blind level is 10/20. This means that everyone will be 750 bb deep, and these massive stacks will last for a while because the blinds are set to increase only once every 15 minutes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Late registration will be open until the 15th blind level. There are no rebuys, add-ons, or re-entries allowed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The payout structure has been altered so that at least 15% of the field will get a prize. In order to avoid an overlay, participation needs to reach 834 players, in which case 126 individuals will finish in the money. If between 841 and 960 people buy in, then 144 will win some cash. In the event that more than 960 but less than 1,201 entrants turn up, 180 will get paid.</p> <h2>Satellites Abound</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/satellites.png" alt="Satellites" width="104" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's possible to win your seat to the $250K Guaranteed for less if you don't wish to spend the entire $325 required to register directly. Daily satellites begin April 7 at prices between $7 + $0.70 and $40 + $4. Be aware that tickets obtained through these qualifier tournaments must be used in the $250,000 Guaranteed event. They will expire after April 22.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most of these satties award between 1 and 10 seats each, but there are a couple that are scheduled for just before the big tournament takes place, and they will distribute 30 seats apiece. The 50K Cheap Seats 30 Seats GTD [Turbo] will start up at 12:30 p.m. on April 22, and it costs $7.70 to enter. Your last chance to earn your ticket will be in the $250K Satellite 30 Seats GTD [Turbo], which begins at 2:30 p.m. April 22 for a buyin of $40 + $4.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/%24250k-guaranteed-april-banner.jpg" alt="$250K Guaranteed" width="640" height="234" /></p> <h2>Create Your Account If Necessary</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You won't be able to play in the $250K Guaranteed unless you have an account at one of the <a title="Operators on the PaiWangLuo Network" href="/paiwangluo-poker-network" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network</a> sites. They are Ignition, Bovada, and Bodog. We recommend Ignition to our Australian and American readers, and you'll get a poker bonus of 100% up to $1,000 on your first deposit along with a matching casino bonus. Read our <a title="Ignition: Anonymous Poker With a Bonus up to $1,000" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></a> for all the details. Players from the United States have the option to play at Bovada instead as do residents of Mexico. It offers a 100% up to $500 poker bonus, and it has a sportsbook, which Ignition lacks. Check out our <a title="Bovada Cash Games, SNGs, and Tournaments" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><strong>Bovada review</strong></a> for further information. Players from Canada and several Latin American countries can participate via Bodog and claim a 100% up to $1,000 poker bonus. You can learn more about Bodog, which has been <a title="Bodog Announces LATAM Expansion Plans" href="/bodog-network-expands-into-latin-america-2017" target="_self">expanding into new markets</a> recently, by poring over our comprehensive <strong><a title="Bodog's Multi-Product Gambling Platform" href="/bodog-review" target="_self">Bodog poker, sports, and casino review</a></strong>.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_13"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F250k-mtt-april-2018-pwl-network&amp;title=Ignition%2FBodog%2FBovada%20Hosting%20%24250K%20Poker%20Tourney"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:5974:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_14"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F250k-mtt-april-2018-pwl-network&amp;title=Ignition%2FBodog%2FBovada%20Hosting%20%24250K%20Poker%20Tourney"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; border: 1px solid black;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/pai-wang-luo-network-logo-small.png" alt="PWL Network Logo" width="142" height="76" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">After holding <a title="$250K Gtd. Super Bowl Edition" href="/250k-superbowl-poker-tournament-pai-wang-luo-2018" target="_self">a similar event in February</a>, the PaiWangLuo Network is running another <strong>$250,000 guaranteed tournament</strong> on Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET with a buyin of $300 + $25. The $250K Guaranteed can be played from <strong>Ignition Casino, Bodog, or Bovada</strong>.</p> <h2>Tournament Structure</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Players will start with 15,000 chips, and the initial blind level is 10/20. This means that everyone will be 750 bb deep, and these massive stacks will last for a while because the blinds are set to increase only once every 15 minutes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Late registration will be open until the 15th blind level. There are no rebuys, add-ons, or re-entries allowed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The payout structure has been altered so that at least 15% of the field will get a prize. In order to avoid an overlay, participation needs to reach 834 players, in which case 126 individuals will finish in the money. If between 841 and 960 people buy in, then 144 will win some cash. In the event that more than 960 but less than 1,201 entrants turn up, 180 will get paid.</p> <h2>Satellites Abound</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/satellites.png" alt="Satellites" width="104" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's possible to win your seat to the $250K Guaranteed for less if you don't wish to spend the entire $325 required to register directly. Daily satellites begin April 7 at prices between $7 + $0.70 and $40 + $4. Be aware that tickets obtained through these qualifier tournaments must be used in the $250,000 Guaranteed event. They will expire after April 22.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most of these satties award between 1 and 10 seats each, but there are a couple that are scheduled for just before the big tournament takes place, and they will distribute 30 seats apiece. The 50K Cheap Seats 30 Seats GTD [Turbo] will start up at 12:30 p.m. on April 22, and it costs $7.70 to enter. Your last chance to earn your ticket will be in the $250K Satellite 30 Seats GTD [Turbo], which begins at 2:30 p.m. April 22 for a buyin of $40 + $4.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/%24250k-guaranteed-april-banner.jpg" alt="$250K Guaranteed" width="640" height="234" /></p> <h2>Create Your Account If Necessary</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You won't be able to play in the $250K Guaranteed unless you have an account at one of the <a title="Operators on the PaiWangLuo Network" href="/paiwangluo-poker-network" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network</a> sites. They are Ignition, Bovada, and Bodog. We recommend Ignition to our Australian and American readers, and you'll get a poker bonus of 100% up to $1,000 on your first deposit along with a matching casino bonus. Read our <a title="Ignition: Anonymous Poker With a Bonus up to $1,000" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></a> for all the details. Players from the United States have the option to play at Bovada instead as do residents of Mexico. It offers a 100% up to $500 poker bonus, and it has a sportsbook, which Ignition lacks. Check out our <a title="Bovada Cash Games, SNGs, and Tournaments" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><strong>Bovada review</strong></a> for further information. Players from Canada and several Latin American countries can participate via Bodog and claim a 100% up to $1,000 poker bonus. You can learn more about Bodog, which has been <a title="Bodog Announces LATAM Expansion Plans" href="/bodog-network-expands-into-latin-america-2017" target="_self">expanding into new markets</a> recently, by poring over our comprehensive <strong><a title="Bodog's Multi-Product Gambling Platform" href="/bodog-review" target="_self">Bodog poker, sports, and casino review</a></strong>.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_13"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2F250k-mtt-april-2018-pwl-network&amp;title=Ignition%2FBodog%2FBovada%20Hosting%20%24250K%20Poker%20Tourney"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:7;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:84:"https://professionalrakeback.com/pokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa";s:5:"title";s:47:"PokerStars TV Ad Pulled by Advertising Watchdog";s:4:"date";i:1523050305;s:11:"description";s:7304:" The United Kingdom's advertising oversight body, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), has ordered PokerStars to stop showing one of its televisions ads. After reviewing a complaint, the authorities declared that the video spot in question violated the rules related to gambling advertisements that are contained in the BCAP code, which all advertisers must follow. The offending ad aired on Oct. 26, 2017, and the ASA ruling was handed down April 4, 2018. About the Ad The setting of the ad was a poker home game with the protagonist holding 83o. A voice-over narration gave advice to the “hero” of the hand: Here you are, the moment when bluffing is the only way to win, you’re freaking out kiddo, but think about all those times you bluffed yourself. Like the pull-up bar waiting for you to get back in-shape, that book you’re definitely going to read, your parents never ever had sex. Use that talent because if you can bluff yourself, you can bluff anyone. The final shot of the video showed the player pushing all of his chips into the middle, and then the narrator continued: “Pokerstars, you’re already a great poker player.” You can watch the PokerStars ad below although it seems the wording has changed a bit from that mentioned in the ASA judgment: Poker Stars | Bluff from Insurrection on Vimeo. Alleged Violations Two issues were raised under the advertising rules in effect regarding this commercial ad from PokerStars: 1. The complainant challenged whether the ad exploited inexperienced poker players by suggesting that they could easily excel at the game and make large winnings.2. The ASA challenged whether the ad portrayed gambling in the context of recklessness. PokerStars' Defense The poker company claimed that its ad didn't encourage irresponsible gambling behaviour, and it wasn't even clear if the chips being used actually represented money. PokerStars stated that this advert was “very different in content, tone and style to an ad which suggested consumers could win lots of money.” On the charge of promoting reckless behaviour, 'Stars contended that the type of bluffing shown was an integral skill in poker and was performed after making careful calculations. The poker room argued that ”bluffing was not a reckless act in itself.” The Decision Unfortunately, the decision went against PokerStars on both counts. The Agency found that viewers could be confused by the comparison made between “bluffing” in non-poker activities and bluffing at the table: “…the ad would be interpreted by viewers to mean that they could make large winnings by making big ‘all in’ bluffs based solely on their experience of bluffing in real life without any experience of playing poker.” The council concluded that the video “portrayed gambling behaviour in the context of recklessness and in a manner that could lead to financial harm.” The ASA directed PokerStars to stop showing the offending ad in its current form and to make sure that future ads don't depict “socially irresponsible” gambling or take place “in the context of recklessness.” Our Opinion We feel that the ASA missed the mark with this ruling. If anyone watching the ad were intellectually sophisticated enough to understand the comparison between “bluffing” in real life and bluffing in a poker game, we believe that such an individual would automatically have the brainpower to realize that recklessly bluffing at inopportune times would not be the key to poker success. On a more abstract level, one of the lines of reasoning used by the ASA is that novices might see the ad and then think that by following the actions suggested, they could instantly become big winners. This might indeed be true of the advert we're discussing at least for the more … um … special … members of the audience. However, a moment's thought will show that this is also the case with virtually every advertisement showing a game of poker or any other gambling for that matter. We don't even find out whether or not the bluff featured in the ad was successful! So merely the possibility of the bluff working and the likelihood that the chips represent real money are enough for the ad to be deemed to be promoting irresponsible gambling. This logic would mean that all footage showing chips being used in any gambling game could be interpreted as tricking newcomers into thinking winning is a breeze. We suppose the only gambling adverts permissible under this interpretation would be those wherein people lose their cash. Yet, we can't imagine any gaming firm wanting to produce videos highlighting this possibility. It would be like an automobile manufacturer filming a car crash and then broadcasting it to attempt to drum up some business. It would make no sense. Would this ad be more appropriate under the ASA's guidelines? Nah, it would most likely run afoul of alcohol advertising rules. We're not the only ones who feel that the ASA has overreached its legitimate remit. The Association of Players, Casinos, and Webmasters (APCW) is a group that pushes for honesty and transparency in the gambling industry. You can watch below to see what this association thinks of the recent ASA PokerStars decision: Previous ASA Gambling-Related Decisions The Advertising Standards Agency has previously taken gambling firms to task over supposedly controversial or harmful media content. In Aug. 2017, Paddy Power ran an image of boxer Floyd Mayweather with the headline “ALWAYS BET ON BLACK,” which was held to be possibly racially offensive. Earlier the same year, 888 got into hot water because of an “advertorial” telling the story of a man who escaped his financial difficulties by winning big at 888Casino although the company claimed that the troublesome ad had been produced by a third-party affiliate without 888's knowledge. Over the years, many other prominent gaming organizations have come under the scrutiny of the ASA, including William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes, and bwin. The recent complaint against PokerStars' wasn't the firm's first interaction with the agency. In August 2016, its daily fantasy sports division, BetStars, had a complaint against it upheld relating to difficult-to-find terms and conditions on a free bet offer. Fortunately, the only enforcement actions typically taken by the ASA are orders to stop showing the offending material and directives to be more careful in the future. Gambling and Advertising Around the World Gambling and advertising are two separate fields over which governments wish to exert some control in many jurisdictions around the world. When the two industries combine, restrictive regulations are usually developed. For instance, Australia recently banned daytime gambling advertising during live sporting events. In the United States, rules governing gambling advertising are usually determined at a state-by-state level although there have been periodic attempts by the federal authorities to stamp out advertising for what it sees as illegal gambling. Thus, the recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Agency in the United Kingdom is not out of the ordinary when compared to what other countries do to regulate gambling adverts. ";s:16:"description_html";s:12207:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_16"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fpokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa&amp;title=PokerStars%20TV%20Ad%20Pulled%20by%20Advertising%20Watchdog"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/pokerstars-logo.png" alt="PokerStars Logo" width="99" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The United Kingdom's advertising oversight body, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), has ordered <a title="PokerStars: World's Largest Online Poker Room" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self"><strong>PokerStars</strong></a> to stop showing one of its televisions ads. After reviewing a complaint, the authorities declared that the video spot in question <strong>violated the rules related to gambling advertisements</strong> that are contained in the BCAP code, which all advertisers must follow. The offending ad aired on Oct. 26, 2017, and the <a title="ASA Weighs in on PokerStars Advertising Issues" href="https://www.asa.org.uk/rulings/stars-interactive-ltd-a17-404651.html" target="_blank">ASA ruling</a> was handed down April 4, 2018.</p> <h2>About the Ad</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The setting of the ad was a poker home game with the protagonist holding 83o. A voice-over narration gave advice to the “hero” of the hand:</p> <blockquote><p>Here you are, the moment when bluffing is the only way to win, you’re freaking out kiddo, but think about all those times you bluffed yourself. Like the pull-up bar waiting for you to get back in-shape, that book you’re definitely going to read, your parents never ever had sex. Use that talent because if you can bluff yourself, you can bluff anyone.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The final shot of the video showed the player pushing all of his chips into the middle, and then the narrator continued: “Pokerstars, you’re already a great poker player.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You can watch the PokerStars ad below although it seems the wording has changed a bit from that mentioned in the ASA judgment:</p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/235353928" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p> <p><a title="PokerStars Bluff Video on Vimeo" href="https://vimeo.com/235353928" rel="external nofollow">Poker Stars | Bluff</a> from <a title="Video Producer Insurrection" href="https://vimeo.com/insurrectionparis" rel="external nofollow">Insurrection</a> on <a title="Video Sharing Platform Vimeo" href="https://vimeo.com" rel="external nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p> <h2>Alleged Violations</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Two issues were raised under the advertising rules in effect regarding this commercial ad from PokerStars:</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid blue;">1. The complainant challenged whether the ad exploited inexperienced poker players by suggesting that they could easily excel at the game and make large winnings.<br /><br />2. The ASA challenged whether the ad portrayed gambling in the context of recklessness.</p> <h2>PokerStars' Defense</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/shield.png" alt="Shield" width="67" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The poker company claimed that its ad didn't encourage irresponsible gambling behaviour, and it wasn't even clear if the chips being used actually represented money. PokerStars stated that this advert was “very different in content, tone and style to an ad which suggested consumers could win lots of money.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On the charge of promoting reckless behaviour, 'Stars contended that the type of bluffing shown was an integral skill in poker and was performed after making careful calculations. The poker room argued that ”bluffing was not a reckless act in itself.”</p> <h2>The Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/gavel.png" alt="Judge's Gavel" width="139" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, the decision went against PokerStars on both counts. The Agency found that viewers could be confused by the comparison made between “bluffing” in non-poker activities and bluffing at the table: “…the ad would be interpreted by viewers to mean that they could make large winnings by making big ‘all in’ bluffs based solely on their experience of bluffing in real life without any experience of playing poker.” The council concluded that the video “portrayed gambling behaviour in the context of recklessness and in a manner that could lead to financial harm.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The ASA directed PokerStars to stop showing the offending ad in its current form and to make sure that future ads don't depict “socially irresponsible” gambling or take place “in the context of recklessness.”</p> <h2>Our Opinion</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Quote Bubble" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We feel that the ASA missed the mark with this ruling. If anyone watching the ad were intellectually sophisticated enough to understand the comparison between “bluffing” in real life and bluffing in a poker game, we believe that such an individual would automatically have the brainpower to realize that recklessly bluffing at inopportune times would not be the key to poker success.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On a more abstract level, one of the lines of reasoning used by the ASA is that novices might see the ad and then think that by following the actions suggested, they could instantly become big winners. This might indeed be true of the advert we're discussing at least for the more … um … special … members of the audience. However, a moment's thought will show that this is also the case with virtually every advertisement showing a game of poker or any other gambling for that matter.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We don't even find out whether or not the bluff featured in the ad was successful! So merely the possibility of the bluff working and the likelihood that the chips represent real money are enough for the ad to be deemed to be promoting irresponsible gambling. This logic would mean that all footage showing chips being used in any gambling game could be interpreted as tricking newcomers into thinking winning is a breeze.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We suppose the only gambling adverts permissible under this interpretation would be those wherein people lose their cash. Yet, we can't imagine any gaming firm wanting to produce videos highlighting this possibility. It would be like an automobile manufacturer filming a car crash and then broadcasting it to attempt to drum up some business. It would make no sense.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/fake-pokerstars-ad.jpg" alt="Humorous Fake PokerStars Ad" width="640" height="408" /><br /><em>Would this ad be more appropriate under the ASA's guidelines? Nah, it would most likely run afoul of alcohol advertising rules.</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're not the only ones who feel that the ASA has overreached its legitimate remit. The Association of Players, Casinos, and Webmasters (APCW) is a group that pushes for honesty and transparency in the gambling industry. You can watch below to see what this association thinks of the recent ASA PokerStars decision:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MFokj5el8Rg?start=269" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <h2>Previous ASA Gambling-Related Decisions</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Two Books" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Advertising Standards Agency has previously taken gambling firms to task over supposedly controversial or harmful media content. In Aug. 2017, Paddy Power ran an image of boxer Floyd Mayweather with the headline “ALWAYS BET ON BLACK,” which was held to be possibly racially offensive. Earlier the same year, 888 got into hot water because of an “advertorial” telling the story of a man who escaped his financial difficulties by winning big at 888Casino although the company claimed that the troublesome ad had been produced by a third-party affiliate without 888's knowledge.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Over the years, many other prominent gaming organizations have come under the scrutiny of the ASA, including William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes, and bwin. The recent complaint against PokerStars' wasn't the firm's first interaction with the agency. In August 2016, its daily fantasy sports division, BetStars, had a complaint against it upheld relating to difficult-to-find terms and conditions on a free bet offer. Fortunately, the only enforcement actions typically taken by the ASA are orders to stop showing the offending material and directives to be more careful in the future.</p> <h2>Gambling and Advertising Around the World</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/globe-with-countries.png" alt="Globe" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Gambling and advertising are two separate fields over which governments wish to exert some control in many jurisdictions around the world. When the two industries combine, restrictive regulations are usually developed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For instance, <a title="About the New AUS Gambling Advertising Rules" href="/communications-legislation-amendment-to-curtail-aussie-gambling-advertising" target="_self">Australia recently banned daytime gambling advertising during live sporting events</a>. In the <a title="USA Online Poker" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self">United States</a>, rules governing gambling advertising are usually determined at a state-by-state level although there have been periodic attempts by the federal authorities to stamp out advertising for what it sees as illegal gambling. Thus, the recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Agency in the United Kingdom is not out of the ordinary when compared to what other countries do to regulate gambling adverts.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_15"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fpokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa&amp;title=PokerStars%20TV%20Ad%20Pulled%20by%20Advertising%20Watchdog"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:12207:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_16"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fpokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa&amp;title=PokerStars%20TV%20Ad%20Pulled%20by%20Advertising%20Watchdog"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/pokerstars-logo.png" alt="PokerStars Logo" width="99" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The United Kingdom's advertising oversight body, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), has ordered <a title="PokerStars: World's Largest Online Poker Room" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self"><strong>PokerStars</strong></a> to stop showing one of its televisions ads. After reviewing a complaint, the authorities declared that the video spot in question <strong>violated the rules related to gambling advertisements</strong> that are contained in the BCAP code, which all advertisers must follow. The offending ad aired on Oct. 26, 2017, and the <a title="ASA Weighs in on PokerStars Advertising Issues" href="https://www.asa.org.uk/rulings/stars-interactive-ltd-a17-404651.html" target="_blank">ASA ruling</a> was handed down April 4, 2018.</p> <h2>About the Ad</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The setting of the ad was a poker home game with the protagonist holding 83o. A voice-over narration gave advice to the “hero” of the hand:</p> <blockquote><p>Here you are, the moment when bluffing is the only way to win, you’re freaking out kiddo, but think about all those times you bluffed yourself. Like the pull-up bar waiting for you to get back in-shape, that book you’re definitely going to read, your parents never ever had sex. Use that talent because if you can bluff yourself, you can bluff anyone.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The final shot of the video showed the player pushing all of his chips into the middle, and then the narrator continued: “Pokerstars, you’re already a great poker player.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You can watch the PokerStars ad below although it seems the wording has changed a bit from that mentioned in the ASA judgment:</p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/235353928" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p> <p><a title="PokerStars Bluff Video on Vimeo" href="https://vimeo.com/235353928" rel="external nofollow">Poker Stars | Bluff</a> from <a title="Video Producer Insurrection" href="https://vimeo.com/insurrectionparis" rel="external nofollow">Insurrection</a> on <a title="Video Sharing Platform Vimeo" href="https://vimeo.com" rel="external nofollow">Vimeo</a>.</p> <h2>Alleged Violations</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Two issues were raised under the advertising rules in effect regarding this commercial ad from PokerStars:</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid blue;">1. The complainant challenged whether the ad exploited inexperienced poker players by suggesting that they could easily excel at the game and make large winnings.<br /><br />2. The ASA challenged whether the ad portrayed gambling in the context of recklessness.</p> <h2>PokerStars' Defense</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/shield.png" alt="Shield" width="67" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The poker company claimed that its ad didn't encourage irresponsible gambling behaviour, and it wasn't even clear if the chips being used actually represented money. PokerStars stated that this advert was “very different in content, tone and style to an ad which suggested consumers could win lots of money.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On the charge of promoting reckless behaviour, 'Stars contended that the type of bluffing shown was an integral skill in poker and was performed after making careful calculations. The poker room argued that ”bluffing was not a reckless act in itself.”</p> <h2>The Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/gavel.png" alt="Judge's Gavel" width="139" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, the decision went against PokerStars on both counts. The Agency found that viewers could be confused by the comparison made between “bluffing” in non-poker activities and bluffing at the table: “…the ad would be interpreted by viewers to mean that they could make large winnings by making big ‘all in’ bluffs based solely on their experience of bluffing in real life without any experience of playing poker.” The council concluded that the video “portrayed gambling behaviour in the context of recklessness and in a manner that could lead to financial harm.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The ASA directed PokerStars to stop showing the offending ad in its current form and to make sure that future ads don't depict “socially irresponsible” gambling or take place “in the context of recklessness.”</p> <h2>Our Opinion</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Quote Bubble" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We feel that the ASA missed the mark with this ruling. If anyone watching the ad were intellectually sophisticated enough to understand the comparison between “bluffing” in real life and bluffing in a poker game, we believe that such an individual would automatically have the brainpower to realize that recklessly bluffing at inopportune times would not be the key to poker success.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On a more abstract level, one of the lines of reasoning used by the ASA is that novices might see the ad and then think that by following the actions suggested, they could instantly become big winners. This might indeed be true of the advert we're discussing at least for the more … um … special … members of the audience. However, a moment's thought will show that this is also the case with virtually every advertisement showing a game of poker or any other gambling for that matter.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We don't even find out whether or not the bluff featured in the ad was successful! So merely the possibility of the bluff working and the likelihood that the chips represent real money are enough for the ad to be deemed to be promoting irresponsible gambling. This logic would mean that all footage showing chips being used in any gambling game could be interpreted as tricking newcomers into thinking winning is a breeze.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We suppose the only gambling adverts permissible under this interpretation would be those wherein people lose their cash. Yet, we can't imagine any gaming firm wanting to produce videos highlighting this possibility. It would be like an automobile manufacturer filming a car crash and then broadcasting it to attempt to drum up some business. It would make no sense.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/fake-pokerstars-ad.jpg" alt="Humorous Fake PokerStars Ad" width="640" height="408" /><br /><em>Would this ad be more appropriate under the ASA's guidelines? Nah, it would most likely run afoul of alcohol advertising rules.</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're not the only ones who feel that the ASA has overreached its legitimate remit. The Association of Players, Casinos, and Webmasters (APCW) is a group that pushes for honesty and transparency in the gambling industry. You can watch below to see what this association thinks of the recent ASA PokerStars decision:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MFokj5el8Rg?start=269" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <h2>Previous ASA Gambling-Related Decisions</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Two Books" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Advertising Standards Agency has previously taken gambling firms to task over supposedly controversial or harmful media content. In Aug. 2017, Paddy Power ran an image of boxer Floyd Mayweather with the headline “ALWAYS BET ON BLACK,” which was held to be possibly racially offensive. Earlier the same year, 888 got into hot water because of an “advertorial” telling the story of a man who escaped his financial difficulties by winning big at 888Casino although the company claimed that the troublesome ad had been produced by a third-party affiliate without 888's knowledge.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Over the years, many other prominent gaming organizations have come under the scrutiny of the ASA, including William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes, and bwin. The recent complaint against PokerStars' wasn't the firm's first interaction with the agency. In August 2016, its daily fantasy sports division, BetStars, had a complaint against it upheld relating to difficult-to-find terms and conditions on a free bet offer. Fortunately, the only enforcement actions typically taken by the ASA are orders to stop showing the offending material and directives to be more careful in the future.</p> <h2>Gambling and Advertising Around the World</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/globe-with-countries.png" alt="Globe" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Gambling and advertising are two separate fields over which governments wish to exert some control in many jurisdictions around the world. When the two industries combine, restrictive regulations are usually developed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For instance, <a title="About the New AUS Gambling Advertising Rules" href="/communications-legislation-amendment-to-curtail-aussie-gambling-advertising" target="_self">Australia recently banned daytime gambling advertising during live sporting events</a>. In the <a title="USA Online Poker" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self">United States</a>, rules governing gambling advertising are usually determined at a state-by-state level although there have been periodic attempts by the federal authorities to stamp out advertising for what it sees as illegal gambling. Thus, the recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Agency in the United Kingdom is not out of the ordinary when compared to what other countries do to regulate gambling adverts.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_15"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fpokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa&amp;title=PokerStars%20TV%20Ad%20Pulled%20by%20Advertising%20Watchdog"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:8;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:79:"https://professionalrakeback.com/churchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal";s:5:"title";s:47:"U.S. Court Deems Social Casino Illegal Gambling";s:4:"date";i:1522899414;s:11:"description";s:7626:" On March 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling against Churchill Downs, the former owner of social gaming operator Big Fish Casino. This decision means that such social casinos are now considered illegal gambling under the laws of the State of Washington. This could have implications for other organizations that follow the model of selling virtual or play chips for real money. About the Case In 2013, Washington resident Cheryl Kater opened an account at Big Fish Casino and eventually lost more than $1,000 worth of chips while playing the games. In 2015, she sued to regain these funds under a Washington statute that allows losers to recoup their money from illegal gambling operators. A lower court threw out the case, holding that the virtual chips dispensed by Big Fish Casino were not a “thing of value,” and so the services of the casino did not fall into the category of illegal gambling. Kater appealed the decision, and it was reversed by the recent opinion of the court, which explained that virtual casino chips are indeed included under the definition of “thing of value.” Relevant Washington State Law The legal phrasing that applies to this case is contained within several different statutes of the Washington Revised Code. First, let's look at the law that Kater is using to justify suing for the recovery of her losses: RCW 4.24.070Recovery of money lost at gambling. All persons losing money or anything of value at or on any illegal gambling games shall have a cause of action to recover from the dealer or player winning, or from the proprietor for whose benefit such game was played or dealt, or such money or things of value won, the amount of the money or the value of the thing so lost. Next, we must consider the definition of gambling as outlined by the Washington lawmakers: RCW 9.46.0237"Gambling." "Gambling," as used in this chapter, means staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person's control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome. The final missing piece of the puzzle revolves around what's a “thing of value”: RCW 9.46.0285"Thing of value." "Thing of value," as used in this chapter, means any money or property, any token, object or article exchangeable for money or property, or any form of credit or promise, directly or indirectly, contemplating transfer of money or property or of any interest therein, or involving extension of a service, entertainment or a privilege of playing at a game or scheme without charge. Judge's Reasoning Churchill Downs' lawyers argued that virtual chips did not constitute a “thing of value” because they couldn't be exchanged for real money. However, Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. didn't buy this explanation. He concluded that these chips were required for the “privilege of playing at a game” within the Big Fish Casino and therefore were legally a “thing of value.” The opinion also noted that users could transfer these chips within the casino to other individuals and that third-party marketplaces had appeared allowing for the sale of Big Fish Casino's virtual chips. What This Means for Big Fish Casino Judge Smith's ruling clears the way for Cheryl Kater to continue with her lawsuit to recover the value of the virtual chips she lost from Churchill Downs. Because it's a class action lawsuit, its final disposition may include many hundreds or thousands of other members of the class. Thus, Churchill Downs might find itself on the hook for a substantial sum of money. About Big Fish Casino Big Fish Casino has download software for both PCs and Macs as well as apps that are compatible with iOS and Android. It's also possible to play in-browser through the instant software. The games consist of slots, blackjack, video poker, and other titles that you would expect to find at any online casino. Users get a limited number of chips for free to try out the games upon signup, and there are additional opportunities to gain more chips every day without paying anything. However, the site's business model relies on the sale of virtual chips for real money, and several packages are available at different price points. These virtual chips cannot be cashed out through the Big Fish Casino site although several outside marketplaces exist that allow users to exchange their chips with others for real money. Screenshot of the Big Fish Casino Website Unlike at traditional online casinos, the social elements of Big Fish are extensive and well thought-out. Players can enter personal information in their profiles, add people to their friends lists, join clubs, send messages, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. Big Fish was founded in 2002 in Seattle. It was bought by Churchill Downs, the land-based racing and casino gaming giant, for $885 million in 2014. In January 2018, Churchill Downs sold Big Fish to Aristocrat Technologies, a renowned developer of slot machine games, for $990 million. Impact on the Social Gaming Industry There are plenty of operators that follow a similar model as Big Fish Casino. For instance, Zynga Casino and Global Poker offer games that use virtual currencies. These firms and others could find themselves liable for any losses that Washington's citizens incurred while partaking in their services. In the case of Global Poker, the situation is particularly troublesome for the company because its $weeps Cash chips actually are convertible to real money within the Global Poker software. Industry giant PokerStars has already withdrawn from the Washington State play chip online poker market, citing the recent court ruling as justification for doing so. This falls in line with 'Stars' commitment to staying fully within the law so as to increase its chances of being allowed to operate legally, with the blessing (or at least indifference) of the authorities, in as many jurisdictions as possible The company stated that it hoped that “the law will be clarified,” permitting it to reenter the market at some point in the future. Many other states have laws that declare gambling losses recoverable. In the wake of the recent Washington decision, we could see losing gamblers take advantage of them in increasing numbers, to the detriment of social gaming concerns. On the other hand, it is possible that this ruling will be challenged and appealed to a higher court where the original court's decision could be upheld. Only time will tell. Until such time, those of us wishing to play online, be it poker, casino, or sports betting, via offshore sites who use a combination of International law, bi-lateral trade agreements, and the backing of the World Trade Organization to offer online games in Washington State. Will the Decision Stand We don't think it will. There is too much money at stake and the ruling is too flimsy. This will be appealed. And it almost certainly will be overturned. The judge gave reasons for doing so in their own ruling! A blogger over at GamaSutra put it best when he said: IANAL, but IMO this is a poor ruling that is likely to be overturned. The reasoning seems strained at best, and the Court acknowledges that they are ignoring both "Washington Gambling Commission and federal district courts that have analyzed similar games" and found them not to constitute gambling. -- Mike Sellers comment @ GamaSutra ";s:16:"description_html";s:13080:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_18"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchurchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal&amp;title=U.S.%20Court%20Deems%20Social%20Casino%20Illegal%20Gambling"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/washington.png" alt="Washington State Map" width="113" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On March 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling against Churchill Downs, the former owner of social gaming operator <strong>Big Fish Casino</strong>. This decision means that such social casinos are now considered illegal gambling under the laws of the State of Washington. This could have implications for other organizations that follow the model of selling virtual or play chips for real money.</p> <h2>About the Case</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In 2013, Washington resident Cheryl Kater opened an account at Big Fish Casino and eventually lost more than $1,000 worth of chips while playing the games. In 2015, she sued to regain these funds under a Washington statute that allows losers to recoup their money from illegal gambling operators.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A lower court threw out the case, holding that the virtual chips dispensed by Big Fish Casino were not a “thing of value,” and so the services of the casino did not fall into the category of illegal gambling. Kater appealed the decision, and it was reversed by the recent opinion of the court, which explained that virtual casino chips are indeed included under the definition of “thing of value.”</p> <h2>Relevant Washington State Law</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/law-book.jpg" alt="Legal Book" width="113" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The legal phrasing that applies to this case is contained within several different statutes of the <a title="Check Out the WA Laws for Yourself" href="http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx" target="_blank">Washington Revised Code</a>. First, let's look at the law that Kater is using to justify suing for the recovery of her losses:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>RCW 4.24.070</strong><br /><br /><strong>Recovery of money lost at gambling.</strong><br /> All persons losing money or anything of value at or on any illegal gambling games shall have a cause of action to recover from the dealer or player winning, or from the proprietor for whose benefit such game was played or dealt, or such money or things of value won, the amount of the money or the value of the thing so lost.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Next, we must consider the definition of gambling as outlined by the Washington lawmakers:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>RCW 9.46.0237</strong><br /><br /><strong>"Gambling."</strong><br /> "Gambling," as used in this chapter, means staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person's control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The final missing piece of the puzzle revolves around what's a “thing of value”:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>RCW 9.46.0285</strong><br /><br /><strong>"Thing of value."</strong><br /> "Thing of value," as used in this chapter, means any money or property, any token, object or article exchangeable for money or property, or any form of credit or promise, directly or indirectly, contemplating transfer of money or property or of any interest therein, or involving extension of a service, entertainment or a privilege of playing at a game or scheme without charge.</p></blockquote> <h2>Judge's Reasoning</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking.png" alt="Man Thinking" width="109" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Churchill Downs' lawyers argued that virtual chips did not constitute a “thing of value” because they couldn't be exchanged for real money. However, Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. didn't buy this explanation. He concluded that these chips were required for the “privilege of playing at a game” within the Big Fish Casino and therefore were legally a “thing of value.” The opinion also noted that users could transfer these chips within the casino to other individuals and that third-party marketplaces had appeared allowing for the sale of Big Fish Casino's virtual chips.</p> <h2>What This Means for Big Fish Casino</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/business-flow-chart.jpg" alt="Business Chart" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Judge Smith's ruling clears the way for Cheryl Kater to continue with her lawsuit to recover the value of the virtual chips she lost from Churchill Downs. Because it's a class action lawsuit, its final disposition may include many hundreds or thousands of other members of the class. Thus, Churchill Downs might find itself on the hook for a substantial sum of money.</p> <h2>About Big Fish Casino</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/big-fish-casino-logo.png" alt="Logo of Big Fish Casino" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Big Fish Casino has download software for both PCs and Macs as well as apps that are compatible with iOS and Android. It's also possible to play in-browser through the instant software. The games consist of slots, blackjack, video poker, and other titles that you would expect to find at any online casino.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Users get a limited number of chips for free to try out the games upon signup, and there are additional opportunities to gain more chips every day without paying anything. However, the site's business model relies on the sale of virtual chips for real money, and several packages are available at different price points. These virtual chips cannot be cashed out through the Big Fish Casino site although several outside marketplaces exist that allow users to exchange their chips with others for real money.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/big-fish-casino-website.jpg" alt="Screenshot of Big Fish Casino Home Page" width="641" height="343" /><br /><em>Screenshot of the Big Fish Casino Website</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unlike at traditional online casinos, the social elements of Big Fish are extensive and well thought-out. Players can enter personal information in their profiles, add people to their friends lists, join clubs, send messages, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Big Fish was founded in 2002 in Seattle. It was <a title="Churchill Downs Acquires Big Fish Casino" href="http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/bigfishannouncement" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">bought by Churchill Downs</a>, the land-based racing and casino gaming giant, for $885 million in 2014. In January 2018, <a title="Churchill Downs Sells Big Fish Casino" href="http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2018/01/15/churchill_downs_incorporated_announces_closing_of_the_sale_of_bi" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Churchill Downs sold Big Fish to Aristocrat Technologies</a>, a renowned developer of slot machine games, for $990 million.</p> <h2>Impact on the Social Gaming Industry</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/billiards.jpg" alt="Image of a Billiard Table" width="125" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are plenty of operators that follow a similar model as Big Fish Casino. For instance, Zynga Casino and <strong><a title="ProfRB's Review of Global Poker" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self">Global Poker</a></strong> offer games that use virtual currencies. These firms and others could find themselves liable for any losses that Washington's citizens incurred while partaking in their services. In the case of Global Poker, the situation is particularly troublesome for the company because its $weeps Cash chips actually are convertible to <strong><a title="Real money online poker for USA players." href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide">real money</a></strong> within the Global Poker software.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Industry giant <a title="Global Internet Poker Market Leader PokerStars" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a> has already withdrawn from the Washington State play chip online poker market, citing the recent court ruling as justification for doing so. This falls in line with 'Stars' commitment to staying fully within the law so as to increase its chances of being allowed to operate legally, with the blessing (or at least indifference) of the authorities, in as many jurisdictions as possible The company stated that it hoped that “the law will be clarified,” permitting it to reenter the market at some point in the future.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many other states have laws that declare gambling losses recoverable. In the wake of the recent Washington decision, we could see losing gamblers take advantage of them in increasing numbers, to the detriment of social gaming concerns. On the other hand, it is possible that this ruling will be challenged and appealed to a higher court where the original court's decision could be upheld. Only time will tell. Until such time, those of us wishing to play online, be it poker, casino, or sports betting, via offshore sites who use a combination of International law, bi-lateral trade agreements, and the backing of the World Trade Organization to offer <strong><a title="Online gambling games for real money available in Washington State" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-washington#">online games in Washington State</a></strong>.</p> <h3 style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Will the Decision Stand</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We don't think it will. There is too much money at stake and the ruling is too flimsy. This will be appealed. And it almost certainly will be overturned. The judge gave reasons for doing so in their own ruling! A blogger over at GamaSutra put it best when he said:</p> <blockquote><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">IANAL, but IMO this is a poor ruling that is likely to be overturned. The reasoning seems strained at best, and the Court acknowledges that they are ignoring both "Washington Gambling Commission and federal district courts that have analyzed similar games" and found them not to constitute gambling. -- <a title="Succinct and likely correct opinion by Mike Sellers." href="https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/315963/Big_Fish_Casino_constitutes_illegal_gambling_under_Washington_law.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mike Sellers comment @ GamaSutra</a></span></p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_17"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchurchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal&amp;title=U.S.%20Court%20Deems%20Social%20Casino%20Illegal%20Gambling"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:13080:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_18"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchurchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal&amp;title=U.S.%20Court%20Deems%20Social%20Casino%20Illegal%20Gambling"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/washington.png" alt="Washington State Map" width="113" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On March 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling against Churchill Downs, the former owner of social gaming operator <strong>Big Fish Casino</strong>. This decision means that such social casinos are now considered illegal gambling under the laws of the State of Washington. This could have implications for other organizations that follow the model of selling virtual or play chips for real money.</p> <h2>About the Case</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In 2013, Washington resident Cheryl Kater opened an account at Big Fish Casino and eventually lost more than $1,000 worth of chips while playing the games. In 2015, she sued to regain these funds under a Washington statute that allows losers to recoup their money from illegal gambling operators.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A lower court threw out the case, holding that the virtual chips dispensed by Big Fish Casino were not a “thing of value,” and so the services of the casino did not fall into the category of illegal gambling. Kater appealed the decision, and it was reversed by the recent opinion of the court, which explained that virtual casino chips are indeed included under the definition of “thing of value.”</p> <h2>Relevant Washington State Law</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/law-book.jpg" alt="Legal Book" width="113" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The legal phrasing that applies to this case is contained within several different statutes of the <a title="Check Out the WA Laws for Yourself" href="http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx" target="_blank">Washington Revised Code</a>. First, let's look at the law that Kater is using to justify suing for the recovery of her losses:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>RCW 4.24.070</strong><br /><br /><strong>Recovery of money lost at gambling.</strong><br /> All persons losing money or anything of value at or on any illegal gambling games shall have a cause of action to recover from the dealer or player winning, or from the proprietor for whose benefit such game was played or dealt, or such money or things of value won, the amount of the money or the value of the thing so lost.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Next, we must consider the definition of gambling as outlined by the Washington lawmakers:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>RCW 9.46.0237</strong><br /><br /><strong>"Gambling."</strong><br /> "Gambling," as used in this chapter, means staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person's control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The final missing piece of the puzzle revolves around what's a “thing of value”:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>RCW 9.46.0285</strong><br /><br /><strong>"Thing of value."</strong><br /> "Thing of value," as used in this chapter, means any money or property, any token, object or article exchangeable for money or property, or any form of credit or promise, directly or indirectly, contemplating transfer of money or property or of any interest therein, or involving extension of a service, entertainment or a privilege of playing at a game or scheme without charge.</p></blockquote> <h2>Judge's Reasoning</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking.png" alt="Man Thinking" width="109" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Churchill Downs' lawyers argued that virtual chips did not constitute a “thing of value” because they couldn't be exchanged for real money. However, Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. didn't buy this explanation. He concluded that these chips were required for the “privilege of playing at a game” within the Big Fish Casino and therefore were legally a “thing of value.” The opinion also noted that users could transfer these chips within the casino to other individuals and that third-party marketplaces had appeared allowing for the sale of Big Fish Casino's virtual chips.</p> <h2>What This Means for Big Fish Casino</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/business-flow-chart.jpg" alt="Business Chart" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Judge Smith's ruling clears the way for Cheryl Kater to continue with her lawsuit to recover the value of the virtual chips she lost from Churchill Downs. Because it's a class action lawsuit, its final disposition may include many hundreds or thousands of other members of the class. Thus, Churchill Downs might find itself on the hook for a substantial sum of money.</p> <h2>About Big Fish Casino</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/big-fish-casino-logo.png" alt="Logo of Big Fish Casino" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Big Fish Casino has download software for both PCs and Macs as well as apps that are compatible with iOS and Android. It's also possible to play in-browser through the instant software. The games consist of slots, blackjack, video poker, and other titles that you would expect to find at any online casino.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Users get a limited number of chips for free to try out the games upon signup, and there are additional opportunities to gain more chips every day without paying anything. However, the site's business model relies on the sale of virtual chips for real money, and several packages are available at different price points. These virtual chips cannot be cashed out through the Big Fish Casino site although several outside marketplaces exist that allow users to exchange their chips with others for real money.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/big-fish-casino-website.jpg" alt="Screenshot of Big Fish Casino Home Page" width="641" height="343" /><br /><em>Screenshot of the Big Fish Casino Website</em></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unlike at traditional online casinos, the social elements of Big Fish are extensive and well thought-out. Players can enter personal information in their profiles, add people to their friends lists, join clubs, send messages, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Big Fish was founded in 2002 in Seattle. It was <a title="Churchill Downs Acquires Big Fish Casino" href="http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/bigfishannouncement" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">bought by Churchill Downs</a>, the land-based racing and casino gaming giant, for $885 million in 2014. In January 2018, <a title="Churchill Downs Sells Big Fish Casino" href="http://www.churchilldownsincorporated.com/our_company/company_news/2018/01/15/churchill_downs_incorporated_announces_closing_of_the_sale_of_bi" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Churchill Downs sold Big Fish to Aristocrat Technologies</a>, a renowned developer of slot machine games, for $990 million.</p> <h2>Impact on the Social Gaming Industry</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/billiards.jpg" alt="Image of a Billiard Table" width="125" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are plenty of operators that follow a similar model as Big Fish Casino. For instance, Zynga Casino and <strong><a title="ProfRB's Review of Global Poker" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self">Global Poker</a></strong> offer games that use virtual currencies. These firms and others could find themselves liable for any losses that Washington's citizens incurred while partaking in their services. In the case of Global Poker, the situation is particularly troublesome for the company because its $weeps Cash chips actually are convertible to <strong><a title="Real money online poker for USA players." href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide">real money</a></strong> within the Global Poker software.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Industry giant <a title="Global Internet Poker Market Leader PokerStars" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a> has already withdrawn from the Washington State play chip online poker market, citing the recent court ruling as justification for doing so. This falls in line with 'Stars' commitment to staying fully within the law so as to increase its chances of being allowed to operate legally, with the blessing (or at least indifference) of the authorities, in as many jurisdictions as possible The company stated that it hoped that “the law will be clarified,” permitting it to reenter the market at some point in the future.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many other states have laws that declare gambling losses recoverable. In the wake of the recent Washington decision, we could see losing gamblers take advantage of them in increasing numbers, to the detriment of social gaming concerns. On the other hand, it is possible that this ruling will be challenged and appealed to a higher court where the original court's decision could be upheld. Only time will tell. Until such time, those of us wishing to play online, be it poker, casino, or sports betting, via offshore sites who use a combination of International law, bi-lateral trade agreements, and the backing of the World Trade Organization to offer <strong><a title="Online gambling games for real money available in Washington State" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-washington#">online games in Washington State</a></strong>.</p> <h3 style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Will the Decision Stand</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We don't think it will. There is too much money at stake and the ruling is too flimsy. This will be appealed. And it almost certainly will be overturned. The judge gave reasons for doing so in their own ruling! A blogger over at GamaSutra put it best when he said:</p> <blockquote><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">IANAL, but IMO this is a poor ruling that is likely to be overturned. The reasoning seems strained at best, and the Court acknowledges that they are ignoring both "Washington Gambling Commission and federal district courts that have analyzed similar games" and found them not to constitute gambling. -- <a title="Succinct and likely correct opinion by Mike Sellers." href="https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/315963/Big_Fish_Casino_constitutes_illegal_gambling_under_Washington_law.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mike Sellers comment @ GamaSutra</a></span></p> </blockquote> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_17"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fchurchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal&amp;title=U.S.%20Court%20Deems%20Social%20Casino%20Illegal%20Gambling"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:9;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:79:"https://professionalrakeback.com/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report";s:5:"title";s:39:"Fastest Paying Poker and Gambling Sites";s:4:"date";i:1522893540;s:11:"description";s:16174:" This monthly report brings you information about offshore poker sites and their cashout speeds. Not only will it help you find the fastest paying poker sites, but most of these sites have other forms of gambling as well. As such, this data will also give you information on sportsbook payouts, casino payouts, racebook payouts, etc. Many online gaming providers today offer same-day payouts, which is quite an improvement from the situation just a couple of years ago. Our report will be especially helpful to those in "grey markets" such as the United States, Australia, Czechia and other countries. Players in these markets will often have a restricted menu of payment options due to processing hurdles and limitations. Still, the overwhelming majority of these sites provide games to players all over the world; thus, any real money online gamer should find this page useful. All of our data is sourced from reports by online players who have kindly left a public record of the dates they requested their withdrawals and the dates on which the money was received by them. We've gathered these notes together and averaged them out to come up with our results. You can help by contributing to this report! Public forum posts and comment submissions from actual players are indispensable when trying to gauge how well online gambling operators adhere to their stated guidelines for payment processing timeframes. If you would like to help us ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of our payment reports going forward, you may do so in two ways. Firstly, you may leave a comment below detailing any cashout experiences you've recently had from any online poker, casino, or other gaming sites. If you would prefer to leave your payout data in a public forum for all to see, please check our source documentation at the end of this report for locations where that can easily be done. Whichever option you choose, please follow the suggested format providing all requested data. Online Poker Payouts Overviewfor March 2018   Last updated on April 10, 2018   March was a stable month for online poker and gaming payouts. There were no big surprises, and operators continued to provide the expected level of service regarding withdrawal requests, including same-day payouts in some cases. The Bitcoin Network remained in healthy condition with low fees and rapid confirmation times. BTC is our recommended payment choice for our readers though altcoins, like Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, are strong options at many sites as well. Older payment channels, like checks, continue to represent a fine way of receiving money for those who haven't yet jumped aboard the crypto-currency train. Click on a room logo below to jump directly to the report for that organization. Or just keep reading to view our list of sites from best to worst for the month of February 2018.                          PaiWangLuo Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 9.2 (EVEN from last month)Key Stat: Bitcoin payment times within the 2-day processing guidelines.Key Fact: Ignition is still the #1 US-facing online poker site in terms of player traffic. The largest destination for U.S.A. online poker remains at the forefront of the pack in terms of payout speeds. The PaiWangLuo Network relies heavily on Bitcoin. Therefore, any fluctuations in the site's ability to transact with the crypto coin have a big impact on users. Fortunately, there haven't been any major issues with this organization although a couple of customers have stated that it took a bit longer than the promised 48 hours to get their money during the month of March. In all cases, they were paid shortly thereafter. Anyone who bets at Ignition Casino, Bodog, or Bovada can count on receiving cashouts in an honest and forthright manner. The PWL's long history of treating its users fairly is one reason why it rose to prominence in the poker and gambling industries. Read our reviews of the PaiWangLuo Network organizations: Ignition Casino (USA + AUS) | Bovada (USA) | Bodog (CAN + LATAM)   Chico Poker Network Payouts The sites housed on this network are Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 9.2 (+0.1 from last month)Key Stat: BetOnline’s ~24 hour Bitcoin turnaround shows strength of withdrawal abilities.Key Fact: Firmly seated in 3rd in terms of player traffic for US friendly poker sites. Only a few individuals reported on their cashout experiences at the Chico Network for March, but what they had to say was positive. Bitcoin withdrawal times are within the guidelines stipulated by the three CPN sites, and we haven't heard of any serious delays involving other payment processors either. The network has added two popular altcoins, Bitcoin Cash and Dash, to its menu for both deposits and withdrawals. The only minor snafu was DDoS attacks rendering the websites inoperable for short periods of time, but management has taken steps to address this problem. The Chico Poker Network is a sensible option for players from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and almost every other country on the face of the earth. Read our poker room reviews for the Chico Network: Sportsbetting.ag | TigerGaming (non-US) | BetOnline   Winning Poker Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include Americas Cardroom, BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 9.0 (-0.2 from last month)Key Stat: WPN withdrawals remain well under stated times for almost all processors.Key Fact: Trails only Ignition in US-facing player traffic and is 9th worldwide. There are no unexpected delays with Bitcoin or crypto transfers at the Winning Poker Network, and some users have even enjoyed same-day payouts. Checks are also arriving in a timely fashion. We did have to deduct a few points, however, because the popular Skrill and Neteller ewallets have been removed from the cashier screens of several customers particularly those in certain European countries. This does not affect most players at all, but it does mean that a few users now have to scramble to adopt other payment solutions in order to get their cash. Also, the sponsored 2+2 support forum for the network was closed for reasons unrelated to financial matters, which does remove one venue for resolving any cashier-related queries that people may have. Despite recent minor irritations, the Winning Poker Network serves up bustling online poker action as it has done for quite a few years. None of its recent woes involve payment failures at all. Read our pages on the WPN sites: Americas Cardroom | BlackChip Poker | True Poker | Ya Poker (non-US)   Horizon Poker Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include Intertops and Juicy Stakes. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 8.8 (EVEN from last month)Key Stat: Intertops provides extra value in the form of rakeback, money-added tournaments, and casino promos.Key Fact: Intertops has been a trusted name in gaming for over 30 years. There's nothing much to say this month about Intertops and sister site Juicy Stakes. Both of them are sending money to their customers upon request, and our sources indicate that this cash is arriving according to their publicly posted timeframes. Now that the Bitcoin mempool congestion from several months ago has cleared up, there are some who grumble at the fact that Intertops continues to charge $20 per BTC withdrawal, but this is a small complaint all things considered. Regardless of changing market conditions, the Horizon Network has always been an entity you can trust with your money. Read our reviews of the Horizon Poker sites: Intertops | Juicy Stakes   Grand Poker Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include 5Dimes, Grand Poker, Island Casino, and Sportbet. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 8.0 (+0.1 from last month)Key Stat: Opened for business in November of 2014.Key Fact: Grand Poker is owned by the 5Dimes Group. We're glad to see that the Grand Poker Network appears to have put the extended downtime and intermittent outages from late last year to rest. After a multi-month hiatus, the site returned to the scene in February and has been operating continuously ever since. A plethora of payment options and a comprehensive gambling lineup make this a convenient online betting location for many. It's smooth sailing at the Grand Poker Network so far in 2018 after a rocky 2017. We're glad to see this turnaround. Read our Grand Poker Network review for more details.   Nitrogen Sports Payouts Nitrogen Sports is a standalone site that includes poker, sports-betting, and casino games. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 7.7 (+0.2  from last month)Key Stat: Bitcoin-only online poker site has very fast payouts.Key Fact: Nitrogen is one of the few sites to offer Bitcoin-only poker to all 50 US states. We've bumped up the score of Nitrogen Poker following several months of positive customer feedback. This is perhaps the best BTC online poker site and sportsbook for same-day payouts, and you can get one free cashout every two weeks. The sportsbook at Nitrogen gets most of the attention, but the poker side can also be profitable especially when you consider the freerolls and rewards available. Browse through our Nitrogen Sports Poker review to learn more.   SwCPoker Payouts SwCPoker is a completely independent Bitcoin poker site that doesn't share its cashier with any other party. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 7.2 (EVEN from last month)Key Stat: Offers one of the quickest turnarounds from payout request to receiving.Key Fact: SWC Poker is one of the originators of using Bitcoin-only denominations in their games. March was another month of rapid, same-day payouts for SwCPoker, which has never disappointed those looking to transact exclusively in Bitcoin and thereby bypass the traditional banking system. It's certainly a niche site, but its fast withdrawals, wide array of game types, and low rake keep aficionados coming back time and again for more BTC poker action. NLHE, PLO, HORSE, Open Face Chinese, and more await you at the SwCPoker tables. Take a look at our review of SwCPoker for further info. AVOID THESE NETWORKS   Merge Gaming Network ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: N/AKey Stat: Player traffic has dropped to less than 100 players on average per week.Key Fact: Carbon Poker offers no incentives and bans winning accounts on their poker site. Carbon Poker is a USA-friendly poker site that was formerly a leading online poker room, but we now caution our readers to stay away. It has a long history of making disappointing moves that are bad for the poker community, including banning winning players, reducing or eliminating promotions, and even levying a fee on every withdrawal beyond the first in a year. It is paying out what it owes customers – for now – although with delays and annoying surcharges. We strongly urge you to play at any of the other internet poker rooms listed above and steer clear of the Merge Gaming Network. Seriously, play somewhere else other than Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, and Sportsbook.com. Global Poker ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 8.5Key Stat: Global Poker works with only one payout channel, PayPal.Key Fact: There's no deposit bonus offer at Global and a lack of other promos. Global Poker has made a big splash in the U.S. online poker market by advertising PayPal deposits and withdrawals, which no other reputable gaming operator has. These payouts are indeed pretty speedy with same day cashouts commonplace. However, there are continuing worries about the viability of Global's business model, which we cover in our Global Poker Review. Suffice it to say that Global might eventually be found to be both illegal and in violation of the PayPal terms of service. Making matters worse is the fact that PayPal is the only payment processor supported, leaving you and your money to the whims of this company. There have already been isolated reports of PayPal problems, like an incident involving a player having to wait more than six months to receive his $50,000 cashout. The long-term viability of Global Poker is not exactly secure, so we recommend that you take a pass on Global Poker to stay on the safe side. How do we source this data? We rely on the input of hundreds of regular players like you! The public and auditable submissions of recreational and professional players left on forums and in our comments sections is how we compile the most accurate picture of the payouts situation for online poker fans in the United States, Canada, Australia, and many other parts of the world. If you'd like to tell us how quickly (or slowly) you received your recent cashout, then you can do so on any of these public forums: Bodog/Bovada/Ignition Official Payout Thread on TwoplustwoUnofficial Chico Network (Sportsbetting, Tiger, BetOnline) Thread on TwoplustwoOfficial WPN (Americas Cardroom, BlackChip, etc.) Payout Thread on TwoplustwoOfficial Intertops Poker Support + Promos Thread on TwoplustwoJuicy Stakes ex-Official Thread on Twoplustwo5Dimes and Grand Network Thread on TwoplustwoSwC Poker Thread on TwoplustwoCarbon Payout Thread on TwoplustwoReddit Online Poker SubredditGlobal Poker Withdrawals at Twoplustwo.   When reporting on your withdrawal success (or lack thereof), please include the following information: The site The amount requested The payment method you selected The date requested (including time of day if possible) The date you received the money (including time of day if possible) An example would look something like this: Bovada$1,000Bitcoin CashReq: April 15th, 2017 @ 10pmRec: April 16th, 2017, @ 11am   Or this real world report from 2+2 forums:   If you don't have an account at any of the above forums or you'd rather not go to the hassle of composing a post, then you can simply leave the data below in our comments section. Or send us a message on social media. Also, if you've found this report enlightening and useful, please share and like it on Facebook and Twitter. Online Poker Payouts FAQ What do I need to do to get a payout from an online gambling site? In most cases, you'll have to complete identity verification before a real money internet gaming site will send you a payment. This usually involves submitting a copy of a form of identification as well as a recent utility bill or other proof of address. The reason sites request this information is because they must adhere to Know Your Customer and anti-money laundering laws. Once your account is verified, you won't have to go through this hassle again because the company will retain your documents and therefore won't have to request them again. What can I do to speed up my cashout? If you're keen on obtaining your money as rapidly as possible, perhaps from a same-day payout casino for U.S. players, then we advise you to complete any identity verification in advance of the time when you intend to submit your withdrawal. Furthermore, we believe that it's best to transact in crypto-currency so that you won't have to wait for the postal service to deliver your check or for the molasses-paced vagaries of bank wires. How do I start using crypto-currency? It can be a challenge to get involved in digital currencies because there is a fair amount of work to do to set up your wallet and exchange accounts. Fortunately, we've prepared guides for some of the most popular crypto coins in existence. Check them out here: Bitcoin Gambling Guide | Guide to Ethereum Gaming | Gamble Online With Bitcoin Cash Archives March 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report February 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report January 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report September 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report August 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report July 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report June 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report May 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report April 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report April 2015 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report   ";s:16:"description_html";s:43476:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_20"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Fastest%20Paying%20Poker%20and%20Gambling%20Sites"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/fastest-paying-sites-report-banner.png" alt="Poker and Gambling sites payout report banner" width="630" height="160" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This monthly report brings you information about offshore poker sites and their cashout speeds. Not only will it help you find the fastest paying poker sites, but most of these sites have other forms of gambling as well. As such, this data will also give you information on <a title="Top Online Sportsbooks" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self">sportsbook</a> payouts, <a title="Highly Rated Online Casinos" href="/usa-poker-casino-sites" target="_self">casino</a> payouts, racebook payouts, etc. Many online gaming providers today offer same-day payouts, which is quite an improvement from the situation just a couple of years ago.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Our report will be especially helpful to those in "grey markets" such as the United States, Australia, Czechia and other countries. Players in these markets will often have a restricted menu of payment options due to processing hurdles and limitations. Still, the overwhelming majority of these sites provide games to players all over the world; thus, any real money online gamer should find this page useful.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of our data is sourced from reports by online players who have kindly left a public record of the dates they requested their withdrawals and the dates on which the money was received by them. We've gathered these notes together and averaged them out to come up with our results.</p> <div style="margin: 2%; padding: 2%; align: right; max-width 25%; float: right; background: light-green; border: dashed 3px red;"> <p><span style="font-size: large;">You can help</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"> by </span><span style="font-size: large;">contributing</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"> to </span><span style="font-size: large;">this report!</span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Public forum posts and comment submissions from actual players are indispensable when trying to gauge how well online gambling operators adhere to their stated guidelines for payment processing timeframes. If you would like to help us ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of our payment reports going forward, you may do so in two ways.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Firstly, you may <a title="Jump to the comments section" href="#comments"><strong>leave a comment below</strong></a> detailing any cashout experiences you've recently had from any online poker, casino, or other gaming sites. If you would prefer to leave your payout data in a public forum for all to see, please check our <strong><a title="Learn more about how we source this report." href="#source">source documentation</a></strong> at the end of this report for locations where that can easily be done. Whichever option you choose, please follow the suggested format providing all requested data.</p> <div><center><br /><div style="width: 97%; height: auto; background: linear-gradient(to right, #163763, rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2), #163763); margin-top: 1%; margin-bottom: 1%; padding-top: 1%; padding-bottom: 1%; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 250%; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; color: #000000;"><strong> Online Poker Payouts Overview</strong><br /><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-size: large;">for March 2018</span></h2> </div> <p></p></center><br /><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff; background-color: #ff0000;">  Last updated on April 10, 2018  </span></strong></span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">March was a stable month for online poker and gaming payouts. There were no big surprises, and operators continued to provide the expected level of service regarding withdrawal requests, including same-day payouts in some cases. The Bitcoin Network remained in healthy condition with low fees and rapid confirmation times. BTC is our recommended payment choice for our readers though altcoins, like Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, are strong options at many sites as well. Older payment channels, like checks, continue to represent a fine way of receiving money for those who haven't yet jumped aboard the crypto-currency train.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Click on a room logo below to jump directly to the report for that organization. Or just keep reading to view our list of sites from best to worst for the month of February 2018.</p> <div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><a title="PaiWangLuo Network Payout Report" href="#paiwangluo"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/ignition-poker-casino.png" alt="Ignition Poker Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="Winning Poker Network Payout Report" href="#winning-poker-network"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/winning-poker-network.png" alt="Winning Poker Network Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>     <a title="Chico Poker Network Payout Report" href="#chico"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/betonline-poker-chico.png" alt="Sportsbetting.ag/TigerGaming/BetOnline Chico Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><a title="Intertops Poker Juicy Stakes Payout Report" href="#horizon"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/intertops-juicy-poker-horizon.png" alt="Intertops Poker Juicy Stakes Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="Grand Poker Network Payout Report" href="#grand"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-poker-network.png" alt="Grand Poker Network Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="Nitrogen Bitcoin Poker Room Payout Report" href="#nitrogen"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-bitcoin-poker.jpg" alt="Nitrogen Poker Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="SWC Poker Payout Report" href="#swcpoker"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-poker-bitcoin.png" alt="SWC Poker Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a></p> </div> <hr /><p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="paiwangluo" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">PaiWangLuo Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="PWL Network Payouts April 2018" width="648" height="277" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="PWL Cashout Methods Chart" width="645" height="233" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</strong></span> <strong>9.2 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Bitcoin payment times within the 2-day processing guidelines.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Ignition is still the #1 US-facing online poker site in terms of player traffic.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The largest destination for U.S.A. online poker remains at the forefront of the pack in terms of payout speeds. The PaiWangLuo Network relies heavily on Bitcoin. Therefore, any fluctuations in the site's ability to transact with the crypto coin have a big impact on users. Fortunately, there haven't been any major issues with this organization although a couple of customers have stated that it took a bit longer than the promised 48 hours to get their money during the month of March. In all cases, they were paid shortly thereafter.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Play at Ignition Casino Poker Now!" href="https://professionalrakeback.com/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-ignition-play-now.png" alt="Play Now cta Banner for Ignition Poker" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Anyone who bets at Ignition Casino, Bodog, or Bovada can count on receiving cashouts in an honest and forthright manner. The PWL's long history of treating its users fairly is one reason why it rose to prominence in the poker and gambling industries.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our reviews of the PaiWangLuo Network organizations: <a title="Ignition Casino Poker's Anonymous Games" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino (USA + AUS)</strong></a> | <a title="Our Review of Bovada" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><strong>Bovada (USA)</strong></a> | <a title="Bodog International Sportsbook, Racebook, Casino, and Poker Room" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><strong>Bodog (CAN + LATAM)</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="chico" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Chico Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The sites housed on this network are Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="CPN Payouts April 2018" width="648" height="286" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-withdrawals-chart-apr-2018.png" alt="Chart of Chico Network Withdrawal Options" width="644" height="476" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 9.2 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> BetOnline’s ~24 hour Bitcoin turnaround shows strength of withdrawal abilities.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Firmly seated in 3rd in terms of player traffic for US friendly poker sites.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Only a few individuals reported on their cashout experiences at the Chico Network for March, but what they had to say was positive. Bitcoin withdrawal times are within the guidelines stipulated by the three CPN sites, and we haven't heard of any serious delays involving other payment processors either. <a title="Chico Poker Network Now Supports BCH and DASH" href="/bitcoin-cash-and-dash-added-to-chico-gambling-network" target="_self">The network has added two popular altcoins, Bitcoin Cash and Dash,</a> to its menu for both deposits and withdrawals. The only minor snafu was DDoS attacks rendering the websites inoperable for short periods of time, but management has taken steps to address this problem.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Play at SB.ag Poker Now" href="/visit/sportsbetting-ag-poker-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-chico-play-now.png" alt="Chico Poker Play Now cta" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Chico Poker Network is a sensible option for players from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and almost every other country on the face of the earth.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our poker room reviews for the Chico Network: <a title="Sportsbetting Poker's Games and Software" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><strong>Sportsbetting.ag</strong></a> | <a title="TigerGaming Poker Has a 24-Hour Payout Guarantee" href="/tiger-gaming-review" target="_self"><strong>TigerGaming (non-US)</strong></a> | <a title="Poker, Sports, Casino at BetOnline" href="/betonline" target="_self"><strong>BetOnline</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="winning-poker-network" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Winning Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include Americas Cardroom, BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="WPN Payouts April 2018" width="650" height="353" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="WPN Withdrawal Methods Chart" width="644" height="279" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT </span></strong><strong><span style="color: #800000;">SCORE:</span> 9.0 (<span style="color: #ff0000;">-0.2</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> WPN withdrawals remain well under stated times for almost all processors.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Trails only Ignition in US-facing player traffic and is 9th worldwide.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are no unexpected delays with Bitcoin or crypto transfers at the Winning Poker Network, and some users have even enjoyed same-day payouts. Checks are also arriving in a timely fashion. We did have to deduct a few points, however, because the popular Skrill and Neteller ewallets have been removed from the cashier screens of several customers particularly those in certain European countries. This does not affect most players at all, but it does mean that a few users now have to scramble to adopt other payment solutions in order to get their cash. Also, the sponsored 2+2 support forum for the network was closed for reasons unrelated to financial matters, which does remove one venue for resolving any cashier-related queries that people may have.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Play on ACR's poker site today!" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-wpn-play-now.png" alt="Americas Cardroom Play Now Banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite recent minor irritations, the Winning Poker Network serves up bustling online poker action as it has done for quite a few years. None of its recent woes involve payment failures at all.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our pages on the WPN sites: <a title="ACR Rakeback and Elite Benefits" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><strong>Americas Cardroom</strong></a> | <a title="BlackChip Poker Cash Games, Tourneys, and SNGs" href="/BCP" target="_self"><strong>BlackChip Poker</strong></a> | <a title="True Poker, Operating Online Since 2001" href="/true-poker-review" target="_self"><strong>True Poker</strong></a> | <a title="Hispanophone and Lusophone Poker Room Ya" href="/ya-poker-review" target="_self"><strong>Ya Poker (non-US)</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="horizon" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Horizon Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include Intertops and Juicy Stakes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Payout Times April 2018" width="648" height="288" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-withdrawals-chart-feb-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Withdrawals Chart" width="644" height="359" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.8 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><strong><span style="color: #800000;">Key Stat:</span></strong> Intertops provides extra value in the form of rakeback, money-added tournaments, and casino promos.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Intertops has been a trusted name in gaming for over 30 years.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's nothing much to say this month about Intertops and sister site Juicy Stakes. Both of them are sending money to their customers upon request, and our sources indicate that this cash is arriving according to their publicly posted timeframes. Now that the Bitcoin mempool congestion from several months ago has cleared up, there are some who grumble at the fact that Intertops continues to charge $20 per BTC withdrawal, but this is a small complaint all things considered.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="36% RB and $1,000 Bonus at Intertops Poker!" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-horizon-play-now.png" alt="Horizon play now banner image" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Regardless of changing market conditions, the Horizon Network has always been an entity you can trust with your money.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our reviews of the Horizon Poker sites: <a title="Intertops Poker Room Review" href="/Intertops" target="_self"><strong>Intertops</strong></a> | <a title="Juicy Stakes, Another Horizon Network Partner" href="/juicy-stakes" target="_self"><strong>Juicy Stakes</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="grand" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Grand Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include 5Dimes, Grand Poker, Island Casino, and Sportbet.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="Grand Network Payments April 2018" width="648" height="288" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="GPN Available Payout Methods" width="644" height="299" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.0 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Opened for business in November of 2014.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Grand Poker is owned by the 5Dimes Group.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're glad to see that the Grand Poker Network appears to have put the extended downtime and intermittent outages from late last year to rest. After a multi-month hiatus, the <a title="The Return of Grand Poker" href="/dragon-room-grand-poker-network-opens-after-three-month-hiatus" target="_self">site returned to the scene</a> in February and has been operating continuously ever since. A plethora of payment options and a comprehensive gambling lineup make this a convenient online betting location for many.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Join the Grand Poker Room!" href="http://affiliates.5dimes.com/tracking/Affiliate.asp?AffID=AF0005122&amp;mediaTypeID=220&amp;AffUrlID=5935" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-grand-play-now.png" alt="Grand Network play now banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's smooth sailing at the Grand Poker Network so far in 2018 after a rocky 2017. We're glad to see this turnaround.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our <a title="GPN Member Sites and Promotions" href="/Online-Poker-Sites/US-Poker-Rooms/Grand-Poker-Network-Review" target="_self"><strong>Grand Poker Network review</strong></a> for more details.</p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="nitrogen" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Nitrogen Sports Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nitrogen Sports is a standalone site that includes poker, sports-betting, and casino games.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times April 2018" width="648" height="247" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="Table of Withdrawal Methods at Nitrogen" width="644" height="153" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.7 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.2 </span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Bitcoin-only online poker site has very fast payouts.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Nitrogen is one of the few sites to offer Bitcoin-only poker to all 50 US states.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We've bumped up the score of Nitrogen Poker following several months of positive customer feedback. This is perhaps the best BTC online poker site and sportsbook for same-day payouts, and you can get one free cashout every two weeks.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="BTC Poker at Nitrogen Sports" href="https://nitrogensports.eu/r/2012969" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-ignition-play-now.png" alt="Nitrogen Poker cta: Play Now" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The sportsbook at Nitrogen gets most of the attention, but the poker side can also be profitable especially when you consider the freerolls and rewards available.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Browse through our <a title="Nitrogen Poker Freerolls and Other Perks" href="/nitrogensports" target="_self"><strong>Nitrogen Sports Poker review</strong></a> to learn more.</p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="swcpoker" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">SwCPoker Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">SwCPoker is a completely independent Bitcoin poker site that doesn't share its cashier with any other party.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="SwCPoker Payouts for April 2018 Report" width="648" height="246" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="SwCPoker Withdrawal Processors" width="644" height="153" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.2 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Offers one of the quickest turnarounds from payout request to receiving.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> SWC Poker is one of the originators of using Bitcoin-only denominations in their games.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">March was another month of rapid, same-day payouts for SwCPoker, which has never disappointed those looking to transact exclusively in Bitcoin and thereby bypass the traditional banking system. It's certainly a niche site, but its fast withdrawals, wide array of game types, and <a title="SwC Becomes the Lowest-Raking Online Poker Site" href="/rake-decrease-at-swcpoker-room-dec-2017" target="_self">low rake</a> keep aficionados coming back time and again for more BTC poker action.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Truly Original Poker Room: SwCPoker" href="http://swcpoker.eu/?ref=ProfRB" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-swc-play-now.png" alt="SWC banner: play now" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">NLHE, PLO, HORSE, Open Face Chinese, and more await you at the SwCPoker tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Take a look at our <a title="Read About the Many Types of Tables at SwCPoker" href="/Seals-With-Clubs-Bitcoin-Poker" target="_self"><strong>review of SwCPoker</strong></a> for further info.</p> <p><br /><br /></p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #ff0000; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">AVOID THESE NETWORKS</h2> </div> <p> </p> <div style="margin: 1%; padding: 1.5%; background-color: hsla(120, 15%, 40%, 0.4);"> <h3 style="font-size: 150%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Merge Gaming Network</span></h3> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/merge-network-skins-sportsbookcom-playersonly-carbon-gaming-header.png" alt="Avoid the Merge Gaming Network" width="650" height="75" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> N/A</strong></span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Player traffic has dropped to less than 100 players on average per week.</span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Carbon Poker offers no incentives and bans winning accounts on their poker site.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Carbon Poker is a USA-friendly poker site that was formerly a leading online poker room, but we now caution our readers to stay away. It has a long history of making disappointing moves that are bad for the poker community, including <a title="Carbon Kicks Winning Poker Players Off Platform" href="/avoid-carbon-poker-they-ban-winning-poker-players" target="_self">banning winning players</a>, <a title="Merge Network Ends VIP Program" href="/Carbon-Poker-Merge/VIP-Program-Replaced-Player-Points-July/June-30-2014" target="_self">reducing or eliminating promotions</a>, and even levying a fee on every withdrawal beyond the first in a year. It is paying out what it owes customers – for now – although with delays and annoying surcharges.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">We strongly urge you to play at any of the other internet poker rooms listed above and</span><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> steer clear of the Merge Gaming Network. Seriously, play somewhere else other than Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, and Sportsbook.com.</span><br /></strong></p> </div> <div style="margin: 1%; padding: 1.5%; background-color: hsla(120, 15%, 40%, 0.4);"> <h3 style="font-size: 150%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Global Poker</span></h3> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/global-poker-banner.png" alt="Global Poker is a Needless Risk" width="650" height="75" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.5</strong></span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Global Poker works with only one payout channel, PayPal.</span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> There's no deposit bonus offer at Global and a lack of other promos.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Global Poker has made a big splash in the U.S. online poker market by advertising PayPal deposits and withdrawals, which no other reputable gaming operator has. These payouts are indeed pretty speedy with same day cashouts commonplace. However, there are continuing worries about the viability of Global's business model, which we cover in our <a title="Global Poker Games and Software" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self">Global Poker Review</a>. Suffice it to say that Global might eventually be found to be both illegal and in violation of the PayPal terms of service. Making matters worse is the fact that PayPal is the <em>only</em> payment processor supported, leaving you and your money to the whims of this company. There have already been isolated reports of PayPal problems, like an incident involving <a title="High-Stakes Winner Has to Wait 6+ Months for Global Poker Money" href="/global-poker-payout-problems-cost-high-stakes-player-50000-usd" target="_self">a player having to wait more than six months</a> to receive his $50,000 cashout.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">The long-term viability of Global Poker is not exactly secure, so</span> <strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> we recommend that you take a pass on Global Poker to stay on the safe side.</span><br /></strong></p> </div> <hr /><div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 0.5%; margin-bottom: 0.5%; padding: 1%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="source" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">How do we source this data?</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We rely on the input of hundreds of regular players like you! The public and auditable submissions of recreational and professional players left on forums and in our comments sections is how we compile the most accurate picture of the payouts situation for online poker fans in the <a title="U.S.A. Online Poker Sites and Information" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self">United States</a>, Canada, <a title="Online Poker in the Land Down Under" href="/australia-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self">Australia</a>, and many other parts of the world. If you'd like to tell us how quickly (or slowly) you received your recent cashout, then you can do so on any of these public forums:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="2+2 Thread on PaiWangLuo Payments" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/bodog-bovada-ignition-payout-thread-us-players-do-not-post-bank-names-1553/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Bodog/Bovada/Ignition Official Payout Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread Where You Can Report Chico Network Cashouts" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/unofficial-chico-network-betonline-tiger-etc-discussion-thread-1621890/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Unofficial Chico Network (Sportsbetting, Tiger, BetOnline) Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Tread on Withdrawals in Sponsored WPN Forum" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/218/winning-poker-network/official-winning-poker-network-deposit-withdrawal-general-cashier-thread-acr-bcp-tp-1332245/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Official WPN (Americas Cardroom, BlackChip, etc.) Payout Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread About All Things Intertops" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/intertops-poker-official-support-amp-promotions-thread-1078789/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Official Intertops Poker Support + Promos Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread Related to Juicy Stakes" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/juicy-stakes-ex-official-support-amp-promotions-thread-1525348/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Juicy Stakes ex-Official Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread on 5Dimes and the Rest of the Grand Network" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/5dimes-ends-support-epn-opens-independent-room-grand-poker-1485931/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes and Grand Network Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread on BTC Site SwCPoker" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/swcpoker-bitcoin-poker-1514823/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">SwC Poker Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="Cashout Thread for Merge Gaming Sites on 2p2" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/merge-network-carbon-sportsbook-playersonly-deposit-withdrawal-thread-1264953/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Carbon Payout Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="Reddit /r/onlinepoker" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/onlinepoker/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Reddit Online Poker Subreddit</a><br /><a title="Global Poker Cash Out Thread at 2+2" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/252/global-poker/cash-out-account-verification-thread-1663118/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Global Poker Withdrawals at Twoplustwo.</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When reporting on your withdrawal success (or lack thereof), please include the following information:</p> <ul><li>The site</li> <li>The amount requested</li> <li>The payment method you selected</li> <li>The date requested (including time of day if possible)</li> <li>The date you received the money (including time of day if possible)</li> </ul><div style="align: center; max-width: 95%; margin: auto; padding: 1%; background: #d3d3d3; border: line black 2px;"> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">An example would look something like this:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Bovada<br />$1,000<br />Bitcoin Cash<br />Req: April 15th, 2017 @ 10pm<br />Rec: April 16th, 2017, @ 11am</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Or this real world report from 2+2 forums:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><img style="border: 2px solid black; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/payout-report-example.png" alt="Example of slow Carbon Poker withdrawal" width="589" height="115" /></p> </div> <p> </p> <div><a title="Professional Rakeback on Twitter" href="http://www.Twitter.com/ProfRBcom" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; float: right;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/twitter-button-60p.png" alt="Share your payout data with us on Twitter" width="60" height="60" /></a><a title="Professional Rakeback on Facebook" href="http://www.Facebook.com/ProfRBcom" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; float: right;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/facebook-button-60p.png" alt="Share your payout data with us on Facebook" width="60" height="60" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; 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Or send us a message on social media. Also, if you've found this report enlightening and useful, please share and like it on Facebook and Twitter.</p> <hr /><div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 0.5%; margin-bottom: 0.5%; padding: 1%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Online Poker Payouts FAQ</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>What do I need to do to get a payout from an online gambling site?</strong><br /> In most cases, you'll have to complete identity verification before a real money internet gaming site will send you a payment. This usually involves submitting a copy of a form of identification as well as a recent utility bill or other proof of address. The reason sites request this information is because they must adhere to Know Your Customer and anti-money laundering laws. Once your account is verified, you won't have to go through this hassle again because the company will retain your documents and therefore won't have to request them again.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>What can I do to speed up my cashout?</strong><br /> If you're keen on obtaining your money as rapidly as possible, perhaps from a same-day payout casino for U.S. players, then we advise you to complete any identity verification in advance of the time when you intend to submit your withdrawal. Furthermore, we believe that it's best to transact in crypto-currency so that you won't have to wait for the postal service to deliver your check or for the molasses-paced vagaries of bank wires.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>How do I start using crypto-currency?</strong><br /> It can be a challenge to get involved in digital currencies because there is a fair amount of work to do to set up your wallet and exchange accounts. Fortunately, we've prepared guides for some of the most popular crypto coins in existence. Check them out here: <a title="Use BTC for Internet Poker and Other Wagering" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self">Bitcoin Gambling Guide</a> | <a title="How to Gamble Online with Ether Tokens" href="/ethereum-gambling-guide" target="_self">Guide to Ethereum Gaming</a> | <a title="Use Bitcoin Cash for Low Fees" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-cash-for-online-gambling" target="_self">Gamble Online With Bitcoin Cash</a></p> <hr /><div style="width: 75%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 0.5%; margin-bottom: 0.5%; padding: 1%; text-align: center;"> <h3 style="color: #cccccc; font-size: 20px;">Archives</h3> </div> <ul><li><a title="March 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/march-2018-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">March 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="February 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/february-2018-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">February 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="January 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/january-2018-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">January 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="September 2017 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/september-2017-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">September 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="August 2017 Offshore USA Poker Site Payout Report" href="/august-2017-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">August 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="July 2017 Offshore USA Poker Site Payout Report" href="/july-2017-us-poker-payout-report">July 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="June 2017 Offshore USA Poker Site Payout Report" href="/june-2017-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">June 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="May 2017 Offshore USA Poker Site Payout Report" href="/may-2017-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">May 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="April 2017 Offshore USA Poker Site Payout Report" href="/april-2017-us-poker-payout-report" target="_self">April 2017 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="Offshore USA Online Poker Site Payout Report" href="/april-2015-us-poker-payout-report">April 2015 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> </ul><p id="comments"> </p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_19"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Fastest%20Paying%20Poker%20and%20Gambling%20Sites"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:43476:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_20"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook_like"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fprofessionalrakeback.com%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Fastest%20Paying%20Poker%20and%20Gambling%20Sites"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/fastest-paying-sites-report-banner.png" alt="Poker and Gambling sites payout report banner" width="630" height="160" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This monthly report brings you information about offshore poker sites and their cashout speeds. Not only will it help you find the fastest paying poker sites, but most of these sites have other forms of gambling as well. As such, this data will also give you information on <a title="Top Online Sportsbooks" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self">sportsbook</a> payouts, <a title="Highly Rated Online Casinos" href="/usa-poker-casino-sites" target="_self">casino</a> payouts, racebook payouts, etc. Many online gaming providers today offer same-day payouts, which is quite an improvement from the situation just a couple of years ago.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Our report will be especially helpful to those in "grey markets" such as the United States, Australia, Czechia and other countries. Players in these markets will often have a restricted menu of payment options due to processing hurdles and limitations. Still, the overwhelming majority of these sites provide games to players all over the world; thus, any real money online gamer should find this page useful.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of our data is sourced from reports by online players who have kindly left a public record of the dates they requested their withdrawals and the dates on which the money was received by them. We've gathered these notes together and averaged them out to come up with our results.</p> <div style="margin: 2%; padding: 2%; align: right; max-width 25%; float: right; background: light-green; border: dashed 3px red;"> <p><span style="font-size: large;">You can help</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"> by </span><span style="font-size: large;">contributing</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"> to </span><span style="font-size: large;">this report!</span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Public forum posts and comment submissions from actual players are indispensable when trying to gauge how well online gambling operators adhere to their stated guidelines for payment processing timeframes. If you would like to help us ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of our payment reports going forward, you may do so in two ways.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Firstly, you may <a title="Jump to the comments section" href="#comments"><strong>leave a comment below</strong></a> detailing any cashout experiences you've recently had from any online poker, casino, or other gaming sites. If you would prefer to leave your payout data in a public forum for all to see, please check our <strong><a title="Learn more about how we source this report." href="#source">source documentation</a></strong> at the end of this report for locations where that can easily be done. Whichever option you choose, please follow the suggested format providing all requested data.</p> <div><center><br /><div style="width: 97%; height: auto; background: linear-gradient(to right, #163763, rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2), #163763); margin-top: 1%; margin-bottom: 1%; padding-top: 1%; padding-bottom: 1%; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 250%; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; color: #000000;"><strong> Online Poker Payouts Overview</strong><br /><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-size: large;">for March 2018</span></h2> </div> <p></p></center><br /><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff; background-color: #ff0000;">  Last updated on April 10, 2018  </span></strong></span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">March was a stable month for online poker and gaming payouts. There were no big surprises, and operators continued to provide the expected level of service regarding withdrawal requests, including same-day payouts in some cases. The Bitcoin Network remained in healthy condition with low fees and rapid confirmation times. BTC is our recommended payment choice for our readers though altcoins, like Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, are strong options at many sites as well. Older payment channels, like checks, continue to represent a fine way of receiving money for those who haven't yet jumped aboard the crypto-currency train.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Click on a room logo below to jump directly to the report for that organization. Or just keep reading to view our list of sites from best to worst for the month of February 2018.</p> <div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><a title="PaiWangLuo Network Payout Report" href="#paiwangluo"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/ignition-poker-casino.png" alt="Ignition Poker Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="Winning Poker Network Payout Report" href="#winning-poker-network"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/winning-poker-network.png" alt="Winning Poker Network Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>     <a title="Chico Poker Network Payout Report" href="#chico"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/betonline-poker-chico.png" alt="Sportsbetting.ag/TigerGaming/BetOnline Chico Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: center;"><a title="Intertops Poker Juicy Stakes Payout Report" href="#horizon"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/intertops-juicy-poker-horizon.png" alt="Intertops Poker Juicy Stakes Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="Grand Poker Network Payout Report" href="#grand"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-poker-network.png" alt="Grand Poker Network Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="Nitrogen Bitcoin Poker Room Payout Report" href="#nitrogen"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-bitcoin-poker.jpg" alt="Nitrogen Poker Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a>    <a title="SWC Poker Payout Report" href="#swcpoker"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-poker-bitcoin.png" alt="SWC Poker Payouts" width="141" height="71" /></a></p> </div> <hr /><p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="paiwangluo" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">PaiWangLuo Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="PWL Network Payouts April 2018" width="648" height="277" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="PWL Cashout Methods Chart" width="645" height="233" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</strong></span> <strong>9.2 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Bitcoin payment times within the 2-day processing guidelines.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Ignition is still the #1 US-facing online poker site in terms of player traffic.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The largest destination for U.S.A. online poker remains at the forefront of the pack in terms of payout speeds. The PaiWangLuo Network relies heavily on Bitcoin. Therefore, any fluctuations in the site's ability to transact with the crypto coin have a big impact on users. Fortunately, there haven't been any major issues with this organization although a couple of customers have stated that it took a bit longer than the promised 48 hours to get their money during the month of March. In all cases, they were paid shortly thereafter.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Play at Ignition Casino Poker Now!" href="https://professionalrakeback.com/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-ignition-play-now.png" alt="Play Now cta Banner for Ignition Poker" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Anyone who bets at Ignition Casino, Bodog, or Bovada can count on receiving cashouts in an honest and forthright manner. The PWL's long history of treating its users fairly is one reason why it rose to prominence in the poker and gambling industries.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our reviews of the PaiWangLuo Network organizations: <a title="Ignition Casino Poker's Anonymous Games" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino (USA + AUS)</strong></a> | <a title="Our Review of Bovada" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><strong>Bovada (USA)</strong></a> | <a title="Bodog International Sportsbook, Racebook, Casino, and Poker Room" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><strong>Bodog (CAN + LATAM)</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="chico" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Chico Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The sites housed on this network are Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="CPN Payouts April 2018" width="648" height="286" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-withdrawals-chart-apr-2018.png" alt="Chart of Chico Network Withdrawal Options" width="644" height="476" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 9.2 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> BetOnline’s ~24 hour Bitcoin turnaround shows strength of withdrawal abilities.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Firmly seated in 3rd in terms of player traffic for US friendly poker sites.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Only a few individuals reported on their cashout experiences at the Chico Network for March, but what they had to say was positive. Bitcoin withdrawal times are within the guidelines stipulated by the three CPN sites, and we haven't heard of any serious delays involving other payment processors either. <a title="Chico Poker Network Now Supports BCH and DASH" href="/bitcoin-cash-and-dash-added-to-chico-gambling-network" target="_self">The network has added two popular altcoins, Bitcoin Cash and Dash,</a> to its menu for both deposits and withdrawals. The only minor snafu was DDoS attacks rendering the websites inoperable for short periods of time, but management has taken steps to address this problem.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Play at SB.ag Poker Now" href="/visit/sportsbetting-ag-poker-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-chico-play-now.png" alt="Chico Poker Play Now cta" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Chico Poker Network is a sensible option for players from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and almost every other country on the face of the earth.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our poker room reviews for the Chico Network: <a title="Sportsbetting Poker's Games and Software" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><strong>Sportsbetting.ag</strong></a> | <a title="TigerGaming Poker Has a 24-Hour Payout Guarantee" href="/tiger-gaming-review" target="_self"><strong>TigerGaming (non-US)</strong></a> | <a title="Poker, Sports, Casino at BetOnline" href="/betonline" target="_self"><strong>BetOnline</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="winning-poker-network" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Winning Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include Americas Cardroom, BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="WPN Payouts April 2018" width="650" height="353" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="WPN Withdrawal Methods Chart" width="644" height="279" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT </span></strong><strong><span style="color: #800000;">SCORE:</span> 9.0 (<span style="color: #ff0000;">-0.2</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> WPN withdrawals remain well under stated times for almost all processors.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Trails only Ignition in US-facing player traffic and is 9th worldwide.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are no unexpected delays with Bitcoin or crypto transfers at the Winning Poker Network, and some users have even enjoyed same-day payouts. Checks are also arriving in a timely fashion. We did have to deduct a few points, however, because the popular Skrill and Neteller ewallets have been removed from the cashier screens of several customers particularly those in certain European countries. This does not affect most players at all, but it does mean that a few users now have to scramble to adopt other payment solutions in order to get their cash. Also, the sponsored 2+2 support forum for the network was closed for reasons unrelated to financial matters, which does remove one venue for resolving any cashier-related queries that people may have.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Play on ACR's poker site today!" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-wpn-play-now.png" alt="Americas Cardroom Play Now Banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite recent minor irritations, the Winning Poker Network serves up bustling online poker action as it has done for quite a few years. None of its recent woes involve payment failures at all.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our pages on the WPN sites: <a title="ACR Rakeback and Elite Benefits" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><strong>Americas Cardroom</strong></a> | <a title="BlackChip Poker Cash Games, Tourneys, and SNGs" href="/BCP" target="_self"><strong>BlackChip Poker</strong></a> | <a title="True Poker, Operating Online Since 2001" href="/true-poker-review" target="_self"><strong>True Poker</strong></a> | <a title="Hispanophone and Lusophone Poker Room Ya" href="/ya-poker-review" target="_self"><strong>Ya Poker (non-US)</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="horizon" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Horizon Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include Intertops and Juicy Stakes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Payout Times April 2018" width="648" height="288" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-withdrawals-chart-feb-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Withdrawals Chart" width="644" height="359" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.8 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><strong><span style="color: #800000;">Key Stat:</span></strong> Intertops provides extra value in the form of rakeback, money-added tournaments, and casino promos.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Intertops has been a trusted name in gaming for over 30 years.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's nothing much to say this month about Intertops and sister site Juicy Stakes. Both of them are sending money to their customers upon request, and our sources indicate that this cash is arriving according to their publicly posted timeframes. Now that the Bitcoin mempool congestion from several months ago has cleared up, there are some who grumble at the fact that Intertops continues to charge $20 per BTC withdrawal, but this is a small complaint all things considered.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="36% RB and $1,000 Bonus at Intertops Poker!" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-horizon-play-now.png" alt="Horizon play now banner image" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Regardless of changing market conditions, the Horizon Network has always been an entity you can trust with your money.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our reviews of the Horizon Poker sites: <a title="Intertops Poker Room Review" href="/Intertops" target="_self"><strong>Intertops</strong></a> | <a title="Juicy Stakes, Another Horizon Network Partner" href="/juicy-stakes" target="_self"><strong>Juicy Stakes</strong></a></p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="grand" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Grand Poker Network Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Sites sharing this cashier include 5Dimes, Grand Poker, Island Casino, and Sportbet.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="Grand Network Payments April 2018" width="648" height="288" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="GPN Available Payout Methods" width="644" height="299" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.0 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Opened for business in November of 2014.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Grand Poker is owned by the 5Dimes Group.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We're glad to see that the Grand Poker Network appears to have put the extended downtime and intermittent outages from late last year to rest. After a multi-month hiatus, the <a title="The Return of Grand Poker" href="/dragon-room-grand-poker-network-opens-after-three-month-hiatus" target="_self">site returned to the scene</a> in February and has been operating continuously ever since. A plethora of payment options and a comprehensive gambling lineup make this a convenient online betting location for many.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Join the Grand Poker Room!" href="http://affiliates.5dimes.com/tracking/Affiliate.asp?AffID=AF0005122&amp;mediaTypeID=220&amp;AffUrlID=5935" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-grand-play-now.png" alt="Grand Network play now banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's smooth sailing at the Grand Poker Network so far in 2018 after a rocky 2017. We're glad to see this turnaround.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Read our <a title="GPN Member Sites and Promotions" href="/Online-Poker-Sites/US-Poker-Rooms/Grand-Poker-Network-Review" target="_self"><strong>Grand Poker Network review</strong></a> for more details.</p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="nitrogen" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Nitrogen Sports Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nitrogen Sports is a standalone site that includes poker, sports-betting, and casino games.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times April 2018" width="648" height="247" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="Table of Withdrawal Methods at Nitrogen" width="644" height="153" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.7 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.2 </span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Bitcoin-only online poker site has very fast payouts.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Nitrogen is one of the few sites to offer Bitcoin-only poker to all 50 US states.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We've bumped up the score of Nitrogen Poker following several months of positive customer feedback. This is perhaps the best BTC online poker site and sportsbook for same-day payouts, and you can get one free cashout every two weeks.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="BTC Poker at Nitrogen Sports" href="https://nitrogensports.eu/r/2012969" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-ignition-play-now.png" alt="Nitrogen Poker cta: Play Now" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The sportsbook at Nitrogen gets most of the attention, but the poker side can also be profitable especially when you consider the freerolls and rewards available.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Browse through our <a title="Nitrogen Poker Freerolls and Other Perks" href="/nitrogensports" target="_self"><strong>Nitrogen Sports Poker review</strong></a> to learn more.</p> <p> </p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="swcpoker" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">SwCPoker Payouts</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">SwCPoker is a completely independent Bitcoin poker site that doesn't share its cashier with any other party.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-payouts-april-2018.png" alt="SwCPoker Payouts for April 2018 Report" width="648" height="246" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="SwCPoker Withdrawal Processors" width="644" height="153" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.2 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Offers one of the quickest turnarounds from payout request to receiving.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> SWC Poker is one of the originators of using Bitcoin-only denominations in their games.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">March was another month of rapid, same-day payouts for SwCPoker, which has never disappointed those looking to transact exclusively in Bitcoin and thereby bypass the traditional banking system. It's certainly a niche site, but its fast withdrawals, wide array of game types, and <a title="SwC Becomes the Lowest-Raking Online Poker Site" href="/rake-decrease-at-swcpoker-room-dec-2017" target="_self">low rake</a> keep aficionados coming back time and again for more BTC poker action.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Truly Original Poker Room: SwCPoker" href="http://swcpoker.eu/?ref=ProfRB" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-swc-play-now.png" alt="SWC banner: play now" width="650" height="50" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">NLHE, PLO, HORSE, Open Face Chinese, and more await you at the SwCPoker tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Take a look at our <a title="Read About the Many Types of Tables at SwCPoker" href="/Seals-With-Clubs-Bitcoin-Poker" target="_self"><strong>review of SwCPoker</strong></a> for further info.</p> <p><br /><br /></p> <div style="width: 95%; background-color: #ff0000; margin-top: 1%; padding: 1.5%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">AVOID THESE NETWORKS</h2> </div> <p> </p> <div style="margin: 1%; padding: 1.5%; background-color: hsla(120, 15%, 40%, 0.4);"> <h3 style="font-size: 150%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Merge Gaming Network</span></h3> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/merge-network-skins-sportsbookcom-playersonly-carbon-gaming-header.png" alt="Avoid the Merge Gaming Network" width="650" height="75" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> N/A</strong></span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Player traffic has dropped to less than 100 players on average per week.</span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Carbon Poker offers no incentives and bans winning accounts on their poker site.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Carbon Poker is a USA-friendly poker site that was formerly a leading online poker room, but we now caution our readers to stay away. It has a long history of making disappointing moves that are bad for the poker community, including <a title="Carbon Kicks Winning Poker Players Off Platform" href="/avoid-carbon-poker-they-ban-winning-poker-players" target="_self">banning winning players</a>, <a title="Merge Network Ends VIP Program" href="/Carbon-Poker-Merge/VIP-Program-Replaced-Player-Points-July/June-30-2014" target="_self">reducing or eliminating promotions</a>, and even levying a fee on every withdrawal beyond the first in a year. It is paying out what it owes customers – for now – although with delays and annoying surcharges.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">We strongly urge you to play at any of the other internet poker rooms listed above and</span><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> steer clear of the Merge Gaming Network. Seriously, play somewhere else other than Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, and Sportsbook.com.</span><br /></strong></p> </div> <div style="margin: 1%; padding: 1.5%; background-color: hsla(120, 15%, 40%, 0.4);"> <h3 style="font-size: 150%; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Global Poker</span></h3> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/global-poker-banner.png" alt="Global Poker is a Needless Risk" width="650" height="75" /></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.5</strong></span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Global Poker works with only one payout channel, PayPal.</span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> There's no deposit bonus offer at Global and a lack of other promos.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Global Poker has made a big splash in the U.S. online poker market by advertising PayPal deposits and withdrawals, which no other reputable gaming operator has. These payouts are indeed pretty speedy with same day cashouts commonplace. However, there are continuing worries about the viability of Global's business model, which we cover in our <a title="Global Poker Games and Software" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self">Global Poker Review</a>. Suffice it to say that Global might eventually be found to be both illegal and in violation of the PayPal terms of service. Making matters worse is the fact that PayPal is the <em>only</em> payment processor supported, leaving you and your money to the whims of this company. There have already been isolated reports of PayPal problems, like an incident involving <a title="High-Stakes Winner Has to Wait 6+ Months for Global Poker Money" href="/global-poker-payout-problems-cost-high-stakes-player-50000-usd" target="_self">a player having to wait more than six months</a> to receive his $50,000 cashout.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">The long-term viability of Global Poker is not exactly secure, so</span> <strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> we recommend that you take a pass on Global Poker to stay on the safe side.</span><br /></strong></p> </div> <hr /><div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 0.5%; margin-bottom: 0.5%; padding: 1%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 id="source" style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">How do we source this data?</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We rely on the input of hundreds of regular players like you! The public and auditable submissions of recreational and professional players left on forums and in our comments sections is how we compile the most accurate picture of the payouts situation for online poker fans in the <a title="U.S.A. Online Poker Sites and Information" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self">United States</a>, Canada, <a title="Online Poker in the Land Down Under" href="/australia-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self">Australia</a>, and many other parts of the world. If you'd like to tell us how quickly (or slowly) you received your recent cashout, then you can do so on any of these public forums:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="2+2 Thread on PaiWangLuo Payments" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/bodog-bovada-ignition-payout-thread-us-players-do-not-post-bank-names-1553/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Bodog/Bovada/Ignition Official Payout Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread Where You Can Report Chico Network Cashouts" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/unofficial-chico-network-betonline-tiger-etc-discussion-thread-1621890/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Unofficial Chico Network (Sportsbetting, Tiger, BetOnline) Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Tread on Withdrawals in Sponsored WPN Forum" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/218/winning-poker-network/official-winning-poker-network-deposit-withdrawal-general-cashier-thread-acr-bcp-tp-1332245/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Official WPN (Americas Cardroom, BlackChip, etc.) Payout Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread About All Things Intertops" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/intertops-poker-official-support-amp-promotions-thread-1078789/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Official Intertops Poker Support + Promos Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread Related to Juicy Stakes" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/juicy-stakes-ex-official-support-amp-promotions-thread-1525348/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Juicy Stakes ex-Official Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread on 5Dimes and the Rest of the Grand Network" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/5dimes-ends-support-epn-opens-independent-room-grand-poker-1485931/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes and Grand Network Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="2+2 Thread on BTC Site SwCPoker" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/swcpoker-bitcoin-poker-1514823/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">SwC Poker Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="Cashout Thread for Merge Gaming Sites on 2p2" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/merge-network-carbon-sportsbook-playersonly-deposit-withdrawal-thread-1264953/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Carbon Payout Thread on Twoplustwo</a><br /><a title="Reddit /r/onlinepoker" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/onlinepoker/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Reddit Online Poker Subreddit</a><br /><a title="Global Poker Cash Out Thread at 2+2" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/252/global-poker/cash-out-account-verification-thread-1663118/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Global Poker Withdrawals at Twoplustwo.</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When reporting on your withdrawal success (or lack thereof), please include the following information:</p> <ul><li>The site</li> <li>The amount requested</li> <li>The payment method you selected</li> <li>The date requested (including time of day if possible)</li> <li>The date you received the money (including time of day if possible)</li> </ul><div style="align: center; max-width: 95%; margin: auto; padding: 1%; background: #d3d3d3; border: line black 2px;"> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">An example would look something like this:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Bovada<br />$1,000<br />Bitcoin Cash<br />Req: April 15th, 2017 @ 10pm<br />Rec: April 16th, 2017, @ 11am</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Or this real world report from 2+2 forums:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><img style="border: 2px solid black; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/payout-report-example.png" alt="Example of slow Carbon Poker withdrawal" width="589" height="115" /></p> </div> <p> </p> <div><a title="Professional Rakeback on Twitter" href="http://www.Twitter.com/ProfRBcom" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; float: right;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/twitter-button-60p.png" alt="Share your payout data with us on Twitter" width="60" height="60" /></a><a title="Professional Rakeback on Facebook" href="http://www.Facebook.com/ProfRBcom" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="margin-left: 20px; margin-right: 20px; float: right;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/facebook-button-60p.png" alt="Share your payout data with us on Facebook" width="60" height="60" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you don't have an account at any of the above forums or you'd rather not go to the hassle of composing a post, then you can simply leave the data below in our comments section. Or send us a message on social media. Also, if you've found this report enlightening and useful, please share and like it on Facebook and Twitter.</p> <hr /><div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 0.5%; margin-bottom: 0.5%; padding: 1%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Online Poker Payouts FAQ</h2> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>What do I need to do to get a payout from an online gambling site?</strong><br /> In most cases, you'll have to complete identity verification before a real money internet gaming site will send you a payment. This usually involves submitting a copy of a form of identification as well as a recent utility bill or other proof of address. The reason sites request this information is because they must adhere to Know Your Customer and anti-money laundering laws. Once your account is verified, you won't have to go through this hassle again because the company will retain your documents and therefore won't have to request them again.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>What can I do to speed up my cashout?</strong><br /> If you're keen on obtaining your money as rapidly as possible, perhaps from a same-day payout casino for U.S. players, then we advise you to complete any identity verification in advance of the time when you intend to submit your withdrawal. Furthermore, we believe that it's best to transact in crypto-currency so that you won't have to wait for the postal service to deliver your check or for the molasses-paced vagaries of bank wires.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>How do I start using crypto-currency?</strong><br /> It can be a challenge to get involved in digital currencies because there is a fair amount of work to do to set up your wallet and exchange accounts. Fortunately, we've prepared guides for some of the most popular crypto coins in existence. 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