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We've taken the liberty of identifying some of the most interesting of them for you so that you don't have to pore over the entire schedule with a fine-toothed comb: MOSS #42 - Sunday, Aug. 12, 4:00 p.m. ET: $80 + $8 MOSS Main Event, $300,000 Gtd OSS #42 - Sunday, Aug. 19, 8:00 p.m. ET: $50 + $5 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, $8,000 Gtd OSS #68 - Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:00 p.m. ET: $200 + $15 6 Max PLO, $20,000 Gtd OSS #88 - Sunday, Aug. 26, 3:00 p.m. ET: $250 + $15 OSS Main Event, $1,000,000 Gtd BOSS #20 - Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET: $500 + $30 PLO/8 Eight-Max KO, $50,000 Gtd BOSS #22 - Sunday, Sept. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET: $2,000 + $100 BOSS Main Event, $1,000,000 Gtd BOSS #25 - Sunday, Sept. 2, 3:00 p.m. ET: $500 + $40 Million Dollar Sunday, $1,000,000 Gtd OSS Cub3d Leaderboards In addition to the more than $10 million up for grabs in the OSS Cub3d tournaments, there will also be a leaderboard active in each of the three sub-series (MOSS, OSS, BOSS). 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In order to qualify, enter the Americas Cardroom bonus code MOSS in the cashier. This same code is valid at WPN partner sites BlackChip Poker and True Poker. Entering the Bonus Code “MOSS” in the ACR Cashier Sign up Today! If you wish to play in the OSS Cub3d tournament series, then you must have a valid account at a participating Winning Poker Network poker room. We heartily recommend Americas Cardroom, which gives new customers a 100% up to $1,000 bonus along with a complimentary $50 real money credit. Read our accurate Americas Cardroom poker review page for further information. If you wish to explore alternate sites on the same network, then check out BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker (non-US). 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Leaderboard victors will be able to attend either:</p> <ul><li>Sept. 28 - Oct. 1</li> <li>Nov. 30 - Dec. 3</li> </ul><h2>Reload Bonus</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/red-present.jpg" alt="Red Giftwrapped Present" width="70" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When you made a deposit into your account from July 29 through Aug. 3, you can obtain a 50% bonus up to $200. In order to qualify, enter the Americas Cardroom bonus code <strong>MOSS</strong> in the cashier. This same code is valid at WPN partner sites BlackChip Poker and True Poker.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The reload bonus code MOSS is good for 50% up to $200" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/americas-cardroom-reload-bonus-code-moss.png" alt="Reload Bonus Code MOSS at ACR" width="650" height="234" /><em>Entering the Bonus Code “MOSS” in the ACR Cashier<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>Sign up Today!</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-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 wish to play in the OSS Cub3d tournament series, then you must have a valid account at a participating Winning Poker Network poker room. We heartily recommend Americas Cardroom, which gives new customers a 100% up to $1,000 bonus along with a complimentary $50 real money credit. Read our accurate <a title="ACR Cash Games, Tournaments, SNGs" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><strong>Americas Cardroom poker review</strong></a> page for further information. 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This installment runs from Aug. 5 to Sept. 2, and there's more than <strong>$10 million guaranteed</strong> across 169 tourneys.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="OSS Cub3d has more than $10 million in guarantees" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/oss-cub3d-banner.jpg" alt="OSS Cub3d - Aug - Sept 2018" width="651" height="66" /></div> <p> </p> <h2>OSS Cub3d Details</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">What puts the “Cub3d” in the OSS (Online Super Series) Cub3d is the fact that this series, like the last few of them that ran, is actually a combination of three series, running consecutively one after the other.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">First up is the Mini Online Super Series (MOSS) from Aug. 5 to 12 with 48 events costing no more than $215 apiece to enter. Then, the Online Super Series (OSS) begins Aug. 13 and continues through the 26, featuring 93 events priced between $1.10 and $530. Finally, the high-rollers get to enjoy the big action they crave with the Bigger Online Super Series (BOSS), starting Aug. 27 and concluding Sept. 2. The smallest BOSS buyin is $109, and there are events costing as much as $5,100 to enter.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's a wide variety of poker gaming on offer within the OSS Cub3d. Much of the schedule consists of No Limit Texas Hold'em tournaments, as you would expect, but there's a lot of variety involved because there are turbos, hypers, 6-max events, R&amp;A tourneys, knockouts, and more. If you're a fan of PLO, PLO/8, or Stud, there are a few MTTs in these formats for you to sample as well. Unfortunately, Fixed Limit Hold'em fans are out of luck as this old-school type of poker isn't present in the series roster at all.</p> <h2>OSS Cub3d Notable Events</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/binoculars.png" alt="Binoculars" width="89" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even the most hardcore poker grinder will likely balk at registering for all 169 events. We've taken the liberty of identifying some of the most interesting of them for you so that you don't have to pore over the entire schedule with a fine-toothed comb:</p> <ul><li><strong>MOSS #42</strong> - Sunday, Aug. 12, 4:00 p.m. ET: $80 + $8 MOSS Main Event, $300,000 Gtd</li> <li><strong>OSS #42</strong> - Sunday, Aug. 19, 8:00 p.m. ET: $50 + $5 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, $8,000 Gtd</li> <li><strong>OSS #68</strong> - Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:00 p.m. ET: $200 + $15 6 Max PLO, $20,000 Gtd</li> <li><strong>OSS #88</strong> - Sunday, Aug. 26, 3:00 p.m. ET: $250 + $15 OSS Main Event, $1,000,000 Gtd</li> <li><strong>BOSS #20</strong> - Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET: $500 + $30 PLO/8 Eight-Max KO, $50,000 Gtd</li> <li><strong>BOSS #22</strong> - Sunday, Sept. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET: $2,000 + $100 BOSS Main Event, $1,000,000 Gtd</li> <li><strong>BOSS #25</strong> - Sunday, Sept. 2, 3:00 p.m. ET: $500 + $40 Million Dollar Sunday, $1,000,000 Gtd</li> </ul><h2>OSS Cub3d Leaderboards</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/live-cage-logo.jpg" alt="Live Cage Logo" width="204" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to the more than $10 million up for grabs in the OSS Cub3d tournaments, there will also be a leaderboard active in each of the three sub-series (MOSS, OSS, BOSS). Every player will receive points toward the appropriate leaderboard for every tournament he or she plays according to a formula that takes into account that player's finishing position, the field size, and the buyin level.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The three winners of the leaderboard contest will each receive an $8,000 Live Cage package. Each package consists of a $5,000 + $250 buyin to the Live Cage, $800 for airline travel, $1,000 in cash, and accommodation for up to three nights at the Taormina Hotel Casino in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Live Cage is a two-day event where all competitors remaining in the event once time runs out get to exchange their stacks for real money at a predesignated value per chip.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are two Live Cage occasions scheduled for 2018 after the OSS Cub3d is completed. Leaderboard victors will be able to attend either:</p> <ul><li>Sept. 28 - Oct. 1</li> <li>Nov. 30 - Dec. 3</li> </ul><h2>Reload Bonus</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/red-present.jpg" alt="Red Giftwrapped Present" width="70" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When you made a deposit into your account from July 29 through Aug. 3, you can obtain a 50% bonus up to $200. In order to qualify, enter the Americas Cardroom bonus code <strong>MOSS</strong> in the cashier. This same code is valid at WPN partner sites BlackChip Poker and True Poker.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The reload bonus code MOSS is good for 50% up to $200" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/americas-cardroom-reload-bonus-code-moss.png" alt="Reload Bonus Code MOSS at ACR" width="650" height="234" /><em>Entering the Bonus Code “MOSS” in the ACR Cashier<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>Sign up Today!</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-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 wish to play in the OSS Cub3d tournament series, then you must have a valid account at a participating Winning Poker Network poker room. 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After a marathon heads-up session lasting more than 10 hours, Indianapolis, Indiana, resident John Cynn prevailed, scooping up $8.8 million in prize money and the coveted gold bracelet. Floridian Tony Miles was the runner-up, and he took home $5 million for his efforts. John Cynn Poses With Mountain of Cash and His Winning Hole Cards About the Heads-up Match Play resumed at 5:30 p.m. Vegas time on Saturday for the 10th day of the contest with the final three contenders taking their seats. Tony Miles had the chip lead with almost 239 million chips, followed by John Cynn with 129 million. Short-stack Michael Dyer held only 26 million, and he was knocked out after less than an hour. This left Miles, with a slight chip lead, to battle it out for the bracelet with Cynn. It was to prove the longest heads-up WSOP Main Event showdown in history, lasting 199 hands. The lead see-sawed back and forth several times throughout the night and morning. Finally, at close to 5 a.m., the final hand took place. John Cynn had more chips than his adversary although not by much. He opened from the button, and Tony Miles three-bet. Cynn called, and the flop was dealt: K♥   K♦   5♥ Miles made a c-bet, which Cynn called. The turn brought the 8♦ , and Miles bet all-in. John thought for a while and then made the call. The hands were revealed: Miles: Q♣   8♥Cynn: K♣   J♣ With just a pair of eights, Tony Miles was drawing dead to John Cynn's trip kings. The river didn't matter, and Cynn became the champion. Interestingly, this wasn't his first success in the big show. In 2016, Cynn finished 11th place in the Main Event, picking up $650,000. His total career live MTT winnings now amount to $9.7 million. The Rio All Suite Hotel &amp; Casino, Home of the World Series of PokerImage From the Casino's Facebook Page Previous Tourney Action This year's Main Event garnered 7,874 entrants, making it the second-largest ME field ever behind only the 2006 event, which attracted 8,773 players. After the tournament began on July 2, the first few days of play saw the usual thrills and upsets as competitors were knocked out one by one. At the end of Day 7, by which time the nine-player final table was set, all the big names had been eliminated except one: 2009 WSOP ME victor Joe Cada. Indeed, he survived Day 8 to play six-handed on Day 9. However, his dreams of a repeat championship were dashed when he was knocked out in fifth place for $2.15 million. The final table results for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event were as follows: Finish Pos Name Country Prize 1 John Cynn USA $8,800,000 2 Tony Miles USA $5,000,000 3 Michael Dyer USA $3,750,000 4 Nicolas Manion USA $2,825,000 5 Joe Cada USA $2,150,000 6 Aram Zobian USA $1,800,000 7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000 8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000 9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000   John Cynn Biography John Cynn was born in 1984 in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management. Prior to taking up poker as a profession, John worked at global supply chain consulting and software firm enVista. John first cashed in a major poker tourney in 2010, and his first WSOP cash came in 2012. His 11th-place finish in the 2016 Main Event was good for $650,000. Even before his victory on July 15, 2018, Cynn already had 12 WSOP cashes to his credit. He has also been active on the World Poker Tour, in which he has had several profitable results. There's one other passion of John Cynn's besides poker that endears him to us here at Professional Rakeback. A quick glance through his social media accounts shows that John is a big fan of crypto-currency, which is something that we also support. In fact, Cynn sported a patch on his hoodie during the WSOP for Blockfolio, a mobile crypto-currency portfolio management app. If you don't know much about Bitcoin or other crypto coins but would like to learn how to use BTC for playing online poker, then check out our guide to getting started in Bitcoin. Also, you can read our short rundown of the best Bitcoin online poker rooms for Americans. ";s:16:"description_html";s:9461:"<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%2Fworld-series-of-poker-2018-main-event&amp;title=Cynn%20City%3A%20John%20Cynn%20Takes%20Down%20WSOP%20Main%20Event%20for%20%248.8%20Million"></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; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/wsop-logo.png" alt="WSOP Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <strong>Main Event</strong> of the 49th annual <strong>World Series of Poker</strong> drew to a close the morning of Sunday, July 15, at the Rio All Suite Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. After a marathon heads-up session lasting more than 10 hours, Indianapolis, <a title="Playing Online Poker in Indiana" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-indiana" target="_self">Indiana</a>, resident <strong>John Cynn</strong> prevailed, scooping up $8.8 million in prize money and the coveted gold bracelet. Floridian Tony Miles was the runner-up, and he took home $5 million for his efforts.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="John Cynn, WSOP ME champion 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/john-cynn.jpg" alt="WSOP 2018 Main Event Winner John Cynn" width="650" height="941" /><em>John Cynn Poses With Mountain of Cash and His Winning Hole Cards<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>About the Heads-up Match</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/crossed-sabers.png" alt="Crossed Sabers" width="75" height="65" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Play resumed at 5:30 p.m. Vegas time on Saturday for the 10th day of the contest with the final three contenders taking their seats. Tony Miles had the chip lead with almost 239 million chips, followed by John Cynn with 129 million. Short-stack Michael Dyer held only 26 million, and he was knocked out after less than an hour.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This left Miles, with a slight chip lead, to battle it out for the bracelet with Cynn. It was to prove the longest heads-up WSOP Main Event showdown in history, lasting 199 hands. The lead see-sawed back and forth several times throughout the night and morning.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Finally, at close to 5 a.m., the final hand took place. John Cynn had more chips than his adversary although not by much. He opened from the button, and Tony Miles three-bet. Cynn called, and the flop was dealt:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="outline: black 2px solid;">K<span style="color: red;">♥</span></span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">K<span style="color: red;">♦</span></span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">5<span style="color: red;">♥</span></span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Miles made a c-bet, which Cynn called. The turn brought the <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">8<span style="color: red;">♦</span></span> , and Miles bet all-in. John thought for a while and then made the call. The hands were revealed:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Miles:</strong> <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">Q♣</span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">8<span style="color: red;">♥</span></span><br /><strong>Cynn:</strong> <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">K♣</span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">J♣</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">With just a pair of eights, Tony Miles was drawing dead to John Cynn's trip kings. The river didn't matter, and Cynn became the champion. Interestingly, this wasn't his first success in the big show. In 2016, Cynn finished 11th place in the Main Event, picking up $650,000. His total career live MTT winnings now amount to $9.7 million.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/rio-all-suite-hotel-casino.jpg" alt="Rio Hotel &amp; Casino" width="651" height="387" /><em>The Rio All Suite Hotel &amp; Casino, Home of the World Series of Poker</em><br /><em>Image From the Casino's Facebook Page<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>Previous Tourney Action</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This year's Main Event garnered 7,874 entrants, making it the second-largest ME field ever behind only the 2006 event, which attracted 8,773 players. After the tournament began on July 2, the first few days of play saw the usual thrills and upsets as competitors were knocked out one by one.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">At the end of Day 7, by which time the nine-player final table was set, all the big names had been eliminated except one: 2009 WSOP ME victor Joe Cada. Indeed, he survived Day 8 to play six-handed on Day 9. However, his dreams of a repeat championship were dashed when he was knocked out in fifth place for $2.15 million.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The final table results for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event were as follows:</p> <table class="works"><thead><tr><th class="enhanced">Finish Pos</th> <th>Name</th> <th>Country</th> <th>Prize</th> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">1</td> <td>John Cynn</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$8,800,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">2</td> <td>Tony Miles</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$5,000,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">3</td> <td>Michael Dyer</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$3,750,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">4</td> <td>Nicolas Manion</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$2,825,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">5</td> <td>Joe Cada</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$2,150,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">6</td> <td>Aram Zobian</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$1,800,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">7</td> <td>Alex Lynskey</td> <td>Australia</td> <td>$1,500,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">8</td> <td>Artem Metalidi</td> <td>Ukraine</td> <td>$1,250,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">9</td> <td>Antoine Labat</td> <td>France</td> <td>$1,000,000</td> </tr></thead></table><p> </p> <h2>John Cynn Biography</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/book-and-glasses.png" alt="Book and Glasses" width="112" height="76" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">John Cynn was born in 1984 in Evanston, <a title="Illinois Online Poker" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-illinois" target="_self">Illinois</a>. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management. Prior to taking up poker as a profession, John worked at global supply chain consulting and software firm enVista.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">John first cashed in a major poker tourney in 2010, and his first WSOP cash came in 2012. His 11th-place finish in the 2016 Main Event was good for $650,000. Even before his victory on July 15, 2018, Cynn already had 12 WSOP cashes to his credit. He has also been active on the World Poker Tour, in which he has had several profitable results.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's one other passion of John Cynn's besides poker that endears him to us here at Professional Rakeback. A quick glance through his social media accounts shows that John is a big fan of crypto-currency, which is something that we also support. In fact, Cynn sported a patch on his hoodie during the WSOP for Blockfolio, a mobile crypto-currency portfolio management app. If you don't know much about Bitcoin or other crypto coins but would like to learn how to use BTC for playing online poker, then check out our guide to <a title="Bitcoins Made Easy: Use Digital Currency for Internet Poker, Casino, Sports Betting, and Other Gambling" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><strong>getting started in Bitcoin</strong></a>. Also, you can read our short rundown of the <a title="These Online Poker Rooms Are Happy to Accept BTC" href="/what-online-poker-sites-accept-bitcoin" target="_self"><strong>best Bitcoin online poker</strong></a> rooms for Americans.</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%2Fworld-series-of-poker-2018-main-event&amp;title=Cynn%20City%3A%20John%20Cynn%20Takes%20Down%20WSOP%20Main%20Event%20for%20%248.8%20Million"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:9461:"<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%2Fworld-series-of-poker-2018-main-event&amp;title=Cynn%20City%3A%20John%20Cynn%20Takes%20Down%20WSOP%20Main%20Event%20for%20%248.8%20Million"></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; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/wsop-logo.png" alt="WSOP Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <strong>Main Event</strong> of the 49th annual <strong>World Series of Poker</strong> drew to a close the morning of Sunday, July 15, at the Rio All Suite Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. After a marathon heads-up session lasting more than 10 hours, Indianapolis, <a title="Playing Online Poker in Indiana" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-indiana" target="_self">Indiana</a>, resident <strong>John Cynn</strong> prevailed, scooping up $8.8 million in prize money and the coveted gold bracelet. Floridian Tony Miles was the runner-up, and he took home $5 million for his efforts.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="John Cynn, WSOP ME champion 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/john-cynn.jpg" alt="WSOP 2018 Main Event Winner John Cynn" width="650" height="941" /><em>John Cynn Poses With Mountain of Cash and His Winning Hole Cards<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>About the Heads-up Match</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/crossed-sabers.png" alt="Crossed Sabers" width="75" height="65" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Play resumed at 5:30 p.m. Vegas time on Saturday for the 10th day of the contest with the final three contenders taking their seats. Tony Miles had the chip lead with almost 239 million chips, followed by John Cynn with 129 million. Short-stack Michael Dyer held only 26 million, and he was knocked out after less than an hour.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This left Miles, with a slight chip lead, to battle it out for the bracelet with Cynn. It was to prove the longest heads-up WSOP Main Event showdown in history, lasting 199 hands. The lead see-sawed back and forth several times throughout the night and morning.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Finally, at close to 5 a.m., the final hand took place. John Cynn had more chips than his adversary although not by much. He opened from the button, and Tony Miles three-bet. Cynn called, and the flop was dealt:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="outline: black 2px solid;">K<span style="color: red;">♥</span></span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">K<span style="color: red;">♦</span></span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">5<span style="color: red;">♥</span></span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Miles made a c-bet, which Cynn called. The turn brought the <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">8<span style="color: red;">♦</span></span> , and Miles bet all-in. John thought for a while and then made the call. The hands were revealed:</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Miles:</strong> <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">Q♣</span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">8<span style="color: red;">♥</span></span><br /><strong>Cynn:</strong> <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">K♣</span>   <span style="outline: black 2px solid;">J♣</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">With just a pair of eights, Tony Miles was drawing dead to John Cynn's trip kings. The river didn't matter, and Cynn became the champion. Interestingly, this wasn't his first success in the big show. In 2016, Cynn finished 11th place in the Main Event, picking up $650,000. His total career live MTT winnings now amount to $9.7 million.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/rio-all-suite-hotel-casino.jpg" alt="Rio Hotel &amp; Casino" width="651" height="387" /><em>The Rio All Suite Hotel &amp; Casino, Home of the World Series of Poker</em><br /><em>Image From the Casino's Facebook Page<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>Previous Tourney Action</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This year's Main Event garnered 7,874 entrants, making it the second-largest ME field ever behind only the 2006 event, which attracted 8,773 players. After the tournament began on July 2, the first few days of play saw the usual thrills and upsets as competitors were knocked out one by one.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">At the end of Day 7, by which time the nine-player final table was set, all the big names had been eliminated except one: 2009 WSOP ME victor Joe Cada. Indeed, he survived Day 8 to play six-handed on Day 9. However, his dreams of a repeat championship were dashed when he was knocked out in fifth place for $2.15 million.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The final table results for the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event were as follows:</p> <table class="works"><thead><tr><th class="enhanced">Finish Pos</th> <th>Name</th> <th>Country</th> <th>Prize</th> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">1</td> <td>John Cynn</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$8,800,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">2</td> <td>Tony Miles</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$5,000,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">3</td> <td>Michael Dyer</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$3,750,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">4</td> <td>Nicolas Manion</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$2,825,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">5</td> <td>Joe Cada</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$2,150,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">6</td> <td>Aram Zobian</td> <td>USA</td> <td>$1,800,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">7</td> <td>Alex Lynskey</td> <td>Australia</td> <td>$1,500,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">8</td> <td>Artem Metalidi</td> <td>Ukraine</td> <td>$1,250,000</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">9</td> <td>Antoine Labat</td> <td>France</td> <td>$1,000,000</td> </tr></thead></table><p> </p> <h2>John Cynn Biography</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/book-and-glasses.png" alt="Book and Glasses" width="112" height="76" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">John Cynn was born in 1984 in Evanston, <a title="Illinois Online Poker" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-illinois" target="_self">Illinois</a>. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management. Prior to taking up poker as a profession, John worked at global supply chain consulting and software firm enVista.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">John first cashed in a major poker tourney in 2010, and his first WSOP cash came in 2012. His 11th-place finish in the 2016 Main Event was good for $650,000. Even before his victory on July 15, 2018, Cynn already had 12 WSOP cashes to his credit. He has also been active on the World Poker Tour, in which he has had several profitable results.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's one other passion of John Cynn's besides poker that endears him to us here at Professional Rakeback. A quick glance through his social media accounts shows that John is a big fan of crypto-currency, which is something that we also support. In fact, Cynn sported a patch on his hoodie during the WSOP for Blockfolio, a mobile crypto-currency portfolio management app. If you don't know much about Bitcoin or other crypto coins but would like to learn how to use BTC for playing online poker, then check out our guide to <a title="Bitcoins Made Easy: Use Digital Currency for Internet Poker, Casino, Sports Betting, and Other Gambling" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><strong>getting started in Bitcoin</strong></a>. Also, you can read our short rundown of the <a title="These Online Poker Rooms Are Happy to Accept BTC" href="/what-online-poker-sites-accept-bitcoin" target="_self"><strong>best Bitcoin online poker</strong></a> rooms for Americans.</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%2Fworld-series-of-poker-2018-main-event&amp;title=Cynn%20City%3A%20John%20Cynn%20Takes%20Down%20WSOP%20Main%20Event%20for%20%248.8%20Million"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:2;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:54:"https://professionalrakeback.com/pokerstars-in-america";s:5:"title";s:65:"PokerStars USA: How to Safely Play on PokerStars While in America";s:4:"date";i:1531342772;s:11:"description";s:16719:" Many online poker fans appreciate the large traffic and excellent software at PokerStars, the worldwide market leader for internet card games. Americans are no exception – plenty of U.S.A. residents remember the experiences they had at PS before Black Friday in 2011 and are wondering how they can access bustling PokerStars USA lobbies again. The short answer is that you cannot play on PokerStars from within the United States. There are very limited exceptions to this general rule, and we will go over every single one of them below. The old PokerStars was truly a one-of-a-kind setup, and there is no site currently open to Americans that does everything quite as well. Nevertheless, there are a number of rooms that excel in various aspects. If you seek a new online poker site to play from the United States, check out the following reputable operators: VISIT THE REAL MONEY SITE WITH THE:   Table of Contents 1. PokerStars New Jersey 2. Play Money Games 3. Home Game Clubs 4. Other Regulated States 5. VPN Poker? 6. PokerStars Decline 7. Other Sites 8. FAQ   PokerStars New Jersey People in the Garden State are the only Americans who have the opportunity to log into PokerStars and take a seat in the virtual games for real money. The company launched its NJ site in March 2016 to much fanfare, and it gained quite a few signups from people longing for a return to the good old days of USA online poker. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was misplaced. Although the PokerStars NJ software platform is nearly identical to the much-lauded client in use throughout most of the rest of the world, player volume is lacking. You see, this poker solution doesn't interconnect with the worldwide PokerStars.com room. It instead limits people from New Jersey to playing only against others in the same state. There are only about 70 cash game players online at any given moment, on average, as compared to the 8,000 active at the PokerStars global site. The Cash Game Lobby for the Global PokerStars Site The Cash Game Lobby at 'Stars NJ Suffers From a Lack of Games Particularly at High Stakes This is only to be expected as the population of New Jersey is just over nine million while there are hundreds of millions of people in the worldwide areas that PokerStars serves. Those who are just visiting New Jersey are also able to register and play, but even when we consider these transient players as part of the total, we can easily see that there's no chance of this single state hosting as many real money poker customers as the rest of the world combined. This shows up not just in cash tables but also in tournaments. The headline NJ 'Stars tourney series in autumn 2017, called the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP), featured $1.2 million in guarantees spread across 46 events. This is peanuts compared to the 162 tournaments and $60 million on offer at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) that took place earlier the same year. Play Money It is actually possible for American users to enjoy poker at PokerStars but only for practice chips. These play money games are offered to customers in 49 states (sorry Washington State). PokerStars Play Money Cash Game Table Apart from a certain amount of chips that you can get for free, you have to pay to purchase more of them. It's impossible to cash these chips out even if you should win a billion of them. There used to be online markets for PokerStars play chips, but the site has effectively prohibited this practice by disallowing play money person-to-person transfers. The Various Play Chip Options for Sale at PokerStars You might as well devote any money you intended to commit to purchasing practice chips to legitimate offshore poker rooms instead. At least this way, you'll be able to make a withdrawal if you grind up a bankroll. Minimum deposits at these poker rooms are pretty reasonable, $25 or less in most cases. What About Home Games? The PokerStars Home Games section lets people compete against their friends, work colleagues, online forum companions, and other individuals who are part of the same Poker Club. Nevertheless, U.S.A. players are only permitted to play with fake chips even within the strictly controlled membership model of PokerStars Home Games. Some enterprising souls have realized that they can set up play chip Home Games and use them to play for real money by assigning each chip a cash value and then making money transfers among themselves. This works in theory, but in order for everything to be aboveboard, you have to know and trust everyone else in your Poker Club. This is quite a different experience from signing on to the poker platform and sitting opposite all kinds of players from around the world. You'd also better hope that the site doesn't get wind of what you're doing, or else your club will be shut down. What About Nevada, Delaware, and Pennsylvania? Individuals living in one of the other three states for legal, regulated poker might assume that they can play on PokerStars, but this is incorrect. PokerStars only has a license to operate in New Jersey. New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada, and Pennsylvania Have Passed Online Poker Legislation Delaware's supervised internet poker market uses the software mandated by the state lottery, which reached an arrangement with 888, shutting PokerStars out of the market completely. Nevada has “bad actor” clauses in its enabling legislation for online poker, which has kept PS out of the market until 2018 when the company is expected to apply for a license. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's online gaming market hasn't yet come to fruition because the bill that created it only passed into law in October 2017. New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware now have a liquidity-sharing compact whereby sites are allowed to combine their player traffic across all three states. Only 888 (branded in some cases as WSOP) has really been the beneficiary of this arrangement because it's the only operator licensed to do business in more than one of these states. Suffice it to say that this multi-jurisdictional agreement doesn't have any impact on 'Stars, which runs stateside poker only in New Jersey. What About VPNs? Some laud the advantages of deploying VPN (virtual private network) technology to circumvent the PokerStars ban on new account registrations from the United States. This refers to a system that disguises your computer's location and makes it appear to be in a region that PokerStars accepts customers from. Anyone who advocates this course of action is either woefully ignorant of how internet poker actually works or is attempting to give you bad advice. There are any number of reasons why running a VPN to surreptitiously log on to 'Stars is just asking for trouble. First of all, you'll encounter issues when attempting to request a payout because you will very likely be subject to account verification procedures. This means you would have to set up a fake address in another country, which might be more trouble than it's worth. Furthermore, PokerStars security has developed procedures to deal with anyone who might be playing from a prohibited jurisdiction. As part of the detection process, the poker client scans through the list of your running programs. You could get in trouble and have your account banned and balance seized if you're running VPN software. The same is true of other mechanisms for playing from a disallowed country, such as the use of Team Viewer or other remote desktop applications. PokerStars is allowed to gather as much information as it can from your machine to decide if you're in violation of the rules. This is explicitly laid out in the PokerStars End User License Agreement: 4.3 in compliance with our regulatory requirements and in order for you to access and use our software and/or our services through any of our websites you will need to provide us with certain personal details about yourself (including details regarding your methods of payment) as well as consenting us (or third parties acting on our behalf) to have access to or make use of your location data and/or such other data or information that may be derived from your device/computer, to enable the Service/software to be made available to you. You hereby consent to us (or third parties acting on our behalf) to access and use such data for the purposes outlined above. You are not permitted to use our software and/or services if you do not wish to be bound by this provision. Rational Group will process your personal details in compliance with the data protection laws and regulations of the Isle of Man, all in accordance with and as set out in our Privacy Policy. PokerStars has confiscated the balances of customers found to be circumventing the terms and conditions by accessing the site from prohibited countries. This is even true for users from allowed countries who use a VPN while traveling through banned parts of the globe. Take a look at this first-hand report from the Twoplustwo forums: While we do have a small amount of sympathy for this poster, this feeling is overwhelmed by our incredulity that anyone would think such a course of action would be without risk. Ultimately, we largely concur with the first response made to this post: Even big-name individuals aren't immune from the ever-vigilant personnel at the PokerStars security team. 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo ran afoul of the poker room after they contended that he was using a VPN from the United States when he scored $700K in a Spring Championship of Online Poker event. Gordon claims that he has submitted proof that he was in Canada at the time, and the dispute ended up in court. PokerStars Decline Lest you be hanging your head in dismay at the difficulty of joining PokerStars games as a U.S. player, let us assure you that you're not missing much — or least not as much as you would have a decade ago. Simply put, this virtual poker room has gone downhill in the intervening time. Much of this decline is a result of the acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya, Inc. (now called The Stars Group) in June 2014. This publicly traded organization has a different philosophy than the old owners of the company did. Amaya has put shareholders and short-term financial results at the forefront and relegated player concerns to the sidelines. Not only has Amaya raised the rake and tournament fees, but it has also done away with the old VIP club, replacing it with an abomination called “Chests.” Not This Type of Chests Unfortunately The Chests program has cut rewards by more than half for dedicated grinders, and it's so confusing and variable that users don't really know what to expect in terms of freebies for a given number of hands played at particular stakes. This Chest is More What PokerStars Has in MindNote: That isn't gold - it's rice cakes. Ignore the yellow color; they're good for you. We swear! Other unfavorable alterations to the way the firm does business include the addition of currency conversion fees, the retroactive restriction of affiliate commissions to the first two years of rake generated by a referred player, and a failure to adequately explain its corporate decisions to the player base. How Can I Play Online Poker? In conclusion, we must counsel you that it's impractical and too risky for you to try to play at PokerStars from the United States. Even those in New Jersey who can enjoy the 'Stars real money games are ring-fenced to a small pool of games that will likely leave them disappointed. This doesn't mean that you can't play internet poker though. There are a number of trustworthy offshore online poker sites that cater to the American market. They have profitable welcome bonuses, robust traffic levels, and speedy payouts. You can learn more about these solid operators by reading our U.S.A. online poker guide. If you still have questions about PokerStars USA legalities and information, then look below for possible answers. Is online poker legal in the United States? There are no federal laws prohibiting internet poker in the U.S.A. The Wire Act has been ruled to relate only to sports betting, not to lotteries or online poker. The UIGEA, therefore, doesn't come into play either as it's only triggered when another federal or state anti-gambling law applies. In any case, these pieces of legislation target the owners and managers of the gaming sites, not individual players. So there's nothing preventing you from opening up a few tables of online cards and playing as much as you want. Is PokerStars legal in the United States? There's nothing preventing PokerStars from legally serving the United States. Nor is there anything making it a crime for individuals to open up accounts and play for real money. Nevertheless, it's impossible to partake in these services as an American (in most states) for reasons we go into below. Why did PokerStars leave the U.S. market? PokerStars abandoned the U.S.A. real money poker market as a consequence of a settlement it reached with the Department of Justice in 2011. This agreement followed the Black Friday crackdown on internet poker by U.S. government authorities. The basis for these law enforcement actions was the Wire Act even though the DoJ opined soon thereafter that this Act didn't concern online poker at all. Be that as it may, as part of the resolution of the case against it, PokerStars pledged to remove itself from the American internet gaming market except in those jurisdictions where it's specifically licensed to operate. What states are able to play at PokerStars? Currently, PokerStars holds a license to offer its real money games only in the State of New Jersey. Play chip tables are available in every state apart from Washington. Why doesn't PokerStars operate in any states besides New Jersey? PokerStars has pledged to avoid dealing out internet poker hands for real cash in any state except those that it holds a gaming license for. As of July 2018, this list consists solely of New Jersey. Delaware and Nevada have regulated internet poker ecosystems too, but PokerStars is not licensed to transact in either of these jurisdictions. Pennsylvania is the newest entrant to the legalized, state-regulated online poker scene, but no entities have yet successfully gone through the license application process, and this includes PokerStars. Do I have to be in New Jersey to open an account at PokerStars NJ? No, PokerStars NJ lets you register your new account from anywhere in the world. You can also make deposits and withdrawals without being present in New Jersey. However, gameplay is only available if you're located inside state borders, and the site uses sophisticated geo-location tech to confirm your location at all times. How does traffic at poker sites available in the USA compare to PokerStars? None of the rooms for American poker have traffic levels that reach the mark set by the global PokerStars brand. However, many of them are a fair bit larger than the segregated NJ PokerStars site. In most cases, you'll have no trouble finding a game if you're interested in micro- or small-stakes tournaments and cash games. Only if you play for high stakes or are a serious multi-tabler might you have issues finding enough action to keep you happy. Even in this case, you'll probably do all right if you're willing to mix stakes and table sizes. What types of games do sites other than PokerStars have? All of the destinations for online poker in the United States have ring games, sit n' gos, and multi-table tournaments although certain formats are more popular at different sites than at others. There are several places in the U.S. market that spread lottery SNGs, reminiscent of PokerStars Spin &amp; Gos, too. Fast-fold Zoom/RUSH clones are a bit less prevalent, but there are a couple of choices if this is your game type of choice. How can I made a deposit or withdrawal for real money online poker in the United States? This is one of the trickier aspects of playing online poker in the United States. Credit cards will work for deposit depending on how strict your card issuer is in blocking gambling-related transactions. When it's time for a cashout, you can usually retrieve your funds via check. However, crypto-currencies like Bitcoin tend to be superior for both deposit and withdrawals because they're almost never declined and the fees associated with their use are miniscule. To find out more about the most commonly supported digital coin, head over to our Bitcoin gambling guide. There are other options available at some sites, like Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash. 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The company <a title="PokerStars New Jersey Opening" href="https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/pokerstars-approved-for-full-launch-in-new-jersey/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">launched its NJ site</a> in March 2016 to much fanfare, and it gained quite a few signups from people longing for a return to the good old days of USA online poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was misplaced. Although the PokerStars NJ software platform is nearly identical to the much-lauded client in use throughout most of the rest of the world, player volume is lacking. You see, this poker solution doesn't interconnect with the worldwide PokerStars.com room. It instead limits people from New Jersey to playing only against others in the same state. 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Those who are just visiting New Jersey are also able to register and play, but even when we consider these transient players as part of the total, we can easily see that there's no chance of this single state hosting as many real money poker customers as the rest of the world combined.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This shows up not just in cash tables but also in tournaments. The headline NJ 'Stars tourney series in autumn 2017, called the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP), featured $1.2 million in guarantees spread across 46 events. This is peanuts compared to the 162 tournaments and $60 million on offer at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) that took place earlier the same year.</p> <h2 id="play-money">Play Money</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It is actually possible for <strong>American users to enjoy poker at PokerStars but only for practice chips</strong>. These play money games are offered to customers in 49 states (sorry <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Washington State Court Ruling Against Social Poker Apps" href="/churchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Washington State</span></a></span>).</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Play chip table at PokerStars" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-play-money-table.jpg" alt="Play Money Game on PokerStars" width="649" height="471" /><em>PokerStars Play Money Cash Game Table<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Apart from a certain amount of chips that you can get for free, you have to pay to purchase more of them. It's impossible to cash these chips out even if you should win a billion of them. There used to be online markets for PokerStars play chips, but the site has effectively prohibited this practice by disallowing play money person-to-person transfers.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerStars offers several play chip packages for purchase" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-purchase-play-chips.png" alt="Purchasing Play Chips at PokerStars" width="650" height="581" /><em>The Various Play Chip Options for Sale at PokerStars<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You might as well devote any money you intended to commit to purchasing practice chips to legitimate offshore poker rooms instead. At least this way, you'll be able to make a withdrawal if you grind up a bankroll. Minimum deposits at these poker rooms are pretty reasonable, $25 or less in most cases.</p> <h2 id="home-games">What About Home Games?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The PokerStars Home Games section lets people compete against their friends, work colleagues, online forum companions, and other individuals who are part of the same Poker Club. Nevertheless, U.S.A. players are only permitted to play with fake chips even within the strictly controlled membership model of PokerStars Home Games.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some enterprising souls have realized that they can set up play chip Home Games and use them to play for real money by assigning each chip a cash value and then making money transfers among themselves. This works in theory, but in order for everything to be aboveboard, you have to know and trust everyone else in your Poker Club. This is quite a different experience from signing on to the poker platform and sitting opposite all kinds of players from around the world. You'd also better hope that the site doesn't get wind of what you're doing, or else your club will be shut down.</p> <h3 id="other-regulated">What About Nevada, Delaware, and Pennsylvania?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Individuals living in one of the other three states for legal, regulated poker might assume that they can play on PokerStars, but this is incorrect. PokerStars only has a license to operate in New Jersey.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Four U.S. states have regulated internet poker markets" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/four-regulated-poker-states.png" alt="States With Legalized Online Poker" width="650" height="240" /><em>New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada, and Pennsylvania Have Passed Online Poker Legislation<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Delaware's supervised internet poker market uses the software mandated by the state lottery, which reached an arrangement with 888, shutting PokerStars out of the market completely. Nevada has “bad actor” clauses in its enabling legislation for online poker, which has kept PS out of the market until 2018 when the company is expected to apply for a license. Meanwhile, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Online Poker Pennsylvania" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-pennsylvania" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Pennsylvania's</span></a></span> online gaming market hasn't yet come to fruition because the bill that created it only <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="PA Legalizes Internet Gambling" href="/pennsylvania--online-gambling-bill-h271-will-governor-veto" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">passed into law</span></a></span> in October 2017.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">New Jersey, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="NV Offshore Online Poker Rooms" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-nevada" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Nevada</span></a></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Delaware Online Poker" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-delaware" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Delaware</span></a></span> now have a liquidity-sharing compact whereby sites are allowed to combine their player traffic across all three states. Only 888 (branded in some cases as WSOP) has really been the beneficiary of this arrangement because it's the only operator licensed to do business in more than one of these states. Suffice it to say that this multi-jurisdictional agreement doesn't have any impact on 'Stars, which runs stateside poker only in New Jersey.</p> <h3 id="vpn">What About VPNs?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some laud the advantages of deploying VPN (virtual private network) technology to circumvent the PokerStars ban on new account registrations from the United States. This refers to a system that disguises your computer's location and makes it appear to be in a region that PokerStars accepts customers from.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Anyone who advocates this course of action is either woefully ignorant of how internet poker actually works or is attempting to give you bad advice. There are any number of reasons why running a VPN to surreptitiously log on to 'Stars is just asking for trouble.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">First of all, you'll encounter issues when attempting to request a <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="These Gray Market Gaming Sites Pay Out Honestly in Real Money" href="/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">payout</span></a></span> because you will very likely be subject to account verification procedures. This means you would have to set up a fake address in another country, which might be more trouble than it's worth.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Furthermore, PokerStars security has developed procedures to deal with anyone who might be playing from a prohibited jurisdiction. As part of the detection process, the poker client scans through the list of your running programs. You could get in trouble and have <strong>your account banned and balance seized</strong> if you're running VPN software. The same is true of other mechanisms for playing from a disallowed country, such as the use of Team Viewer or other remote desktop applications.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars is allowed to gather as much information as it can from your machine to decide if you're in violation of the rules. This is explicitly laid out in the PokerStars End User License Agreement:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>4.3</strong> in compliance with our regulatory requirements and in order for you to access and use our software and/or our services through any of our websites you will need to provide us with certain personal details about yourself (including details regarding your methods of payment) as well as consenting us (or third parties acting on our behalf) to have access to or make use of your location data and/or such other data or information that may be derived from your device/computer, to enable the Service/software to be made available to you. You hereby consent to us (or third parties acting on our behalf) to access and use such data for the purposes outlined above. You are not permitted to use our software and/or services if you do not wish to be bound by this provision. Rational Group will process your personal details in compliance with the data protection laws and regulations of the Isle of Man, all in accordance with and as set out in our Privacy Policy.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars has confiscated the balances of customers found to be circumventing the terms and conditions by accessing the site from prohibited countries. This is even true for users from allowed countries who use a VPN while traveling through banned parts of the globe. Take a look at this first-hand report from the Twoplustwo forums:</p> <div style="padding: 1%;"><a title="Twoplustwo user FBRO got his PokerStars account funds taken away" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=29547563&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-vpn-woes-post-twoplustwo.png" alt="Twoplustwoer Caught Using VPN to Log Into PokerStars" width="648" height="490" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">While we do have a small amount of sympathy for this poster, this feeling is overwhelmed by our incredulity that anyone would think such a course of action would be without risk. Ultimately, we largely concur with the first response made to this post:</p> <div style="padding: 1%;"><a title="Twoplustwo user RUMHAM thinks that the original poster acted most unwisely" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=29548138&amp;postcount=2" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-vpn-woes-reply-twoplustwo.png" alt="Respondent Feels OP is Dumb" width="648" height="222" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even big-name individuals aren't immune from the ever-vigilant personnel at the PokerStars security team. 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo ran afoul of the poker room after they contended that he was using a VPN from the United States when he scored $700K in a Spring Championship of Online Poker event. Gordon claims that he has submitted proof that he was in Canada at the time, and <a title="Gordon Vayo's Lawsuit Against PokerStars" href="https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Poker-Stars.pdf" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">the dispute ended up in court</a>.</p> <h3 id="decline">PokerStars Decline</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Lest you be hanging your head in dismay at the difficulty of joining PokerStars games as a U.S. player, let us assure you that you're not missing much — or least not as much as you would have a decade ago. 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Amaya has put shareholders and short-term financial results at the forefront and relegated player concerns to the sidelines.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Amaya has changed its name to The Stars Group" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/amaya-logo.png" alt="Logo of Amaya, Inc." width="650" height="218" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Not only has Amaya <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Cash Game Rake Increased at PokerStars" href="/Online-Poker-News/PokerStars-Increases-Rake-and-Tournament-Fees" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">raised the rake</span></a></span> and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Tourney Fees Go up at 'Stars" href="/pokerstars-increases-tournament-rake-via-dynamic-fee-structure" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">tournament fees</span></a></span>, but it has also <strong>done away with the old VIP club</strong>, replacing it with an abomination called “Chests.”</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chests come in many varieties :)" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chest-good.jpg" alt="Several “Chests” That We Prefer to PokerStars' Chests" width="650" height="180" /><em>Not This Type of Chests Unfortunately<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Chests program has cut rewards by more than half for dedicated grinders, and it's so confusing and variable that users don't really know what to expect in terms of freebies for a given number of hands played at particular stakes.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chest with coins inside" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chest-bad.jpg" alt="Treasure Chest" width="650" height="180" /><em>This Chest is More What PokerStars Has in Mind</em><br /><em>Note: That isn't gold - it's rice cakes. Ignore the yellow color; they're good for you. We swear!<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Other unfavorable alterations to the way the firm does business include the addition of currency conversion fees, the retroactive restriction of affiliate commissions to the first two years of rake generated by a referred player, and a failure to adequately explain its corporate decisions to the player base.</p> <h2 id="other-sites">How Can I Play Online Poker?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In conclusion, we must counsel you that it's impractical and <strong>too risky for you to try to play at PokerStars from the United States</strong>. Even those in New Jersey who can enjoy the 'Stars real money games are ring-fenced to a small pool of games that will likely leave them disappointed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This doesn't mean that you can't play internet poker though. There are a number of trustworthy offshore online poker sites that cater to the American market. They have profitable welcome bonuses, robust traffic levels, and speedy payouts. You can learn more about these solid operators by reading our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best Real Money Poker Sites for Americans" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>U.S.A. online poker guide</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <div id="faq"><img title="PokerStars logo, U.S.A. flag, question marks" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-usa-faq-banner-divider.png" alt="PokerStars USA FAQ Banner Divider" width="650" height="52" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you still have questions about PokerStars USA legalities and information, then look below for possible answers.</p> <h3>Is online poker legal in the United States?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are no federal laws prohibiting internet poker in the U.S.A. The Wire Act has been <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Department of Justice Reinterpretation of the Wire Act" href="https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/olc/opinions/2011/09/31/state-lotteries-opinion.pdf" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">ruled to relate only to sports betting, not to lotteries or online poker</span></a></span>. The <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ProfRB's Analysis of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act" href="/uigea" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">UIGEA</span></a></span>, therefore, doesn't come into play either as it's only triggered when another federal or state anti-gambling law applies. In any case, these pieces of legislation target the owners and managers of the gaming sites, not individual players. So there's nothing preventing you from opening up a few tables of online cards and playing as much as you want.</p> <h3>Is PokerStars legal in the United States?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's nothing preventing PokerStars from legally serving the United States. Nor is there anything making it a crime for individuals to open up accounts and play for real money. Nevertheless, it's impossible to partake in these services as an American (in most states) for reasons we go into below.</p> <h3>Why did PokerStars leave the U.S. market?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars abandoned the U.S.A. real money poker market as a consequence of a settlement it reached with the Department of Justice in 2011. This agreement followed the <a title="Read up on the Events of Black Friday" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Scheinberg" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Black Friday</a> crackdown on internet poker by U.S. government authorities. The basis for these law enforcement actions was the Wire Act even though the DoJ opined soon thereafter that this Act didn't concern online poker at all. Be that as it may, as part of the resolution of the case against it, PokerStars pledged to remove itself from the American internet gaming market except in those jurisdictions where it's specifically licensed to operate.</p> <h3>What states are able to play at PokerStars?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Currently, PokerStars holds a license to offer its real money games only in the State of New Jersey. Play chip tables are available in every state apart from <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Online Poker in Washington" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-washington" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Washington</span></a></span>.</p> <h3>Why doesn't PokerStars operate in any states besides New Jersey?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars has pledged to avoid dealing out internet poker hands for real cash in any state except those that it holds a gaming license for. As of July 2018, this list consists solely of New Jersey. Delaware and Nevada have regulated internet poker ecosystems too, but PokerStars is not licensed to transact in either of these jurisdictions. Pennsylvania is the newest entrant to the legalized, state-regulated online poker scene, but no entities have yet successfully gone through the license application process, and this includes PokerStars.</p> <h3>Do I have to be in New Jersey to open an account at PokerStars NJ?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">No, PokerStars NJ lets you register your new account from anywhere in the world. You can also make deposits and withdrawals without being present in New Jersey. However, gameplay is only available if you're located inside state borders, and the site uses sophisticated geo-location tech to confirm your location at all times.</p> <h3>How does traffic at poker sites available in the USA compare to PokerStars?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">None of the rooms for American poker have traffic levels that reach the mark set by the global PokerStars brand. However, many of them are a fair bit larger than the segregated NJ PokerStars site. In most cases, you'll have no trouble finding a game if you're interested in micro- or small-stakes tournaments and cash games. Only if you play for high stakes or are a serious multi-tabler might you have issues finding enough action to keep you happy. Even in this case, you'll probably do all right if you're willing to mix stakes and table sizes.</p> <h3>What types of games do sites other than PokerStars have?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of the destinations for online poker in the United States have ring games, sit n' gos, and multi-table tournaments although certain formats are more popular at different sites than at others. There are several places in the U.S. market that spread <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Top USA Sites for Lottery-Style Sit &amp; Gos" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">lottery SNGs</span></a></span>, reminiscent of PokerStars Spin &amp; Gos, too. <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="U.S.A.-Friendly Sites for Fast-Fold Ring Games" href="/fast-fold-poker-games" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Fast-fold</span></a></span> Zoom/RUSH clones are a bit less prevalent, but there are a couple of choices if this is your game type of choice.</p> <h3>How can I made a deposit or withdrawal for real money online poker in the United States?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is one of the trickier aspects of playing online poker in the United States. Credit cards will work for deposit depending on how strict your card issuer is in blocking gambling-related transactions. When it's time for a cashout, you can usually retrieve your funds via check. However, crypto-currencies like Bitcoin tend to be superior for both deposit and withdrawals because they're almost never declined and the fees associated with their use are miniscule. To find out more about the most commonly supported digital coin, head over to our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Set up Your BTC Exchange Account and Wallet" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bitcoin gambling guide</span></a></span>. There are other options available at some sites, like <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best Gaming Sites That Accept Ether Tokens" href="/ethereum-gambling-guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Ethereum</span></a></span> and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Guide to Using Bitcoin Cash for Online Gaming" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-cash-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bitcoin Cash</span></a></span>.</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_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%2Fpokerstars-in-america&amp;title=PokerStars%20USA%3A%20How%20to%20Safely%20Play%20on%20PokerStars%20While%20in%20America"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:31872:"<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%2Fpokerstars-in-america&amp;title=PokerStars%20USA%3A%20How%20to%20Safely%20Play%20on%20PokerStars%20While%20in%20America"></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;">Many online poker fans appreciate the large traffic and excellent software at PokerStars, the worldwide market leader for internet card games. Americans are no exception – plenty of U.S.A. residents remember the experiences they had at PS before Black Friday in 2011 and are wondering how they can access bustling <strong>PokerStars USA</strong> lobbies again.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The short answer is that <strong>you cannot play on PokerStars from within the United States</strong>. There are very limited exceptions to this general rule, and we will go over every single one of them below.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The old PokerStars was truly a one-of-a-kind setup, and there is no site currently open to Americans that does everything quite as well. Nevertheless, there are a number of rooms that excel in various aspects. 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The company <a title="PokerStars New Jersey Opening" href="https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/pokerstars-approved-for-full-launch-in-new-jersey/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">launched its NJ site</a> in March 2016 to much fanfare, and it gained quite a few signups from people longing for a return to the good old days of USA online poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was misplaced. Although the PokerStars NJ software platform is nearly identical to the much-lauded client in use throughout most of the rest of the world, player volume is lacking. You see, this poker solution doesn't interconnect with the worldwide PokerStars.com room. It instead limits people from New Jersey to playing only against others in the same state. There are only about 70 cash game players online at any given moment, on average, as compared to the 8,000 active at the PokerStars global site.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerStars offers a busy cash game lobby to ROTW players" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-global-cash-game-lobby.png" alt="Lobby for PokerStars Cash Games ROTW" width="650" height="380" /><em>The Cash Game Lobby for the Global PokerStars Site</em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><br /></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The ring game selection at PokerStars New Jersey isn't very packed" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-nj-cash-game-lobby.png" alt="Cash Game Lobby at PokerStars NJ" width="650" height="379" /><em>The Cash Game Lobby at 'Stars NJ Suffers From a Lack of Games Particularly at High Stakes<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is only to be expected as the population of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Playing Online Poker in the State of New Jersey" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-new-jersey" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">New Jersey</span></a></span> is just over nine million while there are hundreds of millions of people in the worldwide areas that PokerStars serves. Those who are just visiting New Jersey are also able to register and play, but even when we consider these transient players as part of the total, we can easily see that there's no chance of this single state hosting as many real money poker customers as the rest of the world combined.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This shows up not just in cash tables but also in tournaments. The headline NJ 'Stars tourney series in autumn 2017, called the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP), featured $1.2 million in guarantees spread across 46 events. This is peanuts compared to the 162 tournaments and $60 million on offer at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) that took place earlier the same year.</p> <h2 id="play-money">Play Money</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It is actually possible for <strong>American users to enjoy poker at PokerStars but only for practice chips</strong>. These play money games are offered to customers in 49 states (sorry <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Washington State Court Ruling Against Social Poker Apps" href="/churchhill-downs-social-gambling-ruled-illegal" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Washington State</span></a></span>).</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Play chip table at PokerStars" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-play-money-table.jpg" alt="Play Money Game on PokerStars" width="649" height="471" /><em>PokerStars Play Money Cash Game Table<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Apart from a certain amount of chips that you can get for free, you have to pay to purchase more of them. It's impossible to cash these chips out even if you should win a billion of them. There used to be online markets for PokerStars play chips, but the site has effectively prohibited this practice by disallowing play money person-to-person transfers.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerStars offers several play chip packages for purchase" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-purchase-play-chips.png" alt="Purchasing Play Chips at PokerStars" width="650" height="581" /><em>The Various Play Chip Options for Sale at PokerStars<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You might as well devote any money you intended to commit to purchasing practice chips to legitimate offshore poker rooms instead. At least this way, you'll be able to make a withdrawal if you grind up a bankroll. Minimum deposits at these poker rooms are pretty reasonable, $25 or less in most cases.</p> <h2 id="home-games">What About Home Games?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The PokerStars Home Games section lets people compete against their friends, work colleagues, online forum companions, and other individuals who are part of the same Poker Club. Nevertheless, U.S.A. players are only permitted to play with fake chips even within the strictly controlled membership model of PokerStars Home Games.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some enterprising souls have realized that they can set up play chip Home Games and use them to play for real money by assigning each chip a cash value and then making money transfers among themselves. This works in theory, but in order for everything to be aboveboard, you have to know and trust everyone else in your Poker Club. This is quite a different experience from signing on to the poker platform and sitting opposite all kinds of players from around the world. You'd also better hope that the site doesn't get wind of what you're doing, or else your club will be shut down.</p> <h3 id="other-regulated">What About Nevada, Delaware, and Pennsylvania?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Individuals living in one of the other three states for legal, regulated poker might assume that they can play on PokerStars, but this is incorrect. PokerStars only has a license to operate in New Jersey.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Four U.S. states have regulated internet poker markets" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/four-regulated-poker-states.png" alt="States With Legalized Online Poker" width="650" height="240" /><em>New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada, and Pennsylvania Have Passed Online Poker Legislation<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Delaware's supervised internet poker market uses the software mandated by the state lottery, which reached an arrangement with 888, shutting PokerStars out of the market completely. Nevada has “bad actor” clauses in its enabling legislation for online poker, which has kept PS out of the market until 2018 when the company is expected to apply for a license. Meanwhile, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Online Poker Pennsylvania" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-pennsylvania" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Pennsylvania's</span></a></span> online gaming market hasn't yet come to fruition because the bill that created it only <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="PA Legalizes Internet Gambling" href="/pennsylvania--online-gambling-bill-h271-will-governor-veto" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">passed into law</span></a></span> in October 2017.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">New Jersey, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="NV Offshore Online Poker Rooms" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-nevada" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Nevada</span></a></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Delaware Online Poker" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-delaware" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Delaware</span></a></span> now have a liquidity-sharing compact whereby sites are allowed to combine their player traffic across all three states. Only 888 (branded in some cases as WSOP) has really been the beneficiary of this arrangement because it's the only operator licensed to do business in more than one of these states. Suffice it to say that this multi-jurisdictional agreement doesn't have any impact on 'Stars, which runs stateside poker only in New Jersey.</p> <h3 id="vpn">What About VPNs?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some laud the advantages of deploying VPN (virtual private network) technology to circumvent the PokerStars ban on new account registrations from the United States. This refers to a system that disguises your computer's location and makes it appear to be in a region that PokerStars accepts customers from.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Anyone who advocates this course of action is either woefully ignorant of how internet poker actually works or is attempting to give you bad advice. There are any number of reasons why running a VPN to surreptitiously log on to 'Stars is just asking for trouble.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">First of all, you'll encounter issues when attempting to request a <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="These Gray Market Gaming Sites Pay Out Honestly in Real Money" href="/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">payout</span></a></span> because you will very likely be subject to account verification procedures. This means you would have to set up a fake address in another country, which might be more trouble than it's worth.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Furthermore, PokerStars security has developed procedures to deal with anyone who might be playing from a prohibited jurisdiction. As part of the detection process, the poker client scans through the list of your running programs. You could get in trouble and have <strong>your account banned and balance seized</strong> if you're running VPN software. The same is true of other mechanisms for playing from a disallowed country, such as the use of Team Viewer or other remote desktop applications.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars is allowed to gather as much information as it can from your machine to decide if you're in violation of the rules. This is explicitly laid out in the PokerStars End User License Agreement:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>4.3</strong> in compliance with our regulatory requirements and in order for you to access and use our software and/or our services through any of our websites you will need to provide us with certain personal details about yourself (including details regarding your methods of payment) as well as consenting us (or third parties acting on our behalf) to have access to or make use of your location data and/or such other data or information that may be derived from your device/computer, to enable the Service/software to be made available to you. You hereby consent to us (or third parties acting on our behalf) to access and use such data for the purposes outlined above. You are not permitted to use our software and/or services if you do not wish to be bound by this provision. Rational Group will process your personal details in compliance with the data protection laws and regulations of the Isle of Man, all in accordance with and as set out in our Privacy Policy.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars has confiscated the balances of customers found to be circumventing the terms and conditions by accessing the site from prohibited countries. This is even true for users from allowed countries who use a VPN while traveling through banned parts of the globe. Take a look at this first-hand report from the Twoplustwo forums:</p> <div style="padding: 1%;"><a title="Twoplustwo user FBRO got his PokerStars account funds taken away" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=29547563&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-vpn-woes-post-twoplustwo.png" alt="Twoplustwoer Caught Using VPN to Log Into PokerStars" width="648" height="490" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">While we do have a small amount of sympathy for this poster, this feeling is overwhelmed by our incredulity that anyone would think such a course of action would be without risk. Ultimately, we largely concur with the first response made to this post:</p> <div style="padding: 1%;"><a title="Twoplustwo user RUMHAM thinks that the original poster acted most unwisely" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=29548138&amp;postcount=2" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-vpn-woes-reply-twoplustwo.png" alt="Respondent Feels OP is Dumb" width="648" height="222" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even big-name individuals aren't immune from the ever-vigilant personnel at the PokerStars security team. 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo ran afoul of the poker room after they contended that he was using a VPN from the United States when he scored $700K in a Spring Championship of Online Poker event. Gordon claims that he has submitted proof that he was in Canada at the time, and <a title="Gordon Vayo's Lawsuit Against PokerStars" href="https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Poker-Stars.pdf" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">the dispute ended up in court</a>.</p> <h3 id="decline">PokerStars Decline</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Lest you be hanging your head in dismay at the difficulty of joining PokerStars games as a U.S. player, let us assure you that you're not missing much — or least not as much as you would have a decade ago. Simply put, this virtual poker room has gone downhill in the intervening time.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Much of this decline is a result of the <a title="Amaya Purchases Rational Group" href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/amaya-agrees-to-acquire-rational-group-owner-of-pokerstars-and-full-tilt-poker-for-49-billion-262966881.html" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya, Inc.</a> (now called The Stars Group) in June 2014. This publicly traded organization has a different philosophy than the old owners of the company did. Amaya has put shareholders and short-term financial results at the forefront and relegated player concerns to the sidelines.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Amaya has changed its name to The Stars Group" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/amaya-logo.png" alt="Logo of Amaya, Inc." width="650" height="218" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Not only has Amaya <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Cash Game Rake Increased at PokerStars" href="/Online-Poker-News/PokerStars-Increases-Rake-and-Tournament-Fees" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">raised the rake</span></a></span> and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Tourney Fees Go up at 'Stars" href="/pokerstars-increases-tournament-rake-via-dynamic-fee-structure" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">tournament fees</span></a></span>, but it has also <strong>done away with the old VIP club</strong>, replacing it with an abomination called “Chests.”</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chests come in many varieties :)" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chest-good.jpg" alt="Several “Chests” That We Prefer to PokerStars' Chests" width="650" height="180" /><em>Not This Type of Chests Unfortunately<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Chests program has cut rewards by more than half for dedicated grinders, and it's so confusing and variable that users don't really know what to expect in terms of freebies for a given number of hands played at particular stakes.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chest with coins inside" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/chest-bad.jpg" alt="Treasure Chest" width="650" height="180" /><em>This Chest is More What PokerStars Has in Mind</em><br /><em>Note: That isn't gold - it's rice cakes. Ignore the yellow color; they're good for you. We swear!<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Other unfavorable alterations to the way the firm does business include the addition of currency conversion fees, the retroactive restriction of affiliate commissions to the first two years of rake generated by a referred player, and a failure to adequately explain its corporate decisions to the player base.</p> <h2 id="other-sites">How Can I Play Online Poker?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In conclusion, we must counsel you that it's impractical and <strong>too risky for you to try to play at PokerStars from the United States</strong>. Even those in New Jersey who can enjoy the 'Stars real money games are ring-fenced to a small pool of games that will likely leave them disappointed.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This doesn't mean that you can't play internet poker though. There are a number of trustworthy offshore online poker sites that cater to the American market. They have profitable welcome bonuses, robust traffic levels, and speedy payouts. You can learn more about these solid operators by reading our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best Real Money Poker Sites for Americans" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>U.S.A. online poker guide</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <div id="faq"><img title="PokerStars logo, U.S.A. flag, question marks" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerstars-usa-faq-banner-divider.png" alt="PokerStars USA FAQ Banner Divider" width="650" height="52" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you still have questions about PokerStars USA legalities and information, then look below for possible answers.</p> <h3>Is online poker legal in the United States?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There are no federal laws prohibiting internet poker in the U.S.A. The Wire Act has been <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Department of Justice Reinterpretation of the Wire Act" href="https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/olc/opinions/2011/09/31/state-lotteries-opinion.pdf" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">ruled to relate only to sports betting, not to lotteries or online poker</span></a></span>. The <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ProfRB's Analysis of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act" href="/uigea" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">UIGEA</span></a></span>, therefore, doesn't come into play either as it's only triggered when another federal or state anti-gambling law applies. In any case, these pieces of legislation target the owners and managers of the gaming sites, not individual players. So there's nothing preventing you from opening up a few tables of online cards and playing as much as you want.</p> <h3>Is PokerStars legal in the United States?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's nothing preventing PokerStars from legally serving the United States. Nor is there anything making it a crime for individuals to open up accounts and play for real money. Nevertheless, it's impossible to partake in these services as an American (in most states) for reasons we go into below.</p> <h3>Why did PokerStars leave the U.S. market?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars abandoned the U.S.A. real money poker market as a consequence of a settlement it reached with the Department of Justice in 2011. This agreement followed the <a title="Read up on the Events of Black Friday" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Scheinberg" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Black Friday</a> crackdown on internet poker by U.S. government authorities. The basis for these law enforcement actions was the Wire Act even though the DoJ opined soon thereafter that this Act didn't concern online poker at all. Be that as it may, as part of the resolution of the case against it, PokerStars pledged to remove itself from the American internet gaming market except in those jurisdictions where it's specifically licensed to operate.</p> <h3>What states are able to play at PokerStars?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Currently, PokerStars holds a license to offer its real money games only in the State of New Jersey. Play chip tables are available in every state apart from <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Online Poker in Washington" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-washington" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Washington</span></a></span>.</p> <h3>Why doesn't PokerStars operate in any states besides New Jersey?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerStars has pledged to avoid dealing out internet poker hands for real cash in any state except those that it holds a gaming license for. As of July 2018, this list consists solely of New Jersey. Delaware and Nevada have regulated internet poker ecosystems too, but PokerStars is not licensed to transact in either of these jurisdictions. Pennsylvania is the newest entrant to the legalized, state-regulated online poker scene, but no entities have yet successfully gone through the license application process, and this includes PokerStars.</p> <h3>Do I have to be in New Jersey to open an account at PokerStars NJ?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">No, PokerStars NJ lets you register your new account from anywhere in the world. You can also make deposits and withdrawals without being present in New Jersey. However, gameplay is only available if you're located inside state borders, and the site uses sophisticated geo-location tech to confirm your location at all times.</p> <h3>How does traffic at poker sites available in the USA compare to PokerStars?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">None of the rooms for American poker have traffic levels that reach the mark set by the global PokerStars brand. However, many of them are a fair bit larger than the segregated NJ PokerStars site. In most cases, you'll have no trouble finding a game if you're interested in micro- or small-stakes tournaments and cash games. Only if you play for high stakes or are a serious multi-tabler might you have issues finding enough action to keep you happy. Even in this case, you'll probably do all right if you're willing to mix stakes and table sizes.</p> <h3>What types of games do sites other than PokerStars have?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of the destinations for online poker in the United States have ring games, sit n' gos, and multi-table tournaments although certain formats are more popular at different sites than at others. There are several places in the U.S. market that spread <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Top USA Sites for Lottery-Style Sit &amp; Gos" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">lottery SNGs</span></a></span>, reminiscent of PokerStars Spin &amp; Gos, too. <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="U.S.A.-Friendly Sites for Fast-Fold Ring Games" href="/fast-fold-poker-games" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Fast-fold</span></a></span> Zoom/RUSH clones are a bit less prevalent, but there are a couple of choices if this is your game type of choice.</p> <h3>How can I made a deposit or withdrawal for real money online poker in the United States?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is one of the trickier aspects of playing online poker in the United States. Credit cards will work for deposit depending on how strict your card issuer is in blocking gambling-related transactions. When it's time for a cashout, you can usually retrieve your funds via check. However, crypto-currencies like Bitcoin tend to be superior for both deposit and withdrawals because they're almost never declined and the fees associated with their use are miniscule. To find out more about the most commonly supported digital coin, head over to our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Set up Your BTC Exchange Account and Wallet" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bitcoin gambling guide</span></a></span>. There are other options available at some sites, like <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best Gaming Sites That Accept Ether Tokens" href="/ethereum-gambling-guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Ethereum</span></a></span> and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Guide to Using Bitcoin Cash for Online Gaming" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-cash-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bitcoin Cash</span></a></span>.</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_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%2Fpokerstars-in-america&amp;title=PokerStars%20USA%3A%20How%20to%20Safely%20Play%20on%20PokerStars%20While%20in%20America"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:3;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:78:"https://professionalrakeback.com/maltese-gaming-act-2018-and-3-new-crypto-laws";s:5:"title";s:47:"Malta's New Laws to Supercharge Gaming Industry";s:4:"date";i:1530935429;s:11:"description";s:6545:" The European island nation of Malta has been a big force in the world of online gambling for some time now, and it's gearing up to enhance its standing even further with several pieces of legislation. A new Gaming Act, expected to become active on Aug. 1, 2018, replaces the current regulatory regime that has been in effect for 14 years. Also, Malta has enacted three blockchain-related bills that standardize the legal framework for crypto-currency in the country. Malta, Located About 50 Miles South of ItalyDespite Its Small Size, It's a Hub of the Online Gaming Industry About the Gaming Act The provisions of the Gaming Act aim to make it easier for betting firms to conduct business in Malta. The previous confusing roster of licenses for varying game types and business models is being replaced with just two types of licenses. Entities that are consumer-facing would have to obtain one kind of license while those that engage in B2B operations will need to apply for the other. Importantly, small changes to a site's menu of offerings would be covered within its existing license, sparing it from having to seek the re-approval of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) unless it makes extensive alterations to its gambling platform. B2B organizations will not have to pay special gaming taxes on their revenue. Robust online gambling websites in 2018 often contain separate third-party systems for cashier functions, online poker, casino gaming, customer support, and all the other elements that go into making a successful product. By reducing the amount of tax levied on companies that provide these components, Malta is taking a big step toward promoting innovative and fully featured gambling sites. Consumer Protections Enhanced The new Gaming Act will require that key employees within betting companies have to be identified to the MGA. The regulator will then investigate whether or not the personnel are experienced and knowledgeable enough to discharge their job functions effectively. The legislation calls for greater transparency in sharing corporate records with the MGA and gives the oversight body new powers to enforce the gaming regulations. The MGA will be able to compile lists of non-compliant operators. Prospective users will then be able to see before signing up if a particular site is acting in accordance with the licensing rules. The Authority will soon be able to put troubled operations under administration. This is a type of corporate governance wherein court-appointed officials endeavor to wind down a failing enterprise while seeing to it that all stakeholders, including players, are compensated to the fullest extent possible. Niche 3D internet poker room PKR was put into administration in the United Kingdom during May 2017, and this may have been one of the reasons why its users were made whole by PokerStars rather than seeing their real money balances disappear entirely. Malta Regulators Have a Checkered Past One of the failures of the MGA and its predecessor Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) has been their relative laxity in policing and punishing rogue and scam operators. Indeed, the LGA won Casinomeister's coveted (NOT!) “Sitting on One's Hands” award four years running (2008 - 2011) for its failure to do anything to keep customers safe. When Purple Lounge (on the Microgaming Network) and Minted Poker (on Everleaf) stopped paying out withdrawals, the LGA busied itself with internal investigations that led nowhere and ultimately did nothing to forestall the misappropriation of player funds. A Couple of the High-Profile Malta Licensees That Stole From Customers We can thus view the new customer protection clauses of the Gaming Act as an attempt to shore up the shaky reputation of the MGA as an online gambling licensing body. This is critical if Malta wishes to be perceived as anything other than a rubber-stamp jurisdiction. Unexpected Delays Introduced The Gaming Act was drafted by Malta's Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation, Silvio Schembri. It was passed by parliament on May 8, 2018, and it then went to the European Commission for review. Silvio Schembri, Malta's Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation The Act was originally slated for adoption July 1, but this date had to be pushed back a month to Aug. 1 because of issues raised by the European Commission and two unnamed EU member states. The MGA has stated that it will use the extra time for “reviewing and taking into account” the viewpoints of the EC and EU states . The parts of the Gaming Act that deal with land-based casino gaming were set to go live Jan. 1, 2019, and it's not clear whether or not this date will be rescheduled as well. Crypto-Currency Regulations Minister Schembri is also active in Malta's attempts to establish itself as “The Blockchain Island.” This is a reference to the blockchain transaction-recording processes used by popular crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash. On July 4, the Parliament of Malta approved three bills that together set up a regulated ecosystem for digital currency: the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act, the Innovative Technological Arrangement and Services Act, and the Virtual Financial Asset Act. The new crypto landscape involves the creation of a government agency to oversee the blockchain space, the licensing of companies operating in the industry, and rules governing initial coin offerings (ICOs). Bitcoin poker rooms and other crypto betting sites have already deployed crypto-currencies en masse because they make online gaming payments cheap and easy. By positioning itself as a leader in both internet wagering and crypto technology, Malta will increase its appeal in the eyes of online gaming businesses. Gaming Sector to Grow Even Larger Gambling already accounts for about 11 percent of Malta's gross domestic product with gross value added to the economy of €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion) in 2017. The remote gaming sector paid €26.5 million in taxes and employed 5,861 people on the island during this same period. By working to create a more attractive taxation environment for operators, stronger protections for consumers, and a crypto-friendly legal structure, Malta can increase its success. It may steal business from Gibraltar, Panama, Kahnawake, and other popular licensing jurisdictions to become the preferred location for online gaming enterprises. ";s:16:"description_html";s:12821:"<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%2Fmaltese-gaming-act-2018-and-3-new-crypto-laws&amp;title=Malta%27s%20New%20Laws%20to%20Supercharge%20Gaming%20Industry"></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: 1px; margin-right: 1px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/mga-logo.png" alt="Logo of the Malta Gaming Authority" width="377" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The European island nation of <strong>Malta</strong> has been a big force in the world of online gambling for some time now, and it's gearing up to enhance its standing even further with several pieces of legislation. A new <strong>Gaming Act</strong>, expected to become active on Aug. 1, 2018, replaces the current regulatory regime that has been in effect for 14 years. Also, Malta has enacted three <strong>blockchain-related bills</strong> that standardize the legal framework for crypto-currency in the country.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/malta-map.jpg" alt="Map of Malta" width="650" height="580" /><em>Malta, Located About 50 Miles South of Italy</em><br /><em>Despite Its Small Size, It's a Hub of the Online Gaming Industry<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>About the Gaming Act</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Info Icon" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The provisions of the <a title="English-Language Text of the Maltese Gaming Act" href="http://www.mga.org.mt/wp-content/uploads/Gaming-Act-2018-Bill.pdf#page=50" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming Act</a> aim to make it easier for betting firms to conduct business in Malta. The previous confusing roster of licenses for varying game types and business models is being replaced with just two types of licenses. Entities that are consumer-facing would have to obtain one kind of license while those that engage in B2B operations will need to apply for the other. Importantly, small changes to a site's menu of offerings would be covered within its existing license, sparing it from having to seek the re-approval of the <a title="Home Page of the Malta Gaming Authority" href="https://www.mga.org.mt/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Malta Gaming Authority</a> (MGA) unless it makes extensive alterations to its gambling platform.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>B2B organizations will not have to pay special gaming taxes</strong> on their revenue. Robust online gambling websites in 2018 often contain separate third-party systems for cashier functions, <a title="Play Internet Poker From the United States!" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><strong>online poker</strong></a>, casino gaming, customer support, and all the other elements that go into making a successful product. By reducing the amount of tax levied on companies that provide these components, Malta is taking a big step toward promoting innovative and fully featured gambling sites.</p> <h2>Consumer Protections Enhanced</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/metal-shield.jpg" alt="Shield" width="51" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new Gaming Act will require that key employees within betting companies have to be identified to the MGA. The regulator will then investigate whether or not the personnel are experienced and knowledgeable enough to discharge their job functions effectively. The legislation calls for greater transparency in sharing corporate records with the MGA and gives the oversight body new powers to enforce the gaming regulations.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The MGA will be able to compile lists of non-compliant operators. Prospective users will then be able to see before signing up if a particular site is acting in accordance with the licensing rules.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Authority will soon be able to put troubled operations under administration. This is a type of corporate governance wherein court-appointed officials endeavor to wind down a failing enterprise while seeing to it that all stakeholders, including players, are compensated to the fullest extent possible. Niche 3D internet poker room PKR was put into administration in the United Kingdom during May 2017, and this may have been one of the reasons why its users were <a title="About the PokerStars/PKR Account Bailouts" href="/editorials/is-pokerstars-altruistic-and-why-bail-out-pkr-players" target="_self">made whole by PokerStars</a> rather than seeing their real money balances disappear entirely.</p> <h2>Malta Regulators Have a Checkered Past</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-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;">One of the failures of the MGA and its predecessor Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) has been their relative laxity in policing and punishing rogue and scam operators. Indeed, the LGA won Casinomeister's coveted (NOT!) <strong>“Sitting on One's Hands”</strong> award four years running (2008 - 2011) for its failure to do anything to keep customers safe. When <a title="Purple Lounge Closes, Screws Players Over" href="https://www.safestcasinosites.com/failed/purple-lounge" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Purple Lounge</a> (on the Microgaming Network) and <a title="Twoplustwo Users Complain About Minted Poker's Absconding With Player Funds" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/minted-everleaf-official-quot-where-our-money-quot-thread-1201527/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Minted Poker</a> (on Everleaf) stopped paying out withdrawals, the LGA busied itself with internal investigations that led nowhere and ultimately did nothing to forestall the misappropriation of player funds.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Purple Lounge and Minted Poker shut down without paying players" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/purple-lounge-minted-poker-logos.png" alt="Logos of Minted Poker and Purple Lounge" width="600" height="143" /><em>A Couple of the High-Profile Malta Licensees That Stole From Customers<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We can thus view the new customer protection clauses of the Gaming Act as an attempt to shore up the shaky reputation of the MGA as an online gambling licensing body. This is critical if Malta wishes to be perceived as anything other than a rubber-stamp jurisdiction.</p> <h2>Unexpected Delays Introduced</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/hourglass.png" alt="Hourglass" width="49" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Gaming Act was drafted by Malta's Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation, Silvio Schembri. It was passed by parliament on May 8, 2018, and it then went to the European Commission for review.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Silvio Schembri is a Maltese government official" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/silvio-schembri.jpg" alt="Photograph of Silvio Schembri" width="652" height="539" /><em>Silvio Schembri, Malta's Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Act was originally slated for adoption July 1, but this date had to be pushed back a month to Aug. 1 because of issues raised by the European Commission and two unnamed EU member states. The MGA has stated that it will use the extra time for “reviewing and taking into account” the viewpoints of the EC and EU states .</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The parts of the Gaming Act that deal with land-based casino gaming were set to go live Jan. 1, 2019, and it's not clear whether or not this date will be rescheduled as well.</p> <h2>Crypto-Currency Regulations</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bitcoin-logo.png" alt="Bitcoin Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Minister Schembri is also active in Malta's attempts to establish itself as “The Blockchain Island.” This is a reference to the blockchain transaction-recording processes used by popular crypto-currencies, like <a title="Learn How to Use BTC for Internet Gambling" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self">Bitcoin</a>, <a title="Online Poker, Casino, and Sports Betting Sites that Accept Ether Tokens" href="/ethereum-gambling-guide" target="_self">Ethereum</a>, and <a title="Overview of Setting Up Bitcoin Cash Wallets and Using It for Real Money Betting" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-cash-for-online-gambling" target="_self">Bitcoin Cash</a>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On July 4, the Parliament of Malta approved three bills that together set up a regulated ecosystem for digital currency: the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act, the Innovative Technological Arrangement and Services Act, and the Virtual Financial Asset Act. The new crypto landscape involves the creation of a government agency to oversee the blockchain space, the licensing of companies operating in the industry, and rules governing initial coin offerings (ICOs).</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Our Pick of the Best BTC-Friendly Poker Providers" href="/what-online-poker-sites-accept-bitcoin" target="_self">Bitcoin poker rooms</a> and other crypto betting sites have already deployed crypto-currencies en masse because they make online gaming payments cheap and easy. By positioning itself as a leader in both internet wagering and crypto technology, Malta will increase its appeal in the eyes of online gaming businesses.</p> <h2>Gaming Sector to Grow Even Larger</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/growth-bar-chart.jpg" alt="Bar Chart - upward" width="133" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Gambling already accounts for about 11 percent of Malta's gross domestic product with <a title="Annual Report of the MGA 2017" href="https://www.mga.org.mt/wp-content/uploads/MGA-ANNUAL-REPORT-2017.pdf#page=40" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">gross value added to the economy of €1.1 billion</a> ($1.3 billion) in 2017. The remote gaming sector paid €26.5 million in taxes and employed 5,861 people on the island during this same period.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">By working to create a more attractive taxation environment for operators, stronger protections for consumers, and a crypto-friendly legal structure, Malta can increase its success. It may steal business from Gibraltar, Panama, Kahnawake, and other popular licensing jurisdictions to become the <strong>preferred location for online gaming enterprises.</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_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%2Fmaltese-gaming-act-2018-and-3-new-crypto-laws&amp;title=Malta%27s%20New%20Laws%20to%20Supercharge%20Gaming%20Industry"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:12821:"<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%2Fmaltese-gaming-act-2018-and-3-new-crypto-laws&amp;title=Malta%27s%20New%20Laws%20to%20Supercharge%20Gaming%20Industry"></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: 1px; margin-right: 1px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/mga-logo.png" alt="Logo of the Malta Gaming Authority" width="377" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The European island nation of <strong>Malta</strong> has been a big force in the world of online gambling for some time now, and it's gearing up to enhance its standing even further with several pieces of legislation. A new <strong>Gaming Act</strong>, expected to become active on Aug. 1, 2018, replaces the current regulatory regime that has been in effect for 14 years. Also, Malta has enacted three <strong>blockchain-related bills</strong> that standardize the legal framework for crypto-currency in the country.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/malta-map.jpg" alt="Map of Malta" width="650" height="580" /><em>Malta, Located About 50 Miles South of Italy</em><br /><em>Despite Its Small Size, It's a Hub of the Online Gaming Industry<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>About the Gaming Act</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="Blue Info Icon" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The provisions of the <a title="English-Language Text of the Maltese Gaming Act" href="http://www.mga.org.mt/wp-content/uploads/Gaming-Act-2018-Bill.pdf#page=50" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming Act</a> aim to make it easier for betting firms to conduct business in Malta. The previous confusing roster of licenses for varying game types and business models is being replaced with just two types of licenses. Entities that are consumer-facing would have to obtain one kind of license while those that engage in B2B operations will need to apply for the other. Importantly, small changes to a site's menu of offerings would be covered within its existing license, sparing it from having to seek the re-approval of the <a title="Home Page of the Malta Gaming Authority" href="https://www.mga.org.mt/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Malta Gaming Authority</a> (MGA) unless it makes extensive alterations to its gambling platform.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>B2B organizations will not have to pay special gaming taxes</strong> on their revenue. Robust online gambling websites in 2018 often contain separate third-party systems for cashier functions, <a title="Play Internet Poker From the United States!" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><strong>online poker</strong></a>, casino gaming, customer support, and all the other elements that go into making a successful product. By reducing the amount of tax levied on companies that provide these components, Malta is taking a big step toward promoting innovative and fully featured gambling sites.</p> <h2>Consumer Protections Enhanced</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/metal-shield.jpg" alt="Shield" width="51" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new Gaming Act will require that key employees within betting companies have to be identified to the MGA. The regulator will then investigate whether or not the personnel are experienced and knowledgeable enough to discharge their job functions effectively. The legislation calls for greater transparency in sharing corporate records with the MGA and gives the oversight body new powers to enforce the gaming regulations.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The MGA will be able to compile lists of non-compliant operators. Prospective users will then be able to see before signing up if a particular site is acting in accordance with the licensing rules.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Authority will soon be able to put troubled operations under administration. This is a type of corporate governance wherein court-appointed officials endeavor to wind down a failing enterprise while seeing to it that all stakeholders, including players, are compensated to the fullest extent possible. Niche 3D internet poker room PKR was put into administration in the United Kingdom during May 2017, and this may have been one of the reasons why its users were <a title="About the PokerStars/PKR Account Bailouts" href="/editorials/is-pokerstars-altruistic-and-why-bail-out-pkr-players" target="_self">made whole by PokerStars</a> rather than seeing their real money balances disappear entirely.</p> <h2>Malta Regulators Have a Checkered Past</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-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;">One of the failures of the MGA and its predecessor Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) has been their relative laxity in policing and punishing rogue and scam operators. Indeed, the LGA won Casinomeister's coveted (NOT!) <strong>“Sitting on One's Hands”</strong> award four years running (2008 - 2011) for its failure to do anything to keep customers safe. When <a title="Purple Lounge Closes, Screws Players Over" href="https://www.safestcasinosites.com/failed/purple-lounge" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Purple Lounge</a> (on the Microgaming Network) and <a title="Twoplustwo Users Complain About Minted Poker's Absconding With Player Funds" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/minted-everleaf-official-quot-where-our-money-quot-thread-1201527/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Minted Poker</a> (on Everleaf) stopped paying out withdrawals, the LGA busied itself with internal investigations that led nowhere and ultimately did nothing to forestall the misappropriation of player funds.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Purple Lounge and Minted Poker shut down without paying players" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/purple-lounge-minted-poker-logos.png" alt="Logos of Minted Poker and Purple Lounge" width="600" height="143" /><em>A Couple of the High-Profile Malta Licensees That Stole From Customers<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We can thus view the new customer protection clauses of the Gaming Act as an attempt to shore up the shaky reputation of the MGA as an online gambling licensing body. This is critical if Malta wishes to be perceived as anything other than a rubber-stamp jurisdiction.</p> <h2>Unexpected Delays Introduced</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/hourglass.png" alt="Hourglass" width="49" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Gaming Act was drafted by Malta's Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation, Silvio Schembri. It was passed by parliament on May 8, 2018, and it then went to the European Commission for review.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Silvio Schembri is a Maltese government official" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/silvio-schembri.jpg" alt="Photograph of Silvio Schembri" width="652" height="539" /><em>Silvio Schembri, Malta's Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Act was originally slated for adoption July 1, but this date had to be pushed back a month to Aug. 1 because of issues raised by the European Commission and two unnamed EU member states. The MGA has stated that it will use the extra time for “reviewing and taking into account” the viewpoints of the EC and EU states .</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The parts of the Gaming Act that deal with land-based casino gaming were set to go live Jan. 1, 2019, and it's not clear whether or not this date will be rescheduled as well.</p> <h2>Crypto-Currency Regulations</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bitcoin-logo.png" alt="Bitcoin Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Minister Schembri is also active in Malta's attempts to establish itself as “The Blockchain Island.” This is a reference to the blockchain transaction-recording processes used by popular crypto-currencies, like <a title="Learn How to Use BTC for Internet Gambling" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self">Bitcoin</a>, <a title="Online Poker, Casino, and Sports Betting Sites that Accept Ether Tokens" href="/ethereum-gambling-guide" target="_self">Ethereum</a>, and <a title="Overview of Setting Up Bitcoin Cash Wallets and Using It for Real Money Betting" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-cash-for-online-gambling" target="_self">Bitcoin Cash</a>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On July 4, the Parliament of Malta approved three bills that together set up a regulated ecosystem for digital currency: the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act, the Innovative Technological Arrangement and Services Act, and the Virtual Financial Asset Act. The new crypto landscape involves the creation of a government agency to oversee the blockchain space, the licensing of companies operating in the industry, and rules governing initial coin offerings (ICOs).</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><a title="Our Pick of the Best BTC-Friendly Poker Providers" href="/what-online-poker-sites-accept-bitcoin" target="_self">Bitcoin poker rooms</a> and other crypto betting sites have already deployed crypto-currencies en masse because they make online gaming payments cheap and easy. By positioning itself as a leader in both internet wagering and crypto technology, Malta will increase its appeal in the eyes of online gaming businesses.</p> <h2>Gaming Sector to Grow Even Larger</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/growth-bar-chart.jpg" alt="Bar Chart - upward" width="133" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Gambling already accounts for about 11 percent of Malta's gross domestic product with <a title="Annual Report of the MGA 2017" href="https://www.mga.org.mt/wp-content/uploads/MGA-ANNUAL-REPORT-2017.pdf#page=40" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">gross value added to the economy of €1.1 billion</a> ($1.3 billion) in 2017. The remote gaming sector paid €26.5 million in taxes and employed 5,861 people on the island during this same period.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">By working to create a more attractive taxation environment for operators, stronger protections for consumers, and a crypto-friendly legal structure, Malta can increase its success. It may steal business from Gibraltar, Panama, Kahnawake, and other popular licensing jurisdictions to become the <strong>preferred location for online gaming enterprises.</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_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%2Fmaltese-gaming-act-2018-and-3-new-crypto-laws&amp;title=Malta%27s%20New%20Laws%20to%20Supercharge%20Gaming%20Industry"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:4;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:64:"https://professionalrakeback.com/pokerhost-going-out-of-business";s:5:"title";s:66:"Breaking News: PokerHost Announces Surprise Closure July 31, 2018!";s:4:"date";i:1530655799;s:11:"description";s:8275:" The PokerHost room, on the Winning Poker Network, has just announced that it will be closing for good at the end of July. Customers are urged to withdraw their balances “as soon as possible.” Cashouts via Bitcoin and Skrill will be processed without any additional surcharges while the normal fee schedule will apply to any withdrawals requested via other channels. About the PokerHost Closure The news was related to customers in an email dated July 3, 2018: Screenshot of the Email PokerHost Sent to Users July 3 According to our sources, the PokerHost brand will be retired altogether, and poker will not be accessible anymore to its customers. They will have to find another place to play cards online. Reasons for the Decision There have not been any statements by PokerHost as to why this decision was taken. It came as a surprise to almost everyone, us here at Professional Rakeback included. However, there were certain signs that all was not well with the site for some time now. Over the past several months, we heard through the grapevine that PokerHost had been shopping around for a new network. However, industry sources have indicated to us that none of these discussions panned out. Now that the vast bulk of WPN traffic comes from network-owned and -managed brands, it's possible that PokerHost had felt itself to be increasingly sidelined and marginalized as an independently owned skin. During June, all references to PokerHost disappeared from other websites maintained by the same ownership group. These include SBGGlobal.eu, BetRoyal.com, Sports-Gambling.com, and BetNow.eu. SBGGlobal.eu Home Page As It Appeared on June 18, 2018, Courtesy of Internetarchive.orgNotice the “Poker Room” Item in the Top Menu and the PokerHost Slider Image   By June 20, 2018, These PokerHost-Related Resources Had Been Removed From the Site It's therefore possible that the retirement of the PokerHost name could have been in the works for at least several weeks notwithstanding that it was only communicated to users on July 3. On the other hand, websites change all the time, and so we must be wary of reading too much into what, after all, might have been just a coincidence. Additional Information About PokerHost PokerHost has been involved in the online poker scene since 2005. Originally launched by SBG Global on the Dobrosoft Network, it has since moved to Tribeca, Microgaming, Cake (now Horizon Network), Merge, and the Equity Poker Network. The latest move, from Equity to the Winning Poker Network, came in December 2014. In a certain sense, PokerHost had gone full circle because the WPN is descended from the old Dobrosoft Network, the original home of the site. PokerHost Website As It Appeared on Aug. 30, 2005, Saved for Posterity at Internetarchive.orgWe wonder how much they had to pay to retain the services of “the #1 player in the world“ John Phan? While all this shuffling around shows a certain footlooseness and wanderlust on the part of PH management, customers have been treated with respect throughout this entire time. Some of the site's departures stemmed from a desire to remain in the U.S. market when parent networks abandoned it. Such was the case with the Tribeca and Microgaming networks. At other times, as with the Merge Gaming Network, there were disagreements between the room and network higher-ups. Player balances were faithfully transferred over to PokerHost's new platform whenever it was changed. Whatever else one might say about this poker room in its various incarnations, it has never been seriously accused of the non-payment of winnings. Indeed, it has scrupulously kept its cashier functions separate from those of other companies, enabling it to survive and thrive even when other network operators have experienced financial difficulties. PokerHost's menu of exotic methods of payment for longtime customers, like bank wires and direct deposits, has often put it a notch above its competitors in this department. PokerHost has earned its reputation as a reputable online poker provider. While this boutique poker room has never had an especially large user base, peaking at about 20% of the traffic on the Merge Gaming Network back in the day, PH has always been a trustworthy business and one with a loyal following of fans. Reactions Reactions of the player community to the departure of PokerHost from the industry have been somewhat muted. Due to its small size, the number of people affected was small, but the general feeling is one of mild disappointment. Typical are the sentiments expressed by the following PokerHost customer: This Post on CardsChat's Forums Encapsulates What Many Think About PokerHost Shutting Down Perhaps nobody knows the team members at PokerHost as well as their business partners. We reached out to Phil Nagy, CEO of the Winning Poker Network and he told us that "It is great to see someone can close a poker room right." He also noted that the business relationship ended on good terms and that it had been a pleasure working with PokerHost. We happen to have an advance copy of an exit statement written by Phil that will be released through the WPN PR machine (the ACR blog and email) shortly: San Jose, Costa Rica – July 3, 2018 – The Winning Poker Network (WPN) today confirmed that partner site Poker Host will no longer be part of the network as of July 31st, 2018. The site, which operates independently from other Winning Poker Network card rooms and is not owned or operated by WPN, is ceasing operations. “Over the last several years, we’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Poker Host and are sad to see them go,” stated Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy. “We wish the team behind Poker Host nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors.” According to communications with players, Poker Host is expediting all withdrawals as soon as they’re requested by players at the poker room. All Bitcoin and Skrill payouts will be free of charge, with the normal fees applied to other payout methods. Those who wish to continue to play on the Winning Poker Network can create a new account at a number of WPN sites, including flagship Americas Cardroom. The US-facing online poker site offers a Welcome Package for first depositors that includes a 100% bonus up to $1,000 (200% if using a cryptocurrency), 20 days of free cash up to $50, and a seat in all New Depositor Freerolls remaining in the calendar month. Americas Cardroom is also hosting the high roller BOSS, their Bigger Online Super Series featuring over $3 million in guarantees from July 8th-15th. The site has also put together a solid Summer Tournament Schedule to coincide with the WSOP.   UPDATE: July 14, 2018 PokerHost is now directing anyone who tries to sign up at its site to open an account with Americas Cardroom. Visitors who click on the “Sign Up Now” button are shown the following: We can't help but notice a quite frank discussion of the Cons of playing at Americas Cardroom in the bottom paragraph. Maybe PokerHost is snarkily taking a final shot at its network “partner” before disappearing for good? Whatever the truth of this may be, we feel that ACR is one of the most reputable places for our readers to play. Where to Play Now? If you're a PokerHost account holder who's wondering where to play now, then perhaps Americas Cardroom is the best choice for you. It has 99%+ of the same games as PokerHost, missing only a few of the exclusive freerolls and other promotional tournaments. With your first deposit, you'll qualify for a 100% up to $1,000 poker bonus (20% rakeback rate) along with $50 in complimentary funds and entry in up to four New Depositor Freerolls. Read our Americas Cardroom review page for more details. If you are hoping to play on another network, might we recommend the Pai Wang Luo Poker Network who recently upgraded their mobile poker client to include MTTs and SNGs! If you want an entirely new place to call home as an American fan of card games, then consult our guide to the best sites that allow you to play poker online. If you're a resident of Canada, then we advise you to browse over to our Canadian online poker overview instead. ";s:16:"description_html";s:16195:"<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%2Fpokerhost-going-out-of-business&amp;title=Breaking%20News%3A%20PokerHost%20Announces%20Surprise%20Closure%20July%2031%2C%202018%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="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/poker-host-75px.png" alt="PokerHost Logo" width="150" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <strong>PokerHost</strong> room, on the <a title="WPN: Information and Other Sites" href="/winning-poker-network-info" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a>, has just announced that it will be <strong>closing for good</strong> at the end of July. Customers are urged to withdraw their balances “as soon as possible.” Cashouts via Bitcoin and Skrill will be processed without any additional surcharges while the normal fee schedule will apply to any withdrawals requested via other channels.</p> <h2>About the PokerHost Closure</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The news was related to customers in an email dated July 3, 2018:</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerHost notified its customers by email that it will shut its doors" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-closing-email.png" alt="PokerHost Email About Imminent Closure" width="594" height="772" /><em>Screenshot of the Email PokerHost Sent to Users July 3<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to our sources, the PokerHost brand will be retired altogether, and poker will not be accessible anymore to its customers. They will have to find another place to play cards online.</p> <h2>Reasons for the Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/the-thinker.jpg" alt="The Thinker Sculpture" width="60" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There have not been any statements by PokerHost as to why this decision was taken. It came as a surprise to almost everyone, us here at Professional Rakeback included. However, there were certain signs that all was not well with the site for some time now.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Over the past several months, we heard through the grapevine that PokerHost had been shopping around for a new network. However, industry sources have indicated to us that none of these discussions panned out. Now that the vast bulk of WPN traffic comes from network-owned and -managed brands, it's possible that PokerHost had felt itself to be increasingly sidelined and marginalized as an independently owned skin.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">During June, all references to PokerHost disappeared from other websites maintained by the same ownership group. These include SBGGlobal.eu, BetRoyal.com, Sports-Gambling.com, and BetNow.eu.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SBGGlobal used to encourage users to play at PokerHost" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/sbg-global-endorses-pokerhost.jpg" alt="SBGGlobal Web Page Promoting PokerHost" width="649" height="316" /><em>SBGGlobal.eu Home Page As It Appeared on June 18, 2018, Courtesy of Internetarchive.org</em><br /><em>Notice the “Poker Room” Item in the Top Menu and the PokerHost Slider Image<br /></em></div> <p> </p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SBGGlobal removed all reference to PokerHost in the middle of June" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/sbg-global-removes-pokerhost.jpg" alt="SBGGlobal Removes All Mention of PokerHost" width="649" height="316" /><em>By June 20, 2018, These PokerHost-Related Resources Had Been Removed From the Site<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's therefore possible that the retirement of the PokerHost name could have been in the works for at least several weeks notwithstanding that it was only communicated to users on July 3. On the other hand, websites change all the time, and so we must be wary of reading too much into what, after all, might have been just a coincidence.</p> <h2>Additional Information About PokerHost</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="More Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerHost has been involved in the online poker scene since 2005. Originally launched by SBG Global on the Dobrosoft Network, it has since moved to Tribeca, Microgaming, Cake (now <a title="About the Horizon Network Sites Intertops and Juicy Stakes" href="/horizon-poker-network" target="_self">Horizon Network</a>), Merge, and the Equity Poker Network. The latest move, from <a title="PokerHost Switches from EPN to WPN" href="/Online-Poker-News/Poker-Host-Abandons-EPN-in-Favor-of-Winning-Poker-Network" target="_self">Equity to the Winning Poker Network</a>, came in December 2014. In a certain sense, PokerHost had gone full circle because the WPN is descended from the old Dobrosoft Network, the original home of the site.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerHost home page in August 2005" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-old-website.jpg" alt="Old Website of PokerHost" width="651" height="413" /><em>PokerHost Website As It Appeared on Aug. 30, 2005, Saved for Posterity at Internetarchive.org</em><br /><em>We wonder how much they had to pay to retain the services of “the #1 player in the world“ John Phan?<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">While all this shuffling around shows a certain footlooseness and wanderlust on the part of PH management, customers have been treated with respect throughout this entire time. Some of the site's departures stemmed from a desire to remain in the U.S. market when parent networks abandoned it. Such was the case with the Tribeca and Microgaming networks. At other times, as with the Merge Gaming Network, there were disagreements between the room and network higher-ups.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Player balances were faithfully transferred over to PokerHost's new platform whenever it was changed. Whatever else one might say about this poker room in its various incarnations, it has never been seriously accused of the non-payment of winnings. Indeed, it has scrupulously kept its cashier functions separate from those of other companies, enabling it to survive and thrive even when other network operators have experienced financial difficulties. PokerHost's menu of exotic methods of <a title="Learn About Online Poker Payments in Our Monthly Report" href="/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report" target="_self">payment</a> for longtime customers, like bank wires and direct deposits, has often put it a notch above its competitors in this department.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerHost has earned its reputation as a reputable online poker provider. While this boutique poker room has never had an especially large user base, peaking at about 20% of the traffic on the Merge Gaming Network back in the day, PH has always been a trustworthy business and one with a loyal following of fans.</p> <h2>Reactions</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Comment Quote Box" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Reactions of the player community to the departure of PokerHost from the industry have been somewhat muted. Due to its small size, the number of people affected was small, but the general feeling is one of mild disappointment. Typical are the sentiments expressed by the following PokerHost customer:</p> <div style="text-align: center; padding: 1%;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="CardsChat user “t1riel” feels nostalgia for PokerHost" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-closing-post-on-cardschat.png" alt="Post on Cardschat About PokerHost Closing Down" width="651" height="351" /><em>This Post on CardsChat's Forums Encapsulates What Many Think About PokerHost Shutting Down<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Perhaps nobody knows the team members at PokerHost as well as their business partners. We reached out to Phil Nagy, CEO of the Winning Poker Network and he told us that "It is great to see someone can close a poker room right." He also noted that the business relationship ended on good terms and that it had been a pleasure working with PokerHost.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We happen to have an advance copy of an exit statement written by Phil that will be released through the WPN PR machine (the ACR blog and email) shortly:</p> <div style="font-size: large; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid red;"> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">San Jose, Costa Rica – July 3, 2018 – The Winning Poker Network (WPN) today confirmed that partner site Poker Host will no longer be part of the network as of July 31st, 2018. The site, which operates independently from other Winning Poker Network card rooms and is not owned or operated by WPN, is ceasing operations.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">“Over the last several years, we’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Poker Host and are sad to see them go,” stated Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy. “We wish the team behind Poker Host nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to communications with players, <strong>Poker Host is expediting all withdrawals</strong> as soon as they’re requested by players at the poker room. All Bitcoin and Skrill payouts will be free of charge, with the normal fees applied to other payout methods.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Those who wish to continue to play on the Winning Poker Network can create a new account at a number of WPN sites, including flagship Americas Cardroom. The US-facing online poker site offers a Welcome Package for first depositors that includes a 100% bonus up to $1,000 (200% if using a cryptocurrency), 20 days of free cash up to $50, and a seat in all New Depositor Freerolls remaining in the calendar month.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Americas Cardroom is also hosting the high roller BOSS, their Bigger Online Super Series featuring over $3 million in guarantees from July 8th-15th. The site has also put together a solid Summer Tournament Schedule to coincide with the WSOP.</p> </div> <p> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #ff00ff;"><strong>UPDATE:</strong> July 14, 2018</span><br /><span style="color: #ff00ff;"> PokerHost is now directing anyone who tries to sign up at its site to open an account with Americas Cardroom. Visitors who click on the “Sign Up Now” button are shown the following:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-signup-message.jpg" alt="PokerHost Website Message to Would-be Customers" width="649" height="719" /></span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">We can't help but notice a quite frank discussion of the Cons of playing at Americas Cardroom in the bottom paragraph. Maybe PokerHost is snarkily taking a final shot at its network “partner” before disappearing for good? Whatever the truth of this may be, we feel that ACR is one of the most reputable places for our readers to play.<br /></span></p> <h2>Where to Play Now?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/computer-monitor.png" alt="Computer Monitor" width="83" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you're a PokerHost account holder who's wondering where to play now, then perhaps Americas Cardroom is the best choice for you. It has 99%+ of the same games as PokerHost, missing only a few of the exclusive <a title="Top Sites for Freerollers in the USA" href="/freeroll-poker-tournaments" target="_self">freerolls</a> and other promotional tournaments. With your first deposit, you'll qualify for a 100% up to $1,000 poker bonus (20% <a title="All Rakeback Deals From ProfRB" href="/rakeback" target="_self">rakeback</a> rate) along with $50 in complimentary funds and entry in up to four New Depositor Freerolls. Read our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ACR Tournaments, Cash Games, SNGs, and More" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Americas Cardroom review</strong></span></a></span> page for more details. If you are hoping to play on another network, might we recommend the Pai Wang Luo Poker Network who recently upgraded their <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="PWL includes Ignition Casino, Bovada and Bodog brands." href="/mobile-poker-tournaments-plus-sit-and-goes-added-to-ignition-bovada-and-bodog"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">mobile poker client to include MTTs and SNGs</span></a></span>!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you want an entirely new place to call home as an American fan of card games, then consult our guide to the best sites that allow you to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="USA Online Poker Laws and Sites" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>play poker online</strong></span></a></span>. If you're a resident of Canada, then we advise you to browse over to our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Want to Play Poker, eh? We Have You Covered!" href="/canada-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Canadian online poker</strong></span></a></span> overview instead.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Poker Host is shutting down its business, for good. Adios!" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-brand-closing-adios-social-image.png" alt="Poker Host is shutting down its business, for good. Adios!" width="600" height="315" /></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%2Fpokerhost-going-out-of-business&amp;title=Breaking%20News%3A%20PokerHost%20Announces%20Surprise%20Closure%20July%2031%2C%202018%21"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:16195:"<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%2Fpokerhost-going-out-of-business&amp;title=Breaking%20News%3A%20PokerHost%20Announces%20Surprise%20Closure%20July%2031%2C%202018%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="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/poker-host-75px.png" alt="PokerHost Logo" width="150" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <strong>PokerHost</strong> room, on the <a title="WPN: Information and Other Sites" href="/winning-poker-network-info" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a>, has just announced that it will be <strong>closing for good</strong> at the end of July. Customers are urged to withdraw their balances “as soon as possible.” Cashouts via Bitcoin and Skrill will be processed without any additional surcharges while the normal fee schedule will apply to any withdrawals requested via other channels.</p> <h2>About the PokerHost Closure</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The news was related to customers in an email dated July 3, 2018:</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerHost notified its customers by email that it will shut its doors" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-closing-email.png" alt="PokerHost Email About Imminent Closure" width="594" height="772" /><em>Screenshot of the Email PokerHost Sent to Users July 3<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to our sources, the PokerHost brand will be retired altogether, and poker will not be accessible anymore to its customers. They will have to find another place to play cards online.</p> <h2>Reasons for the Decision</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/the-thinker.jpg" alt="The Thinker Sculpture" width="60" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There have not been any statements by PokerHost as to why this decision was taken. It came as a surprise to almost everyone, us here at Professional Rakeback included. However, there were certain signs that all was not well with the site for some time now.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Over the past several months, we heard through the grapevine that PokerHost had been shopping around for a new network. However, industry sources have indicated to us that none of these discussions panned out. Now that the vast bulk of WPN traffic comes from network-owned and -managed brands, it's possible that PokerHost had felt itself to be increasingly sidelined and marginalized as an independently owned skin.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">During June, all references to PokerHost disappeared from other websites maintained by the same ownership group. These include SBGGlobal.eu, BetRoyal.com, Sports-Gambling.com, and BetNow.eu.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SBGGlobal used to encourage users to play at PokerHost" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/sbg-global-endorses-pokerhost.jpg" alt="SBGGlobal Web Page Promoting PokerHost" width="649" height="316" /><em>SBGGlobal.eu Home Page As It Appeared on June 18, 2018, Courtesy of Internetarchive.org</em><br /><em>Notice the “Poker Room” Item in the Top Menu and the PokerHost Slider Image<br /></em></div> <p> </p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SBGGlobal removed all reference to PokerHost in the middle of June" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/sbg-global-removes-pokerhost.jpg" alt="SBGGlobal Removes All Mention of PokerHost" width="649" height="316" /><em>By June 20, 2018, These PokerHost-Related Resources Had Been Removed From the Site<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's therefore possible that the retirement of the PokerHost name could have been in the works for at least several weeks notwithstanding that it was only communicated to users on July 3. On the other hand, websites change all the time, and so we must be wary of reading too much into what, after all, might have been just a coincidence.</p> <h2>Additional Information About PokerHost</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/blue-information-button.png" alt="More Information Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerHost has been involved in the online poker scene since 2005. Originally launched by SBG Global on the Dobrosoft Network, it has since moved to Tribeca, Microgaming, Cake (now <a title="About the Horizon Network Sites Intertops and Juicy Stakes" href="/horizon-poker-network" target="_self">Horizon Network</a>), Merge, and the Equity Poker Network. The latest move, from <a title="PokerHost Switches from EPN to WPN" href="/Online-Poker-News/Poker-Host-Abandons-EPN-in-Favor-of-Winning-Poker-Network" target="_self">Equity to the Winning Poker Network</a>, came in December 2014. In a certain sense, PokerHost had gone full circle because the WPN is descended from the old Dobrosoft Network, the original home of the site.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PokerHost home page in August 2005" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-old-website.jpg" alt="Old Website of PokerHost" width="651" height="413" /><em>PokerHost Website As It Appeared on Aug. 30, 2005, Saved for Posterity at Internetarchive.org</em><br /><em>We wonder how much they had to pay to retain the services of “the #1 player in the world“ John Phan?<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">While all this shuffling around shows a certain footlooseness and wanderlust on the part of PH management, customers have been treated with respect throughout this entire time. Some of the site's departures stemmed from a desire to remain in the U.S. market when parent networks abandoned it. Such was the case with the Tribeca and Microgaming networks. At other times, as with the Merge Gaming Network, there were disagreements between the room and network higher-ups.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Player balances were faithfully transferred over to PokerHost's new platform whenever it was changed. Whatever else one might say about this poker room in its various incarnations, it has never been seriously accused of the non-payment of winnings. Indeed, it has scrupulously kept its cashier functions separate from those of other companies, enabling it to survive and thrive even when other network operators have experienced financial difficulties. PokerHost's menu of exotic methods of <a title="Learn About Online Poker Payments in Our Monthly Report" href="/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report" target="_self">payment</a> for longtime customers, like bank wires and direct deposits, has often put it a notch above its competitors in this department.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PokerHost has earned its reputation as a reputable online poker provider. While this boutique poker room has never had an especially large user base, peaking at about 20% of the traffic on the Merge Gaming Network back in the day, PH has always been a trustworthy business and one with a loyal following of fans.</p> <h2>Reactions</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Comment Quote Box" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Reactions of the player community to the departure of PokerHost from the industry have been somewhat muted. Due to its small size, the number of people affected was small, but the general feeling is one of mild disappointment. Typical are the sentiments expressed by the following PokerHost customer:</p> <div style="text-align: center; padding: 1%;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="CardsChat user “t1riel” feels nostalgia for PokerHost" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-closing-post-on-cardschat.png" alt="Post on Cardschat About PokerHost Closing Down" width="651" height="351" /><em>This Post on CardsChat's Forums Encapsulates What Many Think About PokerHost Shutting Down<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Perhaps nobody knows the team members at PokerHost as well as their business partners. We reached out to Phil Nagy, CEO of the Winning Poker Network and he told us that "It is great to see someone can close a poker room right." He also noted that the business relationship ended on good terms and that it had been a pleasure working with PokerHost.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We happen to have an advance copy of an exit statement written by Phil that will be released through the WPN PR machine (the ACR blog and email) shortly:</p> <div style="font-size: large; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid red;"> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">San Jose, Costa Rica – July 3, 2018 – The Winning Poker Network (WPN) today confirmed that partner site Poker Host will no longer be part of the network as of July 31st, 2018. The site, which operates independently from other Winning Poker Network card rooms and is not owned or operated by WPN, is ceasing operations.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">“Over the last several years, we’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Poker Host and are sad to see them go,” stated Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy. “We wish the team behind Poker Host nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to communications with players, <strong>Poker Host is expediting all withdrawals</strong> as soon as they’re requested by players at the poker room. All Bitcoin and Skrill payouts will be free of charge, with the normal fees applied to other payout methods.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Those who wish to continue to play on the Winning Poker Network can create a new account at a number of WPN sites, including flagship Americas Cardroom. The US-facing online poker site offers a Welcome Package for first depositors that includes a 100% bonus up to $1,000 (200% if using a cryptocurrency), 20 days of free cash up to $50, and a seat in all New Depositor Freerolls remaining in the calendar month.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Americas Cardroom is also hosting the high roller BOSS, their Bigger Online Super Series featuring over $3 million in guarantees from July 8th-15th. The site has also put together a solid Summer Tournament Schedule to coincide with the WSOP.</p> </div> <p> </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #ff00ff;"><strong>UPDATE:</strong> July 14, 2018</span><br /><span style="color: #ff00ff;"> PokerHost is now directing anyone who tries to sign up at its site to open an account with Americas Cardroom. Visitors who click on the “Sign Up Now” button are shown the following:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-signup-message.jpg" alt="PokerHost Website Message to Would-be Customers" width="649" height="719" /></span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">We can't help but notice a quite frank discussion of the Cons of playing at Americas Cardroom in the bottom paragraph. Maybe PokerHost is snarkily taking a final shot at its network “partner” before disappearing for good? Whatever the truth of this may be, we feel that ACR is one of the most reputable places for our readers to play.<br /></span></p> <h2>Where to Play Now?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/computer-monitor.png" alt="Computer Monitor" width="83" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you're a PokerHost account holder who's wondering where to play now, then perhaps Americas Cardroom is the best choice for you. It has 99%+ of the same games as PokerHost, missing only a few of the exclusive <a title="Top Sites for Freerollers in the USA" href="/freeroll-poker-tournaments" target="_self">freerolls</a> and other promotional tournaments. With your first deposit, you'll qualify for a 100% up to $1,000 poker bonus (20% <a title="All Rakeback Deals From ProfRB" href="/rakeback" target="_self">rakeback</a> rate) along with $50 in complimentary funds and entry in up to four New Depositor Freerolls. Read our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ACR Tournaments, Cash Games, SNGs, and More" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Americas Cardroom review</strong></span></a></span> page for more details. If you are hoping to play on another network, might we recommend the Pai Wang Luo Poker Network who recently upgraded their <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="PWL includes Ignition Casino, Bovada and Bodog brands." href="/mobile-poker-tournaments-plus-sit-and-goes-added-to-ignition-bovada-and-bodog"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">mobile poker client to include MTTs and SNGs</span></a></span>!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you want an entirely new place to call home as an American fan of card games, then consult our guide to the best sites that allow you to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="USA Online Poker Laws and Sites" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>play poker online</strong></span></a></span>. If you're a resident of Canada, then we advise you to browse over to our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Want to Play Poker, eh? We Have You Covered!" href="/canada-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Canadian online poker</strong></span></a></span> overview instead.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Poker Host is shutting down its business, for good. Adios!" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/pokerhost-brand-closing-adios-social-image.png" alt="Poker Host is shutting down its business, for good. Adios!" width="600" height="315" /></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%2Fpokerhost-going-out-of-business&amp;title=Breaking%20News%3A%20PokerHost%20Announces%20Surprise%20Closure%20July%2031%2C%202018%21"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:5;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:79:"https://professionalrakeback.com/online-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report";s:5:"title";s:71:"Fastest Paying Poker, Casino, Sports & Gambling Sites - Updated Monthly";s:4:"date";i:1530591889;s:11:"description";s:17307:" 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 OverviewData Through June 2018   Last updated on July 2, 2018   June was business as usual for our roster of legitimate offshore poker and gambling sites as far as payouts were concerned. Many of the rooms on our list made modest improvements to their cashout speeds. We're in the doldrums of summer right now when online poker traffic figures tend to be at their lowest, and there's often a reduced demand for customer payments during this season. We'll see in the coming months if the situation continues unchanged through fall when volume picks up. 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 June 2018.                          PaiWangLuo Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog. As such, this chart covers payout speeds for the IgnitionCasino.eu, Bodog.eu, Bodog.com, and Bovada.lv websites. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 9.4 (+0.2 from last month)Key Stat: Bitcoin payment times within the 2-day processing guidelines.Key Fact: Ignition and Bovada are still the #1 US-facing online poker sites in terms of player traffic. The PWL Network has improved its payment processing speeds considerably, and now, same-day payouts are achieved more often than not. Indeed, one enthusiastic user reported receiving his BTC withdrawal within 15 minutes of making his request! Such brisk cashout times are enough for PWL to retain its crown in our report for yet another month, and it even extends its lead over its rival internet poker organizations. Ignition, Bodog, and Bovada have always had reliable payment processing for their valued clients. You can sleep easy in the knowledge that any money you have at these rooms is completely safe. 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: 9.1 (EVEN 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. The player-reported data for the month of June indicates that the Chico Poker Network is holding steady with Bitcoin payments taking about a day to get from the site to users' wallets. This is more or less the way the situation has been for a couple of months now, and so there's no change in this operators score. Though Australians can no longer access Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline, residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries are welcomed here. 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 (+0.1 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 10th worldwide. The Winning Poker Network seems to have reduced its Bitcoin withdrawal time in transit to just over one day although in some cases, players are getting their money within just a few hours. This marks an improvement over the already-fast payment speeds that we have come to expect here and warrants a slight bump up in the ratings. All of the network-owned skins on the WPN provide the same excellent cashier functions, so you'll be in good hands no matter which of them you play at. 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: 8.7 (-0.2 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. We unfortunately received word of a couple of cashouts from the Horizon Network taking a bit longer than the stated timeframes. Furthermore, there have been reports of excessive delays in verifying customers' documents. We have therefore taken the step of lowering this network's grade. We expect that these minor irritations are only temporary matters and that Intertops and Juicy Stakes will correct them soon. Intertops has done right by its users for more than three decades, and it now lends its stellar reputation to the Horizon Network as a whole. 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 (EVEN from last month)Key Stat: Opened for business in November of 2014.Key Fact: Grand Poker is owned by the 5Dimes Group. The Grand Poker Network and its 5Dimes parent organization have left countless customers satisfied with their gambling products and no-nonsense payment options. Although user-reported data was light for the month of June, we haven't heard of any complaints recently, and so we feel confident that everyone is receiving his or her money in a timely way. You can enjoy poker, sports betting, casino games, and lottery gambling with the honorable operators on the Grand Poker Network. 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: 7.8 (EVEN  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. Nitrogen Sports has earned its position as one of the top Bitcoin-only bookies online. There has been no interruption of its same-day payouts for both sports and poker bettors. The company has recently reintroduced its daily and weekly volume freerolls, albeit with tougher requirements for qualification, providing another opportunity for free cash to its players. You can get free bets and mBTC credits applied to your account with the rewards program at the Nitrogen Sports poker room. 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. SwC continues its reign as one of the premier destination for Bitcoin poker especially for those users who seek non-flop game action. Traffic remains sparse, but if you do manage to run up your bankroll, you can rest assured that you'll get your bitcoin same-day payout without incident. Although player volume is low, SwC is an excellent cardroom if you like “other” types of poker, like HORSE, Limit Omaha 8, Open Face Chinese, et cetera. 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 site that used to be the king of USA online poker, but we now caution our readers to avoid it. It has an unenviable history of making questionable decisions that are detrimental to the player community, including booting winning players from its site, cutting back drastically on promotions, and even charging a fee on every additional withdrawal beyond one in a year. That is correct, they only offer one free withdrawal per year and after that charge 5% of the amount of your withdrawal, even for crypto-currency withdrawals which cost less than a penny! For example, if you were to initiate a maximum withdrawal for $2,500 (yes they have low withdrawal limits relative to other gambling sites), the site would charge fully $125 for the withdrawal and you would receive $2,375 only. A Bitcoin withdrawal like this would cost less than one dollar to process, even if ramping up the fees in order to garner the highest processing priority. We suppose that Merge Gaming Network just keeps the remaining $124 and change as profit from your winnnings. We don't agree with that behavior and this is yet another reason that we do not recommend Carbon Gaming, Players Only, Sportsbook.com, or any of the companies operated by "Domain Holdings," formerly Jazette Enterprises. For the moment, users are getting their money but with delays and annoying surcharges. Recently, the company reduced the Bitcoin withdrawal limit from $5,000 to just $2,500. We strongly encourage you to play at any of the other online poker rooms listed above and keep away from the Merge Gaming Network. Seriously, play anywhere else other than Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com, and Superbook. Global Poker ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 7.9 (-0.4 from last month)Key Stat: Global Poker works with only one payout channel, WorldPay.Key Fact: There's no deposit bonus offer at Global and a lack of other promos. Global Poker used to support PayPal deposits and withdrawals, which no other reputable gaming operator does for U.S. players. These transactions were fairly speedy with same-day payouts commonplace. However, in June 2018, the firm decided to switch processors to Worldpay for both deposits and withdrawals. Many users had deposited through PayPal because this was the channel that they were most familiar with, and they are now unable to use it for withdrawals. The Worldpay cashouts are processed via bank transfer, which is a big issue for those without bank accounts or who don't wish to commingle their online poker funds with their other finances. Global hasn't exactly made the reasons for this switchover public. However, we have long had our doubts about the sustainability of Global's business model, which we go over in our Global Poker Review. It's very likely that PayPal got wind of what was going on at this company – that is, real money gaming in all but name – and opted to pull the plug. Even before Global stopped doing business with PayPal, there were signs that something was not right with this site. In January, we covered an incident involving a player waiting more than six months to receive his $50,000 cashout. The way the firm handled the recent woes related to the Rattlesnake Open series have also left us wary. For the past year or more, Global has been exposing users' personal documentation on the web for all to see, and this security vulnerability was only discovered in June. The long-term viability of Global Poker is not really known for sure, so we recommend that you take a pass on Global Poker if you value the safety of your funds. 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 TwoplustwoNitrogen Sports Poker Cashouts at Bitcointalk.orgSwCPoker Thread at Bitcointalk forums   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. 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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;">Data Through June 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 July 2, 2018  </span></strong></span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">June was business as usual for our roster of legitimate offshore poker and gambling sites as far as payouts were concerned. Many of the rooms on our list made modest improvements to their cashout speeds. We're in the doldrums of summer right now when online poker traffic figures tend to be at their lowest, and there's often a reduced demand for customer payments during this season. We'll see in the coming months if the situation continues unchanged through fall when volume picks up.</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 June 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. As such, this chart covers payout speeds for the IgnitionCasino.eu, Bodog.eu, Bodog.com, and Bovada.lv websites.</p> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="Ignition Casion, Bovada, and Bodog Payouts - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="PWL Network Payouts July 2018" width="648" height="277" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PWL Network cashout methods chart detailing their fastest payout methods along with fees charged and minimum and maximum amounts allowed." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="PWL Cashout Methods Chart" width="645" height="233" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</strong></span> <strong>9.4 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.2</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 and Bovada are still the #1 US-facing online poker sites in terms of player traffic.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The PWL Network has improved its payment processing speeds considerably, and now, same-day payouts are achieved more often than not. Indeed, one enthusiastic user reported receiving his BTC withdrawal within 15 minutes of making his request! Such brisk cashout times are enough for PWL to retain its crown in our report for yet another month, and it even extends its lead over its rival internet poker organizations.</p> <div><a title="Play at Ignition Casino Poker Now!" href="https://professionalrakeback.com/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" 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></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ignition, Bodog, and Bovada have always had reliable payment processing for their valued clients. You can sleep easy in the knowledge that any money you have at these rooms is completely safe.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="BetOnline, Sportsbetting, and TigerGaming Payouts - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="CPN Payouts July 2018" width="648" height="286" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chart of Chico Network withdrawal options, payout timieframes, as well as fees and min/max payout amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-withdrawals-chart-apr-2018.png" alt="Chart of Chico Network Withdrawal Options" width="644" height="476" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 9.1 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</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;">The player-reported data for the month of June indicates that the Chico Poker Network is holding steady with Bitcoin payments taking about a day to get from the site to users' wallets. This is more or less the way the situation has been for a couple of months now, and so there's no change in this operators score.</p> <div><a title="Play at SB.ag Poker Now" href="/visit/sportsbetting-ag-poker-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-chico-play-now.png" alt="Chico Poker Play Now cta" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Though <a title="CPN Exits Australian Market" href=" /chico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business" target="_self">Australians can no longer access Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline</a>, residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries are welcomed here.</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> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><br /></strong></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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="America's Cardroom, Black Chip, and True Poker Payouts - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="WPN Payouts July 2018" width="650" height="353" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="WPN withdrawal methods chart including payment processor methods, estimated withdrawal times, fees, min and max payout amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-withdrawals-chart-may-2018.png" alt="WPN Withdrawal Methods Chart" width="644" height="279" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE </span></strong><strong> 9.0 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</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 10th worldwide.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Winning Poker Network seems to have reduced its Bitcoin withdrawal time in transit to just over one day although in some cases, players are getting their money within just a few hours. This marks an improvement over the already-fast payment speeds that we have come to expect here and warrants a slight bump up in the ratings.</p> <div><a title="Play on ACR's poker site today!" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-wpn-play-now.png" alt="Americas Cardroom Play Now Banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of the network-owned skins on the WPN provide the same excellent cashier functions, so you'll be in good hands no matter which of them you play at.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="Intertops and Juicy Stakes Withdrawals - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Payout Times July 2018" width="648" height="288" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Horizon Network withdrawals chart detailing payout methods, timeframes, fees, as well as minimum and maximum withdrawal amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-withdrawals-chart-may-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Withdrawals Chart" width="644" height="359" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.7 (<span style="color: #ff0000;">-0.2</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;">We unfortunately received word of a couple of cashouts from the Horizon Network taking a bit longer than the stated timeframes. Furthermore, there have been reports of excessive delays in verifying customers' documents. We have therefore taken the step of lowering this network's grade. We expect that these minor irritations are only temporary matters and that Intertops and Juicy Stakes will correct them soon.</p> <div><a title="36% RB and $1,000 Bonus at Intertops Poker!" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-horizon-play-now.png" alt="Horizon play now banner image" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Intertops has done right by its users for more than three decades, and it now lends its stellar reputation to the Horizon Network as a whole.</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 style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><br /></strong></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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="5Dimes, Sportbet, Island Casino Withdrawals - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="Grand Network Payments July 2018" width="648" height="288" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="GPN's available payment processors, time estimates, fee schedule, minimum and maximum payout amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="GPN Available Payout Methods" width="644" height="299" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.0 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</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;">The Grand Poker Network and its 5Dimes parent organization have left countless customers satisfied with their gambling products and no-nonsense payment options. Although user-reported data was light for the month of June, we haven't heard of any complaints recently, and so we feel confident that everyone is receiving his or her money in a timely way.</p> <div><a title="Join the Grand Poker Room!" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-grand-play-now.png" alt="Grand Network play now banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You can enjoy poker, sports betting, casino games, and lottery gambling with the honorable operators on the Grand Poker Network.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding-bottom: 1%;" title="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times July 2018" width="648" height="247" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Table of withdrawal methods, times, minimums, and maximums at Nitrogen Sports and Poker" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-withdrawals-chart-may-2018.png" alt="Table of Withdrawal Methods at Nitrogen" width="644" height="153" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.8 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN </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;">Nitrogen Sports has earned its position as one of the top Bitcoin-only bookies online. There has been no interruption of its same-day payouts for both sports and poker bettors. The company has recently reintroduced its daily and weekly volume freerolls, albeit with tougher requirements for qualification, providing another opportunity for free cash to its players.</p> <div><a title="BTC Poker at Nitrogen Sports" href="/visit/nitrogen-sports-poker-casino" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-ignition-play-now.png" alt="Nitrogen Poker cta: Play Now" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You can get free bets and mBTC credits applied to your account with the rewards program at the Nitrogen Sports poker room.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="SwCPoker Payouts - July 2018 Report" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="SwCPoker Payouts for July 2018 Report" width="648" height="246" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SwCPoker withdrawal fees, minimums, maximums, and processor options." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="SwCPoker Withdrawal Processors" width="644" height="153" /></div> <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;">SwC continues its reign as one of the premier destination for Bitcoin poker especially for those users who seek non-flop game action. Traffic remains sparse, but if you do manage to run up your bankroll, you can rest assured that you'll get your bitcoin same-day payout without incident.</p> <div><a title="Truly Original Poker Room: SwCPoker" href="/visit/swc-bitcoin-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-swc-play-now.png" alt="SWC banner: play now" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although player volume is low, SwC is an excellent cardroom if you like “other” types of poker, like HORSE, <a title="Best Sites for American LO8 Players" href="/online-poker-rooms-spreading-fixed-limit-omaha" target="_self">Limit Omaha 8</a>, Open Face Chinese, et cetera.</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> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Avoid the Merge Gaming Network due to their history of deceit and slow payments." 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" /></div> <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 site that used to be the king of USA online poker, but we now caution our readers to avoid it. It has an unenviable history of making questionable decisions that are detrimental to the player community, including <a title="Carbon Kicks Winning Poker Players Off Platform" href="/avoid-carbon-poker-they-ban-winning-poker-players" target="_self">booting winning players from its site</a>, <a title="Merge Network Ends VIP Program" href="/Carbon-Poker-Merge/VIP-Program-Replaced-Player-Points-July/June-30-2014" target="_self">cutting back drastically on promotions</a>, and even charging a fee on every additional withdrawal beyond one in a year. </span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">That is correct, they only offer one free withdrawal per year and after that charge 5% of the amount of your withdrawal, even for crypto-currency withdrawals which cost less than a penny! For example, if you were to initiate a maximum withdrawal for $2,500 (yes they have low withdrawal limits relative to other gambling sites), the site would charge fully $125 for the withdrawal and you would receive $2,375 only. A Bitcoin withdrawal like this would cost less than one dollar to process, even if ramping up the fees in order to garner the highest processing priority. We suppose that Merge Gaming Network just keeps the remaining $124 and change as profit from your winnnings. We don't agree with that behavior and this is yet another reason that we do not recommend <a title="These disreputable companies stole money from affiliates, screwed business partners, and slow paid players - AVOID THEM!" href="/carbon-poker-ends-affiliate-program">Carbon Gaming, Players Only, Sportsbook.com, or any of the companies operated by "Domain Holdings," formerly Jazette Enterprises</a>.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">For the moment, users are getting their money but with delays and annoying surcharges. Recently, the company reduced the Bitcoin withdrawal limit from $5,000 to just $2,500.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">We strongly encourage you to play at any of the other online poker rooms listed above and</span><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> keep away from the Merge Gaming Network. Seriously, play anywhere else other than Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com, and Superbook.</span><br /></strong></p> </div> <div style="margin: 1%; padding: 1.5%; background-color: hsla(120, 15%, 40%, 0.4);"> <h3 id="global-poker-cashouts" style="font-size: 150%; text-align: center;">Global Poker</h3> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Global Poker's business model puts your funds at risk needlessly." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/global-poker-banner.png" alt="Global Poker is a Needless Risk" width="650" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.9 </strong></span> <span style="color: #ffffff;">(</span><span style="color: #ff0000;">-0.4</span> <span style="color: #ffffff;">from last month)</span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Global Poker works with only one payout channel, WorldPay.</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 used to support PayPal deposits and withdrawals, which no other reputable gaming operator does for U.S. players. These transactions were fairly speedy with same-day payouts commonplace. However, in June 2018, the firm <a title="Twoplustwo Forum Erupts Regarding Global Poker Worldpay News" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/252/global-poker/official-no-longer-offering-paypal-june-26th-2018-a-1715843/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">decided to switch processors to Worldpay</a> for both deposits and withdrawals. Many users had deposited through PayPal because this was the channel that they were most familiar with, and they are now unable to use it for withdrawals. The Worldpay cashouts are processed via bank transfer, which is a big issue for those without bank accounts or who don't wish to commingle their online poker funds with their other finances.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Global hasn't exactly made the reasons for this switchover public. However, we have long had our doubts about the sustainability of Global's business model, which we go over in our <a title="Global Poker Games and Software" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self">Global Poker Review</a>. It's very likely that PayPal got wind of what was going on at this company – that is, real money gaming in all but name – and opted to pull the plug. Even before Global stopped doing business with PayPal, there were signs that something was not right with this site. In January, we covered 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 waiting more than six months</a> to receive his $50,000 cashout. The way the firm handled the recent <a title="Global Keeping Tournament Overlays for Itself?" href="/rattlesnake-open-ends-in-disaster" target="_self">woes related to the Rattlesnake Open</a> series have also left us wary. For the past year or more, <a title="Global Poker's Poor ZenDesk Settings Lead to Compromised User Security" href="/customers-personal-information-leaked-to-open-web-at-global-poker" target="_self">Global has been exposing users' personal documentation</a> on the web for all to see, and this security vulnerability was only discovered in June.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">The long-term viability of Global Poker is not really known for sure, so</span> <strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> we recommend that you take a pass on Global Poker if you value the safety of your funds.</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>, <a title="Play Online Poker in Canada" href="/canada-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self">Canada</a>, <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><br /><a title="Nitrogen Sports Payments Thread at Bitcointalk" href="https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=355081.0" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Nitrogen Sports Poker Cashouts at Bitcointalk.org</a><br /><a title="SwCPoker Payouts Thread at Bitcointalk.org" href="https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=962440.0" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">SwCPoker Thread at Bitcointalk forums</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="border: 2px solid black; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" title="Example of slow Carbon Poker withdrawal from 2+2 poker forums." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/payout-report-example.png" alt="Example of slow Carbon Poker withdrawal" width="589" height="115" /></div> </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. 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="June 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/june-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">June 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="May 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/may-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">May 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="April 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/april-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">April 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="March 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/march-2018-us-poker-payout-report" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" target="_self">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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" target="_self">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_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%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Fastest%20Paying%20Poker%2C%20Casino%2C%20Sports%20%26%20Gambling%20Sites%20-%20Updated%20Monthly"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:48230:"<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%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Fastest%20Paying%20Poker%2C%20Casino%2C%20Sports%20%26%20Gambling%20Sites%20-%20Updated%20Monthly"></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 style="margin: 2%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Poker and Gambling sites payout report banner" 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" /></div> <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;">Data Through June 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 July 2, 2018  </span></strong></span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">June was business as usual for our roster of legitimate offshore poker and gambling sites as far as payouts were concerned. Many of the rooms on our list made modest improvements to their cashout speeds. We're in the doldrums of summer right now when online poker traffic figures tend to be at their lowest, and there's often a reduced demand for customer payments during this season. We'll see in the coming months if the situation continues unchanged through fall when volume picks up.</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 June 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. As such, this chart covers payout speeds for the IgnitionCasino.eu, Bodog.eu, Bodog.com, and Bovada.lv websites.</p> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="Ignition Casion, Bovada, and Bodog Payouts - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="PWL Network Payouts July 2018" width="648" height="277" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="PWL Network cashout methods chart detailing their fastest payout methods along with fees charged and minimum and maximum amounts allowed." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="PWL Cashout Methods Chart" width="645" height="233" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</strong></span> <strong>9.4 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.2</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 and Bovada are still the #1 US-facing online poker sites in terms of player traffic.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The PWL Network has improved its payment processing speeds considerably, and now, same-day payouts are achieved more often than not. Indeed, one enthusiastic user reported receiving his BTC withdrawal within 15 minutes of making his request! Such brisk cashout times are enough for PWL to retain its crown in our report for yet another month, and it even extends its lead over its rival internet poker organizations.</p> <div><a title="Play at Ignition Casino Poker Now!" href="https://professionalrakeback.com/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" 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></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ignition, Bodog, and Bovada have always had reliable payment processing for their valued clients. You can sleep easy in the knowledge that any money you have at these rooms is completely safe.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="BetOnline, Sportsbetting, and TigerGaming Payouts - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="CPN Payouts July 2018" width="648" height="286" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chart of Chico Network withdrawal options, payout timieframes, as well as fees and min/max payout amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-withdrawals-chart-apr-2018.png" alt="Chart of Chico Network Withdrawal Options" width="644" height="476" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 9.1 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</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;">The player-reported data for the month of June indicates that the Chico Poker Network is holding steady with Bitcoin payments taking about a day to get from the site to users' wallets. This is more or less the way the situation has been for a couple of months now, and so there's no change in this operators score.</p> <div><a title="Play at SB.ag Poker Now" href="/visit/sportsbetting-ag-poker-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-chico-play-now.png" alt="Chico Poker Play Now cta" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Though <a title="CPN Exits Australian Market" href=" /chico-poker-network-ceases-accepting-australian-business" target="_self">Australians can no longer access Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline</a>, residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries are welcomed here.</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> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><br /></strong></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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="America's Cardroom, Black Chip, and True Poker Payouts - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="WPN Payouts July 2018" width="650" height="353" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="WPN withdrawal methods chart including payment processor methods, estimated withdrawal times, fees, min and max payout amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-withdrawals-chart-may-2018.png" alt="WPN Withdrawal Methods Chart" width="644" height="279" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE </span></strong><strong> 9.0 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</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 10th worldwide.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Winning Poker Network seems to have reduced its Bitcoin withdrawal time in transit to just over one day although in some cases, players are getting their money within just a few hours. This marks an improvement over the already-fast payment speeds that we have come to expect here and warrants a slight bump up in the ratings.</p> <div><a title="Play on ACR's poker site today!" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-wpn-play-now.png" alt="Americas Cardroom Play Now Banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of the network-owned skins on the WPN provide the same excellent cashier functions, so you'll be in good hands no matter which of them you play at.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="Intertops and Juicy Stakes Withdrawals - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Payout Times July 2018" width="648" height="288" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Horizon Network withdrawals chart detailing payout methods, timeframes, fees, as well as minimum and maximum withdrawal amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-withdrawals-chart-may-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Withdrawals Chart" width="644" height="359" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.7 (<span style="color: #ff0000;">-0.2</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;">We unfortunately received word of a couple of cashouts from the Horizon Network taking a bit longer than the stated timeframes. Furthermore, there have been reports of excessive delays in verifying customers' documents. We have therefore taken the step of lowering this network's grade. We expect that these minor irritations are only temporary matters and that Intertops and Juicy Stakes will correct them soon.</p> <div><a title="36% RB and $1,000 Bonus at Intertops Poker!" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-horizon-play-now.png" alt="Horizon play now banner image" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Intertops has done right by its users for more than three decades, and it now lends its stellar reputation to the Horizon Network as a whole.</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 style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><br /></strong></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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="5Dimes, Sportbet, Island Casino Withdrawals - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="Grand Network Payments July 2018" width="648" height="288" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="GPN's available payment processors, time estimates, fee schedule, minimum and maximum payout amounts." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="GPN Available Payout Methods" width="644" height="299" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 8.0 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</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;">The Grand Poker Network and its 5Dimes parent organization have left countless customers satisfied with their gambling products and no-nonsense payment options. Although user-reported data was light for the month of June, we haven't heard of any complaints recently, and so we feel confident that everyone is receiving his or her money in a timely way.</p> <div><a title="Join the Grand Poker Room!" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-grand-play-now.png" alt="Grand Network play now banner" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You can enjoy poker, sports betting, casino games, and lottery gambling with the honorable operators on the Grand Poker Network.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding-bottom: 1%;" title="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times - July 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times July 2018" width="648" height="247" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Table of withdrawal methods, times, minimums, and maximums at Nitrogen Sports and Poker" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-withdrawals-chart-may-2018.png" alt="Table of Withdrawal Methods at Nitrogen" width="644" height="153" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #800000;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.8 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN </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;">Nitrogen Sports has earned its position as one of the top Bitcoin-only bookies online. There has been no interruption of its same-day payouts for both sports and poker bettors. The company has recently reintroduced its daily and weekly volume freerolls, albeit with tougher requirements for qualification, providing another opportunity for free cash to its players.</p> <div><a title="BTC Poker at Nitrogen Sports" href="/visit/nitrogen-sports-poker-casino" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-ignition-play-now.png" alt="Nitrogen Poker cta: Play Now" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You can get free bets and mBTC credits applied to your account with the rewards program at the Nitrogen Sports poker room.</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 1%;" title="SwCPoker Payouts - July 2018 Report" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-payouts-jul-2018.png" alt="SwCPoker Payouts for July 2018 Report" width="648" height="246" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="SwCPoker withdrawal fees, minimums, maximums, and processor options." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-withdrawals-chart.png" alt="SwCPoker Withdrawal Processors" width="644" height="153" /></div> <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;">SwC continues its reign as one of the premier destination for Bitcoin poker especially for those users who seek non-flop game action. Traffic remains sparse, but if you do manage to run up your bankroll, you can rest assured that you'll get your bitcoin same-day payout without incident.</p> <div><a title="Truly Original Poker Room: SwCPoker" href="/visit/swc-bitcoin-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/cashout-reports/cta-swc-play-now.png" alt="SWC banner: play now" width="650" height="50" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although player volume is low, SwC is an excellent cardroom if you like “other” types of poker, like HORSE, <a title="Best Sites for American LO8 Players" href="/online-poker-rooms-spreading-fixed-limit-omaha" target="_self">Limit Omaha 8</a>, Open Face Chinese, et cetera.</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> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Avoid the Merge Gaming Network due to their history of deceit and slow payments." 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" /></div> <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 site that used to be the king of USA online poker, but we now caution our readers to avoid it. It has an unenviable history of making questionable decisions that are detrimental to the player community, including <a title="Carbon Kicks Winning Poker Players Off Platform" href="/avoid-carbon-poker-they-ban-winning-poker-players" target="_self">booting winning players from its site</a>, <a title="Merge Network Ends VIP Program" href="/Carbon-Poker-Merge/VIP-Program-Replaced-Player-Points-July/June-30-2014" target="_self">cutting back drastically on promotions</a>, and even charging a fee on every additional withdrawal beyond one in a year. </span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">That is correct, they only offer one free withdrawal per year and after that charge 5% of the amount of your withdrawal, even for crypto-currency withdrawals which cost less than a penny! For example, if you were to initiate a maximum withdrawal for $2,500 (yes they have low withdrawal limits relative to other gambling sites), the site would charge fully $125 for the withdrawal and you would receive $2,375 only. A Bitcoin withdrawal like this would cost less than one dollar to process, even if ramping up the fees in order to garner the highest processing priority. We suppose that Merge Gaming Network just keeps the remaining $124 and change as profit from your winnnings. We don't agree with that behavior and this is yet another reason that we do not recommend <a title="These disreputable companies stole money from affiliates, screwed business partners, and slow paid players - AVOID THEM!" href="/carbon-poker-ends-affiliate-program">Carbon Gaming, Players Only, Sportsbook.com, or any of the companies operated by "Domain Holdings," formerly Jazette Enterprises</a>.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">For the moment, users are getting their money but with delays and annoying surcharges. Recently, the company reduced the Bitcoin withdrawal limit from $5,000 to just $2,500.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">We strongly encourage you to play at any of the other online poker rooms listed above and</span><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> keep away from the Merge Gaming Network. Seriously, play anywhere else other than Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com, and Superbook.</span><br /></strong></p> </div> <div style="margin: 1%; padding: 1.5%; background-color: hsla(120, 15%, 40%, 0.4);"> <h3 id="global-poker-cashouts" style="font-size: 150%; text-align: center;">Global Poker</h3> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Global Poker's business model puts your funds at risk needlessly." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/global-poker-banner.png" alt="Global Poker is a Needless Risk" width="650" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffff00;">ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE:</span> 7.9 </strong></span> <span style="color: #ffffff;">(</span><span style="color: #ff0000;">-0.4</span> <span style="color: #ffffff;">from last month)</span><br /><span style="color: #ffffff;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Global Poker works with only one payout channel, WorldPay.</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 used to support PayPal deposits and withdrawals, which no other reputable gaming operator does for U.S. players. These transactions were fairly speedy with same-day payouts commonplace. However, in June 2018, the firm <a title="Twoplustwo Forum Erupts Regarding Global Poker Worldpay News" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/252/global-poker/official-no-longer-offering-paypal-june-26th-2018-a-1715843/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">decided to switch processors to Worldpay</a> for both deposits and withdrawals. Many users had deposited through PayPal because this was the channel that they were most familiar with, and they are now unable to use it for withdrawals. The Worldpay cashouts are processed via bank transfer, which is a big issue for those without bank accounts or who don't wish to commingle their online poker funds with their other finances.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Global hasn't exactly made the reasons for this switchover public. However, we have long had our doubts about the sustainability of Global's business model, which we go over in our <a title="Global Poker Games and Software" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self">Global Poker Review</a>. It's very likely that PayPal got wind of what was going on at this company – that is, real money gaming in all but name – and opted to pull the plug. Even before Global stopped doing business with PayPal, there were signs that something was not right with this site. In January, we covered 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 waiting more than six months</a> to receive his $50,000 cashout. The way the firm handled the recent <a title="Global Keeping Tournament Overlays for Itself?" href="/rattlesnake-open-ends-in-disaster" target="_self">woes related to the Rattlesnake Open</a> series have also left us wary. For the past year or more, <a title="Global Poker's Poor ZenDesk Settings Lead to Compromised User Security" href="/customers-personal-information-leaked-to-open-web-at-global-poker" target="_self">Global has been exposing users' personal documentation</a> on the web for all to see, and this security vulnerability was only discovered in June.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">The long-term viability of Global Poker is not really known for sure, so</span> <strong><span style="color: #ffff00;"> we recommend that you take a pass on Global Poker if you value the safety of your funds.</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>, <a title="Play Online Poker in Canada" href="/canada-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self">Canada</a>, <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><br /><a title="Nitrogen Sports Payments Thread at Bitcointalk" href="https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=355081.0" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Nitrogen Sports Poker Cashouts at Bitcointalk.org</a><br /><a title="SwCPoker Payouts Thread at Bitcointalk.org" href="https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=962440.0" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">SwCPoker Thread at Bitcointalk forums</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> <div style="margin: 1%;"><img style="border: 2px solid black; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" title="Example of slow Carbon Poker withdrawal from 2+2 poker forums." src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/payout-report-example.png" alt="Example of slow Carbon Poker withdrawal" width="589" height="115" /></div> </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. 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="June 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/june-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">June 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="May 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/may-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">May 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="April 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/april-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">April 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="March 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/march-2018-us-poker-payout-report" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" target="_self">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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" 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" rel="nofollow" target="_self">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_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%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Fastest%20Paying%20Poker%2C%20Casino%2C%20Sports%20%26%20Gambling%20Sites%20-%20Updated%20Monthly"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:6;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:110:"https://professionalrakeback.com/mobile-poker-tournaments-plus-sit-and-goes-added-to-ignition-bovada-and-bodog";s:5:"title";s:68:"Mobile Poker Tournaments & SitnGoes @ Ignition, Bovada & Bodog - PWL";s:4:"date";i:1530224046;s:11:"description";s:7388:" In late June 2018, the PaiWangLuo Network deployed multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos to its mobile poker offering. These tourneys are available for play on tablets and smartphones at all network sites: Bovada.lv, Ignition Casino, Bodog.eu, Bodog.com, and Bodog88. With these updates, every game type hosted by the network is now accessible on mobile. How Do Mobile Tournaments Work? The mobile cardroom at Bovada, Ignition, Bodog, and the rest of the network rooms works on just about any modern smart device. There's no app to download. You simply need to log into your account via any compatible mobile system. Upon going to the site on the appropriate hardware, you'll see the following announcement heralding the recent additions:   We were given a sneak peak of the new mobile poker solution and have decided to see how everything works for ourselves. After you go to the poker room's website and log in, you'll see the following games available: Cash Games, Zone Poker, Jackpot Sit &amp; Go, and Featured Sit &amp; Go. Any attempts to access multi-table tournaments through this screen are foredoomed to failure. Feel free to play the “Featured Sit &amp; Go” to your heart's content however. Tournaments Cannot Be Accessed From the Main Bovada Mobile Lobby It turns out that non-SNG tournaments are hidden in the top-left menu, which has a list of all the game types you can play (Cash Games, Zone Poker, Sit &amp; Go, Jackpot Sit &amp; Go, and Tournaments). In our review and discussions with our contacts at the PWL Network, we made the case that MTTs should be visible from the main screen. Mainly to satisfy the recreational players who are unlikely to dig through the menu to find this option. We are happy to report that this current UX may change in the future revisions as the decision-makers were keen to listen to our suggestions. Once you choose “Tournaments,” you'll see the MTT lobby showing filters at the top and matching tournaments below. These filters let you include and exclude games based on buyin level, tournament status, betting structure, and other criteria. The list of tournaments shows the name of each tourney, its buyin, the status of the event (i.e., registering, finished, etc.), when it starts, and the number of people registered. Going back to the filters for a moment, we notice that they're set up as checkboxes. You can mark whichever value or range of values you want, and you can select multiple boxes. Each filter has a box labeled “All,” which basically turns off filtering for that criteria. There Are Five Different Filters You Can Apply We decided to filter by “Tournament Type” and ticked the box marked “$100K Guaranteed.” This winnows the tournaments displayed to just the $100K Guaranteed and all satellites and sub-satellites associated with it. Filters Enable You to Drill Down to the Specific Games You Want to See To go to the lobby for a tournament, choose it from the list. Now you'll be able to see more details about it, like the length of the late registration period and the starting chip stack. This is what the lobby looks like for the $100K Guaranteed: Entering a tournament is as simple as pressing the red “Register” button. A box appears, showing your current balance and the amount you need to pay to join. Be aware that you can only have one tourney table active at a time. If all looks good, hit the “Confirm” button to finalize your registration. If you've entered several events and don't wish to become confused, especially given the single-table limit, there's a “My Tournaments” section that lists all the MTTs that you've registered for. To go there, open up the top-left menu and select the appropriate option. As you can see, the $100K Guaranteed that we opted to enter is shown: All Registered Tourneys Are Shown in My Tournaments Click on the tournament within the “My Tournaments” screen to go to the tournament lobby. You'll see an “Unregister” button, which you can use if you're having second thoughts and want to unregister the event before it begins. This takes up most of the display, at least on smaller screens, but you can scroll down to view more tournament info. Prizes, blind levels, breaks, and tournament memo all have their own tabs. Expand each tab in the accordion by pressing the “+” symbol on the right and hide it by clicking on the “-”. Use the Green Plus Signs on the Right to Expand a Section That's basically all there is to registering for a mobile poker tournament at Bovada, Ignition, or Bodog. When the time comes, your table will pop up, and you'll be able to play just as you would expect. Table in a PLO Bounty Tournament on Bovada Mobile What Tournaments Are Available? Bovada and the rest of the network have a full weekly tournament schedule, including the $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed on Sunday afternoons followed by the $300 + $25 High Roller event Sunday evenings with $75,000 guaranteed. During the week, you can try out the two Monster Stack MTTs every night, with buyins of $25 + $2.50 and $200 + $15 and guaranteed prizes that are different every day. There are many other events that guarantee more than $1.5 million in total weekly. Every few months, there are tournament series, like the Black Diamond Poker Open and the Golden Spade Poker Open. They contain dozens of events and award millions of dollars in prize money. There are also recurring $250,000 guaranteed tournaments with buyins of $300 + $25. For all of these occasions, you can win your seat for just a few bucks through a comprehensive array of satellites. Regardless of which of these games you wish to enjoy, you can register for them on your mobile device. All of these tournaments and many more are listed in the mobile poker lobby. What Do Players Think? There hasn't been enough time yet for people to really become acquainted with the new mobile tournaments and SNGs at the PaiWangLuo Network rooms, but the comments we have seen indicate a great deal of enthusiasm for these new game types. Check out what a Reddit user had to say after hearing the news: Play Mobile Poker Today! Now that the PaiWangLuo Network has all available game types supported on mobile, it's truly one of the best poker offerings for smart device users. If you haven't yet created an account on a network skin, then now's the perfect opportunity to do so. If you're an American or Australian, the Ignition Poker is the site for you. It welcomes newcomers with a 100% up to $1,350 deposit bonus that clears at a pretty good 30% rate in tournaments and sit-n-gos. Read our thorough Ignition Casino Poker review for further details on this poker room. Canadians and residents of select Latin American countries can sign up for Bodog instead. The bonus is also 100% up to $1,000 with a 30% cashback rate on MTTs and SNGs. Consult our Bodog Poker, sports, and casino review to apprise yourself of what this operator has in store for you. Finally, if you're a resident of the United States who likes betting on sports in addition to grinding at the poker tables, then Bovada.lv might be the right room for you. Its poker bonus is only 100% up to $500, but on the other hand, it has a sportsbook, which Ignition lacks. Check out our Bovada.lv Poker review page to find out more. ";s:16:"description_html";s:17329:"<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%2Fmobile-poker-tournaments-plus-sit-and-goes-added-to-ignition-bovada-and-bodog&amp;title=Mobile%20Poker%20Tournaments%20%26%20SitnGoes%20%40%20Ignition%2C%20Bovada%20%26%20Bodog%20-%20PWL"></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; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/pai-wang-luo-network-logo-small.png" alt="PWL Network Icon" width="142" height="76" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In late June 2018, the PaiWangLuo Network deployed <strong>multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos to its mobile poker</strong> offering. These tourneys are available for play on tablets and smartphones at all network sites: <strong>Bovada.lv</strong>, <strong>Ignition Casino</strong>, <strong>Bodog.eu</strong>, <strong>Bodog.com</strong>, and <strong>Bodog88</strong>. With these updates, every game type hosted by the network is now accessible on mobile.</p> <h2>How Do Mobile Tournaments Work?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-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 mobile cardroom at Bovada, Ignition, Bodog, and the rest of the network rooms works on just about any modern smart device. There's no app to download. You simply need to log into your account via any compatible mobile system. Upon going to the site on the appropriate hardware, you'll see the following announcement heralding the recent additions:</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="It's now possible to play mobile tournaments and sit n' goes at Bovada.lv" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/1a-bovada-mobile-lobby-new-tournaments-and-sngs.png" alt="Bovada Now Has Mobile Sit &amp; Go and MTTs" width="540" height="135" /></div> <p> </p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Ignition has added multi-table tournaments and SNGs to its mobile poker product" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/1b-ignition-casino-mobile-poker-tournaments-and-sng-announcement.png" alt="Ignition Casino Mobile SNG + MTT Announcement" width="405" height="95" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We were given a sneak peak of the new mobile poker solution and have decided to see how everything works for ourselves. After you go to the poker room's website and log in, you'll see the following games available: Cash Games, Zone Poker, Jackpot Sit &amp; Go, and Featured Sit &amp; Go. Any attempts to access multi-table tournaments through this screen are foredoomed to failure. Feel free to play the “Featured Sit &amp; Go” to your heart's content however.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="You need to do some hunting to find the mobile tournaments at PWL sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2-bovada-mobile-lobby-sngs.png" alt="Bovada Main Mobile Poker Screen" width="540" height="835" /><em>Tournaments Cannot Be Accessed From the Main Bovada Mobile Lobby<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It turns out that non-SNG tournaments are hidden in the top-left menu, which has a list of all the game types you can play (Cash Games, Zone Poker, Sit &amp; Go, Jackpot Sit &amp; Go, and Tournaments).</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Choosing Tournaments from the lobby menu" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/3-bovada-mobile-poker-menu-for-tournaments.png" alt="Mobile Poker Left Menu" width="540" height="645" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In our review and discussions with our contacts at the PWL Network, we made the case that MTTs should be visible from the main screen. Mainly to satisfy the recreational players who are unlikely to dig through the menu to find this option. We are happy to report that this current UX may change in the future revisions as the decision-makers were keen to listen to our suggestions.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Once you choose “Tournaments,” you'll see the MTT lobby showing filters at the top and matching tournaments below. These filters let you include and exclude games based on buyin level, tournament status, betting structure, and other criteria.</p> <div><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The lobby view contains filters at the top and tournament listings on the bottom" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/4-bovada-mobile-tournament-filters.png" alt="Filters Shown at the Top of the Bovada Mobile MTT Lobby" width="540" height="925" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The list of tournaments shows the name of each tourney, its buyin, the status of the event (i.e., registering, finished, etc.), when it starts, and the number of people registered.</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="You can scroll thorugh all available tourneys within the mobile client" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/5-list-of-tournaments-default.png" alt="List of Tourneys in Bovada Mobile Lobby" width="540" height="920" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Going back to the filters for a moment, we notice that they're set up as checkboxes. You can mark whichever value or range of values you want, and you can select multiple boxes. Each filter has a box labeled “All,” which basically turns off filtering for that criteria.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Configuring the filters to narrow down your search" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/6-using-mobile-tournament-filters.png" alt="Using the Mobile MTT Filters at Bovada" width="540" height="920" /><em>There Are Five Different Filters You Can Apply<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We decided to filter by “Tournament Type” and ticked the box marked “$100K Guaranteed.” This winnows the tournaments displayed to just the $100K Guaranteed and all satellites and sub-satellites associated with it.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/7-tournaments-filtered-for-100k-gtd.png" alt="$100K-Related Tourneys at Bovada" width="540" height="920" /><em>Filters Enable You to Drill Down to the Specific Games You Want to See<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To go to the lobby for a tournament, choose it from the list. Now you'll be able to see more details about it, like the length of the late registration period and the starting chip stack. This is what the lobby looks like for the $100K Guaranteed:</p> <div><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Lobby for the $100K Guaranteed MTT" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/8-100k-sunday-major-mtt-selected.png" alt="$100K Gtd Lobby on Mobile" width="540" height="790" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Entering a tournament is as simple as pressing the red “Register” button. A box appears, showing your current balance and the amount you need to pay to join. Be aware that you can only have one tourney table active at a time. If all looks good, hit the “Confirm” button to finalize your registration.</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Registering for a tourney" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/9-registering-for-100k-gtd.png" alt="Registering From the $100K Gtd on Mobile" width="540" height="565" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you've entered several events and don't wish to become confused, especially given the single-table limit, there's a “My Tournaments” section that lists all the MTTs that you've registered for. To go there, open up the top-left menu and select the appropriate option.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Selecting the My Tournaments are from the lobby menu" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/10-back-to-my-tournaments.png" alt="Going to “My Tournaments” in Bovada Mobile Menu" width="540" height="645" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As you can see, the $100K Guaranteed that we opted to enter is shown:</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="You can view the tournaments you're registered for in My Tournaments" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/11-my-tournaments-lists-newly-registered-100k-mtt.png" alt="My Tournaments Section in Bovada Mobile Client" width="540" height="480" /><em>All Registered Tourneys Are Shown in My Tournaments<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Click on the tournament within the “My Tournaments” screen to go to the tournament lobby. You'll see an “Unregister” button, which you can use if you're having second thoughts and want to unregister the event before it begins. This takes up most of the display, at least on smaller screens, but you can scroll down to view more tournament info.</p> <div><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tournament lobby info" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/12-successfully-registered-for-100k.png" alt="$100K Tourney Lobby" width="540" height="841" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Prizes, blind levels, breaks, and tournament memo all have their own tabs. Expand each tab in the accordion by pressing the “+” symbol on the right and hide it by clicking on the “-”.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tons of additional information is available for every MTT" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/13-browsing-tournament-info-in-mobile-poker-client.png" alt="Additional Info in the Tournament Lobbies" width="540" height="960" /><em>Use the Green Plus Signs on the Right to Expand a Section<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">That's basically all there is to registering for a mobile poker tournament at Bovada, Ignition, or Bodog. When the time comes, your table will pop up, and you'll be able to play just as you would expect.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tournament table on Bovada's mobile poker software" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/14-mobile-plo-tournament-table.jpg" alt="PLO Tournament Table on Mobile Bovada Poker" width="647" height="365" /><em>Table in a PLO Bounty Tournament on Bovada Mobile<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>What Tournaments Are Available?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/green-question-mark.jpg" alt="Green Question Mark" width="42" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Bovada and the rest of the network have a full weekly tournament schedule, including the $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed on Sunday afternoons followed by the $300 + $25 High Roller event Sunday evenings with $75,000 guaranteed. During the week, you can try out the two Monster Stack MTTs every night, with buyins of $25 + $2.50 and $200 + $15 and guaranteed prizes that are different every day. There are many other events that guarantee more than $1.5 million in total weekly.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Every few months, there are tournament series, like the <a title="2018 BDPO Series at Pai Wang Luo" href="/black-diamond-poker-open-tournaments" target="_self">Black Diamond Poker Open</a> and the <a title="About the Golden Spade Series" href="/golden-spade-poker-open" target="_self">Golden Spade Poker Open</a>. They contain dozens of events and award millions of dollars in prize money. There are also recurring $250,000 guaranteed tournaments with buyins of $300 + $25. For all of these occasions, you can win your seat for just a few bucks through a comprehensive array of satellites.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Regardless of which of these games you wish to enjoy, you can register for them on your mobile device. All of these tournaments and many more are listed in the mobile poker lobby.</p> <h2>What Do Players Think?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There hasn't been enough time yet for people to really become acquainted with the new mobile tournaments and SNGs at the PaiWangLuo Network rooms, but the comments we have seen indicate a great deal of enthusiasm for these new game types. Check out what a Reddit user had to say after hearing the news:</p> <div><a title="Reddit /r/poker user foulpole78 likes the idea of mobile sit-n-goes" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/poker/comments/8un5lk/in_case_you_missed_it_ignition_is_now_offering/e1gmo5g/" 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/ignition-mobile-sng-reddit-post.png" alt="Redditor Eager to Check Out Mobile SNG Games" width="648" height="124" /></a><br /><br /></div> <h2>Play Mobile Poker Today!</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/mobile-devices.png" alt="Smartphones and Tablets" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Now that the <a title="Learn More About the PWL Network Sites" href="/paiwangluo-poker-network" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network</a> has all available game types supported on mobile, it's truly one of the best poker offerings for smart device users. If you haven't yet created an account on a network skin, then now's the perfect opportunity to do so.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you're an American or Australian, the Ignition Poker is the site for you. It welcomes newcomers with a 100% up to $1,350 deposit bonus that clears at a pretty good 30% rate in tournaments and sit-n-gos. Read our thorough <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Anonymous Poker on Mobile and Desktop at Ignition" href="/ignition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></span></a></span> for further details on this poker room.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Canadians and residents of select Latin American countries can sign up for Bodog instead. The bonus is also 100% up to $1,000 with a 30% cashback rate on MTTs and SNGs. Consult our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="CA and LATAM Players Welcome at Bodog Poker" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Bodog Poker, sports, and casino review</strong></span></a></span> to apprise yourself of what this operator has in store for you.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Finally, if you're a resident of the United States who likes betting on sports in addition to grinding at the poker tables, then Bovada.lv might be the right room for you. Its poker bonus is only 100% up to $500, but on the other hand, it has a sportsbook, which Ignition lacks. 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These tourneys are available for play on tablets and smartphones at all network sites: <strong>Bovada.lv</strong>, <strong>Ignition Casino</strong>, <strong>Bodog.eu</strong>, <strong>Bodog.com</strong>, and <strong>Bodog88</strong>. With these updates, every game type hosted by the network is now accessible on mobile.</p> <h2>How Do Mobile Tournaments Work?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-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 mobile cardroom at Bovada, Ignition, Bodog, and the rest of the network rooms works on just about any modern smart device. There's no app to download. You simply need to log into your account via any compatible mobile system. Upon going to the site on the appropriate hardware, you'll see the following announcement heralding the recent additions:</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="It's now possible to play mobile tournaments and sit n' goes at Bovada.lv" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/1a-bovada-mobile-lobby-new-tournaments-and-sngs.png" alt="Bovada Now Has Mobile Sit &amp; Go and MTTs" width="540" height="135" /></div> <p> </p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Ignition has added multi-table tournaments and SNGs to its mobile poker product" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/1b-ignition-casino-mobile-poker-tournaments-and-sng-announcement.png" alt="Ignition Casino Mobile SNG + MTT Announcement" width="405" height="95" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We were given a sneak peak of the new mobile poker solution and have decided to see how everything works for ourselves. After you go to the poker room's website and log in, you'll see the following games available: Cash Games, Zone Poker, Jackpot Sit &amp; Go, and Featured Sit &amp; Go. Any attempts to access multi-table tournaments through this screen are foredoomed to failure. Feel free to play the “Featured Sit &amp; Go” to your heart's content however.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="You need to do some hunting to find the mobile tournaments at PWL sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/2-bovada-mobile-lobby-sngs.png" alt="Bovada Main Mobile Poker Screen" width="540" height="835" /><em>Tournaments Cannot Be Accessed From the Main Bovada Mobile Lobby<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It turns out that non-SNG tournaments are hidden in the top-left menu, which has a list of all the game types you can play (Cash Games, Zone Poker, Sit &amp; Go, Jackpot Sit &amp; Go, and Tournaments).</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Choosing Tournaments from the lobby menu" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/3-bovada-mobile-poker-menu-for-tournaments.png" alt="Mobile Poker Left Menu" width="540" height="645" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In our review and discussions with our contacts at the PWL Network, we made the case that MTTs should be visible from the main screen. Mainly to satisfy the recreational players who are unlikely to dig through the menu to find this option. We are happy to report that this current UX may change in the future revisions as the decision-makers were keen to listen to our suggestions.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Once you choose “Tournaments,” you'll see the MTT lobby showing filters at the top and matching tournaments below. These filters let you include and exclude games based on buyin level, tournament status, betting structure, and other criteria.</p> <div><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The lobby view contains filters at the top and tournament listings on the bottom" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/4-bovada-mobile-tournament-filters.png" alt="Filters Shown at the Top of the Bovada Mobile MTT Lobby" width="540" height="925" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The list of tournaments shows the name of each tourney, its buyin, the status of the event (i.e., registering, finished, etc.), when it starts, and the number of people registered.</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="You can scroll thorugh all available tourneys within the mobile client" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/5-list-of-tournaments-default.png" alt="List of Tourneys in Bovada Mobile Lobby" width="540" height="920" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Going back to the filters for a moment, we notice that they're set up as checkboxes. You can mark whichever value or range of values you want, and you can select multiple boxes. Each filter has a box labeled “All,” which basically turns off filtering for that criteria.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Configuring the filters to narrow down your search" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/6-using-mobile-tournament-filters.png" alt="Using the Mobile MTT Filters at Bovada" width="540" height="920" /><em>There Are Five Different Filters You Can Apply<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We decided to filter by “Tournament Type” and ticked the box marked “$100K Guaranteed.” This winnows the tournaments displayed to just the $100K Guaranteed and all satellites and sub-satellites associated with it.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/7-tournaments-filtered-for-100k-gtd.png" alt="$100K-Related Tourneys at Bovada" width="540" height="920" /><em>Filters Enable You to Drill Down to the Specific Games You Want to See<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To go to the lobby for a tournament, choose it from the list. Now you'll be able to see more details about it, like the length of the late registration period and the starting chip stack. This is what the lobby looks like for the $100K Guaranteed:</p> <div><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Lobby for the $100K Guaranteed MTT" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/8-100k-sunday-major-mtt-selected.png" alt="$100K Gtd Lobby on Mobile" width="540" height="790" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Entering a tournament is as simple as pressing the red “Register” button. A box appears, showing your current balance and the amount you need to pay to join. Be aware that you can only have one tourney table active at a time. If all looks good, hit the “Confirm” button to finalize your registration.</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Registering for a tourney" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/9-registering-for-100k-gtd.png" alt="Registering From the $100K Gtd on Mobile" width="540" height="565" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you've entered several events and don't wish to become confused, especially given the single-table limit, there's a “My Tournaments” section that lists all the MTTs that you've registered for. To go there, open up the top-left menu and select the appropriate option.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Selecting the My Tournaments are from the lobby menu" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/10-back-to-my-tournaments.png" alt="Going to “My Tournaments” in Bovada Mobile Menu" width="540" height="645" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As you can see, the $100K Guaranteed that we opted to enter is shown:</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="You can view the tournaments you're registered for in My Tournaments" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/11-my-tournaments-lists-newly-registered-100k-mtt.png" alt="My Tournaments Section in Bovada Mobile Client" width="540" height="480" /><em>All Registered Tourneys Are Shown in My Tournaments<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Click on the tournament within the “My Tournaments” screen to go to the tournament lobby. You'll see an “Unregister” button, which you can use if you're having second thoughts and want to unregister the event before it begins. This takes up most of the display, at least on smaller screens, but you can scroll down to view more tournament info.</p> <div><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tournament lobby info" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/12-successfully-registered-for-100k.png" alt="$100K Tourney Lobby" width="540" height="841" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Prizes, blind levels, breaks, and tournament memo all have their own tabs. Expand each tab in the accordion by pressing the “+” symbol on the right and hide it by clicking on the “-”.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tons of additional information is available for every MTT" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/13-browsing-tournament-info-in-mobile-poker-client.png" alt="Additional Info in the Tournament Lobbies" width="540" height="960" /><em>Use the Green Plus Signs on the Right to Expand a Section<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">That's basically all there is to registering for a mobile poker tournament at Bovada, Ignition, or Bodog. When the time comes, your table will pop up, and you'll be able to play just as you would expect.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tournament table on Bovada's mobile poker software" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/14-mobile-plo-tournament-table.jpg" alt="PLO Tournament Table on Mobile Bovada Poker" width="647" height="365" /><em>Table in a PLO Bounty Tournament on Bovada Mobile<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>What Tournaments Are Available?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/green-question-mark.jpg" alt="Green Question Mark" width="42" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Bovada and the rest of the network have a full weekly tournament schedule, including the $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed on Sunday afternoons followed by the $300 + $25 High Roller event Sunday evenings with $75,000 guaranteed. During the week, you can try out the two Monster Stack MTTs every night, with buyins of $25 + $2.50 and $200 + $15 and guaranteed prizes that are different every day. There are many other events that guarantee more than $1.5 million in total weekly.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Every few months, there are tournament series, like the <a title="2018 BDPO Series at Pai Wang Luo" href="/black-diamond-poker-open-tournaments" target="_self">Black Diamond Poker Open</a> and the <a title="About the Golden Spade Series" href="/golden-spade-poker-open" target="_self">Golden Spade Poker Open</a>. They contain dozens of events and award millions of dollars in prize money. There are also recurring $250,000 guaranteed tournaments with buyins of $300 + $25. For all of these occasions, you can win your seat for just a few bucks through a comprehensive array of satellites.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Regardless of which of these games you wish to enjoy, you can register for them on your mobile device. All of these tournaments and many more are listed in the mobile poker lobby.</p> <h2>What Do Players Think?</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There hasn't been enough time yet for people to really become acquainted with the new mobile tournaments and SNGs at the PaiWangLuo Network rooms, but the comments we have seen indicate a great deal of enthusiasm for these new game types. Check out what a Reddit user had to say after hearing the news:</p> <div><a title="Reddit /r/poker user foulpole78 likes the idea of mobile sit-n-goes" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/poker/comments/8un5lk/in_case_you_missed_it_ignition_is_now_offering/e1gmo5g/" 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/ignition-mobile-sng-reddit-post.png" alt="Redditor Eager to Check Out Mobile SNG Games" width="648" height="124" /></a><br /><br /></div> <h2>Play Mobile Poker Today!</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/mobile-devices.png" alt="Smartphones and Tablets" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Now that the <a title="Learn More About the PWL Network Sites" href="/paiwangluo-poker-network" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network</a> has all available game types supported on mobile, it's truly one of the best poker offerings for smart device users. If you haven't yet created an account on a network skin, then now's the perfect opportunity to do so.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you're an American or Australian, the Ignition Poker is the site for you. It welcomes newcomers with a 100% up to $1,350 deposit bonus that clears at a pretty good 30% rate in tournaments and sit-n-gos. Read our thorough <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Anonymous Poker on Mobile and Desktop at Ignition" href="/ignition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></span></a></span> for further details on this poker room.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Canadians and residents of select Latin American countries can sign up for Bodog instead. The bonus is also 100% up to $1,000 with a 30% cashback rate on MTTs and SNGs. Consult our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="CA and LATAM Players Welcome at Bodog Poker" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Bodog Poker, sports, and casino review</strong></span></a></span> to apprise yourself of what this operator has in store for you.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Finally, if you're a resident of the United States who likes betting on sports in addition to grinding at the poker tables, then Bovada.lv might be the right room for you. Its poker bonus is only 100% up to $500, but on the other hand, it has a sportsbook, which Ignition lacks. Check out our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Play Poker, Bet on Sports, and Enjoy the Casino at Bovada!" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Bovada.lv Poker review</strong></span></a></span> page to find out 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_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%2Fmobile-poker-tournaments-plus-sit-and-goes-added-to-ignition-bovada-and-bodog&amp;title=Mobile%20Poker%20Tournaments%20%26%20SitnGoes%20%40%20Ignition%2C%20Bovada%20%26%20Bodog%20-%20PWL"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:7;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:79:"https://professionalrakeback.com/path-to-legal-sports-betting-opened-in-vietnam";s:5:"title";s:42:"Vietnam Legalizes Regulated Sports Betting";s:4:"date";i:1530158206;s:11:"description";s:5872:" The big news in the world of sports betting these days centers around the aftereffects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing the federal ban on betting on sports, but there are other jurisdictions around the globe that are experimenting with this type of gambling too. The Vietnamese legislature passed a sports betting law on June 14, 2018. The relevant provisions were added to the preexisting Law on Sports and Physical Training, and it passed the National Assembly by an overwhelming 457 - 1 vote. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2019, and will allowed authorized firms to offer sports betting albeit with strict government controls. More About the Legislation Unfortunately, the details of the sports betting regime that will be implemented are not precisely known. The government will come up with a list of sports that Vietnamese citizens will be allowed to bet on along with rules under which companies can obtain licenses. All betting will be conducted in local currency, the dong. Vietnamese 20,000 Dong Banknote With Portrait of Ho Chi Minh It's widely believed that this bill was based upon a decree issued last March that established a pilot program whereby betting organizations were allowed to accept bets on horse races, dog races, and FIFA-recognized soccer matches. However, no entity was awarded a license for sports betting, and thus, no wagering on the permitted athletic contests has yet occurred. The new ecosystem is expected to include more varieties of sporting events than the three types of contests theoretically permitted under the pilot program. Also, the maximum daily handle of 1 million dong ($43) per individual bettor may or may not be raised. Reasons for Legalizing Sports Betting The main reason that most observers feel the government is proceeding with these plans is to cut down on illegal and offshore betting rings. Some estimates put the amount spent by Vietnamese citizens on sports betting at $800 million annually. Much of this action is placed with bookies in Macau, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Just a few months ago, two senior Vietnamese police officers were arrested for their roles in an online gambling ring worth millions of dollars. In January 2017, six people were detained as part of a similar crackdown against internet wagering. Rather than spending the resources to combat this “social evil,” the authorities seem to be moving in the direction of regulating it. They would thereby retain for the state a fraction of the revenues generated rather than seeing this money exit the country. Other Gambling Expansion in the Works There have historically only been two major forms of real money gaming hosted in Vietnam: the state-run lottery and casinos that cater exclusively to foreigners. The lottery sold $13 billion in tickets during the five years 2010 - 2015. This works out to about $27.50 per resident per year in this country of 94.6 million people. This might not sound like much, but it's more than 1% of the per capita gross domestic product. If the United States, a much wealthier nation, were to spend a similar fraction of its national income on the lottery, this would imply annual U.S. lottery sales of $209 billion: more than two and a half times the actual 2016 figure of $80.5 billion as reported by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Throw in the $800 million going to foreign sportsbooks and consider that Vietnamese lottery sales grew by 12% over the five-year period under consideration, and we begin to understand why the government wants to keep Vietnamese gambling spending within its own borders. Grand Ho Tram Beachfront Resort in Vũng TàuOnsite Casino Has a Poker Room, 500 Slots, and 90 Casino Table Games Brick-and-mortar casinos are another source of gambling taxes. They have until recently been closed to Vietnam's own residents, but this changed in December 2017. Now, Vietnamese citizens are allowed to bet in casinos as long as their monthly income exceeds 10 million dong ($435). In a move reminiscent of Japan's proposed IR Implementation bill, locals who wish to enter a casino must pay a daily entrance fee of 1 million dong ($43). The attempts to institute legal sports betting in the country can be viewed as just a part of a larger broadening of the overall gambling environment. Poker in Vietnam So far we've discussed sports betting, racetrack betting, the lottery, and casinos in Vietnam, but we've made no mention of poker. This is because the live poker scene in the country is tiny and mostly geared toward foreigners. Still, we cannot help but wonder if Vietnam could become a center for live poker especially when we consider the immense poker success that many expatriate Vietnamese have had in other countries. World Series of Poker Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen, early poker coach Men “The Master” Nguyen, and J.C. Tran with his more than $12 million in live tournament winnings are just a few of the Vietnamese players who have made a huge impact on the poker world. Scotty Nguyen, Winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event Fortunately, the anti-gambling laws seem to be enforced only against live games and the operators of online websites. Individual players who want to play on the internet appear to be mostly ignored by state officials, so online poker in Vietnam is definitely possible, and there are several sites that welcome Vietnamese users. Of course, playing poker on your computer is an entertaining pastime even if you don't live in Vietnam. If you're from Canada, check out our page devoted to Canadian online poker for info on the best sites available to you. Americans can instead look through our U.S.A. online poker guide. If you're from Australia, be sure to check out our overview of Australian internet poker. ";s:16:"description_html";s:11737:"<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%2Fpath-to-legal-sports-betting-opened-in-vietnam&amp;title=Vietnam%20Legalizes%20Regulated%20Sports%20Betting"></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/vietnam-outline-map.png" alt="Map of Vietnam" width="46" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The big news in the world of sports betting these days centers around the aftereffects of the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="SCOTUS Declares PASPA Unconstitutional" href="/federal-sports-betting-impediments-struck-down-by-us-supreme-court" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing the federal ban on betting on sports</span></a></span>, but there are other jurisdictions around the globe that are experimenting with this type of gambling too. The <strong>Vietnamese legislature passed a sports betting law</strong> on June 14, 2018. The relevant provisions were added to the preexisting Law on Sports and Physical Training, and it passed the National Assembly by an overwhelming 457 - 1 vote. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2019, and will allowed authorized firms to offer sports betting albeit with strict government controls.</p> <h2>More About the Legislation</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, the details of the sports betting regime that will be implemented are not precisely known. The government will come up with a list of sports that Vietnamese citizens will be allowed to bet on along with rules under which companies can obtain licenses. All betting will be conducted in local currency, the dong.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The local currency in Vietnam is called the dong" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/vietnam-20000-dong-banknote.jpg" alt="Vietnamese Banknote" width="649" height="310" /><em>Vietnamese 20,000 Dong Banknote With Portrait of Ho Chi Minh<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's widely believed that this bill was based upon a decree issued last March that established a pilot program whereby betting organizations were allowed to accept bets on horse races, dog races, and FIFA-recognized soccer matches. However, no entity was awarded a license for sports betting, and thus, no wagering on the permitted athletic contests has yet occurred.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new ecosystem is expected to include more varieties of sporting events than the three types of contests theoretically permitted under the pilot program. Also, the maximum daily handle of 1 million dong ($43) per individual bettor may or may not be raised.</p> <h2>Reasons for Legalizing Sports Betting</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking-brain-gears.png" alt="Man's Head With Gears" width="81" height="80" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The main reason that most observers feel the government is proceeding with these plans is to cut down on illegal and offshore betting rings. Some estimates put the amount spent by Vietnamese citizens on sports betting at $800 million annually. Much of this action is placed with <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Leading Online Bookmaking Websites" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">bookies</span></a></span> in Macau, Singapore, and Hong Kong.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Just a few months ago, <a title="Vietnamese Police Involved in Underground Gaming" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5586355/Vietnam-arrests-police-official-online-gambling-ring.html" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">two senior Vietnamese police officers were arrested</a> for their roles in an online gambling ring worth millions of dollars. In January 2017, <a title="Vietnamese Authorities Arrest Six in Connection With Illegal Gambling" href="https://calvinayre.com/2017/01/12/business/6-arrested-vietnams-13m-online-gambling-ring-bust/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">six people were detained</a> as part of a similar crackdown against internet wagering.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rather than spending the resources to combat this “social evil,” the authorities seem to be moving in the direction of regulating it. They would thereby retain for the state a fraction of the revenues generated rather than seeing this money exit the country.</p> <h2>Other Gambling Expansion in the Works</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/cards-chips-dice.jpg" alt="Gambling Implements" width="116" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There have historically only been two major forms of real money gaming hosted in Vietnam: the state-run lottery and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="You Can Play Casino Games Online" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">casinos</span></a></span> that cater exclusively to foreigners.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The lottery sold $13 billion in tickets during the five years 2010 - 2015. This works out to about $27.50 per resident per year in this country of 94.6 million people. This might not sound like much, but it's more than 1% of the per capita gross domestic product. If the United States, a much wealthier nation, were to spend a similar fraction of its national income on the lottery, this would imply annual U.S. lottery sales of $209 billion: more than two and a half times the <a title="FAQ at the NASPL Website" href="http://www.naspl.org/faq" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">actual 2016 figure of $80.5 billion</a> as reported by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Throw in the $800 million going to foreign sportsbooks and consider that Vietnamese lottery sales grew by 12% over the five-year period under consideration, and we begin to understand why the government wants to keep Vietnamese gambling spending within its own borders.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="One of the luxury resorts in Vietnam" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/grand-ho-tram-resort.jpg" alt="The Grand Ho Tram Resort" width="651" height="376" /><em>Grand Ho Tram Beachfront Resort in Vũng Tàu</em><br /><em>Onsite Casino Has a Poker Room, 500 Slots, and 90 Casino Table Games<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Brick-and-mortar casinos are another source of gambling taxes. They have until recently been closed to Vietnam's own residents, but this changed in December 2017. Now, Vietnamese citizens are allowed to bet in casinos as long as their monthly income exceeds 10 million dong ($435). In a move reminiscent of <a title="Read About the Japanese Bill to Establish Casino Resorts With Poker" href="/live-poker-in-japan-garners-support-from-shinzo-abe" target="_self">Japan's proposed IR Implementation bill</a>, locals who wish to enter a casino must pay a daily entrance fee of 1 million dong ($43).</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The attempts to institute legal sports betting in the country can be viewed as just a part of a larger broadening of the overall gambling environment.</p> <h2>Poker in Vietnam</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ace-jack-chips.png" alt="Poker Chips and Hole Cards" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">So far we've discussed sports betting, racetrack betting, the lottery, and casinos in Vietnam, but we've made no mention of poker. This is because the live poker scene in the country is tiny and mostly geared toward foreigners.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Still, we cannot help but wonder if Vietnam could become a center for live poker especially when we consider the immense poker success that many expatriate Vietnamese have had in other countries. World Series of Poker Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen, early poker coach Men “The Master” Nguyen, and J.C. Tran with his more than $12 million in live tournament winnings are just a few of the Vietnamese players who have made a huge impact on the poker world.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Poker player Scotty Nguyen is originally from Nha Trang, Vietnam" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/scotty-nguyen.jpg" alt="Scotty Nguyen" width="400" height="295" /><em>Scotty Nguyen, Winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Fortunately, the anti-gambling laws seem to be enforced only against live games and the operators of online websites. Individual players who want to play on the internet appear to be mostly ignored by state officials, so online poker in Vietnam is definitely possible, and there are several sites that welcome Vietnamese users.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of course, playing poker on your computer is an entertaining pastime even if you don't live in Vietnam. If you're from Canada, check out our page devoted to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Offshore Poker Sites for Canadians" href="/canada-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Canadian online poker</span></a></strong></span> for info on the best sites available to you. Americans can instead look through our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Laws, History, and Premier Online Poker Rooms for Americans" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">U.S.A. online poker</span></a></strong></span> guide. If you're from Australia, be sure to check out our overview of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Aussies Can Still Play Cards at These Reputable Sites" href="/australia-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Australian internet poker</span></a></strong></span>.</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%2Fpath-to-legal-sports-betting-opened-in-vietnam&amp;title=Vietnam%20Legalizes%20Regulated%20Sports%20Betting"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:11737:"<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%2Fpath-to-legal-sports-betting-opened-in-vietnam&amp;title=Vietnam%20Legalizes%20Regulated%20Sports%20Betting"></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/vietnam-outline-map.png" alt="Map of Vietnam" width="46" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The big news in the world of sports betting these days centers around the aftereffects of the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="SCOTUS Declares PASPA Unconstitutional" href="/federal-sports-betting-impediments-struck-down-by-us-supreme-court" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing the federal ban on betting on sports</span></a></span>, but there are other jurisdictions around the globe that are experimenting with this type of gambling too. The <strong>Vietnamese legislature passed a sports betting law</strong> on June 14, 2018. The relevant provisions were added to the preexisting Law on Sports and Physical Training, and it passed the National Assembly by an overwhelming 457 - 1 vote. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2019, and will allowed authorized firms to offer sports betting albeit with strict government controls.</p> <h2>More About the Legislation</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, the details of the sports betting regime that will be implemented are not precisely known. The government will come up with a list of sports that Vietnamese citizens will be allowed to bet on along with rules under which companies can obtain licenses. All betting will be conducted in local currency, the dong.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The local currency in Vietnam is called the dong" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/vietnam-20000-dong-banknote.jpg" alt="Vietnamese Banknote" width="649" height="310" /><em>Vietnamese 20,000 Dong Banknote With Portrait of Ho Chi Minh<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's widely believed that this bill was based upon a decree issued last March that established a pilot program whereby betting organizations were allowed to accept bets on horse races, dog races, and FIFA-recognized soccer matches. However, no entity was awarded a license for sports betting, and thus, no wagering on the permitted athletic contests has yet occurred.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new ecosystem is expected to include more varieties of sporting events than the three types of contests theoretically permitted under the pilot program. Also, the maximum daily handle of 1 million dong ($43) per individual bettor may or may not be raised.</p> <h2>Reasons for Legalizing Sports Betting</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking-brain-gears.png" alt="Man's Head With Gears" width="81" height="80" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The main reason that most observers feel the government is proceeding with these plans is to cut down on illegal and offshore betting rings. Some estimates put the amount spent by Vietnamese citizens on sports betting at $800 million annually. Much of this action is placed with <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Leading Online Bookmaking Websites" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">bookies</span></a></span> in Macau, Singapore, and Hong Kong.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Just a few months ago, <a title="Vietnamese Police Involved in Underground Gaming" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5586355/Vietnam-arrests-police-official-online-gambling-ring.html" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">two senior Vietnamese police officers were arrested</a> for their roles in an online gambling ring worth millions of dollars. In January 2017, <a title="Vietnamese Authorities Arrest Six in Connection With Illegal Gambling" href="https://calvinayre.com/2017/01/12/business/6-arrested-vietnams-13m-online-gambling-ring-bust/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">six people were detained</a> as part of a similar crackdown against internet wagering.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rather than spending the resources to combat this “social evil,” the authorities seem to be moving in the direction of regulating it. They would thereby retain for the state a fraction of the revenues generated rather than seeing this money exit the country.</p> <h2>Other Gambling Expansion in the Works</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/cards-chips-dice.jpg" alt="Gambling Implements" width="116" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There have historically only been two major forms of real money gaming hosted in Vietnam: the state-run lottery and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="You Can Play Casino Games Online" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">casinos</span></a></span> that cater exclusively to foreigners.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The lottery sold $13 billion in tickets during the five years 2010 - 2015. This works out to about $27.50 per resident per year in this country of 94.6 million people. This might not sound like much, but it's more than 1% of the per capita gross domestic product. If the United States, a much wealthier nation, were to spend a similar fraction of its national income on the lottery, this would imply annual U.S. lottery sales of $209 billion: more than two and a half times the <a title="FAQ at the NASPL Website" href="http://www.naspl.org/faq" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">actual 2016 figure of $80.5 billion</a> as reported by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Throw in the $800 million going to foreign sportsbooks and consider that Vietnamese lottery sales grew by 12% over the five-year period under consideration, and we begin to understand why the government wants to keep Vietnamese gambling spending within its own borders.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="One of the luxury resorts in Vietnam" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/grand-ho-tram-resort.jpg" alt="The Grand Ho Tram Resort" width="651" height="376" /><em>Grand Ho Tram Beachfront Resort in Vũng Tàu</em><br /><em>Onsite Casino Has a Poker Room, 500 Slots, and 90 Casino Table Games<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Brick-and-mortar casinos are another source of gambling taxes. They have until recently been closed to Vietnam's own residents, but this changed in December 2017. Now, Vietnamese citizens are allowed to bet in casinos as long as their monthly income exceeds 10 million dong ($435). In a move reminiscent of <a title="Read About the Japanese Bill to Establish Casino Resorts With Poker" href="/live-poker-in-japan-garners-support-from-shinzo-abe" target="_self">Japan's proposed IR Implementation bill</a>, locals who wish to enter a casino must pay a daily entrance fee of 1 million dong ($43).</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The attempts to institute legal sports betting in the country can be viewed as just a part of a larger broadening of the overall gambling environment.</p> <h2>Poker in Vietnam</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ace-jack-chips.png" alt="Poker Chips and Hole Cards" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">So far we've discussed sports betting, racetrack betting, the lottery, and casinos in Vietnam, but we've made no mention of poker. This is because the live poker scene in the country is tiny and mostly geared toward foreigners.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Still, we cannot help but wonder if Vietnam could become a center for live poker especially when we consider the immense poker success that many expatriate Vietnamese have had in other countries. World Series of Poker Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen, early poker coach Men “The Master” Nguyen, and J.C. Tran with his more than $12 million in live tournament winnings are just a few of the Vietnamese players who have made a huge impact on the poker world.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Poker player Scotty Nguyen is originally from Nha Trang, Vietnam" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/scotty-nguyen.jpg" alt="Scotty Nguyen" width="400" height="295" /><em>Scotty Nguyen, Winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Fortunately, the anti-gambling laws seem to be enforced only against live games and the operators of online websites. Individual players who want to play on the internet appear to be mostly ignored by state officials, so online poker in Vietnam is definitely possible, and there are several sites that welcome Vietnamese users.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of course, playing poker on your computer is an entertaining pastime even if you don't live in Vietnam. If you're from Canada, check out our page devoted to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Offshore Poker Sites for Canadians" href="/canada-friendly-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Canadian online poker</span></a></strong></span> for info on the best sites available to you. 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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission announced this judgment in a statement on its website dated June 20, 2018. Customer Allowed to Gamble Recklessly At the center of this incident is a customer who has been playing with 32Red since 2011. From the time the company started operating under a UKGC license in November 2014 until April 2017, it accepted a total of £758,000 in deposits from the individual. The unnamed user, referred to in documents solely as “Customer A,” was a frequent player at 32Red and had earned VIP status at this online casino. 32Red Invites Its Best Customers to Its VIP Program, Club RougeThese Valued Customers Sit in Plush, Red Seats While the Plebeians Must Be Content With Folding Chairs Not only was the total sum deposited quite high compared to what most other users can afford to spend on internet gambling, but there were other indications that Customer A might have had a problem. 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The income claimed by the player was £13,000 per month: not a bad salary at all but certainly insufficient to support the average monthly deposits of more than £45,000 that Customer A made at 32Red. Even this five-figure monthly income was determined to be fake by the UKGC. They discovered that the real income level of Customer A was a mere £2,150 per month. “Proof of Income?...hmmn...well...give me a minute...There We Go!” The casino did not realize that anything was amiss, however, and allowed the player to continue betting. The UKGC stated that the material the user submitted “was not credible” and chastised 32Red for failing to perform a few simple checks, like Google searches, that would have revealed the deception. Gambling Commission's Findings 32Red was found to be in breach of the Social Responsibility Codes of Practice for failing to heed the warning signs that Customer A was a problem gambler. Moreover, the company did not adhere to the provisions of the 2007 Money Laundering Regulations because it failed to assess the risks of money laundering and possible terrorist financing involved in accepting such a large volume of deposits without any solid information regarding the source of the wealth. 32Red did not dispute the determinations of the UKGC and has agreed to pay certain fines. The penalty package levied against 32Red consists of the forfeiture of £709,046 that it made from Customer A's gambling, £1.3 million for speeding up the delivery of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy, and £15,000 to cover the costs of the UKGC's investigation. Improvements in Operations Mandated Also as part of the settlement with the Gambling Commission, the firm will undertake certain enhancements to the way it currently does business so as to better fulfill its anti-money laundering and responsible gaming obligations. There will be an outside audit of 32Red's policies, and efforts will be made to implement whatever suggestions the auditors make. Moreover, new policies will be drafted to counter the threats of terrorism and money laundering with regional provisions specific to Great Britain implemented. 32Red's parent organization, the Kindred Group, has created a sophisticated program known as the Player Safety - Early Detecting System that incorporates automated processing of betting patterns with an individualized approach to customer messaging in order to identify and reduce the severity of problem gaming. 32Red has promised to deploy this system on its own platform. About 32Red and the Kindred Group 32Red has been in operation since 2002. Its casino is powered by the reputable Microgaming software, and this same vendor provides the network that 32Red's poker room is housed on. In addition, there's a sportsbook, virtual bingo hall, and live dealer casino for customers to enjoy. Some of the Games in the 32Red Casino This casino operation has received more than its fair share of accolades during its history. They include 11 Casino of the Year awards from Casinomeister as well as a special Casino of the Decade trophy in 2009. In 2013, Etruvian Consulting used a mystery shopper approach to identify the best online casino customer support among 16 leading brands, and 32Red walked away with the crown, scoring 8.8 out of 10. For the year 2016, 32Red booked revenues of £62.3 million, but this was the last full year that the organization transacted as an independent body. In June 2017, the Kindred Group purchased 32Red for approximately £175 million. Kindred owns more than a dozen online betting companies, including Unibet, Roxy Palace Casino, and bingo.com. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, Kindred booked revenue of over £751 million. Other Recent UKGC Judgments The United Kingdom's Gambling Commission has not been shy in punishing what it believes to be gross violations of the gaming rules especially when it comes to customer protection and possible money laundering. In May, LeoVegas was held culpable and forced to fork over more than £600K. It was decided that the company had engaged in deceptive advertising practices and furthermore had failed to prevent self-excluded customers from logging in and playing. In February, well-known and respected bookmaking firm William Hill was penalized to the tune of £6.2 million for accepting seven-figure deposits linked to criminal activity without performing the necessary due diligence required to uncover the source of the funds. Many of the depositing customers did not have incomes that would support such lavish spending habits, raising social responsibility concerns too. In August 2017, the Commission handed out its most punishing verdict ever when it hit 888 with a mammoth £7.8 million fine. This gaming group had allowed self-excluded users to play, and it also did not recognize the signs of problem gaming on multiple occasions. A Tough Regulatory Climate for U.K. Gambling Firms Not only do British online gaming entities have to scrupulously obey the mandates of the UK Gaming Commission, but they must also follow the dictates of other regulatory bodies too. Perhaps the most notable of them is the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The climate in which wagering enterprises must operate is seemingly becoming more constrained as the authorities crack down on ever more minor infractions. In May, the ASA upheld complaints against the m88.com casino for advertising to children. 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";s:16:"description_html";s:15943:"<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%2F32-red-slammed-with-2-million-pound-fine-by-ukgc&amp;title=UK%20Gambling%20Commission%20Hits%2032Red%20%20With%20%C2%A32%20Million%20Fine"></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/pictures2/32red-logo.png" alt="32Red Casino Logo" width="150" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Online poker, casino, sports betting, and bingo site <strong>32Red will have to pay a massive penalty of more than £2 million</strong> following its failure to abide by anti-money laundering and customer protection guidelines. The United Kingdom Gambling Commission announced this judgment in <a title="UKGC Weighs in on 32Red's Infractions" href="http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2018/32Red-to-pay-2m-penalty-package.aspx" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a statement</a> on its website dated June 20, 2018.</p> <h2>Customer Allowed to Gamble Recklessly</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/gbp-banknotes.jpg" alt="Banknotes for Pounds Sterling" width="98" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">At the center of this incident is a customer who has been playing with 32Red since 2011. From the time the company started operating under a UKGC license in November 2014 until April 2017, it accepted a total of <strong>£758,000 in deposits</strong> from the individual. The unnamed user, referred to in documents solely as “Customer A,” was a frequent player at 32Red and had earned VIP status at this <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Top Online Casinos for Americans and Players Around the World" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">online casino</span></a></span>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="32Red welcomes high-rollers to Club Rouge" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/32red-club-rouge.jpg" alt="32Red Page Describing VIP Club Rouge" width="651" height="353" /><em>32Red Invites Its Best Customers to Its VIP Program, Club Rouge</em><br />These Valued Customers Sit in Plush, Red Seats While the Plebeians Must Be Content With Folding Chairs</div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Not only was the total sum deposited quite high compared to what most other users can afford to spend on internet gambling, but there were other indications that Customer A might have had a problem. He or she contacted support on 22 separate occasions to complain about losses, express frustration, and lament the amount of money spent on gaming.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rather than assisting this client in how to properly use the responsible gaming features of the site or giving directions toward problem gambling resources, the casino credited free bonuses to the account so that Customer A could continue playing.</p> <h2>32Red Finally Wakes Up</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/alarm-clock.jpg" alt="Alarm Clock" width="73" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In January 2017, something happened that finally convinced 32Red that Customer A might be suffering from gambling addiction. The player won a seven-figure sum at the casino – and <strong>instantly risked it all again on another bet</strong>!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Casino management belatedly started asking some questions and requested that the user supply proof of income documentation. It took five weeks for Customer A to send in the appropriate paperwork. During this time, the account in question was not suspended but rather remained open, and the customer continued to play.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The income claimed by the player was £13,000 per month: not a bad salary at all but certainly insufficient to support the average monthly deposits of more than £45,000 that Customer A made at 32Red. Even this five-figure monthly income was determined to be fake by the UKGC. They discovered that the real income level of Customer A was a mere £2,150 per month.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="THe documentation of income the customer sent to 32Red was highly suspect" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/fake-natwest-cheque.jpg" alt="Doctored Bank Check" width="600" height="315" /><em>“Proof of Income?...hmmn...well...give me a minute...There We Go!”<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The casino did not realize that anything was amiss, however, and allowed the player to continue betting. The UKGC stated that the material the user submitted “was not credible” and chastised 32Red for failing to perform a few simple checks, like Google searches, that would have revealed the deception.</p> <h2>Gambling Commission's Findings</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" 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;">32Red was found to be in breach of the <strong>Social Responsibility Codes of Practice</strong> for failing to heed the warning signs that Customer A was a problem gambler. Moreover, the company did not adhere to the provisions of the <strong>2007 Money Laundering Regulations</strong> because it failed to assess the risks of money laundering and possible terrorist financing involved in accepting such a large volume of deposits without any solid information regarding the source of the wealth.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">32Red did not dispute the determinations of the UKGC and has agreed to pay certain fines. The penalty package levied against 32Red consists of the forfeiture of £709,046 that it made from Customer A's gambling, £1.3 million for speeding up the delivery of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy, and £15,000 to cover the costs of the UKGC's investigation.</p> <h2>Improvements in Operations Mandated</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/checkmark.png" alt="Black Checkmark" width="91" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Also as part of the settlement with the Gambling Commission, the firm will undertake certain enhancements to the way it currently does business so as to better fulfill its anti-money laundering and responsible gaming obligations. There will be an outside audit of 32Red's policies, and efforts will be made to implement whatever suggestions the auditors make. Moreover, new policies will be drafted to counter the threats of terrorism and money laundering with regional provisions specific to Great Britain implemented.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">32Red's parent organization, the Kindred Group, has created a sophisticated program known as the Player Safety - Early Detecting System that incorporates automated processing of betting patterns with an individualized approach to customer messaging in order to identify and reduce the severity of problem gaming. 32Red has promised to deploy this system on its own platform.</p> <h2>About 32Red and the Kindred Group</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/kindred-group-logo.png" alt="Kindred Group Logo" width="125" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">32Red has been in operation since 2002. 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Kindred owns more than a dozen online betting companies, including <a title="ProfRB's Review of the Unibet Poker Room" href="/Online-Poker-Sites/Reviews/Unibet-Poker" target="_self">Unibet</a>, Roxy Palace Casino, and bingo.com. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, Kindred booked revenue of over £751 million.</p> <h2>Other Recent UKGC Judgments</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/uk-gambling-commission-logo.png" alt="Logo of the UKGC" width="240" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The United Kingdom's Gambling Commission has not been shy in punishing what it believes to be gross violations of the gaming rules especially when it comes to customer protection and possible money laundering.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In May, <a title="LeoVegas Runs Afoul of UKGC" href="https://professionalrakeback.com/leovegas-fined-627000-pounds-by-ukgc" target="_self">LeoVegas was held culpable</a> and forced to fork over more than £600K. It was decided that the company had engaged in deceptive advertising practices and furthermore had failed to prevent self-excluded customers from logging in and playing.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In February, well-known and respected bookmaking firm <a title="William Hill Feels the Wrath of the Gambling Commission" href="http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2018/William-Hill-to-pay-6.2m-penalty-package.aspx" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">William Hill was penalized to the tune of £6.2 million</a> for accepting seven-figure deposits linked to criminal activity without performing the necessary due diligence required to uncover the source of the funds. Many of the depositing customers did not have incomes that would support such lavish spending habits, raising social responsibility concerns too.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In August 2017, the Commission handed out its most punishing verdict ever when it <a title="888 Must Pay Huge Fine" href="http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2017/Gambling-firm-888-to-pay-over-7.8million-for-failing-vulnerable-customers.aspx" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>hit 888 with a mammoth £7.8 million fine</strong></a>. This gaming group had allowed self-excluded users to play, and it also did not recognize the signs of problem gaming on multiple occasions.</p> <h2>A Tough Regulatory Climate for U.K. Gambling Firms</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thumbs-down-smiley.png" alt="Thumbs Down Face" width="79" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Not only do British online gaming entities have to scrupulously obey the mandates of the UK Gaming Commission, but they must also follow the dictates of other regulatory bodies too. Perhaps the most notable of them is the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). 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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission announced this judgment in <a title="UKGC Weighs in on 32Red's Infractions" href="http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2018/32Red-to-pay-2m-penalty-package.aspx" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a statement</a> on its website dated June 20, 2018.</p> <h2>Customer Allowed to Gamble Recklessly</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/gbp-banknotes.jpg" alt="Banknotes for Pounds Sterling" width="98" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">At the center of this incident is a customer who has been playing with 32Red since 2011. From the time the company started operating under a UKGC license in November 2014 until April 2017, it accepted a total of <strong>£758,000 in deposits</strong> from the individual. The unnamed user, referred to in documents solely as “Customer A,” was a frequent player at 32Red and had earned VIP status at this <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Top Online Casinos for Americans and Players Around the World" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">online casino</span></a></span>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="32Red welcomes high-rollers to Club Rouge" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/32red-club-rouge.jpg" alt="32Red Page Describing VIP Club Rouge" width="651" height="353" /><em>32Red Invites Its Best Customers to Its VIP Program, Club Rouge</em><br />These Valued Customers Sit in Plush, Red Seats While the Plebeians Must Be Content With Folding Chairs</div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Not only was the total sum deposited quite high compared to what most other users can afford to spend on internet gambling, but there were other indications that Customer A might have had a problem. He or she contacted support on 22 separate occasions to complain about losses, express frustration, and lament the amount of money spent on gaming.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rather than assisting this client in how to properly use the responsible gaming features of the site or giving directions toward problem gambling resources, the casino credited free bonuses to the account so that Customer A could continue playing.</p> <h2>32Red Finally Wakes Up</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/alarm-clock.jpg" alt="Alarm Clock" width="73" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In January 2017, something happened that finally convinced 32Red that Customer A might be suffering from gambling addiction. The player won a seven-figure sum at the casino – and <strong>instantly risked it all again on another bet</strong>!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Casino management belatedly started asking some questions and requested that the user supply proof of income documentation. It took five weeks for Customer A to send in the appropriate paperwork. During this time, the account in question was not suspended but rather remained open, and the customer continued to play.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The income claimed by the player was £13,000 per month: not a bad salary at all but certainly insufficient to support the average monthly deposits of more than £45,000 that Customer A made at 32Red. Even this five-figure monthly income was determined to be fake by the UKGC. They discovered that the real income level of Customer A was a mere £2,150 per month.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="THe documentation of income the customer sent to 32Red was highly suspect" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/fake-natwest-cheque.jpg" alt="Doctored Bank Check" width="600" height="315" /><em>“Proof of Income?...hmmn...well...give me a minute...There We Go!”<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The casino did not realize that anything was amiss, however, and allowed the player to continue betting. The UKGC stated that the material the user submitted “was not credible” and chastised 32Red for failing to perform a few simple checks, like Google searches, that would have revealed the deception.</p> <h2>Gambling Commission's Findings</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" 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;">32Red was found to be in breach of the <strong>Social Responsibility Codes of Practice</strong> for failing to heed the warning signs that Customer A was a problem gambler. Moreover, the company did not adhere to the provisions of the <strong>2007 Money Laundering Regulations</strong> because it failed to assess the risks of money laundering and possible terrorist financing involved in accepting such a large volume of deposits without any solid information regarding the source of the wealth.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">32Red did not dispute the determinations of the UKGC and has agreed to pay certain fines. The penalty package levied against 32Red consists of the forfeiture of £709,046 that it made from Customer A's gambling, £1.3 million for speeding up the delivery of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy, and £15,000 to cover the costs of the UKGC's investigation.</p> <h2>Improvements in Operations Mandated</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/checkmark.png" alt="Black Checkmark" width="91" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Also as part of the settlement with the Gambling Commission, the firm will undertake certain enhancements to the way it currently does business so as to better fulfill its anti-money laundering and responsible gaming obligations. There will be an outside audit of 32Red's policies, and efforts will be made to implement whatever suggestions the auditors make. Moreover, new policies will be drafted to counter the threats of terrorism and money laundering with regional provisions specific to Great Britain implemented.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">32Red's parent organization, the Kindred Group, has created a sophisticated program known as the Player Safety - Early Detecting System that incorporates automated processing of betting patterns with an individualized approach to customer messaging in order to identify and reduce the severity of problem gaming. 32Red has promised to deploy this system on its own platform.</p> <h2>About 32Red and the Kindred Group</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/kindred-group-logo.png" alt="Kindred Group Logo" width="125" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">32Red has been in operation since 2002. Its casino is powered by the reputable Microgaming software, and this same vendor provides the network that 32Red's poker room is housed on. In addition, there's a <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Bet on Sports at These U.S.A.-Friendly Online Bookmakers" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">sportsbook</span></a></span>, virtual bingo hall, and live dealer casino for customers to enjoy.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The 32Red Casino lobby contains hundreds of titles to choose from" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/32red-casino-games.jpg" alt="32Red Casino Lobby" width="651" height="396" /><em>Some of the Games in the 32Red Casino<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This casino operation has received more than its fair share of accolades during its history. They include 11 Casino of the Year awards from Casinomeister as well as a special Casino of the Decade trophy in 2009. In 2013, Etruvian Consulting used a mystery shopper approach to identify the best online casino customer support among 16 leading brands, and <a title="32Red Wins Best Customer Service Award" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/news/32red-confirmed-best-customer-independent-111319538.html" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">32Red walked away with the crown</a>, scoring 8.8 out of 10.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For the year 2016, 32Red booked revenues of £62.3 million, but this was the last full year that the organization transacted as an independent body. In June 2017, the Kindred Group purchased 32Red for approximately £175 million. Kindred owns more than a dozen online betting companies, including <a title="ProfRB's Review of the Unibet Poker Room" href="/Online-Poker-Sites/Reviews/Unibet-Poker" target="_self">Unibet</a>, Roxy Palace Casino, and bingo.com. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, Kindred booked revenue of over £751 million.</p> <h2>Other Recent UKGC Judgments</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/uk-gambling-commission-logo.png" alt="Logo of the UKGC" width="240" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The United Kingdom's Gambling Commission has not been shy in punishing what it believes to be gross violations of the gaming rules especially when it comes to customer protection and possible money laundering.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In May, <a title="LeoVegas Runs Afoul of UKGC" href="https://professionalrakeback.com/leovegas-fined-627000-pounds-by-ukgc" target="_self">LeoVegas was held culpable</a> and forced to fork over more than £600K. It was decided that the company had engaged in deceptive advertising practices and furthermore had failed to prevent self-excluded customers from logging in and playing.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In February, well-known and respected bookmaking firm <a title="William Hill Feels the Wrath of the Gambling Commission" href="http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2018/William-Hill-to-pay-6.2m-penalty-package.aspx" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">William Hill was penalized to the tune of £6.2 million</a> for accepting seven-figure deposits linked to criminal activity without performing the necessary due diligence required to uncover the source of the funds. 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This gaming group had allowed self-excluded users to play, and it also did not recognize the signs of problem gaming on multiple occasions.</p> <h2>A Tough Regulatory Climate for U.K. Gambling Firms</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thumbs-down-smiley.png" alt="Thumbs Down Face" width="79" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Not only do British online gaming entities have to scrupulously obey the mandates of the UK Gaming Commission, but they must also follow the dictates of other regulatory bodies too. Perhaps the most notable of them is the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The climate in which wagering enterprises must operate is seemingly becoming more constrained as the authorities crack down on ever more minor infractions.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In May, the <a title="m88 Fairy Tale Slot Depictions Break Advertising Rules Claims ASA" href="/m88-marketing-slots-to-children-says-uk-advertising-standards-authority" target="_self">ASA upheld complaints against the m88.com casino</a> for advertising to children. The violations that triggered the investigation were the placement, on m88's own pages, of graphics depicting characters from the fairy tale slots that the website offered. m88 was ordered to stop showing these images on its website.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In April, <a title="ASA Rules Against PokerStars Advert" href="/pokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa" target="_self">the ASA decided that a PokerStars TV spot promoted reckless gambling</a>. The video showed a player bluffing after contemplating all the times he had bluffed himself in real life. <a title="Review of PokerStars, the Largest Online Poker Site" href="/pokerstars-review" target="_self">PokerStars</a> was forced to stop broadcasting the ad.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">With such a restrictive environment for online gambling businesses in the United Kingdom, it's no wonder that there's still a place for offshore gaming sites within the British market. These organizations serve up sportsbetting, casino, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Offshore Internet Poker Sites That Accept Americans and Residents of Most of the Rest of the World" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>online poker</strong></span></a></span> play to customers without being hamstrung by the punitive decisions of overzealous government departments.</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_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%2F32-red-slammed-with-2-million-pound-fine-by-ukgc&amp;title=UK%20Gambling%20Commission%20Hits%2032Red%20%20With%20%C2%A32%20Million%20Fine"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:9;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:96:"https://professionalrakeback.com/youtube-bans-numerous-online-gambling-channels-in-surprise-move";s:5:"title";s:56:"YouTube Surprise Bans Numerous Gambling-Related Channels";s:4:"date";i:1529782969;s:11:"description";s:7534:" Around the end of May and the first week of June, YouTube started banning channels that feature gambling content with no advance warning given. All their content was blocked, and in some cases, live streams were halted and cancelled even as they were being broadcast. The Message Shown to YouTube Users Who Attempt to Access Banned Content More Details on the Suspensions Affected users have reported that the explanations given by YouTube for blocking their accounts were very vague and uninformative. One content creator whose channel was closed shared an email that he received from the company. It reads in part: YouTube doesn't allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. For example, it's not okay to post videos showing drug abuse, underage drinking and smoking, or bomb making. How this relates to gambling is unclear. It's almost impossible to conceive of a situation where betting on chance-based games could cause “serious physical harm or death.” There's nothing prohibiting videos showing real money wagering in the YouTube code of conduct. Some have speculated that the account closures were not triggered by gambling-related content specifically. YouTube policies frown upon vids whose purpose is to drive traffic to outside sites, which opens up the possibility that it's affiliate links to online casinos that caused the trouble. Also, people who wish to link to their own websites in video descriptions must go through a process to verify the URL of the sites they control, and failing to do so may be grounds for blocking a channel. All of these hypotheses sound plausible. It's nearly impossible to really get solid info on the real rationale for YouTube's actions, though, especially because the company is pretty tight-lipped when it comes to explaining reasons for account closure. One of the channels that was banned was “TheBigJackpot,” which contains footage of high-stakes, live slot machine play and has more than 120,000 subscriptions. “Brian Christopher” is a similar channel with more than 80,000 subscribers. 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Two of the formerly popular YouTube gambling channels that have still not been restored are “David Labowsky” and “Grape's Gambling Channel.” Even among users who were allowed back on to YouTube, some of them have had restrictions placed on what they can do, such as being prohibited from broadcasting live streams. Content Makers Angry Many of the individuals who create gambling-related videos on YouTube rely on the platform for a significant amount of their income either through YouTube's own monetization program or arrangements they've made with third-party ad networks. They're thus not thrilled about the fact that their presence on the site can be halted without adequate explanation and seemingly on a whim. Some of these people have negotiated deals with gaming firms to showcase products on their channels, and sudden account terminations throw these agreements into limbo until the situation can be resolved one way or the other. Even in the event that these accounts are eventually restored to good standing, the disruption caused can be difficult to recover from. Take a look at what some of these video broadcasters had to say about the YouTube account terminations:   Because there's no indication of what exactly caused YouTube to act in the way it did, video makers are playing guessing games. Some of them are proactively deleting videos that they think might warrant enforcement action, such as those that contain profanity or mention drug use. Others are age-gating their content so that it's visible only to viewers over 18. Nobody really knows if these strategies are effective because YouTube has not been forthcoming in outlining why some gambling channels were targeted. YouTube Losing Favor in the Marketplace YouTube was once the unquestioned king of video content, driving eager audiences into the hands of creative video producers without a lot of rules to follow or restrictions to comply with. 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Alternative Video Sites Quite a few people who post videos to YouTube are now exploring their other options rather than tying their fortunes to an increasingly unpredictable and unreliable organization. Even those who have decided to continue with their YouTube endeavors are increasingly broadening their horizons to include other sites too. In this way, they have some measure of protection in case something goes awry at YouTube. Some of the Video Sites That Compete With YouTube A lot of live streamers, particularly those engaging in online poker playing from the USA, have already moved over to Twitch.tv. Although there's still a bit of uncertainty around the edges when it comes to what type of content is frowned upon at Twitch, its guidelines are a lot clearer and more transparent than YouTube's. Professional Rakeback is hiring streamers to promote our website, articles, and partner poker sites. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us and tell us more about your stream. We would love to sponsor your quality stream! Patreon is another interesting choice. It allows viewers to directly support content creators whose work they appreciate by funding them without the need for advertisers. Members can typically select from among several tiers of financial commitment with additional perks available to those who opt for the higher levels. Unless YouTube improves its transparency and ability to communicate with content makers, it might find itself losing market share to these and other competitors going forward. ";s:16:"description_html";s:14491:"<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%2Fyoutube-bans-numerous-online-gambling-channels-in-surprise-move&amp;title=YouTube%20Surprise%20Bans%20Numerous%20Gambling-Related%20Channels"></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/youtube-logo.png" alt="YouTube Logo" width="334" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Around the end of May and the first week of June, <strong>YouTube started banning channels that feature gambling content</strong> with no advance warning given. All their content was blocked, and in some cases, live streams were halted and cancelled even as they were being broadcast.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="YouTube often terminates channels and shows a message to that effect to anyone who tries to watch them" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/youtube-terminated-account-message.png" alt="YouTube Message: Channel Terminated" width="645" height="108" /><em>The Message Shown to YouTube Users Who Attempt to Access Banned Content<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>More Details on the Suspensions</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-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;">Affected users have reported that the explanations given by YouTube for blocking their accounts were very vague and uninformative. One content creator whose channel was closed shared an email that he received from the company. It reads in part:</p> <blockquote><p>YouTube doesn't allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. For example, it's not okay to post videos showing drug abuse, underage drinking and smoking, or bomb making.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">How this relates to gambling is unclear. It's almost impossible to conceive of a situation where betting on chance-based games could cause “serious physical harm or death.” There's nothing prohibiting videos showing real money wagering in the YouTube code of conduct.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some have speculated that the account closures were not triggered by gambling-related content specifically. YouTube policies frown upon vids whose purpose is to drive traffic to outside sites, which opens up the possibility that it's affiliate links to online casinos that caused the trouble. Also, people who wish to link to their own websites in video descriptions must go through a process to verify the URL of the sites they control, and failing to do so may be grounds for blocking a channel.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of these hypotheses sound plausible. It's nearly impossible to really get solid info on the real rationale for YouTube's actions, though, especially because the company is pretty tight-lipped when it comes to explaining reasons for account closure.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One of the channels that was banned was “TheBigJackpot,” which contains footage of high-stakes, live slot machine play and has more than 120,000 subscriptions. “Brian Christopher” is a similar channel with more than 80,000 subscribers. It's thus not obscure and little-known video makers who are seeing their materials rendered inaccessible but rather prominent, popular content creators.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Some Youtubers show live video of their slot machine play" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/brian-christopher-slot-video-screenshot.jpg" alt="Frame From a Brian Christopher Video Showing a Big Win" width="650" height="300" /><em>Stlil Image From a Video of Slot Machine Play on Brian Christopher's YouTube Channel</em><br />He Collected $372 From Free Spins Off a $3.52 Bet on the “Stampede Power” Slot<br /><br /></div> <h2>YouTube Partially Reverses Itself</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/mouse-pointer-hand.png" alt="Mouse Pointer Hand" width="76" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">After Wall Street Journal writer Christopher Mims informed his Twitter followers of what was happening, YouTube was quick to respond:</p> <div><a title="YouTube Responds to Confused Creators" href="https://twitter.com/TeamYouTube/status/1004759149555548160" 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/team-youtube-gambling-twitter-post.png" alt="Twitter Post From YouTube" width="640" height="246" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This clarification made it seem that the booting of popular creators from the platform was a mistake, perhaps the result of unsupervised automated flagging systems or overzealous employees. However, even though several individuals had their accounts reinstated, <strong>another wave of banning followed</strong>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There is an appeals process that many were able to go through to get their channels reactivated. Nevertheless, some remain terminated either because their appeals were denied or they elected not to appeal. Two of the formerly popular YouTube gambling channels that have still not been restored are “David Labowsky” and “Grape's Gambling Channel.” Even among users who were allowed back on to YouTube, some of them have had restrictions placed on what they can do, such as being prohibited from broadcasting live streams.</p> <h2>Content Makers Angry</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/angry-face.png" alt="Smiley Face: Anger" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many of the individuals who create gambling-related videos on YouTube rely on the platform for a significant amount of their income either through YouTube's own monetization program or arrangements they've made with third-party ad networks. They're thus not thrilled about the fact that their presence on the site can be halted without adequate explanation and seemingly on a whim.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some of these people have negotiated deals with gaming firms to showcase products on their channels, and sudden account terminations throw these agreements into limbo until the situation can be resolved one way or the other. Even in the event that these accounts are eventually restored to good standing, the disruption caused can be difficult to recover from.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Take a look at what some of these video broadcasters had to say about the YouTube account terminations:</p> <div><a title="“Thebigjackpot” Wants Clarification From Youtube" href="https://twitter.com/thebigjackpotli/status/1003756891950837760" 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/youtube-gambling-ban-tweet-1.png" alt="YouTube Channel With 100K+ Subscribers Suspended" width="588" height="149" /></a></div> <p> </p> <div><a title="YouTuber Finds Himself Banned, Reinstated, Banned Again" href="https://twitter.com/LetsGiveItASpin/status/1006135148943953921" 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/youtube-gambling-ban-tweet-2.png" alt="Twitter User Critical of Account Closures" width="588" height="127" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Because there's no indication of what exactly caused YouTube to act in the way it did, video makers are playing guessing games. Some of them are proactively deleting videos that they think might warrant enforcement action, such as those that contain profanity or mention drug use. Others are age-gating their content so that it's visible only to viewers over 18. Nobody really knows if these strategies are effective because YouTube has not been forthcoming in outlining why some gambling channels were targeted.</p> <h2>YouTube Losing Favor in the Marketplace</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thumbs-down.png" alt="Thumbs Down" width="90" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">YouTube was once the unquestioned king of video content, driving eager audiences into the hands of creative video producers without a lot of rules to follow or restrictions to comply with. Those days seem to be slipping into the rear view however.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In January, <a title="YouTube Prerequisites for Joining Partner Program" href="https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/72857?hl=en" target="_blank">YouTube established tougher rules</a> on how to qualify for its monetization system. Previously, creators had merely to collect 10,000 views on their videos to enable monetization. Now, one has to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time during the past 12 months.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new monetization requirements are no problem for elite channel owners who easily surpass the stipulated thresholds. However, people who are just getting started have a longer road to travel before they can begin to earn even a small income from their efforts.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">YouTube has also been cracking down on videos relating to controversial subjects, like gun ownership, marijuana, and politics. It's often unclear what's allowed and what's prohibited much to the frustration of content makers.</p> <h2>Alternative Video Sites</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/three-paths.png" alt="Man Facing Three Paths" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Quite a few people who post videos to YouTube are now exploring their other options rather than tying their fortunes to an increasingly unpredictable and unreliable organization. Even those who have decided to continue with their YouTube endeavors are increasingly broadening their horizons to include other sites too. In this way, they have some measure of protection in case something goes awry at YouTube.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="There are many other platforms for streaming video besides YouTube" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/youtube-competitors-logos.png" alt="Logos of Companies That Compete With YouTube" width="650" height="370" /><em>Some of the Video Sites That Compete With YouTube<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A lot of live streamers, particularly those engaging in <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best U.S.A.-Friendly Sites for Internet Poker" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>online poker</strong></span></a></span> playing from the USA, have already moved over to <strong>Twitch.tv</strong>. Although there's still a bit of uncertainty around the edges when it comes to what type of content is frowned upon at Twitch, its guidelines are a lot clearer and more transparent than YouTube's.</p> <div style="width: 85%; border: 2px solid black; background: green; margin-top: 3%; margin-bottom: 3%; margin: auto; padding: 2%;"> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large; color: #ffffff;">Professional Rakeback is hiring streamers to promote our website, articles, and partner poker sites. If you are interested in learning more, please <span style="color: #ffcc00;"><a title="Contact Professional Rakeback and tell us about your desire to be a sponsored streamer!" href="/Contact_Us"><span style="color: #ffcc00;">contact us</span></a></span> and tell us more about your stream. We would love to sponsor your quality stream!</span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Patreon</strong> is another interesting choice. It allows viewers to directly support content creators whose work they appreciate by funding them without the need for advertisers. Members can typically select from among several tiers of financial commitment with additional perks available to those who opt for the higher levels.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unless YouTube improves its transparency and ability to communicate with content makers, it might find itself losing market share to these and other competitors going forward.</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%2Fyoutube-bans-numerous-online-gambling-channels-in-surprise-move&amp;title=YouTube%20Surprise%20Bans%20Numerous%20Gambling-Related%20Channels"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:14491:"<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%2Fyoutube-bans-numerous-online-gambling-channels-in-surprise-move&amp;title=YouTube%20Surprise%20Bans%20Numerous%20Gambling-Related%20Channels"></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/youtube-logo.png" alt="YouTube Logo" width="334" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Around the end of May and the first week of June, <strong>YouTube started banning channels that feature gambling content</strong> with no advance warning given. All their content was blocked, and in some cases, live streams were halted and cancelled even as they were being broadcast.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="YouTube often terminates channels and shows a message to that effect to anyone who tries to watch them" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/youtube-terminated-account-message.png" alt="YouTube Message: Channel Terminated" width="645" height="108" /><em>The Message Shown to YouTube Users Who Attempt to Access Banned Content<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>More Details on the Suspensions</h2> <div><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; margin-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;">Affected users have reported that the explanations given by YouTube for blocking their accounts were very vague and uninformative. One content creator whose channel was closed shared an email that he received from the company. It reads in part:</p> <blockquote><p>YouTube doesn't allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. For example, it's not okay to post videos showing drug abuse, underage drinking and smoking, or bomb making.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">How this relates to gambling is unclear. It's almost impossible to conceive of a situation where betting on chance-based games could cause “serious physical harm or death.” There's nothing prohibiting videos showing real money wagering in the YouTube code of conduct.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some have speculated that the account closures were not triggered by gambling-related content specifically. YouTube policies frown upon vids whose purpose is to drive traffic to outside sites, which opens up the possibility that it's affiliate links to online casinos that caused the trouble. Also, people who wish to link to their own websites in video descriptions must go through a process to verify the URL of the sites they control, and failing to do so may be grounds for blocking a channel.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of these hypotheses sound plausible. It's nearly impossible to really get solid info on the real rationale for YouTube's actions, though, especially because the company is pretty tight-lipped when it comes to explaining reasons for account closure.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One of the channels that was banned was “TheBigJackpot,” which contains footage of high-stakes, live slot machine play and has more than 120,000 subscriptions. “Brian Christopher” is a similar channel with more than 80,000 subscribers. It's thus not obscure and little-known video makers who are seeing their materials rendered inaccessible but rather prominent, popular content creators.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Some Youtubers show live video of their slot machine play" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/brian-christopher-slot-video-screenshot.jpg" alt="Frame From a Brian Christopher Video Showing a Big Win" width="650" height="300" /><em>Stlil Image From a Video of Slot Machine Play on Brian Christopher's YouTube Channel</em><br />He Collected $372 From Free Spins Off a $3.52 Bet on the “Stampede Power” Slot<br /><br /></div> <h2>YouTube Partially Reverses Itself</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/mouse-pointer-hand.png" alt="Mouse Pointer Hand" width="76" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">After Wall Street Journal writer Christopher Mims informed his Twitter followers of what was happening, YouTube was quick to respond:</p> <div><a title="YouTube Responds to Confused Creators" href="https://twitter.com/TeamYouTube/status/1004759149555548160" 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/team-youtube-gambling-twitter-post.png" alt="Twitter Post From YouTube" width="640" height="246" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This clarification made it seem that the booting of popular creators from the platform was a mistake, perhaps the result of unsupervised automated flagging systems or overzealous employees. However, even though several individuals had their accounts reinstated, <strong>another wave of banning followed</strong>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There is an appeals process that many were able to go through to get their channels reactivated. Nevertheless, some remain terminated either because their appeals were denied or they elected not to appeal. Two of the formerly popular YouTube gambling channels that have still not been restored are “David Labowsky” and “Grape's Gambling Channel.” Even among users who were allowed back on to YouTube, some of them have had restrictions placed on what they can do, such as being prohibited from broadcasting live streams.</p> <h2>Content Makers Angry</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/angry-face.png" alt="Smiley Face: Anger" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many of the individuals who create gambling-related videos on YouTube rely on the platform for a significant amount of their income either through YouTube's own monetization program or arrangements they've made with third-party ad networks. They're thus not thrilled about the fact that their presence on the site can be halted without adequate explanation and seemingly on a whim.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some of these people have negotiated deals with gaming firms to showcase products on their channels, and sudden account terminations throw these agreements into limbo until the situation can be resolved one way or the other. Even in the event that these accounts are eventually restored to good standing, the disruption caused can be difficult to recover from.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Take a look at what some of these video broadcasters had to say about the YouTube account terminations:</p> <div><a title="“Thebigjackpot” Wants Clarification From Youtube" href="https://twitter.com/thebigjackpotli/status/1003756891950837760" 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/youtube-gambling-ban-tweet-1.png" alt="YouTube Channel With 100K+ Subscribers Suspended" width="588" height="149" /></a></div> <p> </p> <div><a title="YouTuber Finds Himself Banned, Reinstated, Banned Again" href="https://twitter.com/LetsGiveItASpin/status/1006135148943953921" 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/youtube-gambling-ban-tweet-2.png" alt="Twitter User Critical of Account Closures" width="588" height="127" /></a></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Because there's no indication of what exactly caused YouTube to act in the way it did, video makers are playing guessing games. Some of them are proactively deleting videos that they think might warrant enforcement action, such as those that contain profanity or mention drug use. Others are age-gating their content so that it's visible only to viewers over 18. Nobody really knows if these strategies are effective because YouTube has not been forthcoming in outlining why some gambling channels were targeted.</p> <h2>YouTube Losing Favor in the Marketplace</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thumbs-down.png" alt="Thumbs Down" width="90" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">YouTube was once the unquestioned king of video content, driving eager audiences into the hands of creative video producers without a lot of rules to follow or restrictions to comply with. Those days seem to be slipping into the rear view however.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In January, <a title="YouTube Prerequisites for Joining Partner Program" href="https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/72857?hl=en" target="_blank">YouTube established tougher rules</a> on how to qualify for its monetization system. Previously, creators had merely to collect 10,000 views on their videos to enable monetization. Now, one has to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time during the past 12 months.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The new monetization requirements are no problem for elite channel owners who easily surpass the stipulated thresholds. However, people who are just getting started have a longer road to travel before they can begin to earn even a small income from their efforts.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">YouTube has also been cracking down on videos relating to controversial subjects, like gun ownership, marijuana, and politics. It's often unclear what's allowed and what's prohibited much to the frustration of content makers.</p> <h2>Alternative Video Sites</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/three-paths.png" alt="Man Facing Three Paths" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Quite a few people who post videos to YouTube are now exploring their other options rather than tying their fortunes to an increasingly unpredictable and unreliable organization. Even those who have decided to continue with their YouTube endeavors are increasingly broadening their horizons to include other sites too. In this way, they have some measure of protection in case something goes awry at YouTube.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="There are many other platforms for streaming video besides YouTube" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/youtube-competitors-logos.png" alt="Logos of Companies That Compete With YouTube" width="650" height="370" /><em>Some of the Video Sites That Compete With YouTube<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A lot of live streamers, particularly those engaging in <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Best U.S.A.-Friendly Sites for Internet Poker" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>online poker</strong></span></a></span> playing from the USA, have already moved over to <strong>Twitch.tv</strong>. 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  16. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532137514
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  17. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11678 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1531648354
    Run Time: 0.000148
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  18. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1531648354
    Run Time: 0.000147
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  19. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11702 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1530618120
    Run Time: 0.000154
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  20. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1530618120
    Run Time: 0.000142
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  21. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11576 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1530093998
    Run Time: 0.000177
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  22. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1530093998
    Run Time: 0.000155
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  23. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11401 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1529669385
    Run Time: 0.000167
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  24. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1529669385
    Run Time: 0.000143
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  25. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11558 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1529593727
    Run Time: 0.000144
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  26. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1529593727
    Run Time: 0.000144
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  27. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11650 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1528723013
    Run Time: 0.000143
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  28. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1528723013
    Run Time: 0.000174
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  29. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11522 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1528191777
    Run Time: 0.000144
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  30. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1528191777
    Run Time: 0.000154
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  31. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11484 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1528113645
    Run Time: 0.000147
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  32. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1528113645
    Run Time: 0.000143
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  33. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11594 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1526651627
    Run Time: 0.000144
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  34. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1526651627
    Run Time: 0.000143
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  35. SELECT thread.*
    	,
    	user.*, IF(user.username IS NULL, thread.username, user.username) AS username,
    	node.title AS node_title, node.node_name,
    permission.cache_value AS node_permission_cache
    FROM xf_thread AS thread 
    
    	LEFT JOIN xf_user AS user ON
    		(user.user_id = thread.user_id)
    	LEFT JOIN xf_node AS node ON
    		(node.node_id = thread.node_id)
    LEFT JOIN xf_permission_cache_content AS permission
    	ON (permission.permission_combination_id = 1
    		AND permission.content_type = 'node'
    		AND permission.content_id = thread.node_id)
    WHERE 1=1
    ORDER BY thread.last_post_date DESC
     LIMIT 10
    Run Time: 0.000863
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLEthreadindex last_post_date4 10 
    SIMPLEusereq_refPRIMARYPRIMARY4affdog_xforum.thread.user_id1 
    SIMPLEnodeeq_refPRIMARYPRIMARY4affdog_xforum.thread.node_id1 
    SIMPLEpermissioneq_refPRIMARYPRIMARY35const,const,affdog_xforum.thread.node_id1Using where
  36. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11737 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532214641
    Run Time: 0.000087
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  37. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 147 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532214641
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  38. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11736 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532197339
    Run Time: 0.000083
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  39. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 70 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532197339
    Run Time: 0.000094
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  40. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11735 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532195101
    Run Time: 0.000083
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  41. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 345 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532195101
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  42. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11627 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532177599
    Run Time: 0.000083
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  43. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 147 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532177599
    Run Time: 0.000083
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  44. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11564 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532137514
    Run Time: 0.000083
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  45. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 116 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532137514
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  46. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11722 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532114106
    Run Time: 0.000109
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  47. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 70 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532114106
    Run Time: 0.000081
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  48. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 10491 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532099018
    Run Time: 0.000083
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  49. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 70 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532099018
    Run Time: 0.000081
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  50. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11366 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532094995
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  51. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 147 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532094995
    Run Time: 0.000081
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  52. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11716 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532090641
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  53. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 147 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532090641
    Run Time: 0.000116
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  54. SELECT thread_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_thread_read WHERE thread_id = 11739 and user_id = 0 and thread_read_date >= 1532084141
    Run Time: 0.000082
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  55. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 70 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1532084141
    Run Time: 0.000080
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
  56. SELECT cache_value
    FROM xf_permission_cache_content
    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
    	AND content_type = ?
    	AND content_id = ?
    Params: 1, node, 147
    Run Time: 0.000126
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_permission_cache_contentconstPRIMARYPRIMARY35const,const,const1 
  57. SELECT cache_value
    FROM xf_permission_cache_content
    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
    	AND content_type = ?
    	AND content_id = ?
    Params: 1, node, 70
    Run Time: 0.000100
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_permission_cache_contentconstPRIMARYPRIMARY35const,const,const1 
  58. SELECT cache_value
    FROM xf_permission_cache_content
    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
    	AND content_type = ?
    	AND content_id = ?
    Params: 1, node, 345
    Run Time: 0.000101
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_permission_cache_contentconstPRIMARYPRIMARY35const,const,const1 
  59.                 SELECT DISTINCT
                    sensi_companies.company_name,
                    sensi_payments.payment_date,
                    sensi_paymentmethods.paymentmethod_description as paymentmethod
                    FROM
                    sensi_payments
                    Inner Join sensi_paymentmethods ON sensi_payments.paymentmethod_uid = sensi_paymentmethods.paymentmethod_uid
                    Inner Join sensi_companies ON sensi_companies.company_uid = sensi_payments.company_uid
                    ORDER BY
                    sensi_payments.payment_date DESC
     LIMIT 10
    Run Time: 0.000098
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLEsensi_paymentsALLpaymentIdx,compantIdx   5889Using temporary; Using filesort
    SIMPLEsensi_paymentmethodseq_refPRIMARYPRIMARY4affdog_xforum.sensi_payments.paymentmethod_uid1 
    SIMPLEsensi_companieseq_refPRIMARYPRIMARY8affdog_xforum.sensi_payments.company_uid1Using index condition
  60. SELECT title, template_compiled
    FROM xf_template_compiled
    WHERE title IN ('page_nav', 'xcmw_render_block_sidebar_rss_feed', 'xcmw_render_block_wrapper', 'xcmw_render_block_sidebar_link_roll', 'xcmw_view_website', 'xcagt_term_alerts_popup', 'xcagt_new_posts_popup', 'xcagt_aff_payments_popup', 'xfa_blog_navigation_tab_link', 'xcmw_profile_popup', 'xcmw_account_link', 'xcmw_postbit_link', 'xcfw_copyright', 'xcas_account_sidebar', 'xcas_profile_popup', 'xcas_head_include', 'PAGE_CONTAINER')
    	AND style_id = ?
    	AND language_id = ?
    Params: 11, 1
    Run Time: 0.001215
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY60 17Using where
  61. SELECT title, phrase_text
    FROM xf_phrase_compiled
    WHERE language_id = ?
    	AND title IN ('xcmw_x_websites', 'xcmw_websites', 'xcagt_term_alerts', 'xcagt_new_posts', 'xcagt_aff_payments')
    Params: 1
    Run Time: 0.000240
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_phrase_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY106 5Using where
  62. SELECT title, template_compiled
    FROM xf_template_compiled
    WHERE title IN ('BRAFR_navigation_tabs_link')
    	AND style_id = ?
    	AND language_id = ?
    Params: 11, 1
    Run Time: 0.000124
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledconstPRIMARYPRIMARY60const,const,const1 
  63. SELECT title, phrase_text
    FROM xf_phrase_compiled
    WHERE language_id = ?
    	AND title IN ('xcas_custom_hook_name', 'xcas_custom_hook', 'xcas_custom_hook_name_explain')
    Params: 1
    Run Time: 0.000102
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_phrase_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY106 3Using where
  64. SELECT title, template_compiled
    FROM xf_template_compiled
    WHERE title IN ('xcagt_popup_forum_name')
    	AND style_id = ?
    	AND language_id = ?
    Params: 11, 1
    Run Time: 0.000117
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledconstPRIMARYPRIMARY60const,const,const1 
  65. SELECT title, template_compiled
    FROM xf_template_compiled
    WHERE title IN ('xcas_zone_code', 'xcas_zone_wrapper_default')
    	AND style_id = ?
    	AND language_id = ?
    Params: 11, 1
    Run Time: 0.000135
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY60 2Using where

Included Files (264, XenForo Classes: 51)

  1. index.php
  2. library/XenForo/Autoloader.php
  3. library/XenForo/Application.php
  4. library/Zend/Registry.php
  5. library/Lgpl/utf8.php
  6. library/Zend/Config.php
  7. library/config.php
  8. /home/affdog/public_html/parameters.php
  9. library/XenForo/FrontController.php
  10. library/XenForo/Dependencies/Public.php
  11. library/XenForo/Dependencies/Abstract.php
  12. library/Zend/Controller/Request/Http.php
  13. library/Zend/Controller/Request/Abstract.php
  14. library/Zend/Uri.php
  15. library/Zend/Controller/Response/Http.php
  16. library/Zend/Controller/Response/Abstract.php
  17. library/XenForo/Model/DataRegistry.php
  18. library/XenForo/Model.php
  19. library/Zend/Db.php
  20. library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Mysqli.php
  21. library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Abstract.php
  22. library/Zend/Db/Select.php
  23. library/Zend/Db/Expr.php
  24. library/Zend/Db/Profiler.php
  25. library/Zend/Db/Statement/Mysqli.php
  26. library/Zend/Db/Statement.php
  27. library/Zend/Db/Statement/Interface.php
  28. library/Zend/Db/Profiler/Query.php
  29. library/XenForo/CodeEvent.php
  30. library/XenForo/Options.php
  31. library/XenForo/Link.php
  32. library/XenForo/Template/Helper/Core.php
  33. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Hooks.php
  34. library/XfAddOns/Blogs/Listener.php
  35. library/Brivium/BriviumHelper/EventListeners.php
  36. library/Brivium/BriviumHelper/1010071/EventListeners.php
  37. library/XenCentral/Framework/Hooks.php
  38. library/Tapatalk/Listener/LoadClassModel.php
  39. library/XfAddOns/Blogs/Install/Version.php
  40. library/ForumWatch/Listener.php
  41. library/XenCentral/TotalWatch/Hooks.php
  42. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Hooks.php
  43. library/XenCentral/AGD/Hooks.php
  44. library/XenCentral/TrackUsers/Hooks.php
  45. library/XenResource/Listener/Proxy.php
  46. library/XenForo/Router.php
  47. library/XenForo/Route/Filter.php
  48. library/XenForo/Route/Interface.php
  49. library/XenForo/Route/ResponseSuffix.php
  50. library/XenForo/Route/Prefix.php
  51. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Route/PrefixPublic/Websites.php
  52. library/XenForo/RouteMatch.php
  53. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/ControllerPublic/Website.php
  54. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/ControllerPublic/Abstract.php
  55. library/XenForo/ControllerPublic/Abstract.php
  56. library/XenForo/Controller.php
  57. library/EWRutiles/Spam/Listener/Controller.php
  58. library/PostLinks/Listener/Listener.php
  59. library/XenForo/Input.php
  60. library/XenForo/Session.php
  61. library/XenForo/Helper/Ip.php
  62. library/XenForo/Visitor.php
  63. library/XenForo/Model/User.php
  64. library/XfAddOns/Blogs/Override/Model/User.php
  65. library/XenResource/Listener/Proxy/ModelUser.php
  66. library/XenForo/Permission.php
  67. library/XenForo/Helper/Php.php
  68. library/XenForo/Phrase.php
  69. library/XenForo/Locale.php
  70. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Interface/Core.php
  71. library/XenCentral/Framework/Interface/Core.php
  72. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Model/Users.php
  73. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Model/Website.php
  74. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Model/Abstract.php
  75. library/XenCentral/Framework/Interface/Database.php
  76. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Model/Options.php
  77. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Model/Permissions.php
  78. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Model/Block.php
  79. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Library/FeedParser/FeedParserRss.php
  80. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Library/FeedParser/FeedParserAbstract.php
  81. library/Zend/Feed/Reader.php
  82. library/Zend/Feed.php
  83. library/Zend/Xml/Security.php
  84. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Feed/Rss.php
  85. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/FeedAbstract.php
  86. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/FeedInterface.php
  87. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Atom/Feed.php
  88. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/FeedAbstract.php
  89. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Entry/Atom.php
  90. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/EntryInterface.php
  91. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/EntryAbstract.php
  92. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Atom/Entry.php
  93. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/EntryAbstract.php
  94. library/Zend/Date.php
  95. library/Zend/Date/DateObject.php
  96. library/Zend/Locale.php
  97. library/Zend/Locale/Format.php
  98. library/Zend/Locale/Data.php
  99. library/Zend/Locale/Math.php
  100. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Collection/Category.php
  101. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Collection/CollectionAbstract.php
  102. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Feed/Atom/Source.php
  103. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Feed/Atom.php
  104. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Entry/Rss.php
  105. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/DublinCore/Entry.php
  106. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Content/Entry.php
  107. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/WellFormedWeb/Entry.php
  108. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Slash/Entry.php
  109. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Thread/Entry.php
  110. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Collection/Author.php
  111. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/DublinCore/Feed.php
  112. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/FeedSet.php
  113. library/Zend/Xml/Exception.php
  114. library/Zend/Exception.php
  115. library/Zend/Http/Client.php
  116. library/Zend/Loader.php
  117. library/Zend/Http/Client/Adapter/Interface.php
  118. library/Zend/Http/Response.php
  119. library/Zend/Http/Response/Stream.php
  120. library/Zend/Uri/Http.php
  121. library/Zend/Validate/Hostname.php
  122. library/Zend/Validate/Abstract.php
  123. library/Zend/Validate/Interface.php
  124. library/Zend/Validate/Ip.php
  125. library/Zend/Validate/Hostname/Com.php
  126. library/Zend/Http/Client/Adapter/Socket.php
  127. library/Zend/Http/Client/Adapter/Stream.php
  128. library/Zend/Loader/PluginLoader.php
  129. library/Zend/Loader/PluginLoader/Interface.php
  130. library/Zend/Loader/PluginLoader/Exception.php
  131. library/Zend/Loader/Exception.php
  132. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Podcast/Feed.php
  133. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Podcast/Entry.php
  134. library/Zend/Locale/Data/Translation.php
  135. library/Zend/Cache.php
  136. library/Zend/Cache/Backend/File.php
  137. library/Zend/Cache/Backend/ExtendedInterface.php
  138. library/Zend/Cache/Backend/Interface.php
  139. library/Zend/Cache/Backend.php
  140. library/Zend/Cache/Core.php
  141. library/XenForo/DataWriter.php
  142. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Writer/BlockWriter.php
  143. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/Writer/Abstract.php
  144. library/Tapatalk/Push/PushControl.php
  145. library/XenForo/Db.php
  146. library/XenForo/ControllerResponse/View.php
  147. library/XenForo/ControllerResponse/Abstract.php
  148. library/XenForo/Helper/Cookie.php
  149. library/Tapatalk/Listener/ControllerPostDispatch.php
  150. library/XenForo/ViewRenderer/HtmlPublic.php
  151. library/XenForo/ViewRenderer/Abstract.php
  152. library/XenForo/Template/Public.php
  153. library/XenForo/Template/Abstract.php
  154. library/XenCentral/Framework/Navigation/Admin.php
  155. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/ViewPublic/Website/View.php
  156. library/XenCentral/MemberWebsites/ViewPublic/Abstract.php
  157. library/XenForo/ViewPublic/Base.php
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  159. library/ControlNoFollow/Listener.php
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