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The normal Sunday $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed MTTs scheduled for Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4 will see their prize pools enhanced to $106,000. Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that the $300 + $25 High Roller tournaments on these same dates will see their normal $75,000 guarantees improved also to $106,000. Buyins and Formats Most of the GSPO is focused around No Limit Hold'em because this is the most commonly played poker variant. Nevertheless, there are about half a dozen Pot Limit Omaha events listed along with a small number for Limit Omaha/8, Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Omaha/8 games. There's the expected array of knockout, turbo, six-handed, superstack, and other popular tourney formats. Buyins start at $25 + $2.50 and go up to $425 + $25. Main Events The Main Event of the Golden Spade Poker Open will be held Sun., Nov. 4 at 5:06 p.m. ET. There's a guaranteed prize pool of $350,000, which you can compete for by paying the buyin of $400 + $25. 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You can access these events from any poker room on the <a title="Read up on the Member Sites of the PWL Network" href="/paiwangluo-poker-network" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network</a>, including Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="There's $3.5 million plus to win in the Golden Spade Poker Open" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/gspo-banner-2018.jpg" alt="Golden Spade Poker Open 2018" width="650" height="237" /><br /><br /></div> <h2>Normal Tournaments Boosted</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/green-up-arrow.png" alt="Up Arrow: Green" width="58" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to the special tourneys that are part of the 119-event lineup, you'll also see a few familiar contests replaced by bigger and better editions.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The normal Sunday $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed MTTs scheduled for Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4 will see their prize pools enhanced to $106,000. 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Sit n' go fans will see single-table qualifiers to a few GSPO events also.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Please note that all tickets won through satellites must be used in the events that they're good for and cannot be exchanged for cash or other compensation. If a player wins more than one entry to a single event, then all entries beyond the first are forfeit.</p> <h2>Sign up and Play 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="Chips and Cards" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As exciting as $3.5 million in prizes is, you can't win any of it unless you have an account at one of the participating poker sites. For Canadians and Latin Americans, we recommend Bodog.eu and Bodog.com respectively. Read our <a title="Poker, Casino, Sports, and Races at Bodog's All-in-One Gambling Platform" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><strong>Bodog Poker review</strong></a> to find out why. Australians can register at Ignition Casino for a $1,000 bonus, and Americans are welcome as well. Check out our accurate <a title="Review of Ignition's Anonymized Poker Room" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></a> page for further instructions. Americans have the option to instead make Bovada their online poker home. Although its poker bonus is only half the size as Ignition's, Bovada has a sportsbook, which Ignition does not. Consult our <a title="Bovada.lv for U.S.A. online poker and Sports Betting" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><strong>review of Bovada</strong></a> to learn more.</p> <hr /><hr /><h3 style="text-align: center;">Previous Golden Spade Poker Open Details</h3> <p></p><center><br /><table class="works"><thead><tr><th class="enhanced">Year</th> <th>Dates</th> <th># of Events</th> <th>Guarantees</th> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">2017</td> <td>Oct. 14 - Nov. 8</td> <td>112</td> <td>$3 million+</td> </tr><tr><td class="enhanced">2016</td> <td>Sept. 10 - Oct. 30</td> <td>100+</td> <td>$3.5 million+</td> </tr></thead></table><p></p></center> </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_1"> <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%2Fgolden-spade-poker-open&amp;title=%243.5%20Million%20in%20Golden%20Spade%20Poker%20Open%202018%20at%20Ignition%2C%20Bodog%2C%20Bovada"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[//><!-- if(window.da2a)da2a.script_load(); //--><!]]> </script></span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:8991:"<span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_2"> <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%2Fgolden-spade-poker-open&amp;title=%243.5%20Million%20in%20Golden%20Spade%20Poker%20Open%202018%20at%20Ignition%2C%20Bodog%2C%20Bovada"></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/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Logo of Ignition Casino Poker" width="150" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's time to clear your schedule and get ready for big poker tournament action because the <strong>Golden Spade Poker Open</strong> is here. Running from Sat., Oct. 13 and continuing through Thurs., Nov. 8, this year's GSPO boasts total guarantees of <strong>more than $3.5 million</strong>. You can access these events from any poker room on the <a title="Read up on the Member Sites of the PWL Network" href="/paiwangluo-poker-network" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network</a>, including Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="There's $3.5 million plus to win in the Golden Spade Poker Open" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/gspo-banner-2018.jpg" alt="Golden Spade Poker Open 2018" width="650" height="237" /><br /><br /></div> <h2>Normal Tournaments Boosted</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/green-up-arrow.png" alt="Up Arrow: Green" width="58" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to the special tourneys that are part of the 119-event lineup, you'll also see a few familiar contests replaced by bigger and better editions.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The normal Sunday $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed MTTs scheduled for Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4 will see their prize pools enhanced to $106,000. Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that the $300 + $25 High Roller tournaments on these same dates will see their normal $75,000 guarantees improved also to $106,000.</p> <h2>Buyins and Formats</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most of the GSPO is focused around No Limit Hold'em because this is the most commonly played poker variant. Nevertheless, there are about half a dozen Pot Limit Omaha events listed along with a small number for Limit Omaha/8, Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Omaha/8 games. There's the expected array of knockout, turbo, six-handed, superstack, and other popular tourney formats. Buyins start at $25 + $2.50 and go up to $425 + $25.</p> <h2>Main Events</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/calendar.png" alt="Calendar" width="103" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Main Event of the Golden Spade Poker Open will be held Sun., Nov. 4 at 5:06 p.m. ET. There's a guaranteed prize pool of $350,000, which you can compete for by paying the buyin of $400 + $25.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If this is too much cash for you to part with for a single afternoon of cards, then you might want to consider the Mini Main Event instead. It will run on the same day as the normal Main Event, but it's scheduled to commence two hours earlier at 3:06 p.m. ET. It only costs $100 + $9 to join the Mini Main Event, and there's $75,000 up for grabs.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Those few poker players in our audience who are awake at the crack of dawn might be interested in the Early Bird Main Event. It kicks off, also on Nov. 4, at 8:06 a.m. ET for a buyin of $75 + $7 and comes with a guarantee of $10,000. The amount of cash in play here isn't especially alluring, but the field size will probably be very small, giving you the best opportunity for a final table result.</p> <h2>Satellites Abound</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/satellites.png" alt="Chart of Satellites" width="104" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Poker room management is well aware that some of the contests in the GSPO lie outside the comfort zones of prospective participants. To alleviate this issue, there are plenty of satellite tournaments that enable you to win your entry for less. These feeder tournaments are shown in the lobby at the following price points:</p> <ul><li>$4 + $0.40: Satellites to any $25 + $2.50 GSPO event</li> <li>$4 + $0.40: Satellites to any $40 + $4 GSPO event</li> <li>$7 + $0.70: Satellites to any $50 + $5 GSPO event</li> <li>$7 + $0.70: Satellites to any $60 + $6 GSPO event</li> <li>$7 + $0.70: Satellites to any $75 + $7 GSPO event</li> <li>$15 + $1.50: Satellites to any $100 + $9 GSPO event</li> <li>$15 + $1.50: Satellites to any $125 + $10 GSPO event</li> <li>$15 + $1.50: Satellites to any $150 + $12 GSPO event</li> <li>$25 + $2.50: Satellites to any $200 + $15 GSPO event</li> <li>$25 + $2.50: Satellites to any $250 + $20 GSPO event</li> </ul><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Moreover, there are satellites to the $425 + $25 Main Event with buyins of $25 + $2.50 and $50 + $5, and you can try to win your seat in any of the $325 + $25 High Roller tourneys for $40 + $4. Sit n' go fans will see single-table qualifiers to a few GSPO events also.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Please note that all tickets won through satellites must be used in the events that they're good for and cannot be exchanged for cash or other compensation. If a player wins more than one entry to a single event, then all entries beyond the first are forfeit.</p> <h2>Sign up and Play 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="Chips and Cards" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As exciting as $3.5 million in prizes is, you can't win any of it unless you have an account at one of the participating poker sites. For Canadians and Latin Americans, we recommend Bodog.eu and Bodog.com respectively. Read our <a title="Poker, Casino, Sports, and Races at Bodog's All-in-One Gambling Platform" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><strong>Bodog Poker review</strong></a> to find out why. Australians can register at Ignition Casino for a $1,000 bonus, and Americans are welcome as well. Check out our accurate <a title="Review of Ignition's Anonymized Poker Room" href="/ignition" target="_self"><strong>Ignition Casino Poker review</strong></a> page for further instructions. Americans have the option to instead make Bovada their online poker home. Although its poker bonus is only half the size as Ignition's, Bovada has a sportsbook, which Ignition does not. 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A total of 16 people joined in the lawsuit, and they are each seeking payments of between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,560 - $57,800) apiece from Winamax. What Are Poker Bots? Poker bots are automated pieces of software that can play poker without any manual user intervention required. They scrape the screen while tables are open to see what cards have been dealt and then consult their programming to determine whether to bet, raise, call, or fold. Botting has been around for more than a decade, and some of these programs are quite sophisticated. WinHoldem Botting Software From 2004 Using bots is against the terms and conditions of virtually every internet poker room. The security departments of these sites are engaged in a constant battle to combat bots, and they frequently close down bot accounts and refund money back to affected players. Although some worried observers feel that bots are everywhere, the reality is far more prosaic. While it's undoubtedly true that anyone putting in significant volume at the tables will encounter bots now and again, they don't comprise any meaningful percentage of the seats occupied at any given time. What Happened at Winamax? The current Winamax botting saga began to unfold in November 2017 when Twoplustwo poster “Dontsaycat” expressed his concerns about the Winamax account “Twopandas” in the Expresso lottery SNG games at the €100 buyin level. This screenname had previously been a poor player but suddenly improved to near-perfect game theory optimal (GTO) play while putting in 12-hour sessions of eight tables at a time day after day. “Dontsaycat” suspected “Twopandas” of running a bot. If these allegations were true, it would mean that this user was breaking the Winamax Poker Terms and Conditions. In section 1.2, “Prohibited software,” we find the following: Some software is incompatible with honest and fair gaming. The majority of such programs constitute cheating and Website [sic] uses all available means to detect and prevent the use of such software. Prohibited Software includes, without limitation: robots ("poker bots" and "auto-folders") automated to advise, act or make decisions for the player in a game. The real player must always be present when playing on winamax.fr; The response from the player community was mixed. Some fellow Winamax customers said that the account in question was almost certainly a bot. Others were more skeptical and felt that those complaining were just envious of “Twopanda's” winning results. Another contingent of commentators opined that whether or not this specific user was a bot, botting was inevitable in online poker in 2018 and there was no real recourse against it. Expresso Poker and Bots Winamax's Expresso format is a type of three-handed hyper-turbo lottery sit n' go where a multiplier is randomly chosen before the game begins. The multiplier can take on certain specified values from 2 to 10,000. The prize pool is then set at this number times the buyin amount. For the lower multipliers, Expresso is a winner-takes-all affair, but the higher multiplier prize structures award something to each of the three contestants. Expresso is offered at €1, €2, €5, €10, €25, €50, €100, and €250 price points. Table of Expresso Poker at Winamax This type of poker is similar to Spin &amp; Gos at PokerStars and Jackpot Poker at the Winning Poker Network although each provider has different multiplier charts and probabilities, and there are other subtle variations between the lottery sit-and-gos at each site. You can learn more about this form of poker in our guide to the best lottery SNG poker sites. Rather than being a cheap knockoff of existing games at other rooms, though, Expresso was actually the originator of this style of play. Winamax initially deployed Expresso in August 2013, and it has been a smashing success since that time. Because there are only three players in each Expresso match, and the starting stacks are relatively short (25bbs), this type of game is ripe for exploitation by bots. Much of the strategy revolves around making correct push/fold decisions, which can be easily programmed into a bot. By contrast, deeper-stacked play at a full table of six or nine players introduces tons of variables over multiple streets that are more challenging to develop a standardized strategy for. Maxime Lemaitre Gets Involved The Twoplustwo thread on this topic continued, in a more or less desultory fashion, for the next several months. But then on June 9, online poker pro, video maker, and coach Maxime Lemaitre reignited the controversy with a post on the French-language ClubPoker forums under his forum ID “BatMax.” Maxime Lemaitre, a Leader in the Anti-Bot Fight Lemaitre performed a sophisticated analysis of the gameplay of “Twopandas” and another name that had been thrown around as a possible bot, “VictoriaMo.” What Lemaitre discovered was shocking. Using advanced GTO solver tools, he imported the hands he had observed on the two alleged bots and calculated their average error rates – that is, the amount of expected value they lost on average per decision by deviating from what game theory said was optimal. According to discussions Maxime had with other solid Expresso winners, most top regs had error rates in the ballpark of 0.75 to 1 chip of EV per decision. The error rates of “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” by contrast were 0.220 and 0.201 respectively. This would mean that they were substantially better than some of the best players in these games. Screenshot of Solver Software Posted by Lemaitre Showing “Twopanda's” Amazing Error Rate Lemaitre stated that he had never seen either of them time out on a decision despite having six to eight games going at once. Nobody in the poker community had ever met them in real life: a rarity among elite players. All of this information strongly pointed to the fact that there was some kind of software assistance taking place, up to and including the illicit use of bots. Maxime Lemaitre computed that, between winnings, VIP bonuses, and leaderboard payments, these two users were pulling in about €1.8 million ($2 million) per year from the site. Winamax Responds On June 11, a representative of Winamax, Aurélien Guiglini, responded on the Club Poker forums. He revealed that the players “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” had frequently been brought to the attention of site security by other concerned customers in the past. Therefore, the site had already completed multiple investigations into their play. This included having them each record videos of their sessions on two separate occasions. Winamax found that the actions and timing featured in these videos were consistent with these two screennames' normal patterns of behavior and explained that “to date, we do not have evidence proving cheating.” The Winamax spokesperson further elaborated that these two accounts do misclick and time out sometimes, contradicting the information that Maxime Lemaitre had compiled. Winamax also disputed the figure of €1.8 million in annual earn for these accounts, stating that the two users had won only €694,000 combined, including rakeback and other promotional cash, since the dates that they had opened their accounts (October 2016 for “Twopandas” and August 2017 for ”VictoriaMo”). Nevertheless, Winamax conceded that further inquiries into the nature of these two players were warranted. Therefore, the company requested that “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” appear at Winamax's Paris headquarters and play a session under the watchful eyes of game security staff. In the meantime, both accounts were suspended. Winamax's Paris Offices Where the Alleged Botters Were Invited to Go and PlayLooks Pretty Nice; We Wish We Could Play There...Opening Bot Accounts Now Results On July 30, the Winamax rep returned to the forums with updates. “Twopandas” declined to accept the invitation to play under supervision in Paris. Therefore, the account was permanently suspended, its account balance confiscated, and daily challenge leaderboard positions retroactively voided. Winamax declared that it would recalculate the payouts from past leaderboards, awarding additional winnings according to the new standings with “Twopandas” removed from consideration, and would furthermore provide extra compensation “for the damage suffered by players.” It was a different story with “VictoriaMo.” This user accepted the conditions laid out by the poker organization and appeared at the office on the designated dates. He played several sessions over the course of two days at his usual stakes and for an amount of continuous time in line with his previous habits. Winamax found no significant deviations in statistical metrics from “VictoriaMo's” preexisting profile of play. The only difference noted was that reaction times were divergent from his previous play, but this could be easily explained as a consequence of his being in a new environment using an unfamiliar computer system. Winamax felt that these tests fully exonerated “VictoriaMo” from any suspicion of wrongdoing. Still, “given the suspicion surrounding this player and the general climate of mistrust that ensues, it was decided as a precaution not to lift the suspension of his account.“ “VictoriaMo” can no longer play at Winamax, but he got to keep his entire account balance, including rewards Miles. Aftermath Many were displeased by the decisions reached by Winamax. Some didn't believe that “VictoriaMo” could have been anything other than a bot notwithstanding Winamax's contention that he was a legitimate player. The feeling was widespread that the poker site should have invited independent observers to witness the testing sessions, and doubt was cast on the ability of Winamax to perform such testing properly. Some called for hand histories of the sessions that took place in Paris to be released so that outside experts could perform their own analysis. However, Winamax refused, citing confidentiality obligations as the reason. Also, the promised compensation turned out to be much less than was expected in many cases. Maxime “BatMax” Lemaitre saw just €25 returned to his account despite playing 270 games with total buyins of €46,700 against “Twopandas.” This is peanuts compared to typical refunds for collusion, botting, and other unethical gameplay. For example, when the Winning Poker Network issued compensation for cheating to customers, some of them received hundreds or thousands of dollars. Legal Action Initiated Justine Orier, the Lawyer Who Agreed to Represent Winamax Players A group of six dismayed customers, including Lemaitre, opted to pursue their legal remedies. They retained the services of Ms. Justine Orier, founding partner of the law firm Orier Risser Advocats. One of her areas of focus is business law, and she has recognized expertise in gambling legislation. Ms. Orier launched a page on V pour Verdict, a French online platform for collective legal action, seeking additional players to join the case. By the close of the registration period on Sept. 28, a total of 16 individuals had registered for the suit. Each person seeking relief has agreed to pay Ms. Orier an upfront fee of €360 along with 10% of whatever they wind up collecting from Winamax. Because of the way French law works, should they lose the case, they will be liable to pay Winamax's legal costs. Ms. Orier estimates that if the worst comes to pass, these fees will be unlikely to exceed €3,000, which would, of course, be divided among all 16 participants in the action. Legal Strategy Ms. Orier is basing the case on the argument that, under the 2010 French law that legalized online poker, Winamax has a legal responsibility to “guarantee the integrity and transparency of gaming operations.” She has outlined a three-pronged course of action for taking Winamax to task: Begin a civil suit against Winamax to obtain compensation Get ARJEL (Regulatory authority for online games) and possibly the DGCCRF (General Directorate of Competition, Consumption &amp; Repression of Frauds) to force Winamax to be more transparent in its dealings Pursue a fraud complaint against X (an anonymous entity, probably one of the botters), which may turn into criminal proceedings. This phase of activity may also include civil complaints against any suspected botters who can be brought to appear before a competent French legal tribunal Forecast There are significant challenges confronting the parties to the class action lawsuit as Ms. Orier herself concedes. Perhaps the most daunting among them is the fact that all the evidence, like hand histories and player action timing data, would have to come from Winamax itself, which clearly has little incentive to be forthcoming with all the details that could reveal the presence of multiple bots on its site. Another problem lies in the fact that this is the first case of its kind in France. Thus, the judges will have no precedents to rely on to guide their thinking: a formula for unpredictable decisions. Bottom Line One of the much-touted advantages of regulated gambling is the supposed enhancement in game integrity that comes with fully legal sites. However, as the current Winamax situation demonstrates, merely holding a valid license does not guarantee that everything will necessarily be OK. We wish the claimants luck as they continue with the legal process, but we also recognize that they must surmount quite a few hurdles before seeing any payment for their losses. Perhaps the most favorable outcome would be if a negotiated settlement could be reached between the players and Winamax. It might be a good idea, if you're a Winamax player, to set yourself up at an alternate poker site. Even if fear of bots doesn't especially worry you, it can't hurt to expand your options. We recommend those rooms that transact in Bitcoin because this crypto-currency makes deposits and withdrawals a breeze. Take a look at our list of the top BTC online poker sites. ";s:16:"description_html";s:24898:"<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%2Fbots-abound-at-winamax-leads-to-french-lawsuit&amp;title=French%20Poker%20Players%20Suing%20Winamax%20Over%20Bot%20Allegations"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-logo.png" alt="Winamax Logo" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">France-based online poker site <strong>Winamax is facing a lawsuit</strong> by irate players because it allegedly “failed to protect the integrity and transparency of its gaming operations.” More specifically, the plaintiffs contend that they were not adequately compensated for having to <strong>play against poker bots</strong>. A total of 16 people joined in the lawsuit, and they are each seeking payments of between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,560 - $57,800) apiece from Winamax.</p> <h2>What Are Poker Bots?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/robot-small.png" alt="Cartoon Robot" width="45" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read Our Coverage of the Poker Bot Phenomenon" href="/the-bot-menace" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Poker bots</span></a></span> are automated pieces of software that can play poker without any manual user intervention required. They scrape the screen while tables are open to see what cards have been dealt and then consult their programming to determine whether to bet, raise, call, or fold. Botting has been around for more than a decade, and some of these programs are quite sophisticated.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Early poker botting software was much less advanced than the current cream of the crop" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/winholdem-screenshot.jpg" alt="Screenshot From Old WinHoldem Botting Software" width="640" height="316" /><em>WinHoldem Botting Software From 2004<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Using bots is against the terms and conditions of virtually every internet poker room. The security departments of these sites are engaged in a constant battle to combat bots, and they frequently close down bot accounts and refund money back to affected players.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although some worried observers feel that bots are everywhere, the reality is far more prosaic. While it's undoubtedly true that anyone putting in significant volume at the tables will encounter bots now and again, they don't comprise any meaningful percentage of the seats occupied at any given time.</p> <h2>What Happened at Winamax?</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;">The current Winamax botting saga began to unfold in November 2017 when <a title="Original Report on 2+2 About Alleged Botting on Winamax" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53089609&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Twoplustwo poster “Dontsaycat” expressed his concerns about the Winamax account “Twopandas”</a> in the Expresso lottery SNG games at the €100 buyin level. This screenname had previously been a poor player but suddenly improved to near-perfect game theory optimal (GTO) play while putting in 12-hour sessions of eight tables at a time day after day. “Dontsaycat” suspected “Twopandas” of running a bot.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If these allegations were true, it would mean that this user was breaking the Winamax Poker Terms and Conditions. In section 1.2, “Prohibited software,” we find the following:</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; width: 95%; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid blue;">Some software is incompatible with honest and fair gaming. The majority of such programs constitute cheating and Website [sic] uses all available means to detect and prevent the use of such software.<br /><br /> Prohibited Software includes, without limitation:<br /><br /> robots ("poker bots" and "auto-folders") automated to advise, act or make decisions for the player in a game. The real player must always be present when playing on winamax.fr;</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The response from the player community was mixed. Some fellow Winamax customers said that the account in question was almost certainly a bot. Others were more skeptical and felt that those complaining were just envious of “Twopanda's” winning results. Another contingent of commentators opined that whether or not this specific user was a bot, botting was inevitable in <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Our guide to online poker for Americans, Updated for 2018!" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">online poker in 2018</span></a></span> and there was no real recourse against it.</p> <h2>Expresso Poker and Bots</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/expresso-poker-logo.jpg" alt="Expresso Poker" width="172" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax's <strong>Expresso</strong> format is a type of three-handed hyper-turbo lottery sit n' go where a multiplier is randomly chosen before the game begins. The multiplier can take on certain specified values from 2 to 10,000. The prize pool is then set at this number times the buyin amount. For the lower multipliers, Expresso is a winner-takes-all affair, but the higher multiplier prize structures award something to each of the three contestants. Expresso is offered at €1, €2, €5, €10, €25, €50, €100, and €250 price points.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The prize pool can get as high as €1,000,000 in Expresso at Winamax" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-expresso-table.jpg" alt="Expresso Lottery-Style Sit &amp; Go Table" width="600" height="470" /><em>Table of Expresso Poker at Winamax<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This type of poker is similar to Spin &amp; Gos at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Can Americans Play at PokerStars?" href="/pokerstars-in-america" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars</span></a></span> and Jackpot Poker at the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="About the WPN" href="/winning-poker-network-info" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Winning Poker Network</span></a></span> although each provider has different multiplier charts and probabilities, and there are other subtle variations between the lottery sit-and-gos at each site. You can learn more about this form of poker in our guide to the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="These Three Sites Have Lottery Poker Games" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">best lottery SNG poker sites</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rather than being a cheap knockoff of existing games at other rooms, though, Expresso was actually the originator of this style of play. Winamax initially deployed Expresso in August 2013, and it has been a smashing success since that time.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Because there are only three players in each Expresso match, and the starting stacks are relatively short (25bbs), this type of game is ripe for exploitation by bots. Much of the strategy revolves around making correct push/fold decisions, which can be easily programmed into a bot. By contrast, deeper-stacked play at a full table of six or nine players introduces tons of variables over multiple streets that are more challenging to develop a standardized strategy for.</p> <h2>Maxime Lemaitre Gets Involved</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/calculator.jpg" alt="Handheld Calculator" width="111" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Twoplustwo thread on this topic continued, in a more or less desultory fashion, for the next several months. But then on June 9, online poker pro, video maker, and coach Maxime Lemaitre reignited the controversy with <a title="Maxime Lemaitre Calls Out Supposed Bots" href="https://www.clubpoker.net/forum-poker/topic/228743-fraude-affaire-twopandasvictoriamo-constitution-dune-action-collective-vous-pouvez-participer/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a post on the French-language ClubPoker forums</a> under his forum ID “BatMax.”</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Maxime Lemaitre is a French poker player who also coaches and makes training videos" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/maxime-lemaitre.jpg" alt="Maxime Lemaitre" width="400" height="400" /><em>Maxime Lemaitre, a Leader in the Anti-Bot Fight<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Lemaitre performed a sophisticated analysis of the gameplay of <strong>“Twopandas”</strong> and another name that had been thrown around as a possible bot, <strong>“VictoriaMo.” </strong>What Lemaitre discovered was shocking. Using advanced GTO solver tools, he imported the hands he had observed on the two alleged bots and calculated their average error rates – that is, the amount of expected value they lost on average per decision by deviating from what game theory said was optimal.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to discussions Maxime had with other solid Expresso winners, most top regs had error rates in the ballpark of 0.75 to 1 chip of EV per decision. The error rates of “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” by contrast were 0.220 and 0.201 respectively. This would mean that they were substantially better than some of the best players in these games.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="GTO Database software is a Nash equilibrium solver for single-table tournaments and lottery SNGs" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/gto-db-screenshot-twopandas.png" alt="GTO Software Shows Suspected Bot's Phenomenal Error Rate" width="653" height="320" /><em>Screenshot of Solver Software Posted by Lemaitre Showing “Twopanda's” Amazing Error Rate<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Lemaitre stated that he had never seen either of them time out on a decision despite having six to eight games going at once. Nobody in the poker community had ever met them in real life: a rarity among elite players.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of this information strongly pointed to the fact that there was some kind of software assistance taking place, up to and including the illicit use of bots. Maxime Lemaitre computed that, between winnings, VIP bonuses, and leaderboard payments, these two users were pulling in about <strong>€1.8 million</strong> ($2 million) per year from the site.</p> <h2>Winamax Responds</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Chat Bubble" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On June 11, a representative of Winamax, Aurélien Guiglini, responded on the Club Poker forums. He revealed that the players “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” had frequently been brought to the attention of site security by other concerned customers in the past.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Therefore, the site had already completed multiple investigations into their play. This included having them each record videos of their sessions on two separate occasions. Winamax found that the actions and timing featured in these videos were consistent with these two screennames' normal patterns of behavior and explained that “to date, we do not have evidence proving cheating.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Winamax spokesperson further elaborated that these two accounts <em>do</em> misclick and time out sometimes, contradicting the information that Maxime Lemaitre had compiled. Winamax also disputed the figure of €1.8 million in annual earn for these accounts, stating that the two users had won only €694,000 combined, including rakeback and other promotional cash, since the dates that they had opened their accounts (October 2016 for “Twopandas” and August 2017 for ”VictoriaMo”).</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nevertheless, Winamax conceded that further inquiries into the nature of these two players were warranted. Therefore, the company requested that “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” appear at Winamax's Paris headquarters and play a session under the watchful eyes of game security staff. In the meantime, both accounts were suspended.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Winamax has its offices in Paris, France" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/winamax-office.jpg" alt="Office of Winamax Poker Firm" width="600" height="337" /><em>Winamax's Paris Offices Where the Alleged Botters Were Invited to Go and Play</em><br /><em>Looks Pretty Nice; We Wish We Could Play There...Opening Bot Accounts Now<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>Results</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/banned.png" alt="Banned Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On July 30, the Winamax rep returned to the forums with updates. “Twopandas” declined to accept the invitation to play under supervision in Paris. Therefore, the account was permanently suspended, its account balance confiscated, and daily challenge leaderboard positions retroactively voided. Winamax declared that it would recalculate the payouts from past leaderboards, awarding additional winnings according to the new standings with “Twopandas” removed from consideration, and would furthermore provide extra compensation “for the damage suffered by players.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It was a different story with “VictoriaMo.” This user accepted the conditions laid out by the poker organization and appeared at the office on the designated dates. He played several sessions over the course of two days at his usual stakes and for an amount of continuous time in line with his previous habits.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax found no significant deviations in statistical metrics from “VictoriaMo's” preexisting profile of play. The only difference noted was that reaction times were divergent from his previous play, but this could be easily explained as a consequence of his being in a new environment using an unfamiliar computer system.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax felt that these tests fully exonerated “VictoriaMo” from any suspicion of wrongdoing. Still, “given the suspicion surrounding this player and the general climate of mistrust that ensues, it was decided as a precaution not to lift the suspension of his account.“ “VictoriaMo” can no longer play at Winamax, but he got to keep his entire account balance, including rewards Miles.</p> <h2>Aftermath</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/arguing.jpg" alt="Two People Arguing" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many were displeased by the decisions reached by Winamax. Some didn't believe that “VictoriaMo” could have been anything other than a bot notwithstanding Winamax's contention that he was a legitimate player. The feeling was widespread that the poker site should have invited independent observers to witness the testing sessions, and doubt was cast on the ability of Winamax to perform such testing properly.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some called for hand histories of the sessions that took place in Paris to be released so that outside experts could perform their own analysis. However, Winamax refused, citing confidentiality obligations as the reason.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Also, the promised compensation turned out to be much less than was expected in many cases. Maxime “BatMax” Lemaitre saw just €25 returned to his account despite playing 270 games with total buyins of €46,700 against “Twopandas.” This is peanuts compared to typical refunds for collusion, botting, and other unethical gameplay. For example, when the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="WPN Reimburses Users for Unfair Game Conditions" href="/cheating-refunds-at-winning-poker-network" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Winning Poker Network issued compensation for cheating</span></a></span> to customers, some of them received hundreds or thousands of dollars.</p> <h2>Legal Action Initiated</h2> <div style="text-align: center; float: right; max-width: 215px;"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 10px;" title="Justine Orier is a founding partner at the Orier Risser Advocats lawfirm" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/justine-orier.jpg" alt="Attorney Justine Orier" width="200" height="204" /><br /><em>Justine Orier, the Lawyer Who Agreed to Represent Winamax Players</em></div> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-pages.png" alt="Pages of a Document" width="63" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A group of six dismayed customers, including Lemaitre, opted to pursue their legal remedies. They retained the services of Ms. Justine Orier, founding partner of the law firm Orier Risser Advocats. One of her areas of focus is business law, and she has recognized expertise in gambling legislation.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ms. Orier launched <a title="The Online Page Describing the Suit Against Winamax" href="https://actions.vpourverdict.com/informationsaction/1533727351063x183465059831775230" target="_blank">a page on V pour Verdict</a>, a French online platform for collective legal action, seeking additional players to join the case. By the close of the registration period on Sept. 28, a total of 16 individuals had registered for the suit.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Each person seeking relief has agreed to pay Ms. Orier an upfront fee of €360 along with 10% of whatever they wind up collecting from Winamax. Because of the way French law works, should they lose the case, they will be liable to pay Winamax's legal costs. Ms. Orier estimates that if the worst comes to pass, these fees will be unlikely to exceed €3,000, which would, of course, be divided among all 16 participants in the action.</p> <h2>Legal Strategy</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking-gear.png" alt="Purple Gear Inside Human Head" width="97" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ms. Orier is basing the case on the argument that, under the 2010 French law that legalized online poker, Winamax has a legal responsibility to “guarantee the integrity and transparency of gaming operations.” She has outlined a three-pronged course of action for taking Winamax to task:</p> <ol><li>Begin a civil suit against Winamax to obtain compensation</li> <li>Get ARJEL (Regulatory authority for online games) and possibly the DGCCRF (General Directorate of Competition, Consumption &amp; Repression of Frauds) to force Winamax to be more transparent in its dealings</li> <li>Pursue a fraud complaint against X (an anonymous entity, probably one of the botters), which may turn into criminal proceedings. This phase of activity may also include civil complaints against any suspected botters who can be brought to appear before a competent French legal tribunal</li> </ol><h2>Forecast</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;">There are significant challenges confronting the parties to the class action lawsuit as Ms. Orier herself concedes. Perhaps the most daunting among them is the fact that all the evidence, like hand histories and player action timing data, would have to come from Winamax itself, which clearly has little incentive to be forthcoming with all the details that could reveal the presence of multiple bots on its site.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Another problem lies in the fact that this is the first case of its kind in France. Thus, the judges will have no precedents to rely on to guide their thinking: a formula for unpredictable decisions.</p> <h2>Bottom Line</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/up-down-graph.jpg" alt="Line Chart" width="82" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One of the much-touted advantages of regulated gambling is the supposed enhancement in game integrity that comes with fully legal sites. However, as the current Winamax situation demonstrates, merely <strong>holding a valid license does not guarantee that everything will necessarily be OK</strong>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We wish the claimants luck as they continue with the legal process, but we also recognize that they must surmount quite a few hurdles before seeing any payment for their losses. Perhaps the most favorable outcome would be if a negotiated settlement could be reached between the players and Winamax.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It might be a good idea, if you're a Winamax player, to set yourself up at an alternate poker site. Even if fear of bots doesn't especially worry you, it can't hurt to expand your options. We recommend those rooms that transact in Bitcoin because this crypto-currency makes deposits and withdrawals a breeze. Take a look at our list of the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="These Internet Cardrooms Support Bitcoin" href="/what-online-poker-sites-accept-bitcoin" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>top BTC online poker sites</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Winamax is caught up in a botting dispute and is facing legal action" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/france-winamax-bots-social-image.jpg" alt="Winamax Poker Bots Scandal" width="600" height="315" /></div> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_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%2Fbots-abound-at-winamax-leads-to-french-lawsuit&amp;title=French%20Poker%20Players%20Suing%20Winamax%20Over%20Bot%20Allegations"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:24898:"<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%2Fbots-abound-at-winamax-leads-to-french-lawsuit&amp;title=French%20Poker%20Players%20Suing%20Winamax%20Over%20Bot%20Allegations"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-logo.png" alt="Winamax Logo" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">France-based online poker site <strong>Winamax is facing a lawsuit</strong> by irate players because it allegedly “failed to protect the integrity and transparency of its gaming operations.” More specifically, the plaintiffs contend that they were not adequately compensated for having to <strong>play against poker bots</strong>. A total of 16 people joined in the lawsuit, and they are each seeking payments of between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,560 - $57,800) apiece from Winamax.</p> <h2>What Are Poker Bots?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/robot-small.png" alt="Cartoon Robot" width="45" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read Our Coverage of the Poker Bot Phenomenon" href="/the-bot-menace" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Poker bots</span></a></span> are automated pieces of software that can play poker without any manual user intervention required. They scrape the screen while tables are open to see what cards have been dealt and then consult their programming to determine whether to bet, raise, call, or fold. Botting has been around for more than a decade, and some of these programs are quite sophisticated.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Early poker botting software was much less advanced than the current cream of the crop" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/winholdem-screenshot.jpg" alt="Screenshot From Old WinHoldem Botting Software" width="640" height="316" /><em>WinHoldem Botting Software From 2004<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Using bots is against the terms and conditions of virtually every internet poker room. The security departments of these sites are engaged in a constant battle to combat bots, and they frequently close down bot accounts and refund money back to affected players.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although some worried observers feel that bots are everywhere, the reality is far more prosaic. While it's undoubtedly true that anyone putting in significant volume at the tables will encounter bots now and again, they don't comprise any meaningful percentage of the seats occupied at any given time.</p> <h2>What Happened at Winamax?</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;">The current Winamax botting saga began to unfold in November 2017 when <a title="Original Report on 2+2 About Alleged Botting on Winamax" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=53089609&amp;postcount=1" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">Twoplustwo poster “Dontsaycat” expressed his concerns about the Winamax account “Twopandas”</a> in the Expresso lottery SNG games at the €100 buyin level. This screenname had previously been a poor player but suddenly improved to near-perfect game theory optimal (GTO) play while putting in 12-hour sessions of eight tables at a time day after day. “Dontsaycat” suspected “Twopandas” of running a bot.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If these allegations were true, it would mean that this user was breaking the Winamax Poker Terms and Conditions. In section 1.2, “Prohibited software,” we find the following:</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; width: 95%; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid blue;">Some software is incompatible with honest and fair gaming. The majority of such programs constitute cheating and Website [sic] uses all available means to detect and prevent the use of such software.<br /><br /> Prohibited Software includes, without limitation:<br /><br /> robots ("poker bots" and "auto-folders") automated to advise, act or make decisions for the player in a game. The real player must always be present when playing on winamax.fr;</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The response from the player community was mixed. Some fellow Winamax customers said that the account in question was almost certainly a bot. Others were more skeptical and felt that those complaining were just envious of “Twopanda's” winning results. Another contingent of commentators opined that whether or not this specific user was a bot, botting was inevitable in <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Our guide to online poker for Americans, Updated for 2018!" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">online poker in 2018</span></a></span> and there was no real recourse against it.</p> <h2>Expresso Poker and Bots</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/expresso-poker-logo.jpg" alt="Expresso Poker" width="172" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax's <strong>Expresso</strong> format is a type of three-handed hyper-turbo lottery sit n' go where a multiplier is randomly chosen before the game begins. The multiplier can take on certain specified values from 2 to 10,000. The prize pool is then set at this number times the buyin amount. For the lower multipliers, Expresso is a winner-takes-all affair, but the higher multiplier prize structures award something to each of the three contestants. Expresso is offered at €1, €2, €5, €10, €25, €50, €100, and €250 price points.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The prize pool can get as high as €1,000,000 in Expresso at Winamax" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/winamax-expresso-table.jpg" alt="Expresso Lottery-Style Sit &amp; Go Table" width="600" height="470" /><em>Table of Expresso Poker at Winamax<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This type of poker is similar to Spin &amp; Gos at <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Can Americans Play at PokerStars?" href="/pokerstars-in-america" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars</span></a></span> and Jackpot Poker at the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="About the WPN" href="/winning-poker-network-info" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Winning Poker Network</span></a></span> although each provider has different multiplier charts and probabilities, and there are other subtle variations between the lottery sit-and-gos at each site. You can learn more about this form of poker in our guide to the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="These Three Sites Have Lottery Poker Games" href="/where-to-play-lottery-sit-and-goes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">best lottery SNG poker sites</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rather than being a cheap knockoff of existing games at other rooms, though, Expresso was actually the originator of this style of play. Winamax initially deployed Expresso in August 2013, and it has been a smashing success since that time.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Because there are only three players in each Expresso match, and the starting stacks are relatively short (25bbs), this type of game is ripe for exploitation by bots. Much of the strategy revolves around making correct push/fold decisions, which can be easily programmed into a bot. By contrast, deeper-stacked play at a full table of six or nine players introduces tons of variables over multiple streets that are more challenging to develop a standardized strategy for.</p> <h2>Maxime Lemaitre Gets Involved</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/calculator.jpg" alt="Handheld Calculator" width="111" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Twoplustwo thread on this topic continued, in a more or less desultory fashion, for the next several months. But then on June 9, online poker pro, video maker, and coach Maxime Lemaitre reignited the controversy with <a title="Maxime Lemaitre Calls Out Supposed Bots" href="https://www.clubpoker.net/forum-poker/topic/228743-fraude-affaire-twopandasvictoriamo-constitution-dune-action-collective-vous-pouvez-participer/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a post on the French-language ClubPoker forums</a> under his forum ID “BatMax.”</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Maxime Lemaitre is a French poker player who also coaches and makes training videos" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/maxime-lemaitre.jpg" alt="Maxime Lemaitre" width="400" height="400" /><em>Maxime Lemaitre, a Leader in the Anti-Bot Fight<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Lemaitre performed a sophisticated analysis of the gameplay of <strong>“Twopandas”</strong> and another name that had been thrown around as a possible bot, <strong>“VictoriaMo.” </strong>What Lemaitre discovered was shocking. Using advanced GTO solver tools, he imported the hands he had observed on the two alleged bots and calculated their average error rates – that is, the amount of expected value they lost on average per decision by deviating from what game theory said was optimal.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">According to discussions Maxime had with other solid Expresso winners, most top regs had error rates in the ballpark of 0.75 to 1 chip of EV per decision. The error rates of “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” by contrast were 0.220 and 0.201 respectively. This would mean that they were substantially better than some of the best players in these games.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="GTO Database software is a Nash equilibrium solver for single-table tournaments and lottery SNGs" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/gto-db-screenshot-twopandas.png" alt="GTO Software Shows Suspected Bot's Phenomenal Error Rate" width="653" height="320" /><em>Screenshot of Solver Software Posted by Lemaitre Showing “Twopanda's” Amazing Error Rate<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Lemaitre stated that he had never seen either of them time out on a decision despite having six to eight games going at once. Nobody in the poker community had ever met them in real life: a rarity among elite players.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of this information strongly pointed to the fact that there was some kind of software assistance taking place, up to and including the illicit use of bots. Maxime Lemaitre computed that, between winnings, VIP bonuses, and leaderboard payments, these two users were pulling in about <strong>€1.8 million</strong> ($2 million) per year from the site.</p> <h2>Winamax Responds</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Chat Bubble" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On June 11, a representative of Winamax, Aurélien Guiglini, responded on the Club Poker forums. He revealed that the players “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” had frequently been brought to the attention of site security by other concerned customers in the past.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Therefore, the site had already completed multiple investigations into their play. This included having them each record videos of their sessions on two separate occasions. Winamax found that the actions and timing featured in these videos were consistent with these two screennames' normal patterns of behavior and explained that “to date, we do not have evidence proving cheating.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Winamax spokesperson further elaborated that these two accounts <em>do</em> misclick and time out sometimes, contradicting the information that Maxime Lemaitre had compiled. Winamax also disputed the figure of €1.8 million in annual earn for these accounts, stating that the two users had won only €694,000 combined, including rakeback and other promotional cash, since the dates that they had opened their accounts (October 2016 for “Twopandas” and August 2017 for ”VictoriaMo”).</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nevertheless, Winamax conceded that further inquiries into the nature of these two players were warranted. Therefore, the company requested that “Twopandas” and “VictoriaMo” appear at Winamax's Paris headquarters and play a session under the watchful eyes of game security staff. In the meantime, both accounts were suspended.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Winamax has its offices in Paris, France" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/winamax-office.jpg" alt="Office of Winamax Poker Firm" width="600" height="337" /><em>Winamax's Paris Offices Where the Alleged Botters Were Invited to Go and Play</em><br /><em>Looks Pretty Nice; We Wish We Could Play There...Opening Bot Accounts Now<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>Results</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/banned.png" alt="Banned Logo" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">On July 30, the Winamax rep returned to the forums with updates. “Twopandas” declined to accept the invitation to play under supervision in Paris. Therefore, the account was permanently suspended, its account balance confiscated, and daily challenge leaderboard positions retroactively voided. Winamax declared that it would recalculate the payouts from past leaderboards, awarding additional winnings according to the new standings with “Twopandas” removed from consideration, and would furthermore provide extra compensation “for the damage suffered by players.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It was a different story with “VictoriaMo.” This user accepted the conditions laid out by the poker organization and appeared at the office on the designated dates. He played several sessions over the course of two days at his usual stakes and for an amount of continuous time in line with his previous habits.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax found no significant deviations in statistical metrics from “VictoriaMo's” preexisting profile of play. The only difference noted was that reaction times were divergent from his previous play, but this could be easily explained as a consequence of his being in a new environment using an unfamiliar computer system.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Winamax felt that these tests fully exonerated “VictoriaMo” from any suspicion of wrongdoing. Still, “given the suspicion surrounding this player and the general climate of mistrust that ensues, it was decided as a precaution not to lift the suspension of his account.“ “VictoriaMo” can no longer play at Winamax, but he got to keep his entire account balance, including rewards Miles.</p> <h2>Aftermath</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/arguing.jpg" alt="Two People Arguing" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many were displeased by the decisions reached by Winamax. Some didn't believe that “VictoriaMo” could have been anything other than a bot notwithstanding Winamax's contention that he was a legitimate player. The feeling was widespread that the poker site should have invited independent observers to witness the testing sessions, and doubt was cast on the ability of Winamax to perform such testing properly.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Some called for hand histories of the sessions that took place in Paris to be released so that outside experts could perform their own analysis. However, Winamax refused, citing confidentiality obligations as the reason.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Also, the promised compensation turned out to be much less than was expected in many cases. Maxime “BatMax” Lemaitre saw just €25 returned to his account despite playing 270 games with total buyins of €46,700 against “Twopandas.” This is peanuts compared to typical refunds for collusion, botting, and other unethical gameplay. For example, when the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="WPN Reimburses Users for Unfair Game Conditions" href="/cheating-refunds-at-winning-poker-network" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Winning Poker Network issued compensation for cheating</span></a></span> to customers, some of them received hundreds or thousands of dollars.</p> <h2>Legal Action Initiated</h2> <div style="text-align: center; float: right; max-width: 215px;"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 10px;" title="Justine Orier is a founding partner at the Orier Risser Advocats lawfirm" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/justine-orier.jpg" alt="Attorney Justine Orier" width="200" height="204" /><br /><em>Justine Orier, the Lawyer Who Agreed to Represent Winamax Players</em></div> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-pages.png" alt="Pages of a Document" width="63" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A group of six dismayed customers, including Lemaitre, opted to pursue their legal remedies. They retained the services of Ms. Justine Orier, founding partner of the law firm Orier Risser Advocats. One of her areas of focus is business law, and she has recognized expertise in gambling legislation.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ms. Orier launched <a title="The Online Page Describing the Suit Against Winamax" href="https://actions.vpourverdict.com/informationsaction/1533727351063x183465059831775230" target="_blank">a page on V pour Verdict</a>, a French online platform for collective legal action, seeking additional players to join the case. By the close of the registration period on Sept. 28, a total of 16 individuals had registered for the suit.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Each person seeking relief has agreed to pay Ms. Orier an upfront fee of €360 along with 10% of whatever they wind up collecting from Winamax. Because of the way French law works, should they lose the case, they will be liable to pay Winamax's legal costs. Ms. Orier estimates that if the worst comes to pass, these fees will be unlikely to exceed €3,000, which would, of course, be divided among all 16 participants in the action.</p> <h2>Legal Strategy</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking-gear.png" alt="Purple Gear Inside Human Head" width="97" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ms. Orier is basing the case on the argument that, under the 2010 French law that legalized online poker, Winamax has a legal responsibility to “guarantee the integrity and transparency of gaming operations.” She has outlined a three-pronged course of action for taking Winamax to task:</p> <ol><li>Begin a civil suit against Winamax to obtain compensation</li> <li>Get ARJEL (Regulatory authority for online games) and possibly the DGCCRF (General Directorate of Competition, Consumption &amp; Repression of Frauds) to force Winamax to be more transparent in its dealings</li> <li>Pursue a fraud complaint against X (an anonymous entity, probably one of the botters), which may turn into criminal proceedings. This phase of activity may also include civil complaints against any suspected botters who can be brought to appear before a competent French legal tribunal</li> </ol><h2>Forecast</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;">There are significant challenges confronting the parties to the class action lawsuit as Ms. Orier herself concedes. Perhaps the most daunting among them is the fact that all the evidence, like hand histories and player action timing data, would have to come from Winamax itself, which clearly has little incentive to be forthcoming with all the details that could reveal the presence of multiple bots on its site.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Another problem lies in the fact that this is the first case of its kind in France. Thus, the judges will have no precedents to rely on to guide their thinking: a formula for unpredictable decisions.</p> <h2>Bottom Line</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/up-down-graph.jpg" alt="Line Chart" width="82" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One of the much-touted advantages of regulated gambling is the supposed enhancement in game integrity that comes with fully legal sites. However, as the current Winamax situation demonstrates, merely <strong>holding a valid license does not guarantee that everything will necessarily be OK</strong>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We wish the claimants luck as they continue with the legal process, but we also recognize that they must surmount quite a few hurdles before seeing any payment for their losses. Perhaps the most favorable outcome would be if a negotiated settlement could be reached between the players and Winamax.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It might be a good idea, if you're a Winamax player, to set yourself up at an alternate poker site. Even if fear of bots doesn't especially worry you, it can't hurt to expand your options. We recommend those rooms that transact in Bitcoin because this crypto-currency makes deposits and withdrawals a breeze. 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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 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 September 2018   Last updated on October 5, 2018   September saw no major slowdowns in payment processing speed among the top offshore poker, sportsbook, and casino providers. It appears that the industry is in a period of consolidation with regard to cashouts. No big improvements were made and no exciting news was announced; yet, no significant problems occurred either. Bitcoiners and altcoin fans saw the fastest delivery of their money although legacy payment options, like bank checks, were relatively rapid as well. 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 September 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: 9.5 (EVEN  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. After observing the almost unbelievable reduction in withdrawal processing speeds at the PWL Network in August, we braced ourselves for perhaps a slight retraction in September. However, our fears were unwarranted as this operator maintained its cashier excellence throughout the month. Same-day payouts are par for the course with some customers receiving their funds even quicker than this. One forumite even reported getting his bitcoins within eight minutes of request! . 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) Winning Poker Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include Americas Cardroom, BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE  9.2 (EVEN from last month)Key Stat: WPN withdrawals remain well under stated times for almost all processors.Key Fact: Trails only Ignition in US-facing player traffic and is 9th worldwide. The Winning Poker Network continues its record of transferring crypto cashouts to its users wallets well within the stated two-day timeframe. Indeed, an increasing number of patrons now enjoy same-day payouts although this is by no means guaranteed. We do hope that this network eventually brings back some form of debit card withdrawals, like it had in the past, but this is a very minor criticism. 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)     Chico Poker Network Payouts The sites housed on this network are Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 9.2 (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. Player reported data on the Chico Poker Network during the month of September was pretty light. Still, there were few, if any, complaints, which leaves us feeling justified in keeping the CPN as our third-ranked USA.- and ROtW-friendly offshore real money gaming site. The three Chico brands, Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline, serve residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries. Read our poker room reviews for the Chico Network: Sportsbetting.ag | TigerGaming (non-US) | BetOnline   Horizon Poker Network Payouts Sites sharing this cashier include Intertops and Juicy Stakes. ProfRB.com REPORT SCORE: 8.8 (+0.1 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. Intertops is just about holding steady with its three-day Bitcoin payments, and while we wish it would cut down on this interval of time, we can't really fault the company too harshly for this as it's still reasonable compared to what people could have expected several years ago. Furthermore, we've received word that a Horizon Network player got a check payment within five days, demonstrating that this organization isn't letting old-school payout channels languish even as it ramps up support for innovative tech, like Bitcoin and a couple of altcoins. 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 is anchored by the ultra-stable 5Dimes Group, and so we have no qualms about recommending it to our readers notwithstanding the fact that payout speed info is sometimes hard to come by. This is one of the premier online sportsbook firms in the world, and its other gaming divisions benefit from its stellar reputation as well. 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 is perhaps the most popular Bitcoin sports betting service, and it also hosts a poker room where all tables are denominated in fractions of this digital crypto-currency. It's rare for withdrawals to take even as long as 24 hours here. 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. SwcPoker is the home of quick, no-fee Bitcoin same-day payouts. There have been rumors of a new software solution coming soon at SwC, and we are really curious to see what improvements it will contain, but there's no target launch date as yet. 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 winnings. 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. Several users have indicated that they've been having trouble connecting to the Merge Gaming software recently, and those who were able to log on saw many suspended and canceled tournaments along with reduced tourney guarantee amounts. Moreover, forum posts indicate that Carbon has stopped accepting new signups, raising concerns about whether or not it will remain a going concern. 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: 7.5 (+0.1 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. We gave Global Poker a slight increase in score for the last month, despite its general slide downward, largely due to the diligence and effectiveness of forum rep Kimber in assisting players on Twoplustwo in getting their overdue withdrawals paid. Yet, this is only a temporary stopgap measure, in our eyes, because players should not have to request the intervention of specific staff members to get the money that's legitimately theirs. Ever since Global suddenly ceased working with Paypal and switched over to Worldpay as its payment processor in June 2018, withdrawal timeframes have lengthened considerably. While same-day and next-day payouts were once commonplace, it now takes upwards of a week for most users to get paid, and some have to wait even longer than this. The end of Paypal compatibility was likely not initiated by Global but rather by the ewallet company, which probably analyzed Global's sweepstakes poker setup and concluded that it was in violation of the PayPal terms of service because the poker site was pretty much offering real money gaming in all but name. Apart from issues directly related to cashier expediency, Global hasn't exactly inspired confidence among the poker playing population. We have long had our doubts about the sustainability of Global's business model, which we go over in our Global Poker Review. 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 service interruptions related to the Rattlesnake Open series in May have also left us wary. For a year or more, Global was 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 counts as a fast withdrawal? For offshore markets, cashout speeds in the one- to two-week range used to be considered quite good. However, the advent of crypto-currency has meant that this can be cut down to two days or less in most cases. Some reputable internet gambling firms are even able to achieve same-day payouts. If you're wedded to traditional means of payment, though, then you won't benefit from these rapid timeframes and will instead have to wait probably a couple of weeks or even longer. 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 are the fees for online poker withdrawals? Each internet poker room has its own fee schedule ranging from free cashouts to perhaps $50 or even more for some niche payment processors. All of the sites publicly publish their withdrawal fee charts, and we have also compiled this information above in our monthly report. Almost every legitimate operator gives you an option for fee-free payouts although they may be limited by frequency and payment channel. Note that withdrawals through certain bank-related methods (checks, bank wires, et cetera) may incur additional charges levied by financial institutions that are beyond the control of the gaming company. Can I cash out whenever I want? In most cases, you're free to request the payment of your funds at any time that you wish. However, there are some important caveats. You usually must complete identity verification, and in addition, there may be playthrough requirements depending on the size of your last deposit. The amount of this rollover varies from site to site, but it generally tends to be around 10% of the deposited amount. If you're a real poker player, it's highly likely that you'll satisfy these obligations simply through your normal play, and you'll have nothing to worry about. These rules are in place to prevent the sites from incurring significant expenses by processing payouts for users who frequently move their money around without playing much. 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 September 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 October 5, 2018  </span></strong></span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">September saw no major slowdowns in payment processing speed among the top offshore poker, sportsbook, and casino providers. It appears that the industry is in a period of consolidation with regard to cashouts. No big improvements were made and no exciting news was announced; yet, no significant problems occurred either. Bitcoiners and altcoin fans saw the fastest delivery of their money although legacy payment options, like bank checks, were relatively rapid as well.</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 September 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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="PWL Network Payouts October 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>9.5 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN </span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Bitcoin payment times within the 2-day processing guidelines.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Ignition 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;">After observing the almost unbelievable reduction in withdrawal processing speeds at the PWL Network in August, we braced ourselves for perhaps a slight retraction in September. However, our fears were unwarranted as this operator maintained its cashier excellence throughout the month. Same-day payouts are par for the course with some customers receiving their funds even quicker than this. One forumite even reported <a title="Twoplustwo Poster Pleased With PWL Withdrawal Experience" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=54238577&amp;postcount=28135" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">getting his bitcoins within eight minutes</a> of request!</p> <p>.</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> <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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="WPN Payouts October 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> 9.2 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> WPN withdrawals remain well under stated times for almost all processors.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Trails only Ignition in US-facing player traffic and is 9th worldwide.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Winning Poker Network continues its record of transferring crypto cashouts to its users wallets well within the stated two-day timeframe. Indeed, an increasing number of patrons now enjoy same-day payouts although this is by no means guaranteed. We do hope that this network eventually brings back some form of debit card withdrawals, like it had in the past, but this is a very minor criticism.</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> <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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="CPN Payouts October 2018" width="648" height="286" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chart of Chico Network withdrawal options, payout timeframes, 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> 9.2 (<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;">Player reported data on the Chico Poker Network during the month of September was pretty light. Still, there were few, if any, complaints, which leaves us feeling justified in keeping the CPN as our third-ranked USA.- and ROtW-friendly offshore real money gaming site.</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;">The three Chico brands, Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline, serve residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.</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="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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Payout Times October 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-aug-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> 8.8 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</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;">Intertops is just about holding steady with its three-day Bitcoin payments, and while we wish it would cut down on this interval of time, we can't really fault the company too harshly for this as it's still reasonable compared to what people could have expected several years ago. Furthermore, we've received word that a Horizon Network player got a check payment within five days, demonstrating that this organization isn't letting old-school payout channels languish even as it ramps up support for innovative tech, like Bitcoin and a couple of altcoins.</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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="Grand Network Payments October 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 is anchored by the ultra-stable 5Dimes Group, and so we have no qualms about recommending it to our readers notwithstanding the fact that payout speed info is sometimes hard to come by. This is one of the premier online sportsbook firms in the world, and its other gaming divisions benefit from its stellar reputation as well.</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; padding-bottom: 1%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times October 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 is perhaps the most popular Bitcoin sports betting service, and it also hosts a poker room where all tables are denominated in fractions of this digital crypto-currency. It's rare for withdrawals to take even as long as 24 hours here.</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 - October 2018 Report" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="SwCPoker Payouts for October 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;">SwcPoker is the home of quick, no-fee Bitcoin same-day payouts. There have been rumors of a new software solution coming soon at SwC, and we are really curious to see what improvements it will contain, but there's no target launch date as yet.</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 winnings. 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. Several users have indicated that they've been having trouble connecting to the Merge Gaming software recently, and those who were able to log on saw many suspended and canceled tournaments along with reduced tourney guarantee amounts. Moreover, forum posts indicate that Carbon has stopped accepting new signups, raising concerns about whether or not it will remain a going concern.</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> 7.5 </strong></span> <span style="color: #ffffff;">(</span><span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</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;">We gave Global Poker a slight increase in score for the last month, despite its general slide downward, largely due to the diligence and effectiveness of forum rep Kimber in assisting players on Twoplustwo in getting their overdue withdrawals paid. Yet, this is only a temporary stopgap measure, in our eyes, because players should not have to request the intervention of specific staff members to get the money that's legitimately theirs.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Ever since Global suddenly ceased working with Paypal and switched over to Worldpay as its payment processor in June 2018, withdrawal timeframes have lengthened considerably. While same-day and next-day payouts were once commonplace, it now takes upwards of a week for most users to get paid, and some have to wait even longer than this. The end of Paypal compatibility was likely not initiated by Global but rather by the ewallet company, which probably analyzed Global's sweepstakes poker setup and concluded that it was in violation of the PayPal terms of service because the poker site was pretty much offering real money gaming in all but name. </span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Apart from issues directly related to cashier expediency, Global hasn't exactly inspired confidence among the poker playing population. 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>. 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 <a title="Global Keeping Tournament Overlays for Itself?" href="/rattlesnake-open-ends-in-disaster" target="_self">service interruptions related to the Rattlesnake Open</a> series in May have also left us wary. For a 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 was 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> </p> <h3>What counts as a fast withdrawal?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For offshore markets, cashout speeds in the one- to two-week range used to be considered quite good. However, the advent of crypto-currency has meant that this can be cut down to two days or less in most cases. Some reputable internet gambling firms are even able to achieve same-day payouts. If you're wedded to traditional means of payment, though, then you won't benefit from these rapid timeframes and will instead have to wait probably a couple of weeks or even longer.</p> <h3>What do I need to do to get a payout from an online gambling site?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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> <h3>What are the fees for online poker withdrawals?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Each internet poker room has its own fee schedule ranging from free cashouts to perhaps $50 or even more for some niche payment processors. All of the sites publicly publish their withdrawal fee charts, and we have also compiled this information above in our monthly report. Almost every legitimate operator gives you an option for fee-free payouts although they may be limited by frequency and payment channel. Note that withdrawals through certain bank-related methods (checks, bank wires, et cetera) may incur additional charges levied by financial institutions that are beyond the control of the gaming company.</p> <h3>Can I cash out whenever I want?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In most cases, you're free to request the payment of your funds at any time that you wish. However, there are some important caveats. You usually must complete identity verification, and in addition, there may be playthrough requirements depending on the size of your last deposit. The amount of this rollover varies from site to site, but it generally tends to be around 10% of the deposited amount. If you're a real poker player, it's highly likely that you'll satisfy these obligations simply through your normal play, and you'll have nothing to worry about. These rules are in place to prevent the sites from incurring significant expenses by processing payouts for users who frequently move their money around without playing much.</p> <h3>What can I do to speed up my cashout?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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> <h3>How do I start using crypto-currency?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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="September 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/September-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">September 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="August 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/august-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">August 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="July 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/july-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">July 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <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 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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 September 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 October 5, 2018  </span></strong></span></p> </div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">September saw no major slowdowns in payment processing speed among the top offshore poker, sportsbook, and casino providers. It appears that the industry is in a period of consolidation with regard to cashouts. No big improvements were made and no exciting news was announced; yet, no significant problems occurred either. Bitcoiners and altcoin fans saw the fastest delivery of their money although legacy payment options, like bank checks, were relatively rapid as well.</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 September 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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/pwl-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="PWL Network Payouts October 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>9.5 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN </span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> Bitcoin payment times within the 2-day processing guidelines.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Ignition 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;">After observing the almost unbelievable reduction in withdrawal processing speeds at the PWL Network in August, we braced ourselves for perhaps a slight retraction in September. However, our fears were unwarranted as this operator maintained its cashier excellence throughout the month. Same-day payouts are par for the course with some customers receiving their funds even quicker than this. One forumite even reported <a title="Twoplustwo Poster Pleased With PWL Withdrawal Experience" href="https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=54238577&amp;postcount=28135" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">getting his bitcoins within eight minutes</a> of request!</p> <p>.</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> <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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/wpn-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="WPN Payouts October 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> 9.2 (<span style="color: #0000ff;">EVEN</span> from last month)</strong><br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Stat:</strong></span> WPN withdrawals remain well under stated times for almost all processors.<br /><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Key Fact:</strong></span> Trails only Ignition in US-facing player traffic and is 9th worldwide.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Winning Poker Network continues its record of transferring crypto cashouts to its users wallets well within the stated two-day timeframe. Indeed, an increasing number of patrons now enjoy same-day payouts although this is by no means guaranteed. We do hope that this network eventually brings back some form of debit card withdrawals, like it had in the past, but this is a very minor criticism.</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> <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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/chico-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="CPN Payouts October 2018" width="648" height="286" /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Chart of Chico Network withdrawal options, payout timeframes, 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> 9.2 (<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;">Player reported data on the Chico Poker Network during the month of September was pretty light. Still, there were few, if any, complaints, which leaves us feeling justified in keeping the CPN as our third-ranked USA.- and ROtW-friendly offshore real money gaming site.</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;">The three Chico brands, Sportsbetting.ag, TigerGaming, and BetOnline, serve residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.</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="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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/horizon-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="Horizon Network Payout Times October 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-aug-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> 8.8 (<span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</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;">Intertops is just about holding steady with its three-day Bitcoin payments, and while we wish it would cut down on this interval of time, we can't really fault the company too harshly for this as it's still reasonable compared to what people could have expected several years ago. Furthermore, we've received word that a Horizon Network player got a check payment within five days, demonstrating that this organization isn't letting old-school payout channels languish even as it ramps up support for innovative tech, like Bitcoin and a couple of altcoins.</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 - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/grand-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="Grand Network Payments October 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 is anchored by the ultra-stable 5Dimes Group, and so we have no qualms about recommending it to our readers notwithstanding the fact that payout speed info is sometimes hard to come by. This is one of the premier online sportsbook firms in the world, and its other gaming divisions benefit from its stellar reputation as well.</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; padding-bottom: 1%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times - October 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/nitrogen-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="Nitrogen Sports Cashout Times October 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 is perhaps the most popular Bitcoin sports betting service, and it also hosts a poker room where all tables are denominated in fractions of this digital crypto-currency. It's rare for withdrawals to take even as long as 24 hours here.</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 - October 2018 Report" src="/sites/default/files/files/cashout-reports/swc-payouts-oct-2018.png" alt="SwCPoker Payouts for October 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;">SwcPoker is the home of quick, no-fee Bitcoin same-day payouts. There have been rumors of a new software solution coming soon at SwC, and we are really curious to see what improvements it will contain, but there's no target launch date as yet.</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 winnings. 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. Several users have indicated that they've been having trouble connecting to the Merge Gaming software recently, and those who were able to log on saw many suspended and canceled tournaments along with reduced tourney guarantee amounts. Moreover, forum posts indicate that Carbon has stopped accepting new signups, raising concerns about whether or not it will remain a going concern.</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> 7.5 </strong></span> <span style="color: #ffffff;">(</span><span style="color: #008000;">+0.1</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;">We gave Global Poker a slight increase in score for the last month, despite its general slide downward, largely due to the diligence and effectiveness of forum rep Kimber in assisting players on Twoplustwo in getting their overdue withdrawals paid. Yet, this is only a temporary stopgap measure, in our eyes, because players should not have to request the intervention of specific staff members to get the money that's legitimately theirs.</span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Ever since Global suddenly ceased working with Paypal and switched over to Worldpay as its payment processor in June 2018, withdrawal timeframes have lengthened considerably. While same-day and next-day payouts were once commonplace, it now takes upwards of a week for most users to get paid, and some have to wait even longer than this. The end of Paypal compatibility was likely not initiated by Global but rather by the ewallet company, which probably analyzed Global's sweepstakes poker setup and concluded that it was in violation of the PayPal terms of service because the poker site was pretty much offering real money gaming in all but name. </span></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #ffffff;">Apart from issues directly related to cashier expediency, Global hasn't exactly inspired confidence among the poker playing population. 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>. 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 <a title="Global Keeping Tournament Overlays for Itself?" href="/rattlesnake-open-ends-in-disaster" target="_self">service interruptions related to the Rattlesnake Open</a> series in May have also left us wary. For a 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 was 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; 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Or send us a message on social media. Also, if you've found this report enlightening and useful, please share and like it on Facebook and Twitter.</p> <hr /><div style="width: 95%; background-color: #163763; margin-top: 0.5%; margin-bottom: 0.5%; padding: 1%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0.5vw 0.5vw 0.25vw #888888;"> <h2 style="font-size: 200%; text-align: center; color: #cccccc;">Online Poker Payouts FAQ</h2> </div> <p> </p> <h3>What counts as a fast withdrawal?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For offshore markets, cashout speeds in the one- to two-week range used to be considered quite good. However, the advent of crypto-currency has meant that this can be cut down to two days or less in most cases. Some reputable internet gambling firms are even able to achieve same-day payouts. If you're wedded to traditional means of payment, though, then you won't benefit from these rapid timeframes and will instead have to wait probably a couple of weeks or even longer.</p> <h3>What do I need to do to get a payout from an online gambling site?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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> <h3>What are the fees for online poker withdrawals?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Each internet poker room has its own fee schedule ranging from free cashouts to perhaps $50 or even more for some niche payment processors. All of the sites publicly publish their withdrawal fee charts, and we have also compiled this information above in our monthly report. Almost every legitimate operator gives you an option for fee-free payouts although they may be limited by frequency and payment channel. Note that withdrawals through certain bank-related methods (checks, bank wires, et cetera) may incur additional charges levied by financial institutions that are beyond the control of the gaming company.</p> <h3>Can I cash out whenever I want?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In most cases, you're free to request the payment of your funds at any time that you wish. However, there are some important caveats. You usually must complete identity verification, and in addition, there may be playthrough requirements depending on the size of your last deposit. The amount of this rollover varies from site to site, but it generally tends to be around 10% of the deposited amount. If you're a real poker player, it's highly likely that you'll satisfy these obligations simply through your normal play, and you'll have nothing to worry about. These rules are in place to prevent the sites from incurring significant expenses by processing payouts for users who frequently move their money around without playing much.</p> <h3>What can I do to speed up my cashout?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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> <h3>How do I start using crypto-currency?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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="September 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/September-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">September 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="August 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/august-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">August 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <li><a title="July 2018 Offshore Poker Site Payout Report" href="/july-2018-gambling-payouts-report" rel="nofollow" target="_self">July 2018 USA Online Poker Site Payout Report</a></li> <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_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%2Fonline-gambling-payouts-and-withdrawals-report&amp;title=Find%20the%20Fastest%20Payouts%20%40%20Online%20Poker%20Sites%2C%20Sportsbooks%20%26%20Casinos%20"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:3;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:73:"https://professionalrakeback.com/uk-labour-party-is-anti-gambling-in-2018";s:5:"title";s:58:"U.K. Labour Party Announces Anti-Gambling Plans If Elected";s:4:"date";i:1538601946;s:11:"description";s:10052:" In a recent spasm of activity designed to torpedo their own chances for capturing Downing Street from the evil, wicked Tories, the Labour Party has issued an extensive proposal for further regulating gambling activity in the United Kingdom. These plans, announced Thursday, Sept. 20 by Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson, would be implemented should the party prevail in the next elections. Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party New Restrictions on the Agenda Their plan begins with the idea of seriously annoying online gamblers by blocking them from using their credit cards to place bets. In a world where governments everywhere are trying to encourage the use of easily-trackable digital methods of payment as opposed to the use of anonymous and hard-to-tax cash and crypto-currency, this seems like a relatively counter-intuitive step in their cunning plan for a new cashless utopian society. Labour has also crunched the numbers and come up with the surprisingly precise figure of 433,000 for the number of "problem" gamblers in the UK. Given that the entire population -- man, woman, child, and other -- is only 66,000,000, this seems like an extraordinary percentage of Britons who cannot resist the call of the one-armed bandit. Once you exclude minors and those segments of the population that do not gamble at all for various reasons ranging from poverty to religious objections, it is clear that Labour's leadership regards this as an exceptionally great challenge to the health of the nation. This is indeed how they characterize their proposal-- as a public health necessity in the face of a vast epidemic of people losing the deed to the Family Seat when Man U doesn't score first. Like all great challenges, the solution to this pressing emergency on offer from government employees is.... more government. Oh, and more taxes, of course. To be precise, what they want to do is to throttle the opportunities for so-called "in progress" gambling by regulating into oblivion those gambling adverts which air during the contest itself. Their preferred prescription couples this prohibition with a proposed 1% tax to help the many NGOs which cater to the needs of problem gamblers redecorate their offices and then counsel their clients with whatever residue of funds remain after completion of the project. Black Market to Grow? Naturally, this may seem like a cynical take on what is obviously a well-meant effort to deal with a growing problem which is being exacerbated by ever-expanding technology. Yet their proposal to add taxes, ban ads, and restrict the use of non-cash payments can honestly lead only to the one solution which would be EVEN WORSE than the current highly-regulated UK gambling environment-- namely, to drive an ever greater share of the overall gambling pie into an underground that is immune to regulation, taxation, and bureaucratic hectoring. It would also be immune to the necessity of running an honest wheel at the unregulated roulette table. Now, we here at ProfessionalRakeback know that unregulated does not necessarily equal disreputable. Indeed, we're partners with several fine online gaming providers that are unlicensed by the United Kingdom yet transact freely and honestly with Britons. They include Americas Cardroom, Sportsbetting.ag, and Nitrogen Sports. Some of the Fine Gaming Sites That Serve the U.K. Without a License From the Gambling Commission Yet, the gambling addicts whom Labour is supposedly safeguarding against the harms of their habit can hardly be expected to search out only trustworthy destinations for getting their fix of betting action. Indeed, the whole foundation of Labour's arguments – and the whole idea of gambling licensure in the first place – is that customers need to be protected from evil, manipulative corporations. By driving business toward gray market operators, Labour's scheme would contradict the entire premise of its justifications. In short, Labour has identified a problem that is apparently in need of being turned into an even bigger problem. There are, of course, other potential options for dealing with this alleged crisis. Labour Exaggerating Their Case? So the first question that needs to be addressed is: how big a problem is this, really? If the Labour Party figures are exaggerated, then their solution isn't needed. On the other hand, if their figures are reasonably correct or perhaps even understated, then one has to question if their proposal is properly tailored to meet the emergency. For the nonce, let us assume that this research is correct and that a growing number of Britons have a severe gambling problem-- particularly a severe problem with instant gambling-- that cries out for action. Restricting "in progress" advertising may be a gentle step in the right direction, but is it enough to mitigate what they themselves term an emergency? What seems worrisome is the idea they apparently espouse that an unstoppable lustful proclivity for instant gambling action may be okay but that deliberately encouraging it in the middle of the contest may be going a bit far. Is this really the proper remedy for such an announced emergency? If this is such a huge problem, wouldn't a total prohibition on this entire type of in play gaming action be a superior remedy? And what about the way in which Labour chooses to help the unfortunate sufferers who nevertheless get themselves in financial trouble despite their inability to view encouraging advertisements? A 1% tax on gambling revenues may, again, be a gentle step in the right direction, but what are these funds going to be used for? Admonishments from social workers. Does the Labour Party have any statistics to back up the idea that this may prove to be an effective measure to curtail future addictive behavior among a large segment of those 433,000 unfortunates it identifies as being at risk? Yet, if this is truly a problem, what other remedy might prove more efficacious in real world application? As mentioned above, it would be quite easy for the government to sweep away this looming problem of addiction to instant gambling-- provided of course that they were willing to forego their own no-doubt-substantial share of the revenues which accrue from such activities (which they, quite obviously, are not going to do). The idea of announcing something as a public health emergency and then allowing the emergency to continue so long as additional revenues are extracted from the malign activity in question reeks of both hypocrisy and ineffectiveness. As for the funds collected, why do these funds need to be expended upon the largely fruitless plain of counseling and treatment? What percentage of gambling addicts can truly be turned from their path by such means? Would it not be better to apply these funds to the amelioration of the true victims of a gambling addiction? How about dedicating these resources to the unfortunate spouses and children of problem gamers who may have to go without food, rent, or utilities? Overregulation Par for the Course in UK Even if these latest overzealous designs of Labour with regard to gambling don't come to pass, there are still plenty of other groups in the United Kingdom that appear to be committed to rendering harsh judgments against online gambling organizations. Some of the Agencies Whose Rules U.K. Gaming Firms Must Follow Just look at the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, which in June fined 32Red Casino an incredible £2 million for failing to protect a single individual with a gambling problem. As extravagantly high as this penalty was, it was nowhere close to the largest fine ordered by the UKGC. That dubious distinction is held by 888, which was punished to the tune of £7.8 million in August 2017 for “failing vulnerable customers.” The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is very active also, proclaiming ever-tightening directives that gambling firms must comply with or else have their marketing efforts deemed unacceptable. In April, a PokerStars ad spot was deemed to encourage reckless betting because it showed a man making a big bluff. The ASA felt that viewers might get the impression that bluffing for all of one's chips is the only skill needed to prevail at the poker tables. In May, the ASA found fault with m88.com because this online casino was displaying attractive graphics on its website to promote fairy tale slot machines. The watchdog agency said that these graphics were likely to appeal to children and were thus not OK. We're left wondering how m88 could have accurately showcased these particular slot titles without using such pictures. Even if a gaming enterprise can navigate the minefield of laws, regulations, and oversight bodies to achieve a level of success in the U.K. market, it had better not achieve too much success. This is because it might come under the watchful gaze of the Competition and Markets Authority, which is ready to strike out against possible monopolistic practices. This is what happened to PokerStars and SkyBet despite the fact that most observers feel that the combination of the two entities doesn't pose any realistic risk of becoming a monopoly. The Bottom Line The truth is that gambling, like all other human activities, cannot be eliminated from society. It is always going to be with us in both its benign aspects of sporting excitement as well as in its darker face of human addiction and ruin. To allow a government to vilify what is, for the vast majority of people, a harmless pastime in order to create easy jobs for people with university degrees, who ought to be able to make their own way in life, is itself a form of gambling. The bet is simply that one more layer of non-productive bureaucracy can be ladled upon the output of the nation without doing sufficient harm so as to imperil the commonwealth as a whole. At some point, the proponents of an ever-expanding government are going to lose that bet for everyone involved. ";s:16:"description_html";s:16980:"<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%2Fuk-labour-party-is-anti-gambling-in-2018&amp;title=U.K.%20Labour%20Party%20Announces%20Anti-Gambling%20Plans%20If%20Elected"></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/uk-flag-map.png" alt="UK Flag Map" width="65" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In a recent spasm of activity designed to torpedo their own chances for capturing Downing Street from the evil, wicked Tories, the <strong>Labour Party has issued an extensive proposal for further regulating gambling activity</strong> in the United Kingdom. These plans, announced Thursday, Sept. 20 by Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson, would be implemented should the party prevail in the next elections.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tom Watson, Labour MP since 2001" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/tom-watson.jpg" alt="Photo of Tom Watson of the Labour Party" width="400" height="400" /><em>Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>New Restrictions on the Agenda</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/banned.png" alt="Circle and Crossbar - Red" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Their plan begins with the idea of seriously annoying online gamblers by <strong>blocking them from using their credit cards to place bets</strong>. In a world where governments everywhere are trying to encourage the use of easily-trackable digital methods of payment as opposed to the use of anonymous and hard-to-tax cash and crypto-currency, this seems like a relatively counter-intuitive step in their cunning plan for a new cashless utopian society.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Labour has also crunched the numbers and come up with the surprisingly precise figure of 433,000 for the number of "problem" gamblers in the UK. Given that the entire population -- man, woman, child, and other -- is only 66,000,000, this seems like an extraordinary percentage of Britons who cannot resist the call of the one-armed bandit. Once you exclude minors and those segments of the population that do not gamble at all for various reasons ranging from poverty to religious objections, it is clear that Labour's leadership regards this as an exceptionally great challenge to the health of the nation. This is indeed how they characterize their proposal-- as a public health necessity in the face of a vast epidemic of people losing the deed to the Family Seat when Man U doesn't score first.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Like all great challenges, the solution to this pressing emergency on offer from government employees is.... more government. Oh, and more taxes, of course. To be precise, what they want to do is to throttle the opportunities for so-called "in progress" gambling by <strong>regulating into oblivion those gambling adverts which air during the contest</strong> itself. Their preferred prescription couples this prohibition with a proposed <strong>1% tax</strong> to help the many NGOs which cater to the needs of problem gamblers redecorate their offices and then counsel their clients with whatever residue of funds remain after completion of the project.</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The Labour Party proposes a ban on in play gambling advertisements and credit card gambling transactions" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/labour-anti-gambling-social-image.png" alt="Labour Party Wants to Fight Problem Gambling" width="600" height="315" /><br /><br /></div> <h2>Black Market to Grow?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/money-bag-with-dollar-sign.png" alt="Black Money Bag" width="58" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Naturally, this may seem like a cynical take on what is obviously a well-meant effort to deal with a growing problem which is being exacerbated by ever-expanding technology. Yet their proposal to add taxes, ban ads, and restrict the use of non-cash payments can honestly lead only to the one solution which would be EVEN WORSE than the current highly-regulated UK gambling environment-- namely, to drive an ever greater share of the overall gambling pie into an underground that is immune to regulation, taxation, and bureaucratic hectoring. It would also be immune to the necessity of running an honest wheel at the unregulated roulette table.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Now, we here at ProfessionalRakeback know that unregulated does not necessarily equal disreputable. Indeed, we're partners with several fine online gaming providers that are unlicensed by the United Kingdom yet transact freely and honestly with Britons. They include <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read ProfessionalRakeback's ACR Poker Review" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Americas Cardroom</strong></span></a></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="SB.ag Offers Poker, Casino, Live Dealer, Sportsbook, Racebook, and More!" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Sportsbetting.ag</strong></span></a></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Premier Bitcoin Betting Site Nitrogen" href="/nitrogensports" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Nitrogen Sports</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Many offshore online poker, casino, and sportsbook sites conduct business in the U.K." src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/unlicensed-uk-gaming-sites.png" alt="Online Gambling Sites Active in the U.K." width="650" height="300" /><em>Some of the Fine Gaming Sites That Serve the U.K. Without a License From the Gambling Commission<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet, the gambling addicts whom Labour is supposedly safeguarding against the harms of their habit can hardly be expected to search out only trustworthy destinations for getting their fix of betting action. Indeed, the whole foundation of Labour's arguments – and the whole idea of gambling licensure in the first place – is that customers need to be protected from evil, manipulative corporations. By driving business toward gray market operators, Labour's scheme would contradict the entire premise of its justifications.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In short, Labour has identified a problem that is apparently in need of being turned into an even bigger problem. There are, of course, other potential options for dealing with this alleged crisis.</p> <h2>Labour Exaggerating Their Case?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/labour-party-logo.png" alt="Logo of the Labour Party" width="267" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">So the first question that needs to be addressed is: how big a problem is this, really? If the Labour Party figures are exaggerated, then their solution isn't needed. On the other hand, if their figures are reasonably correct or perhaps even understated, then one has to question if their proposal is properly tailored to meet the emergency. For the nonce, let us assume that this research is correct and that a growing number of Britons have a severe gambling problem-- particularly a severe problem with instant gambling-- that cries out for action.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Restricting "in progress" advertising may be a gentle step in the right direction, but is it enough to mitigate what they themselves term an emergency? What seems worrisome is the idea they apparently espouse that an unstoppable lustful proclivity for instant gambling action may be okay but that deliberately encouraging it in the middle of the contest may be going a bit far. Is this really the proper remedy for such an announced emergency? If this is such a huge problem, wouldn't a total prohibition on this entire type of in play gaming action be a superior remedy?</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">And what about the way in which Labour chooses to help the unfortunate sufferers who nevertheless get themselves in financial trouble despite their inability to view encouraging advertisements? A 1% tax on gambling revenues may, again, be a gentle step in the right direction, but what are these funds going to be used for? Admonishments from social workers. Does the Labour Party have any statistics to back up the idea that this may prove to be an effective measure to curtail future addictive behavior among a large segment of those 433,000 unfortunates it identifies as being at risk?</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet, if this is truly a problem, what other remedy might prove more efficacious in real world application? As mentioned above, it would be quite easy for the government to sweep away this looming problem of addiction to instant gambling-- provided of course that they were willing to forego their own no-doubt-substantial share of the revenues which accrue from such activities (which they, quite obviously, are not going to do). The idea of announcing something as a public health emergency and then allowing the emergency to continue so long as additional revenues are extracted from the malign activity in question reeks of both hypocrisy and ineffectiveness.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As for the funds collected, why do these funds need to be expended upon the largely fruitless plain of counseling and treatment? What percentage of gambling addicts can truly be turned from their path by such means? Would it not be better to apply these funds to the amelioration of the true victims of a gambling addiction? How about dedicating these resources to the unfortunate spouses and children of problem gamers who may have to go without food, rent, or utilities?</p> <h2>Overregulation Par for the Course in UK</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-pages.png" alt="Pages of a Document" width="63" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even if these latest overzealous designs of Labour with regard to gambling don't come to pass, there are still plenty of other groups in the United Kingdom that appear to be committed to rendering harsh judgments against online gambling organizations.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Many regulators infest the U.K. gambling scene" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/uk-regulatory-bodies.png" alt="Organizations That Have Certain Powers Over U.K. Gambling Companies" width="650" height="93" /><em>Some of the Agencies Whose Rules U.K. Gaming Firms Must Follow<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Just look at the <strong>United Kingdom Gambling Commission</strong>, which in June <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="32Red Must Pay Seven Figure Fine" href="/32-red-slammed-with-2-million-pound-fine-by-ukgc" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">fined 32Red Casino an incredible £2 million</span></a></span> for failing to protect a single individual with a gambling problem. As extravagantly high as this penalty was, it was nowhere close to the largest fine ordered by the UKGC. That dubious distinction is held by <a title="888 Draws Ire of UKGC" href="https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2017/Gambling-firm-888-to-pay-over-7.8million-for-failing-vulnerable-customers.aspx" target="_blank">888, which was punished to the tune of £7.8 million</a> in August 2017 for “failing vulnerable customers.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <strong>Advertising Standards Authority</strong> (ASA) is very active also, proclaiming ever-tightening directives that gambling firms must comply with or else have their marketing efforts deemed unacceptable. In April, a <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ASA's Ludicrous Judgment Against PokerStars" href="/pokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars ad spot was deemed to encourage reckless betting</span></a></span> because it showed a man making a big bluff. The ASA felt that viewers might get the impression that bluffing for all of one's chips is the only skill needed to prevail at the poker tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In May, the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Fairytale Slot Graphics Against ASA Rules?" href="/m88-marketing-slots-to-children-says-uk-advertising-standards-authority" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">ASA found fault with m88.com</span></a></span> because this online casino was displaying attractive graphics on its website to promote fairy tale slot machines. The watchdog agency said that these graphics were likely to appeal to children and were thus not OK. We're left wondering how m88 could have accurately showcased these particular slot titles without using such pictures.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even if a gaming enterprise can navigate the minefield of laws, regulations, and oversight bodies to achieve a level of success in the U.K. market, it had better not achieve <em>too</em> much success. This is because it might come under the watchful gaze of the <strong>Competition and Markets Authority</strong>, which is ready to strike out against possible monopolistic practices. This is what happened to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="UK's CMA Orders Suspension of 'Stars/Sky Merger" href="/cma-forces-starts-to-pump-the-brakes-on-sky-bet-acquisition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars and SkyBet</span></a></span> despite the fact that most observers feel that the combination of the two entities doesn't pose any realistic risk of becoming a monopoly.</p> <h2>The Bottom Line</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking.png" alt="Blue Thinking Man" width="109" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The truth is that gambling, like all other human activities, cannot be eliminated from society. It is always going to be with us in both its benign aspects of sporting excitement as well as in its darker face of human addiction and ruin.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To allow a government to vilify what is, for the vast majority of people, a harmless pastime in order to create easy jobs for people with university degrees, who ought to be able to make their own way in life, is itself a form of gambling. The bet is simply that <strong>one more layer of non-productive bureaucracy can be ladled upon the output of the nation</strong> without doing sufficient harm so as to imperil the commonwealth as a whole. At some point, the proponents of an ever-expanding government are going to lose that bet for everyone involved.</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%2Fuk-labour-party-is-anti-gambling-in-2018&amp;title=U.K.%20Labour%20Party%20Announces%20Anti-Gambling%20Plans%20If%20Elected"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:16980:"<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%2Fuk-labour-party-is-anti-gambling-in-2018&amp;title=U.K.%20Labour%20Party%20Announces%20Anti-Gambling%20Plans%20If%20Elected"></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/uk-flag-map.png" alt="UK Flag Map" width="65" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In a recent spasm of activity designed to torpedo their own chances for capturing Downing Street from the evil, wicked Tories, the <strong>Labour Party has issued an extensive proposal for further regulating gambling activity</strong> in the United Kingdom. These plans, announced Thursday, Sept. 20 by Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson, would be implemented should the party prevail in the next elections.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tom Watson, Labour MP since 2001" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/tom-watson.jpg" alt="Photo of Tom Watson of the Labour Party" width="400" height="400" /><em>Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party<br /><br /></em></div> <h2>New Restrictions on the Agenda</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/banned.png" alt="Circle and Crossbar - Red" width="106" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Their plan begins with the idea of seriously annoying online gamblers by <strong>blocking them from using their credit cards to place bets</strong>. In a world where governments everywhere are trying to encourage the use of easily-trackable digital methods of payment as opposed to the use of anonymous and hard-to-tax cash and crypto-currency, this seems like a relatively counter-intuitive step in their cunning plan for a new cashless utopian society.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Labour has also crunched the numbers and come up with the surprisingly precise figure of 433,000 for the number of "problem" gamblers in the UK. Given that the entire population -- man, woman, child, and other -- is only 66,000,000, this seems like an extraordinary percentage of Britons who cannot resist the call of the one-armed bandit. Once you exclude minors and those segments of the population that do not gamble at all for various reasons ranging from poverty to religious objections, it is clear that Labour's leadership regards this as an exceptionally great challenge to the health of the nation. This is indeed how they characterize their proposal-- as a public health necessity in the face of a vast epidemic of people losing the deed to the Family Seat when Man U doesn't score first.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Like all great challenges, the solution to this pressing emergency on offer from government employees is.... more government. Oh, and more taxes, of course. To be precise, what they want to do is to throttle the opportunities for so-called "in progress" gambling by <strong>regulating into oblivion those gambling adverts which air during the contest</strong> itself. Their preferred prescription couples this prohibition with a proposed <strong>1% tax</strong> to help the many NGOs which cater to the needs of problem gamblers redecorate their offices and then counsel their clients with whatever residue of funds remain after completion of the project.</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The Labour Party proposes a ban on in play gambling advertisements and credit card gambling transactions" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/labour-anti-gambling-social-image.png" alt="Labour Party Wants to Fight Problem Gambling" width="600" height="315" /><br /><br /></div> <h2>Black Market to Grow?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/money-bag-with-dollar-sign.png" alt="Black Money Bag" width="58" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Naturally, this may seem like a cynical take on what is obviously a well-meant effort to deal with a growing problem which is being exacerbated by ever-expanding technology. Yet their proposal to add taxes, ban ads, and restrict the use of non-cash payments can honestly lead only to the one solution which would be EVEN WORSE than the current highly-regulated UK gambling environment-- namely, to drive an ever greater share of the overall gambling pie into an underground that is immune to regulation, taxation, and bureaucratic hectoring. It would also be immune to the necessity of running an honest wheel at the unregulated roulette table.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Now, we here at ProfessionalRakeback know that unregulated does not necessarily equal disreputable. Indeed, we're partners with several fine online gaming providers that are unlicensed by the United Kingdom yet transact freely and honestly with Britons. They include <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Read ProfessionalRakeback's ACR Poker Review" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Americas Cardroom</strong></span></a></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="SB.ag Offers Poker, Casino, Live Dealer, Sportsbook, Racebook, and More!" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Sportsbetting.ag</strong></span></a></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Premier Bitcoin Betting Site Nitrogen" href="/nitrogensports" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Nitrogen Sports</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Many offshore online poker, casino, and sportsbook sites conduct business in the U.K." src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/unlicensed-uk-gaming-sites.png" alt="Online Gambling Sites Active in the U.K." width="650" height="300" /><em>Some of the Fine Gaming Sites That Serve the U.K. Without a License From the Gambling Commission<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet, the gambling addicts whom Labour is supposedly safeguarding against the harms of their habit can hardly be expected to search out only trustworthy destinations for getting their fix of betting action. Indeed, the whole foundation of Labour's arguments – and the whole idea of gambling licensure in the first place – is that customers need to be protected from evil, manipulative corporations. By driving business toward gray market operators, Labour's scheme would contradict the entire premise of its justifications.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In short, Labour has identified a problem that is apparently in need of being turned into an even bigger problem. There are, of course, other potential options for dealing with this alleged crisis.</p> <h2>Labour Exaggerating Their Case?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/labour-party-logo.png" alt="Logo of the Labour Party" width="267" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">So the first question that needs to be addressed is: how big a problem is this, really? If the Labour Party figures are exaggerated, then their solution isn't needed. On the other hand, if their figures are reasonably correct or perhaps even understated, then one has to question if their proposal is properly tailored to meet the emergency. For the nonce, let us assume that this research is correct and that a growing number of Britons have a severe gambling problem-- particularly a severe problem with instant gambling-- that cries out for action.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Restricting "in progress" advertising may be a gentle step in the right direction, but is it enough to mitigate what they themselves term an emergency? What seems worrisome is the idea they apparently espouse that an unstoppable lustful proclivity for instant gambling action may be okay but that deliberately encouraging it in the middle of the contest may be going a bit far. Is this really the proper remedy for such an announced emergency? If this is such a huge problem, wouldn't a total prohibition on this entire type of in play gaming action be a superior remedy?</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">And what about the way in which Labour chooses to help the unfortunate sufferers who nevertheless get themselves in financial trouble despite their inability to view encouraging advertisements? A 1% tax on gambling revenues may, again, be a gentle step in the right direction, but what are these funds going to be used for? Admonishments from social workers. Does the Labour Party have any statistics to back up the idea that this may prove to be an effective measure to curtail future addictive behavior among a large segment of those 433,000 unfortunates it identifies as being at risk?</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet, if this is truly a problem, what other remedy might prove more efficacious in real world application? As mentioned above, it would be quite easy for the government to sweep away this looming problem of addiction to instant gambling-- provided of course that they were willing to forego their own no-doubt-substantial share of the revenues which accrue from such activities (which they, quite obviously, are not going to do). The idea of announcing something as a public health emergency and then allowing the emergency to continue so long as additional revenues are extracted from the malign activity in question reeks of both hypocrisy and ineffectiveness.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As for the funds collected, why do these funds need to be expended upon the largely fruitless plain of counseling and treatment? What percentage of gambling addicts can truly be turned from their path by such means? Would it not be better to apply these funds to the amelioration of the true victims of a gambling addiction? How about dedicating these resources to the unfortunate spouses and children of problem gamers who may have to go without food, rent, or utilities?</p> <h2>Overregulation Par for the Course in UK</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-pages.png" alt="Pages of a Document" width="63" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even if these latest overzealous designs of Labour with regard to gambling don't come to pass, there are still plenty of other groups in the United Kingdom that appear to be committed to rendering harsh judgments against online gambling organizations.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Many regulators infest the U.K. gambling scene" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/uk-regulatory-bodies.png" alt="Organizations That Have Certain Powers Over U.K. Gambling Companies" width="650" height="93" /><em>Some of the Agencies Whose Rules U.K. Gaming Firms Must Follow<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Just look at the <strong>United Kingdom Gambling Commission</strong>, which in June <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="32Red Must Pay Seven Figure Fine" href="/32-red-slammed-with-2-million-pound-fine-by-ukgc" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">fined 32Red Casino an incredible £2 million</span></a></span> for failing to protect a single individual with a gambling problem. As extravagantly high as this penalty was, it was nowhere close to the largest fine ordered by the UKGC. That dubious distinction is held by <a title="888 Draws Ire of UKGC" href="https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/news/2017/Gambling-firm-888-to-pay-over-7.8million-for-failing-vulnerable-customers.aspx" target="_blank">888, which was punished to the tune of £7.8 million</a> in August 2017 for “failing vulnerable customers.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <strong>Advertising Standards Authority</strong> (ASA) is very active also, proclaiming ever-tightening directives that gambling firms must comply with or else have their marketing efforts deemed unacceptable. In April, a <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ASA's Ludicrous Judgment Against PokerStars" href="/pokerstars-encourages-reckless-gambling-says-uk-asa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars ad spot was deemed to encourage reckless betting</span></a></span> because it showed a man making a big bluff. The ASA felt that viewers might get the impression that bluffing for all of one's chips is the only skill needed to prevail at the poker tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In May, the <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Fairytale Slot Graphics Against ASA Rules?" href="/m88-marketing-slots-to-children-says-uk-advertising-standards-authority" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">ASA found fault with m88.com</span></a></span> because this online casino was displaying attractive graphics on its website to promote fairy tale slot machines. The watchdog agency said that these graphics were likely to appeal to children and were thus not OK. We're left wondering how m88 could have accurately showcased these particular slot titles without using such pictures.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even if a gaming enterprise can navigate the minefield of laws, regulations, and oversight bodies to achieve a level of success in the U.K. market, it had better not achieve <em>too</em> much success. This is because it might come under the watchful gaze of the <strong>Competition and Markets Authority</strong>, which is ready to strike out against possible monopolistic practices. This is what happened to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="UK's CMA Orders Suspension of 'Stars/Sky Merger" href="/cma-forces-starts-to-pump-the-brakes-on-sky-bet-acquisition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars and SkyBet</span></a></span> despite the fact that most observers feel that the combination of the two entities doesn't pose any realistic risk of becoming a monopoly.</p> <h2>The Bottom Line</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/thinking.png" alt="Blue Thinking Man" width="109" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The truth is that gambling, like all other human activities, cannot be eliminated from society. It is always going to be with us in both its benign aspects of sporting excitement as well as in its darker face of human addiction and ruin.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To allow a government to vilify what is, for the vast majority of people, a harmless pastime in order to create easy jobs for people with university degrees, who ought to be able to make their own way in life, is itself a form of gambling. The bet is simply that <strong>one more layer of non-productive bureaucracy can be ladled upon the output of the nation</strong> without doing sufficient harm so as to imperil the commonwealth as a whole. At some point, the proponents of an ever-expanding government are going to lose that bet for everyone involved.</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%2Fuk-labour-party-is-anti-gambling-in-2018&amp;title=U.K.%20Labour%20Party%20Announces%20Anti-Gambling%20Plans%20If%20Elected"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:4;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:76:"https://professionalrakeback.com/usa-poker-site-rake-comparison-and-analysis";s:5:"title";s:58:"NLHE, PLO, and PLO/8 Rake Comparison of Online Poker Sites";s:4:"date";i:1538532403;s:11:"description";s:27987:" Poker would be a zero sum game if it were not for the rake – rake of course being the fee that online poker rooms charge players to play their games. The fees in the poker industry are far from standardized. Many poker rooms sneak in a little raise in rates here or offer a small discount in rake there, all in an effort to boost certain games and stakes or satisfy certain segments of the market. As edges become thinner in the poker world due to the proliferation of knowledge and readily available training materials, the need to find a way to increase your win rate becomes vitally important. One of the most obvious ways is to choose a site that takes the least amount of money out of every pot, the lowest raked poker sites, and thus allows you to use your skill to collect the most money from other players at the table. The challenging part though is figuring out what site takes the least from each pot and how it compares with other sites that are available to you. This website specializes in real money play at US-friendly online poker sites, but please note that several of the seven networks profiled in this report also accept players from all over the world.  ProfessionalRakeback.com knows that you'd rather be playing No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, or Pot Limit Omaha/8 poker rather than scouring every possible available poker website or bugging live chat support for information, and thus we are here to help you in that quest with easy-to-decipher rake comparison charts. We have broken down the charts into four groups: micro, small, mid, and high stakes. These tables and charts focus on the US friendly online poker networks: Pai Wang Luo Poker Network, Winning Poker Network, Horizon Gaming Network, Chico Gaming Network, Grand Poker Network, Merge Gaming Network, and Global Poker. When looking at the numbers we are just going to consider the raw data, and will talk about mitigating factors such as bonuses, rakeback and other money-added value considerations after all the charts. Editor's Notes This article is up to date as of October 2018 Sites are listed from left to right with the sites we recommend most highly, like PaiWangLuo, on the left and the troubled Merge and Global operations on the right. For comparison's sake, PaiWangLuo has 25% more traffic than Winning Network, 55% more than Chico Network, 90% more than Merge Network, 95% more than Horizon Network, and 99% more traffic than Grand Network. Rakeback and bonus effects discussed at end of article If you find this article useful, please share it with others Legend Micro Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis TLDR; - Lowest Raked Micro Stakes Poker Sites 2NL/PLO/PLO8 - Winning Poker Network5NL/5PLO8 - PaiWangLuo Network, Global Poker5PLO - Grand Poker10NL/PLO/PLO8 - Grand Poker10NL HU - Winning Poker Network Playing at the least raked micro stakes sites is a simple process.  All you need to do is to clear your web browser's cookies, then click any of the following links to create an account at: PaiWangLuo Network Sign up for Ignition Poker(USA + AUS) Signup for Bovada Poker(USA Sports Bettors) Signup for Bodog Poker(CAN + LATAM) Signup for Bodog88 Poker(Asia + AUS) Grand Poker Network Sign up for 5Dimes Poker Winning Poker Network Sign up for Americas Cardroom Sign up for BlackChip Poker Sign up for True Poker ¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view here ²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE ³The WPN has implemented a lower rake cap for Heads-Up NLHE tables: $0.10 at 2nl and 5nl, $0.20 at 10nl⁴Grand doesn't have NLHE or PLO8 at $4 buyins; numbers shown are for PLO only For the penny games, $2 buy-ins, the Winning Poker Network offers the only games in town. PWL is pretty good at $5 games although Global is slightly superior at $4: one of the rare stakes in which Global beats most competing sites.Once one gets to the $10 buy in levels, things get a bit more interesting. This is the lowest stakes that Grand Poker Network offers for Hold'em, and, true to the discount nature of their parent company 5Dimes (an A+ rated "reduced juice" sportsbook), the rake is the cheapest of any site on offer. Grand Poker offers the lowest maximum rake caps. In those cases where the capped amount is tied with another site, they offer a lower percentage of rake taken, besting every competitor by at least 10%. This ultimately saves one money on the more frequent small pots, as well as saving one money in the huge pots with lower caps. The only bad news is that GPN is the smallest site in this list and rarely has more than a handful of small stakes games running at any given time. If one is a recreational player, one will probably be just fine with this. However, if one is a multi-tabling 10NL grinder, one will likely need to split one's action among multiple sites or help start games to create more action for oneself. One other note on the Grand Poker Network: It actually does have $0.02/$0.04 games but only for PLO, not NLHE or PLO/8. In these games, it's also the lowest-raked site.In the middle of the pack at $10 tables, there is the Winning Poker Network, which takes an industry-standard 5% in rake but has relatively high rake caps. We should point out though, that $10NL players at heads up tables looking for the lowest rake are well served by the WPN's decision to reduce the rake cap to just $0.20 specifically at HU games.On the high-end of the scale there are the Horizon and Merge networks. Horizon charges the highest percentage rake at 6.67% which will hurt micro-stakes players in the smaller pots. Merge also has high rake at 10NL/10PLO, albeit not as high as Horizon, but its rake caps are atrocious: a full $4 at full tables. Small Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis TLDR; - Lowest Raked Small Stakes Poker Sites 25NL/PLO8 - Grand Poker, PaiWangLuo50NL/PLO8 - Grand Poker, Winning100NL/PLO8 - Grand Poker, Winning25/50/100PLO - Horizon Playing at the least raked small stakes sites is a simple process.  All you need to do is to clear your web browser's cookies, then click any of the following links to create an account at: PaiWangLuo Network Sign up for Ignition Poker(USA + AUS) Signup for Bovada Poker(USA Sports Bettors) Signup for Bodog Poker(CAN + LATAM) Signup for Bodog88 Poker(Asia + AUS) Winning Poker Network Sign up for Americas Cardroom Sign up for BlackChip Poker Sign up for True Poker Grand Poker Network Sign up for 5Dimes Poker Horizon Poker Network Sign up for Intertops Poker  Sign up for Juicy Stakes Poker(AUS Welcome) ¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view here²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE³The WPN has implemented a lower rake cap of $0.20 for Heads-Up 25nl Hold'em tables These are the levels that one notices things start to get a bit more homogeneous and caps become a much larger part of the equation. The Grand Poker Network really starts to come into its own here, owning the other sites at $25, $50, and $100 buyin blind levels. It bests all comers in both cap amount and rake percentage for almost every configuration of players and stakes in NL poker. We do have to acknowledge an unusual feature of the Horizon Network here though. It has some of the best rakes for PLO and PLO Hi-Lo tables at these stakes. This isn't reflected in the chart above because HPN has an entirely separate rake schedule for four-card poker, which you can access here. The rake percent is the normal 5%, but caps are no higher than $1, which beats even Grand Poker. The WPN is the next best with pretty reasonable short-handed caps and an overall 5% rake structure. Chico is worse because of higher caps and rake percents. PaiWangLuo also doesn't compare to WPN because of its $4 cap at $50 and $100 full 6-handed and 9-handed games.Merge and Global between them take the “prize” for worst rake at these stakes. Global's shorthanded rakes are particularly bad because it doesn't give much of a discounted cap at all for hands with fewer than six participants. Merge meanwhile has a hefty $4 cap for longhanded play at all three stakes levels. Medium Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis TLDR; - Lowest Raked Medium Stakes Poker Sites 200NL/PLO/PLO8 - Winning, Grand Poker400NL/PLO - Winning, PaiWangLuo400PLO8 - Grand Poker, Winning600NL/PLO - Winning, Horizon600PLO8 - Grand Poker, Winning Playing at the least raked mid stakes sites is a simple process.  All you need to do is to clear your web browser's cookies, then click any of the following links to create an account at: Grand Poker Network Sign up for 5Dimes Poker Winning Poker Network Sign up for Americas Cardroom Sign up for BlackChip Poker Sign up for True Poker PaiWangLuo Network Sign up for Ignition Poker(USA + AUS) Signup for Bovada Poker(USA Sports Bettors) Signup for Bodog Poker(CAN + LATAM) Signup for Bodog88 Poker(Asia + AUS) Horizon Poker Network Sign up for Intertops Poker  Sign up for Juicy Stakes Poker(AUS Welcome) ¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view here²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE ³Grand doesn't have NLHE or PLO at $400 and $600 buyins, figures shown are for PLO/8 only This is the level where rake might start to matter a little less to some players and game selection, or even availability starts to become a factor. The mid stakes is where winning players tend to win much more money over time than they pay in rake, thus leaving behind the proverbial "rake trap" that players in the lower stakes are often faced with. Game availability also tends to suffer the higher up the ranks one goes. Thus the larger sites in this comparison will be the sites where one can find multiple games running, even at non-peak hours. The smaller sites one will often have difficulty finding games outside of peak times.  Starting games is always an option, just be sure to pay attention to the heads up and three-handed rake levels if you happen to be a frequent game starter. WPN and Grand are best for game starters who enjoy short-handed play.Grand wins at $200, but WPN earns the crown at $400 and $600 games, at least in NL and PLO, because GPN doesn't offer Texas Hold'em or PLO-high big-bet games higher than $200. Yet, Grand is a place to consider for PLO/8 action if you're willing to table start because it does have split-pot PLO at these stakes. PaiWangLuo is also worth keeping on your radar, despite its slightly worse rake, because it's probably the best place to go to find games actually running at $200 and $400. At $600, Horizon is an option to consider, not because it's particularly attractive but because it's one of the few rooms to actually spread games at this unusual buyin value. Global and Merge are again the two worst rooms rakewise. Merge actually has $5 caps for $500-buyin NL and PLO when there are five or more players in a hand! High Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis TLDR; - Lowest Raked High Stakes Poker Sites 1000NL/PLO/PLO8 - Winning, PaiWangLuo, Chico2000NL - PaiWangLuo, Winning, Chico2000PLO/PLO8 - Winning, PaiWangLuo5000NL/PLO/PLO8 - Winning Playing at the least raked high stakes sites is a simple process.  All you need to do is to clear your web browser's cookies, then click any of the following links to create an account at:  Winning Poker Network Sign up for Americas Cardroom Sign up for BlackChip Poker Sign up for True Poker PaiWangLuo Network Sign up for Ignition Poker(USA + AUS) Signup for Bovada Poker(USA Sports Bettors) Signup for Bodog Poker(CAN + LATAM) Signup for Bodog88 Poker(Asia + AUS) Chico Poker Network Sign up for Sportsbetting.ag Poker  Sign up for BetOnline Poker  Sign up for TigerGaming Poker(non-USA) ¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view here²Global Poker doesn't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE ³Chico doesn't have PLO or PLO8 at $2000 buyins, figures shown are for NLHE only High stakes poker players know that rake is not the biggest consideration when choosing a site to play at. Game selection becomes a much bigger issue at these stakes due to lack of steady round the clock action at any of the sites. At these stakes, it often makes sense for a high stakes pro to sign up at all available sites and cherry pick games as they are made available, or to simply start them oneself. With this said, it is still important to know if one is getting a good deal or not, and the chart above should be quite useful in helping you pick which sites to devote more action to.At the $1,000 level, the Winning Poker Network has the smallest rake, but PWL likely has more games. Chico has some tables running at this level too during most times of day. It's a similar story at $2,000 although you can play at Chico only for NLHE, not PLO or PLO-8. Horizon has tables at both of these stakes for all three big-bet formats, but you may not be able to find anyone else to play against at this small-volume network. At $5,000 buy-in, there is only one site in this list that offers tables, and that is Winning Poker Network. There tends to be 1-3 25/50 games that spark up each day, the trick is to catch them because they don't seem to run at consistent times.  We recommend searching for them at peak Euro hours, peak US hours, and late night in the US, especially on weekends. Even though they have no competition at these stakes, WPN continues to offer a rake schedule that is superior to some other sites' small stakes fees! Merge doesn't even offer tables at $1,000 and higher while Global's rake chart is horrible for the short-handed play that you'll undoubtedly encounter at these stakes.   Value-Added Considerations Chico Poker Network:   Chico Network is slightly worse than average when it comes to cheap rake with a percentage across the board of 5.6%, higher than the normal 5%. Where it does shine is providing soft games with sports and casino punters.  It also a decent initial deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000! This bonus clears at a 20% effective rakeback rate, and it combines with the comp points program for a total of around 26% rakeback while the bonus is active.  Chico Network also occasionally offers reload bonuses. If you also happen to play SNGs, they have a weekly $5,275 SNG race.  If you want more info on Chico Sites, visit our full reviews for BetOnline, TigerGaming, and SportsbettingAG.  PaiWangLuo Poker Network:  The PaiWangLuo online poker organization has competitive rake at 5NL, 10NL, 25NL, 1000NL, and 2000NL. They also happen to be the largest option reviewed and the eighth largest network in the world. With anonymous games and no permanent player tracking, players who like to play GTO or highly exploitative Nemesis strategies will love practicing their arts on the soft and plentiful tables. Initial deposit bonus is 100% up to $1,000 and clears at 20% effective rakeback in cash games, and 30% effective in SNGs and multi-table tournaments. PWL Network is composed of Ignition Casino for US players and Aussies, Bovada for Americans who wish to bet on sports in addition to poker, Bodog for Canadians and Latin Americans, and Bodog88 for Asian players. If you want more info on PWL Network sites click the links above to read our reviews.   Horizon Poker Network:  After analyzing the rake charts we have provided in this report, you may have no desire to play on Horizon Network, especially considering they won no untied categories until the 1000NL limit. Yet, this is perhaps the best -raked site for PLO and PLO/8 at the $50, $100, and $200 buyins. Moreover, there are bonuses, rakeback, rake races, and other promotional offers to claim here. Horizon Network offers an industry standard deposit bonus of $1,000, but what isn't standard is that it is a 200% matching bonus, meaning that you only have to deposit $500 in order to max it out. It also clears at a surprisingly fast rate. If you have our industry-best 36% rakeback deal (using dealt methodology) then it clears at roughly 27%, and if you are on the VIP system (best for players raking more than $2,000 a month), clearance rates can exceed 50%. There are also weekly rake races for players amounting to $16,000 per month.  With rakeback, the deposit and reload bonuses, a rake race, and a loyalty program, it’s a very profitable place to play, and the effective rake drops down to ultra-competitive levels. For more in-depth information on Horizon Network poker sites, visit our reviews for Intertops and Juicy Stakes.  Winning Poker Network:  This network has low rake compared to its competitors and that's a fact.  The only downside to this low rake is that the games tend to be a bit tougher than at most other sites. Still, there are plenty of added benefits (described) below, and this is a very low-rake environment to grind in. Also, FWIW, the management at this site wants to become the next PokerStars (pre-Amaya) and are tirelessly working toward achieving that goal. WPN offers an initial deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000 and frequently has reload bonuses that range in value from $200 to $1,000. All of these bonuses clear at 20%+ effective rakeback.  There is a flat 27% rakeback offered on many of the skins on Winning Poker Network.  This is optimal for lower stakes players as it guarantees a 27% rate of return.  If you are a player who will rake less than $1,500 per month, we suggest opting for rakeback.  If you fit into this category, we also suggest that you quickly read this WPN rakeback sites comparison guide and choose an appropriate skin for whatever country you reside in. Higher-stakes and higher-volume players, those raking in excess of $1,500 per month, should instead opt to be on the Elite Benefits rewards program.  High stakes / high volume players can earn up to 70% rakeback on an annual basis using Elite Benefits VIP.  In addition to rakeback and VIP rewards, there is also a weekly cash game rake race called “The Beast” that rewards 5 to 7 players per week with $2,500, twice that many with $1,000, and so on down the line.  It's a huge boon to high-volume grinders.  In fact, players who grind at Super Nova Elite level (old Stars players know what we're talking about) can earn upwards of $200,000 per year in VIP + Beast rewards! To read our full reviews of all of the aforementioned WPN poker rooms simply click any of the following links to said reviews:  America's Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, True Poker.  For native Spanish and Portuguese speaking players who wish to play on WPN, we suggest signing up on YaPoker.  Grand Poker Network:  Grand Poker Network is the all-out winner when it comes to finding a low-raked poker site. They consistently charge the lowest percentage of pots as well as having the lowest rake caps. It is a shame that this is also the smallest network reviewed and that their game selection rarely exceeds a dozen tables at any given time. However, if you like small and cozy sites with fast payouts, you should definitely look into this option.  5Dimes backs this network and they are well-known for offering discount sports betting and low-edge casino games; it's kinda their trademark. Thus, it's no wonder why they've positioned their poker product to also be so cheap. Grand Poker offers a huge rakeback deal of 50%. In addition, there are no-fee tournaments every day and a $500 freeroll every Sunday. It's amazing to us that with the lowest fee rake schedule and 50% effective rakeback, players aren't flocking to Grand Network.  But it just goes to show that very few players are savvy like you, and few of them pay attention to the rake.  We recommend GPN to anyone who likes to casually play, wants a site to play along side larger sites, likes to start games and play short-handed, as well as guys who  bet sports and want access to their "reduced juice" book. For those seeking more information, please read our general Grand Poker Review. Global Poker: Global Poker has some pretty bad rake caps especially for play at tables with fewer than six people. At the highest blind levels offered, Global actually takes out as much as $5.50 from each pot! Whereas most other rooms give a substantial break for shorthanded play, all Global does is knock a paltry $0.50 off the caps for heads-up play – and even this ho-hum discount is not present at the lowest stakes. There's little other reason to make Global your internet poker home. It doesn't have any bonuses or rakeback. There's only a single method for deposits and withdrawals, and the site isn't compatible with third-party tracking tools. PLO/8 fans are out of luck because this format isn't supported. Global has opted to focus on recreational customers in its marketing and advertising efforts, and this is probably a wise decision for them because most knowledgeable players would rather head elsewhere. Unfortunately, these recreational users are getting a raw deal. Beyond the details we've just discussed for electing to take a pass on Global, there are also concerns with its business model, competence, and honesty. If you'd like to learn more about why don't recommend this site to our readers, check out our comprehensive Global Poker review. Merge Gaming Network: Consisting of Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com and a few other minor skins, the Merge Gaming Network used to be one of the most popular online poker sites in the U.S.A. market. However, those days are long gone. In addition to taking a higher-than-average percentage of rake (5.6%), it also sports caps that go as high as $5. While Merge does have Fixed Limit Omaha-8, split-pot Omaha isn't spread in PL form. Moreover, there's little in the way of rewards beyond first deposit and redeposit bonuses. Merge has broken its promises to both players and affiliates before, and it even sometimes bans winners from its tables. To learn more about the significant problems at Carbon and the other Merge rooms, browse over to our Carbon Poker review. Conclusions Everything is a bit of mixed bag and individual promotions and game softness need to be taken strongly into consideration when choosing a poker site. If you are basing your decision on what site to play at solely based off of the effective rake taken from each pot, then Grand Poker is the place to be although its low player traffic and limited range of stakes offered are drawbacks. The Winning Poker Network is very competitive at all levels, and it's the only site on our list that actually spreads games at every single stake level covered in all three variants (NLHE, PLO, and PLO/8). Small stakes PLO (hi and hi-lo) aficionados may prefer the Horizon Network and its low $1 rake cap at $50PLO, $100PLO, and $200PLO. When taking rakeback and bonuses into the consideration things get more complicated once again. Horizon becomes a serious candidate in all blind levels that it supports because its bonus and rakeback more than compensate for the fact that its rake structure is nothing special. The Winning Poker Network and Grand also have remunerative rakeback deals. PaiWangLuo and Chico tend to be around the middle of the pack as far as the amount of rake they charge. However, they are the two sites on our list with perhaps the softest games, and their rake schedules are by no means bad. Each of them also provides new players with a 100% up to $1,000 bonus. The Merge Network and Global Poker generally have the most unappealing rakes across the majority of the stakes/games that we've covered. This might be forgivable if these operators boasted a broad array of bonuses and promotions; however, this is sadly not the case. Merge doesn't reward players with anything much beyond welcome and reload bonuses, and Global doesn't even have any bonuses! If you want to receive the perks you deserve as a dedicated grinder, then avoid Merge Gaming and Global Poker. Rake considerations are sometimes challenging to talk about in some ways as each player is different and because of that we would encourage you to Skype us for a personal consultation so we can most appropriately guide you to what internet poker sites would work best for your particular playing habits.  We hope that this guide has been useful to you and we encourage you to share it with anyone and everyone you know!  Sharing is caring, please use the like button and post this in forums when people ask about rake at poker :) How does the rake work in poker? The rake is the portion of each pot that the house keeps for itself as a fee for providing the games. The rake is typically expressed in the form “X% up to Y.” X is the percentage of the pot that the house retains while Y is the maximum amount taken. For instance, if the rake is 5% up to $3, then this means that the poker site extracts 5% of the pot for itself, but the maximum rake per hand is $3 even if $3 is less than 5% of the final pot size. This upper limit on the amount of rake is called the “cap.” It's usual for the rake structures to vary based on stake level and the variant of poker being played even at the same site. In tournaments and SNGs, the poker operator takes a tourney fee rather than a rake. Is rake taken out of every single pot? Although many pots are raked, it has become standard for some of them not to be. Generally speaking, hands that end preflop are not raked at all. Additionally, the rake is taken in specified increments, like $0.05 for every $1 in the pot. In this particular case, all pots smaller than $1 would be rake-free. Furthermore, uncalled bets are not raked. If someone makes a bet or raise and the opponent folds, ending the hand, then these final chips put into the pot are returned back to the bettor, and rake is taken only on the amount actually in the middle of the table. How are players' rake contributions calculated? It's sometimes hard to decide how rake paid should be credited to each player. For example, if nine players are dealt into a hand that winds up being raked $1.80, did each player pay $0.20 in rake? Or is it only players who actually put money into the pot who paid the rake? Perhaps it's only the winner of the hand who really paid because he or she would have ended up with the entire sum if there were no rake. Most poker sites use the weighted contributed formula to assign rake to the players. This methodology credits players with paying rake based upon the amount they contributed to a given pot. Not all poker rooms used the weighted contributed model. Intertops, which is listed in our charts above, employs dealt rake mechanisms instead. For more on the various rake attribution procedures in widespread use today, head over to our explanation of rake and rakeback calculation methods. How does rakeback work? Rakeback is a certain percentage of the rake automatically refunded to you at designated intervals. At some rooms, there's a minimum threshold that must be reached before any RB payment occurs. At others, you'll obtain whatever rakeback you've earned when the time for payment rolls around no matter how small it is. Almost all rakeback deals include tournament and sit-n-go fees within the total sum on which the RB is calculated. However, bonuses and other promotional winnings may be deducted from this total. If you have the option to play with rakeback but you elect not to exercise it, then you may be costing yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars per month. For more information about rakeback and to sign up at the best online poker rakeback sites, check out our list of RB offers. ";s:16:"description_html";s:68300:"<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%2Fusa-poker-site-rake-comparison-and-analysis&amp;title=NLHE%2C%20PLO%2C%20and%20PLO%2F8%20Rake%20Comparison%20of%20Online%20Poker%20Sites"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/raked-poker-chip-3.png" alt="Image Representing Rake Taken Out of a Casino Chip" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Poker would be a zero sum game if it were not for the <strong>rake</strong> – rake of course being the fee that online poker rooms charge players to play their games. The fees in the poker industry are far from standardized. Many poker rooms sneak in a little raise in rates here or offer a small discount in rake there, all in an effort to boost certain games and stakes or satisfy certain segments of the market.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As edges become thinner in the poker world due to the proliferation of knowledge and readily available training materials, the need to find a way to increase your <strong>win rate</strong> becomes vitally important. One of the most obvious ways is to choose a site that takes the least amount of money out of every pot, the <strong>lowest raked poker sites</strong>, and thus allows you to use your skill to collect the most money from other players at the table. The challenging part though is figuring out what site takes the least from each pot and how it compares with other sites that are available to you. This website specializes in <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="real money play at US-friendly poker sites" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">real money play at US-friendly online poker sites</span></a></span>, but please note that several of the seven networks profiled in this report also accept players from all over the world. </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">ProfessionalRakeback.com knows that you'd rather be playing No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, or Pot Limit Omaha/8 poker rather than scouring every possible available poker website or bugging live chat support for information, and thus we are here to help you in that quest with easy-to-decipher rake comparison charts. We have broken down the charts into four groups: micro, small, mid, and high stakes. These tables and charts focus on the US friendly online poker networks: Pai Wang Luo Poker Network, Winning Poker Network, Horizon Gaming Network, Chico Gaming Network, Grand Poker Network, Merge Gaming Network, and Global Poker. When looking at the numbers we are just going to consider the raw data, and will talk about mitigating factors such as bonuses, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Poker rakeback deals" href="/rakeback" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">rakeback</span></a></span> and other money-added value considerations after all the charts.</p> <p></p><center><br /><div style="border-radius: 25px; border: dashed red 5px; width: 80%; height: auto; margin: 2%; padding: 1%; font-size: 16px;"><center><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Editor's Notes</strong></span></center> <ul><li style="text-align: left;">This article is up to date as of October 2018</li> <li style="text-align: left;">Sites are listed from left to right with the sites we recommend most highly, like PaiWangLuo, on the left and the troubled Merge and Global operations on the right.</li> <li style="text-align: left;">For comparison's sake, PaiWangLuo has 25% more traffic than Winning Network, 55% more than Chico Network, 90% more than Merge Network, 95% more than Horizon Network, and 99% more traffic than Grand Network.</li> <li style="text-align: left;">Rakeback and bonus effects discussed at end of article</li> <li style="text-align: left;">If you find this article useful, please share it with others</li> </ul><p></p><center><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Legend</strong></span><br /><br /><div><img title="Colors used in the rake charts" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/online-poker-rake-legend.png" alt="Legend for online poker rake charts" width="400" height="64" /></div> <p></p></center></div> <p></p></center><br /><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.385em; font-weight: bold;"><br />Micro Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</span></p> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked Micro Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">2NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a><br />5NL/5PLO8 - <a title="jump to PaiWangLuo Network information" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network, </a><a title="Jump to Global Poker information" href="#global-information" target="_self">Global Poker</a><br />5PLO - <a title="Jump to Grand Poker Network info" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a><br />10NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker<br /></a>10NL HU - <a title="Jump to info on the WPN" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked micro stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em><br /></em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Grand Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New 5Dimes Poker Account" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/5dimes-new-logo.png" alt="5Dimes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for 5Dimes Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Americas Cardroom Account" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New BlackChip Poker Account" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New True Poker Account" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="clear: both; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Micro-stakes rake at U.S.A. online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/micro-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Micro Stakes Rake Comparison Chart" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br /> ²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br /> ³The WPN has implemented a lower rake cap for Heads-Up NLHE tables: $0.10 at 2nl and 5nl, $0.20 at 10nl<br />⁴Grand doesn't have NLHE or PLO8 at $4 buyins; numbers shown are for PLO only<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For the penny games, $2 buy-ins, the Winning Poker Network offers the only games in town. PWL is pretty good at $5 games although Global is slightly superior at $4: one of the rare stakes in which Global beats most competing sites.<br /><br />Once one gets to the $10 buy in levels, things get a bit more interesting. This is the lowest stakes that Grand Poker Network offers for Hold'em, and, true to the discount nature of their parent company 5Dimes (an A+ rated "reduced juice" sportsbook), the rake is the cheapest of any site on offer. Grand Poker offers the lowest maximum rake caps. In those cases where the capped amount is tied with another site, they offer a lower percentage of rake taken, besting every competitor by at least 10%.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This ultimately saves one money on the more frequent small pots, as well as saving one money in the huge pots with lower caps. The only bad news is that GPN is the smallest site in this list and rarely has more than a handful of small stakes games running at any given time. If one is a recreational player, one will probably be just fine with this. However, if one is a multi-tabling 10NL grinder, one will likely need to split one's action among multiple sites or help start games to create more action for oneself.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One other note on the Grand Poker Network: It actually does have $0.02/$0.04 games but only for PLO, not NLHE or PLO/8. In these games, it's also the lowest-raked site.<br /><br />In the middle of the pack at $10 tables, there is the Winning Poker Network, which takes an industry-standard 5% in rake but has relatively high rake caps. We should point out though, that $10NL players at heads up tables looking for the lowest rake are well served by the WPN's decision to reduce the rake cap to just $0.20 specifically at HU games.<br /><br />On the high-end of the scale there are the Horizon and Merge networks. Horizon charges the highest percentage rake at 6.67% which will hurt micro-stakes players in the smaller pots. Merge also has high rake at 10NL/10PLO, albeit not as high as Horizon, but its rake caps are atrocious: a full $4 at full tables.</p> <hr /><hr /><h2>Small Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</h2> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked Small Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">25NL/PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="jump to more info about the PaiWangLuo Network" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a><br />50NL/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Grand Network information" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a><br />100NL/PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a><br />25/50/100PLO - <a title="Jump to additional info on the HPN" href="#horizon-information" target="_self">Horizon</a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked small stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em><br /></em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Visit Americas Cardroom Today!" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Start Playing at BlackChip Poker Now!" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Go to the True Poker Website" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Grand Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Create a New 5Dimes Poker Account and Begin Playing" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/5dimes-new-logo.png" alt="5Dimes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for 5Dimes Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Horizon Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Intertops Poker Account" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/intertops-poker.png" alt="Intertops Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Intertops Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Juicy Stakes Poker Account" href="/visit/juicy-stakes" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/juicy-stakes.png" alt="Juicy Stakes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Juicy Stakes Poker<br />(AUS Welcome)</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Small stakes rake at U.S.A. online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/small-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Rake Comparison Small Stakes table" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br />²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br />³The WPN has implemented a lower rake cap of $0.20 for Heads-Up 25nl Hold'em tables<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">These are the levels that one notices things start to get a bit more homogeneous and caps become a much larger part of the equation. The Grand Poker Network really starts to come into its own here, owning the other sites at $25, $50, and $100 buyin blind levels. It bests all comers in both cap amount and rake percentage for almost every configuration of players and stakes in NL poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We do have to acknowledge an unusual feature of the Horizon Network here though. It has some of the best rakes for PLO and PLO Hi-Lo tables at these stakes. This isn't reflected in the chart above because HPN has an entirely separate rake schedule for four-card poker, which you can access here. The rake percent is the normal 5%, but caps are no higher than $1, which beats even Grand Poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The WPN is the next best with pretty reasonable short-handed caps and an overall 5% rake structure. Chico is worse because of higher caps and rake percents. PaiWangLuo also doesn't compare to WPN because of its $4 cap at $50 and $100 full 6-handed and 9-handed games.<br /><br />Merge and Global between them take the “prize” for worst rake at these stakes. Global's shorthanded rakes are particularly bad because it doesn't give much of a discounted cap at all for hands with fewer than six participants. Merge meanwhile has a hefty $4 cap for longhanded play at all three stakes levels.</p> <hr /><hr /><h2>Medium Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</h2> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked Medium Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">200NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a><br />400NL/PLO - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="jump to more information regarding PaiWangLuo Network" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a><br />400PLO8 - <a title="Jump to info about the Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="Jump to WPN info" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a><br />600NL/PLO - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning,</a> <a title="Jump to Horizon Network information" href="#horizon-information" target="_self">Horizon</a><br />600PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker,</a> <a title="Jump to Winning Poker Network more details" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning </a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked mid stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em><br /></em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Grand Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Play at 5Dimes Poker for Low Rake and High Rakeback" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/5dimes-new-logo.png" alt="5Dimes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for 5Dimes Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Join up at ACR: Home of the Maillion Dollar Sunday" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="BlackChip Poker on the Winning Poker Network" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Play at the Original WPN Site: True Poker" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Horizon Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Join Intertops Poker Without Delay" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/intertops-poker.png" alt="Intertops Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Intertops Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Play at Juicy Stakes for 36% RB" href="/visit/juicy-stakes" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/juicy-stakes.png" alt="Juicy Stakes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Juicy Stakes Poker<br />(AUS Welcome)</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Medium stakes rake at USA online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/medium-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Rake Comparison Medium Stakes chart" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br />²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br /> ³Grand doesn't have NLHE or PLO at $400 and $600 buyins, figures shown are for PLO/8 only<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is the level where rake might start to matter a little less to some players and game selection, or even availability starts to become a factor. The mid stakes is where winning players tend to win much more money over time than they pay in rake, thus leaving behind the proverbial "rake trap" that players in the lower stakes are often faced with. Game availability also tends to suffer the higher up the ranks one goes. Thus the larger sites in this comparison will be the sites where one can find multiple games running, even at non-peak hours. The smaller sites one will often have difficulty finding games outside of peak times.  Starting games is always an option, just be sure to pay attention to the heads up and three-handed rake levels if you happen to be a frequent game starter. WPN and Grand are best for game starters who enjoy short-handed play.<br /><br />Grand wins at $200, but WPN earns the crown at $400 and $600 games, at least in NL and PLO, because GPN doesn't offer Texas Hold'em or PLO-high big-bet games higher than $200. Yet, Grand is a place to consider for PLO/8 action if you're willing to table start because it does have split-pot PLO at these stakes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PaiWangLuo is also worth keeping on your radar, despite its slightly worse rake, because it's probably the best place to go to find games actually running at $200 and $400. At $600, Horizon is an option to consider, not because it's particularly attractive but because it's one of the few rooms to actually spread games at this unusual buyin value.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Global and Merge are again the two worst rooms rakewise. Merge actually has $5 caps for $500-buyin NL and PLO when there are five or more players in a hand!</p> <hr /><hr /><h2>High Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</h2> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked High Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">1000NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning,</a> <a title="Jump to more info on the PWL network" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a>, <a title="Jump to more CPN information" href="#chico-information" target="_self">Chico</a><br />2000NL - <a title="jump to more info about the PaiWangLuo poker organization" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a>, <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="Jump to Chico Network additional information" href="#chico-information" target="_self">Chico</a><br />2000PLO/PLO8 - <a title="Jump to further Winning Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="Jump to detailed PWL info" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a><br />5000NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked high stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em>  </em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Create an Account at ACR" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Visit BlackChipPoker.eu Now" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Open up an Account at True Poker" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Chico Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Sportsbetting Poker Account" href="/visit/sportsbetting-ag-poker-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/sports-betting-ag-poker.png" alt="SB.ag Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Sportsbetting.ag Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New BetOnline Poker Account" href="/visit/betonline-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bet-online.png" alt="BoL Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BetOnline Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New TigerGaming Poker Account" href="/visit/tiger-gaming" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/tiger-gaming.png" alt="TigerGaming Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for TigerGaming Poker<br />(non-USA)</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="High stakes rake at USA online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/high-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Rake Comparison High Stakes Table" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br />²Global Poker doesn't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br /> ³Chico doesn't have PLO or PLO8 at $2000 buyins, figures shown are for NLHE only<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">High stakes poker players know that rake is not the biggest consideration when choosing a site to play at. Game selection becomes a much bigger issue at these stakes due to lack of steady round the clock action at any of the sites. At these stakes, it often makes sense for a high stakes pro to sign up at all available sites and cherry pick games as they are made available, or to simply start them oneself. With this said, it is still important to know if one is getting a good deal or not, and the chart above should be quite useful in helping you pick which sites to devote more action to.<br /><br />At the $1,000 level, the Winning Poker Network has the smallest rake, but PWL likely has more games. Chico has some tables running at this level too during most times of day. It's a similar story at $2,000 although you can play at Chico only for NLHE, not PLO or PLO-8. Horizon has tables at both of these stakes for all three big-bet formats, but you may not be able to find anyone else to play against at this small-volume network.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">At $5,000 buy-in, there is only one site in this list that offers tables, and that is Winning Poker Network. There tends to be 1-3 25/50 games that spark up each day, the trick is to catch them because they don't seem to run at consistent times.  We recommend searching for them at peak Euro hours, peak US hours, and late night in the US, especially on weekends. Even though they have no competition at these stakes, WPN continues to offer a rake schedule that is superior to some other sites' small stakes fees!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Merge doesn't even offer tables at $1,000 and higher while Global's rake chart is horrible for the short-handed play that you'll undoubtedly encounter at these stakes.</p> <hr /><hr /><p> </p> <h2>Value-Added Considerations</h2> <p id="chico-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Chico Poker Network:</strong>   Chico Network is slightly worse than average when it comes to cheap rake with a percentage across the board of 5.6%, higher than the normal 5%. Where it does shine is providing soft games with sports and casino punters.  It also a decent initial deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000! This bonus clears at a 20% effective rakeback rate, and it combines with the comp points program for a total of around 26% rakeback while the bonus is active.  Chico Network also occasionally offers reload bonuses. If you also happen to play SNGs, they have a weekly $5,275 SNG race. </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you want more info on Chico Sites, visit our full reviews for <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="BetOnline rakeback review" href="/betonline" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">BetOnline</span></a></strong></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="TigerGaming rakeback review" href="/tiger-gaming-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">TigerGaming</span></a></strong></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Sportsbetting rakeback review" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">SportsbettingAG</span></a></strong></span>. </p> <p id="paiwangluo-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>PaiWangLuo Poker Network:</strong>  The PaiWangLuo online poker organization has competitive rake at 5NL, 10NL, 25NL, 1000NL, and 2000NL. They also happen to be the largest option reviewed and the eighth largest network in the world. With anonymous games and no permanent player tracking, players who like to play GTO or highly exploitative Nemesis strategies will love practicing their arts on the soft and plentiful tables. Initial deposit bonus is 100% up to $1,000 and clears at 20% effective rakeback in cash games, and 30% effective in SNGs and multi-table tournaments.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PWL Network is composed of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Ignition Casino review rakeback" href="/ignition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Ignition Casino</span></a></strong></span> for US players and Aussies, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Bovada.lv's Anonymous Poker Site" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Bovada</strong></span></a></span> for Americans who wish to bet on sports in addition to poker, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Bodog rakeback review" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bodog</span></a></strong></span> for Canadians and Latin Americans, and Bodog88 for Asian players. If you want more info on PWL Network sites click the links above to read our reviews.  </p> <p id="horizon-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Horizon Poker Network:</strong>  After analyzing the rake charts we have provided in this report, you may have no desire to play on Horizon Network, especially considering they won no untied categories until the 1000NL limit. Yet, this is perhaps the best -raked site for PLO and PLO/8 at the $50, $100, and $200 buyins. Moreover, there are bonuses, rakeback, rake races, and other promotional offers to claim here.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Horizon Network offers an industry standard deposit bonus of $1,000, but what isn't standard is that it is a 200% matching bonus, meaning that you only have to deposit $500 in order to max it out. It also clears at a surprisingly fast rate. If you have our industry-best 36% rakeback deal (using dealt methodology) then it clears at roughly 27%, and if you are on the VIP system (best for players raking more than $2,000 a month), clearance rates can exceed 50%. There are also weekly rake races for players amounting to $16,000 per month.  With rakeback, the deposit and reload bonuses, a rake race, and a loyalty program, it’s a very profitable place to play, and the effective rake drops down to ultra-competitive levels.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For more in-depth information on Horizon Network poker sites, visit our reviews for <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Intertops rakeback." href="/Intertops" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Intertops</strong></span></a></span> and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Juicy Stakes rakeback" href="/juicy-stakes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Juicy Stakes</span></a></strong></span>. </p> <p id="winning-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Winning Poker Network:</strong>  This network has low rake compared to its competitors and that's a fact.  The only downside to this low rake is that the games tend to be a bit tougher than at most other sites. Still, there are plenty of added benefits (described) below, and this is a very low-rake environment to grind in. Also, FWIW, the management at this site wants to become the next PokerStars (pre-Amaya) and are tirelessly working toward achieving that goal.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">WPN offers an initial deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000 and frequently has reload bonuses that range in value from $200 to $1,000. All of these bonuses clear at 20%+ effective rakeback. </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There is a flat 27% rakeback offered on many of the skins on Winning Poker Network.  This is optimal for lower stakes players as it guarantees a 27% rate of return.  If you are a player who will rake less than $1,500 per month, we suggest opting for rakeback.  If you fit into this category, we also suggest that you quickly read this <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Winning Poker Network rakeback sites compared and contrasted." href="/wpn-rakeback-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">WPN rakeback sites comparison guide</span></a></strong></span> and choose an appropriate skin for whatever country you reside in.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Higher-stakes and higher-volume players, those raking in excess of $1,500 per month, should instead opt to be on the Elite Benefits rewards program.  High stakes / high volume players can earn up to 70% rakeback on an annual basis using Elite Benefits VIP.  In addition to rakeback and VIP rewards, there is also a weekly cash game rake race called “The Beast” that rewards 5 to 7 players per week with $2,500, twice that many with $1,000, and so on down the line.  It's a huge boon to high-volume grinders.  In fact, players who grind at Super Nova Elite level (old Stars players know what we're talking about) can earn upwards of $200,000 per year in VIP + Beast rewards!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To read our full reviews of all of the aforementioned WPN poker rooms simply click any of the following links to said reviews:  <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="rakeback Americas Cardroom review" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">America's Cardroom</span></a></strong></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="black chip rakeback" href="/BCP" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Black Chip Poker</span></a></strong></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="True Poker Rakeback" href="/true-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">True Poker</span></a></strong><strong></strong></span>.  For native Spanish and Portuguese speaking players who wish to play on WPN, we suggest signing up on <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Ya Poker rakeback" href="/ya-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">YaPoker</span></a></strong></span>. </p> <p id="grand-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Grand Poker Network:</strong>  Grand Poker Network is the all-out winner when it comes to finding a low-raked poker site. They consistently charge the lowest percentage of pots as well as having the lowest rake caps. It is a shame that this is also the smallest network reviewed and that their game selection rarely exceeds a dozen tables at any given time. However, if you like small and cozy sites with fast payouts, you should definitely look into this option.  5Dimes backs this network and they are well-known for offering discount sports betting and low-edge casino games; it's kinda their trademark. Thus, it's no wonder why they've positioned their poker product to also be so cheap.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Grand Poker offers a huge rakeback deal of 50%. In addition, there are no-fee tournaments every day and a $500 freeroll every Sunday.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's amazing to us that with the lowest fee rake schedule and 50% effective rakeback, players aren't flocking to Grand Network.  But it just goes to show that very few players are savvy like you, and few of them pay attention to the rake.  We recommend GPN to anyone who likes to casually play, wants a site to play along side larger sites, likes to start games and play short-handed, as well as guys who  bet sports and want access to their "reduced juice" book.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For those seeking more information, please read our general <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Grand Poker rakeback" href="/Online-Poker-Sites/US-Poker-Rooms/Grand-Poker-Network-Review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Grand Poker Review</span></a></strong></span>.<strong><br /></strong></p> <p id="global-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Global Poker</strong>: Global Poker has some pretty bad rake caps especially for play at tables with fewer than six people. At the highest blind levels offered, Global actually takes out as much as $5.50 from each pot! Whereas most other rooms give a substantial break for shorthanded play, all Global does is knock a paltry $0.50 off the caps for heads-up play – and even this ho-hum discount is not present at the lowest stakes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's little other reason to make Global your internet poker home. It doesn't have <em>any</em> bonuses or rakeback. There's only a single method for deposits and withdrawals, and the site isn't compatible with third-party tracking tools. PLO/8 fans are out of luck because this format isn't supported. Global has opted to focus on recreational customers in its marketing and advertising efforts, and this is probably a wise decision for them because most knowledgeable players would rather head elsewhere.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, these recreational users are getting a raw deal. Beyond the details we've just discussed for electing to take a pass on Global, there are also concerns with its business model, competence, and honesty. If you'd like to learn more about why don't recommend this site to our readers, check out our comprehensive <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Global Poker's $weeps Cash and Gold Coin Games" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Global Poker review</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <p id="merge-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Merge Gaming Network</strong>: Consisting of Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com and a few other minor skins, the Merge Gaming Network used to be one of the most popular online poker sites in the U.S.A. market. However, those days are long gone.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to taking a higher-than-average percentage of rake (5.6%), it also sports caps that go as high as $5. While Merge does have Fixed Limit Omaha-8, split-pot Omaha isn't spread in PL form. Moreover, there's little in the way of rewards beyond first deposit and redeposit bonuses. Merge has broken its promises to both players and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Carbon Poker Kicks Affiliates to the Curb" href="/carbon-poker-ends-affiliate-program" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">affiliates</span></a></span> before, and it even sometimes <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Carbon Banning Winning Poker Players" href="/avoid-carbon-poker-they-ban-winning-poker-players" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">bans winners</span></a></span> from its tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To learn more about the significant problems at Carbon and the other Merge rooms, browse over to our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Carbon Poker, Casino, and Sportsbook" href="/carbon-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Carbon Poker review</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <h2>Conclusions</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Everything is a bit of mixed bag and individual promotions and game softness need to be taken strongly into consideration when choosing a poker site.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you are basing your decision on what site to play at solely based off of the effective rake taken from each pot, then Grand Poker is the place to be although its low player traffic and limited range of stakes offered are drawbacks. The Winning Poker Network is very competitive at all levels, and it's the only site on our list that actually spreads games at every single stake level covered in all three variants (NLHE, PLO, and PLO/8). Small stakes PLO (hi and hi-lo) aficionados may prefer the Horizon Network and its low $1 rake cap at $50PLO, $100PLO, and $200PLO.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When taking rakeback and bonuses into the consideration things get more complicated once again. Horizon becomes a serious candidate in all blind levels that it supports because its bonus and rakeback more than compensate for the fact that its rake structure is nothing special. The Winning Poker Network and Grand also have remunerative rakeback deals.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PaiWangLuo and Chico tend to be around the middle of the pack as far as the amount of rake they charge. However, they are the two sites on our list with perhaps the softest games, and their rake schedules are by no means bad. Each of them also provides new players with a 100% up to $1,000 bonus.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Merge Network and Global Poker generally have the most unappealing rakes across the majority of the stakes/games that we've covered. This might be forgivable if these operators boasted a broad array of bonuses and promotions; however, this is sadly not the case. Merge doesn't reward players with anything much beyond welcome and reload bonuses, and Global doesn't even have any bonuses! If you want to receive the perks you deserve as a dedicated grinder, then <strong>avoid Merge Gaming and Global Poker</strong>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rake considerations are sometimes challenging to talk about in some ways as each player is different and because of that we would encourage you to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Skype Professional Rakeback" href="skype:www.professionalrakeback.com?add" rel="nofollow"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Skype us for a personal consultation</span></a></strong></span> so we can most appropriately guide you to what internet poker sites would work best for your particular playing habits. </p> <hr /><hr /><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We hope that this guide has been useful to you and we encourage you to share it with anyone and everyone you know!  Sharing is caring, please use the like button and post this in forums when people ask about rake at poker :)</p> <div><img title="Answers to common questions about poker rake" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/rake-faq-banner-divider.png" alt="Banner Divider for Poker Rake FAQ" width="650" height="55&quot;" /></div> <h3>How does the rake work in poker?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The rake is the portion of each pot that the house keeps for itself as a fee for providing the games. The rake is typically expressed in the form “X% up to Y.” X is the percentage of the pot that the house retains while Y is the maximum amount taken.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For instance, if the rake is 5% up to $3, then this means that the poker site extracts 5% of the pot for itself, but the maximum rake per hand is $3 even if $3 is less than 5% of the final pot size. This upper limit on the amount of rake is called the “cap.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's usual for the rake structures to vary based on stake level and the variant of poker being played even at the same site. In tournaments and SNGs, the poker operator takes a tourney fee rather than a rake.</p> <h3>Is rake taken out of every single pot?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although many pots are raked, it has become standard for some of them not to be. Generally speaking, hands that end preflop are not raked at all. Additionally, the rake is taken in specified increments, like $0.05 for every $1 in the pot. In this particular case, all pots smaller than $1 would be rake-free.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Furthermore, uncalled bets are not raked. If someone makes a bet or raise and the opponent folds, ending the hand, then these final chips put into the pot are returned back to the bettor, and rake is taken only on the amount actually in the middle of the table.</p> <h3>How are players' rake contributions calculated?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's sometimes hard to decide how rake paid should be credited to each player. For example, if nine players are dealt into a hand that winds up being raked $1.80, did each player pay $0.20 in rake? Or is it only players who actually put money into the pot who paid the rake? Perhaps it's only the winner of the hand who really paid because he or she would have ended up with the entire sum if there were no rake.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most poker sites use the weighted contributed formula to assign rake to the players. This methodology credits players with paying rake based upon the amount they contributed to a given pot. Not all poker rooms used the weighted contributed model. Intertops, which is listed in our charts above, employs dealt rake mechanisms instead.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For more on the various rake attribution procedures in widespread use today, head over to our explanation of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Weighted Contributed, Dealt, and Other Rake Calculation Processes" href="/online-poker-rake-methodologies-explained" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">rake and rakeback calculation methods</span></a></span>.</p> <h3>How does rakeback work?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rakeback is a certain percentage of the rake automatically refunded to you at designated intervals. At some rooms, there's a minimum threshold that must be reached before any RB payment occurs. At others, you'll obtain whatever rakeback you've earned when the time for payment rolls around no matter how small it is.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Almost all rakeback deals include tournament and sit-n-go fees within the total sum on which the RB is calculated. However, bonuses and other promotional winnings may be deducted from this total.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you have the option to play with rakeback but you elect not to exercise it, then you may be costing yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars per month. For more information about rakeback and to sign up at the best online poker rakeback sites, check out our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ProfRB's Trusted Rakeback Partner Rooms" href="/rakeback" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">list of RB offers</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_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%2Fusa-poker-site-rake-comparison-and-analysis&amp;title=NLHE%2C%20PLO%2C%20and%20PLO%2F8%20Rake%20Comparison%20of%20Online%20Poker%20Sites"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:68300:"<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%2Fusa-poker-site-rake-comparison-and-analysis&amp;title=NLHE%2C%20PLO%2C%20and%20PLO%2F8%20Rake%20Comparison%20of%20Online%20Poker%20Sites"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/raked-poker-chip-3.png" alt="Image Representing Rake Taken Out of a Casino Chip" width="78" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Poker would be a zero sum game if it were not for the <strong>rake</strong> – rake of course being the fee that online poker rooms charge players to play their games. The fees in the poker industry are far from standardized. Many poker rooms sneak in a little raise in rates here or offer a small discount in rake there, all in an effort to boost certain games and stakes or satisfy certain segments of the market.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As edges become thinner in the poker world due to the proliferation of knowledge and readily available training materials, the need to find a way to increase your <strong>win rate</strong> becomes vitally important. One of the most obvious ways is to choose a site that takes the least amount of money out of every pot, the <strong>lowest raked poker sites</strong>, and thus allows you to use your skill to collect the most money from other players at the table. The challenging part though is figuring out what site takes the least from each pot and how it compares with other sites that are available to you. This website specializes in <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="real money play at US-friendly poker sites" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">real money play at US-friendly online poker sites</span></a></span>, but please note that several of the seven networks profiled in this report also accept players from all over the world. </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">ProfessionalRakeback.com knows that you'd rather be playing No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, or Pot Limit Omaha/8 poker rather than scouring every possible available poker website or bugging live chat support for information, and thus we are here to help you in that quest with easy-to-decipher rake comparison charts. We have broken down the charts into four groups: micro, small, mid, and high stakes. These tables and charts focus on the US friendly online poker networks: Pai Wang Luo Poker Network, Winning Poker Network, Horizon Gaming Network, Chico Gaming Network, Grand Poker Network, Merge Gaming Network, and Global Poker. When looking at the numbers we are just going to consider the raw data, and will talk about mitigating factors such as bonuses, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Poker rakeback deals" href="/rakeback" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">rakeback</span></a></span> and other money-added value considerations after all the charts.</p> <p></p><center><br /><div style="border-radius: 25px; border: dashed red 5px; width: 80%; height: auto; margin: 2%; padding: 1%; font-size: 16px;"><center><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Editor's Notes</strong></span></center> <ul><li style="text-align: left;">This article is up to date as of October 2018</li> <li style="text-align: left;">Sites are listed from left to right with the sites we recommend most highly, like PaiWangLuo, on the left and the troubled Merge and Global operations on the right.</li> <li style="text-align: left;">For comparison's sake, PaiWangLuo has 25% more traffic than Winning Network, 55% more than Chico Network, 90% more than Merge Network, 95% more than Horizon Network, and 99% more traffic than Grand Network.</li> <li style="text-align: left;">Rakeback and bonus effects discussed at end of article</li> <li style="text-align: left;">If you find this article useful, please share it with others</li> </ul><p></p><center><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Legend</strong></span><br /><br /><div><img title="Colors used in the rake charts" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/online-poker-rake-legend.png" alt="Legend for online poker rake charts" width="400" height="64" /></div> <p></p></center></div> <p></p></center><br /><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.385em; font-weight: bold;"><br />Micro Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</span></p> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked Micro Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">2NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a><br />5NL/5PLO8 - <a title="jump to PaiWangLuo Network information" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo Network, </a><a title="Jump to Global Poker information" href="#global-information" target="_self">Global Poker</a><br />5PLO - <a title="Jump to Grand Poker Network info" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a><br />10NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker<br /></a>10NL HU - <a title="Jump to info on the WPN" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked micro stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em><br /></em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Grand Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New 5Dimes Poker Account" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/5dimes-new-logo.png" alt="5Dimes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for 5Dimes Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Americas Cardroom Account" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New BlackChip Poker Account" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New True Poker Account" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="clear: both; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Micro-stakes rake at U.S.A. online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/micro-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Micro Stakes Rake Comparison Chart" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br /> ²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br /> ³The WPN has implemented a lower rake cap for Heads-Up NLHE tables: $0.10 at 2nl and 5nl, $0.20 at 10nl<br />⁴Grand doesn't have NLHE or PLO8 at $4 buyins; numbers shown are for PLO only<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For the penny games, $2 buy-ins, the Winning Poker Network offers the only games in town. PWL is pretty good at $5 games although Global is slightly superior at $4: one of the rare stakes in which Global beats most competing sites.<br /><br />Once one gets to the $10 buy in levels, things get a bit more interesting. This is the lowest stakes that Grand Poker Network offers for Hold'em, and, true to the discount nature of their parent company 5Dimes (an A+ rated "reduced juice" sportsbook), the rake is the cheapest of any site on offer. Grand Poker offers the lowest maximum rake caps. In those cases where the capped amount is tied with another site, they offer a lower percentage of rake taken, besting every competitor by at least 10%.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This ultimately saves one money on the more frequent small pots, as well as saving one money in the huge pots with lower caps. The only bad news is that GPN is the smallest site in this list and rarely has more than a handful of small stakes games running at any given time. If one is a recreational player, one will probably be just fine with this. However, if one is a multi-tabling 10NL grinder, one will likely need to split one's action among multiple sites or help start games to create more action for oneself.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One other note on the Grand Poker Network: It actually does have $0.02/$0.04 games but only for PLO, not NLHE or PLO/8. In these games, it's also the lowest-raked site.<br /><br />In the middle of the pack at $10 tables, there is the Winning Poker Network, which takes an industry-standard 5% in rake but has relatively high rake caps. We should point out though, that $10NL players at heads up tables looking for the lowest rake are well served by the WPN's decision to reduce the rake cap to just $0.20 specifically at HU games.<br /><br />On the high-end of the scale there are the Horizon and Merge networks. Horizon charges the highest percentage rake at 6.67% which will hurt micro-stakes players in the smaller pots. Merge also has high rake at 10NL/10PLO, albeit not as high as Horizon, but its rake caps are atrocious: a full $4 at full tables.</p> <hr /><hr /><h2>Small Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</h2> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked Small Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">25NL/PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="jump to more info about the PaiWangLuo Network" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a><br />50NL/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Grand Network information" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a><br />100NL/PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a><br />25/50/100PLO - <a title="Jump to additional info on the HPN" href="#horizon-information" target="_self">Horizon</a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked small stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em><br /></em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Visit Americas Cardroom Today!" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Start Playing at BlackChip Poker Now!" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Go to the True Poker Website" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Grand Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Create a New 5Dimes Poker Account and Begin Playing" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/5dimes-new-logo.png" alt="5Dimes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for 5Dimes Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Horizon Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Intertops Poker Account" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/intertops-poker.png" alt="Intertops Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Intertops Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Juicy Stakes Poker Account" href="/visit/juicy-stakes" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/juicy-stakes.png" alt="Juicy Stakes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Juicy Stakes Poker<br />(AUS Welcome)</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Small stakes rake at U.S.A. online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/small-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Rake Comparison Small Stakes table" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br />²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br />³The WPN has implemented a lower rake cap of $0.20 for Heads-Up 25nl Hold'em tables<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">These are the levels that one notices things start to get a bit more homogeneous and caps become a much larger part of the equation. The Grand Poker Network really starts to come into its own here, owning the other sites at $25, $50, and $100 buyin blind levels. It bests all comers in both cap amount and rake percentage for almost every configuration of players and stakes in NL poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We do have to acknowledge an unusual feature of the Horizon Network here though. It has some of the best rakes for PLO and PLO Hi-Lo tables at these stakes. This isn't reflected in the chart above because HPN has an entirely separate rake schedule for four-card poker, which you can access here. The rake percent is the normal 5%, but caps are no higher than $1, which beats even Grand Poker.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The WPN is the next best with pretty reasonable short-handed caps and an overall 5% rake structure. Chico is worse because of higher caps and rake percents. PaiWangLuo also doesn't compare to WPN because of its $4 cap at $50 and $100 full 6-handed and 9-handed games.<br /><br />Merge and Global between them take the “prize” for worst rake at these stakes. Global's shorthanded rakes are particularly bad because it doesn't give much of a discounted cap at all for hands with fewer than six participants. Merge meanwhile has a hefty $4 cap for longhanded play at all three stakes levels.</p> <hr /><hr /><h2>Medium Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</h2> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked Medium Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">200NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a><br />400NL/PLO - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="jump to more information regarding PaiWangLuo Network" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a><br />400PLO8 - <a title="Jump to info about the Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker</a>, <a title="Jump to WPN info" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a><br />600NL/PLO - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning,</a> <a title="Jump to Horizon Network information" href="#horizon-information" target="_self">Horizon</a><br />600PLO8 - <a title="jump to more information regarding Grand Network" href="#grand-information" target="_self">Grand Poker,</a> <a title="Jump to Winning Poker Network more details" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning </a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked mid stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em><br /></em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Grand Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Play at 5Dimes Poker for Low Rake and High Rakeback" href="/visit/5-dimes-grand-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/5dimes-new-logo.png" alt="5Dimes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for 5Dimes Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Join up at ACR: Home of the Maillion Dollar Sunday" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="BlackChip Poker on the Winning Poker Network" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Play at the Original WPN Site: True Poker" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Horizon Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Join Intertops Poker Without Delay" href="/visit/intertops-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/intertops-poker.png" alt="Intertops Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Intertops Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Play at Juicy Stakes for 36% RB" href="/visit/juicy-stakes" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/juicy-stakes.png" alt="Juicy Stakes Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Juicy Stakes Poker<br />(AUS Welcome)</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Medium stakes rake at USA online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/medium-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Rake Comparison Medium Stakes chart" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br />²The Merge Network and Global Poker don't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br /> ³Grand doesn't have NLHE or PLO at $400 and $600 buyins, figures shown are for PLO/8 only<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This is the level where rake might start to matter a little less to some players and game selection, or even availability starts to become a factor. The mid stakes is where winning players tend to win much more money over time than they pay in rake, thus leaving behind the proverbial "rake trap" that players in the lower stakes are often faced with. Game availability also tends to suffer the higher up the ranks one goes. Thus the larger sites in this comparison will be the sites where one can find multiple games running, even at non-peak hours. The smaller sites one will often have difficulty finding games outside of peak times.  Starting games is always an option, just be sure to pay attention to the heads up and three-handed rake levels if you happen to be a frequent game starter. WPN and Grand are best for game starters who enjoy short-handed play.<br /><br />Grand wins at $200, but WPN earns the crown at $400 and $600 games, at least in NL and PLO, because GPN doesn't offer Texas Hold'em or PLO-high big-bet games higher than $200. Yet, Grand is a place to consider for PLO/8 action if you're willing to table start because it does have split-pot PLO at these stakes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PaiWangLuo is also worth keeping on your radar, despite its slightly worse rake, because it's probably the best place to go to find games actually running at $200 and $400. At $600, Horizon is an option to consider, not because it's particularly attractive but because it's one of the few rooms to actually spread games at this unusual buyin value.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Global and Merge are again the two worst rooms rakewise. Merge actually has $5 caps for $500-buyin NL and PLO when there are five or more players in a hand!</p> <hr /><hr /><h2>High Stakes NLHE/PLO/PLO8 Rake Analysis</h2> <h3>TLDR; - Lowest Raked High Stakes Poker Sites</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">1000NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning,</a> <a title="Jump to more info on the PWL network" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a>, <a title="Jump to more CPN information" href="#chico-information" target="_self">Chico</a><br />2000NL - <a title="jump to more info about the PaiWangLuo poker organization" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a>, <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="Jump to Chico Network additional information" href="#chico-information" target="_self">Chico</a><br />2000PLO/PLO8 - <a title="Jump to further Winning Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a>, <a title="Jump to detailed PWL info" href="#paiwangluo-information" target="_self">PaiWangLuo</a><br />5000NL/PLO/PLO8 - <a title="jump to Winning Poker Network information" href="#winning-information" target="_self">Winning</a></p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Playing at the least raked high stakes sites</strong> is a simple process.  All you need to do is to <a title="Clicking here opens a new window to WikiHow with step by step instructions on how to clear cookies. Failing to utilize this step may result in not receiving the largest possible deposit bonuses when creating your account." href="http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies" rel="nofollow" target="_self">clear your web browser's cookies</a>, then click any of the following links to create an account at:<em>  </em></p> <div style="background-color: whitesmoke; border: 4px solid purple; margin-bottom: 3%;"> <h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Winning Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Create an Account at ACR" href="/visit/americas-card-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/americas-cardroom-blue.png" alt="ACR Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Americas Cardroom</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Visit BlackChipPoker.eu Now" href="/visit/black-chip-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bcp-clear-logo.png" alt="BCP Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BlackChip Poker</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Open up an Account at True Poker" href="/visit/true-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/true-poker.png" alt="True Poker Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for True Poker</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">PaiWangLuo Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Ignition Account" href="/claim/ignition-poker-bonus" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/ignition-casino-poker-logo.png" alt="Ignition Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Ignition Poker<br />(USA + AUS)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bovada Poker" href="/visit/bovada" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bovada-logo.png" alt="Bovada Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bovada Poker<br />(USA Sports Bettors)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog Poker" href="/visit/bodog" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bodog-logo-med.png" alt="Bodog Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog Poker<br />(CAN + LATAM)</a></div> <div style="display: inline-block; text-align: center;"><a title="Register for Bodog88 Poker" href="/visit/bodog88-sports-book" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bodog88-logo.png" alt="Bodog88 Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Signup for Bodog88 Poker<br />(Asia + AUS)</a></div> <p></p></center><br /><h3 style="clear: both; text-align: center; margin-bottom: -1%;">Chico Poker Network</h3> <p></p><center><br /><div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New Sportsbetting Poker Account" href="/visit/sportsbetting-ag-poker-room" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/sports-betting-ag-poker.png" alt="SB.ag Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for Sportsbetting.ag Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New BetOnline Poker Account" href="/visit/betonline-poker" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid black'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/bet-online.png" alt="BoL Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for BetOnline Poker</a><br /> </div> <div style="display: inline-block; padding: 1%; padding-top: 0%; text-align: center;"><a title="Register Your New TigerGaming Poker Account" href="/visit/tiger-gaming" rel="nofollow" target="_self"><img style="border: 2px solid white;" onmousedown="this.style.border='2px solid red'" onmouseup="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseover="this.style.border='2px dotted red'" onmouseout="this.style.border='2px solid white'" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/tiger-gaming.png" alt="TigerGaming Signup Button" width="150" height="75" /><br />Sign up for TigerGaming Poker<br />(non-USA)</a></div> <p></p></center></div> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="High stakes rake at USA online poker sites" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/high-stakes-rake-chart-us-sites.png" alt="Rake Comparison High Stakes Table" width="645" height="485" /><em>¹Figures shown for Horizon Network are for NLHE only; there's a separate rake structure for four-card poker, which you can view <a title="Horizon PLO + PLO8 Rake Chart" href="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/horizon-network-plo-plo8-rake-chart.png" target="_blank">here</a><br />²Global Poker doesn't have PLO8, but they do have regular PLO in addition to NLHE<br /> ³Chico doesn't have PLO or PLO8 at $2000 buyins, figures shown are for NLHE only<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">High stakes poker players know that rake is not the biggest consideration when choosing a site to play at. Game selection becomes a much bigger issue at these stakes due to lack of steady round the clock action at any of the sites. At these stakes, it often makes sense for a high stakes pro to sign up at all available sites and cherry pick games as they are made available, or to simply start them oneself. With this said, it is still important to know if one is getting a good deal or not, and the chart above should be quite useful in helping you pick which sites to devote more action to.<br /><br />At the $1,000 level, the Winning Poker Network has the smallest rake, but PWL likely has more games. Chico has some tables running at this level too during most times of day. It's a similar story at $2,000 although you can play at Chico only for NLHE, not PLO or PLO-8. Horizon has tables at both of these stakes for all three big-bet formats, but you may not be able to find anyone else to play against at this small-volume network.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">At $5,000 buy-in, there is only one site in this list that offers tables, and that is Winning Poker Network. There tends to be 1-3 25/50 games that spark up each day, the trick is to catch them because they don't seem to run at consistent times.  We recommend searching for them at peak Euro hours, peak US hours, and late night in the US, especially on weekends. Even though they have no competition at these stakes, WPN continues to offer a rake schedule that is superior to some other sites' small stakes fees!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Merge doesn't even offer tables at $1,000 and higher while Global's rake chart is horrible for the short-handed play that you'll undoubtedly encounter at these stakes.</p> <hr /><hr /><p> </p> <h2>Value-Added Considerations</h2> <p id="chico-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Chico Poker Network:</strong>   Chico Network is slightly worse than average when it comes to cheap rake with a percentage across the board of 5.6%, higher than the normal 5%. Where it does shine is providing soft games with sports and casino punters.  It also a decent initial deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000! This bonus clears at a 20% effective rakeback rate, and it combines with the comp points program for a total of around 26% rakeback while the bonus is active.  Chico Network also occasionally offers reload bonuses. If you also happen to play SNGs, they have a weekly $5,275 SNG race. </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you want more info on Chico Sites, visit our full reviews for <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="BetOnline rakeback review" href="/betonline" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">BetOnline</span></a></strong></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="TigerGaming rakeback review" href="/tiger-gaming-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">TigerGaming</span></a></strong></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Sportsbetting rakeback review" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">SportsbettingAG</span></a></strong></span>. </p> <p id="paiwangluo-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>PaiWangLuo Poker Network:</strong>  The PaiWangLuo online poker organization has competitive rake at 5NL, 10NL, 25NL, 1000NL, and 2000NL. They also happen to be the largest option reviewed and the eighth largest network in the world. With anonymous games and no permanent player tracking, players who like to play GTO or highly exploitative Nemesis strategies will love practicing their arts on the soft and plentiful tables. Initial deposit bonus is 100% up to $1,000 and clears at 20% effective rakeback in cash games, and 30% effective in SNGs and multi-table tournaments.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PWL Network is composed of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Ignition Casino review rakeback" href="/ignition" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Ignition Casino</span></a></strong></span> for US players and Aussies, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Bovada.lv's Anonymous Poker Site" href="/bovada-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Bovada</strong></span></a></span> for Americans who wish to bet on sports in addition to poker, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Bodog rakeback review" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bodog</span></a></strong></span> for Canadians and Latin Americans, and Bodog88 for Asian players. If you want more info on PWL Network sites click the links above to read our reviews.  </p> <p id="horizon-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Horizon Poker Network:</strong>  After analyzing the rake charts we have provided in this report, you may have no desire to play on Horizon Network, especially considering they won no untied categories until the 1000NL limit. Yet, this is perhaps the best -raked site for PLO and PLO/8 at the $50, $100, and $200 buyins. Moreover, there are bonuses, rakeback, rake races, and other promotional offers to claim here.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Horizon Network offers an industry standard deposit bonus of $1,000, but what isn't standard is that it is a 200% matching bonus, meaning that you only have to deposit $500 in order to max it out. It also clears at a surprisingly fast rate. If you have our industry-best 36% rakeback deal (using dealt methodology) then it clears at roughly 27%, and if you are on the VIP system (best for players raking more than $2,000 a month), clearance rates can exceed 50%. There are also weekly rake races for players amounting to $16,000 per month.  With rakeback, the deposit and reload bonuses, a rake race, and a loyalty program, it’s a very profitable place to play, and the effective rake drops down to ultra-competitive levels.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For more in-depth information on Horizon Network poker sites, visit our reviews for <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Intertops rakeback." href="/Intertops" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Intertops</strong></span></a></span> and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Juicy Stakes rakeback" href="/juicy-stakes" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Juicy Stakes</span></a></strong></span>. </p> <p id="winning-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Winning Poker Network:</strong>  This network has low rake compared to its competitors and that's a fact.  The only downside to this low rake is that the games tend to be a bit tougher than at most other sites. Still, there are plenty of added benefits (described) below, and this is a very low-rake environment to grind in. Also, FWIW, the management at this site wants to become the next PokerStars (pre-Amaya) and are tirelessly working toward achieving that goal.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">WPN offers an initial deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000 and frequently has reload bonuses that range in value from $200 to $1,000. All of these bonuses clear at 20%+ effective rakeback. </p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There is a flat 27% rakeback offered on many of the skins on Winning Poker Network.  This is optimal for lower stakes players as it guarantees a 27% rate of return.  If you are a player who will rake less than $1,500 per month, we suggest opting for rakeback.  If you fit into this category, we also suggest that you quickly read this <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Winning Poker Network rakeback sites compared and contrasted." href="/wpn-rakeback-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">WPN rakeback sites comparison guide</span></a></strong></span> and choose an appropriate skin for whatever country you reside in.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Higher-stakes and higher-volume players, those raking in excess of $1,500 per month, should instead opt to be on the Elite Benefits rewards program.  High stakes / high volume players can earn up to 70% rakeback on an annual basis using Elite Benefits VIP.  In addition to rakeback and VIP rewards, there is also a weekly cash game rake race called “The Beast” that rewards 5 to 7 players per week with $2,500, twice that many with $1,000, and so on down the line.  It's a huge boon to high-volume grinders.  In fact, players who grind at Super Nova Elite level (old Stars players know what we're talking about) can earn upwards of $200,000 per year in VIP + Beast rewards!</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To read our full reviews of all of the aforementioned WPN poker rooms simply click any of the following links to said reviews:  <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="rakeback Americas Cardroom review" href="/americas-cardroom-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">America's Cardroom</span></a></strong></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="black chip rakeback" href="/BCP" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Black Chip Poker</span></a></strong></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="True Poker Rakeback" href="/true-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">True Poker</span></a></strong><strong></strong></span>.  For native Spanish and Portuguese speaking players who wish to play on WPN, we suggest signing up on <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Ya Poker rakeback" href="/ya-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">YaPoker</span></a></strong></span>. </p> <p id="grand-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Grand Poker Network:</strong>  Grand Poker Network is the all-out winner when it comes to finding a low-raked poker site. They consistently charge the lowest percentage of pots as well as having the lowest rake caps. It is a shame that this is also the smallest network reviewed and that their game selection rarely exceeds a dozen tables at any given time. However, if you like small and cozy sites with fast payouts, you should definitely look into this option.  5Dimes backs this network and they are well-known for offering discount sports betting and low-edge casino games; it's kinda their trademark. Thus, it's no wonder why they've positioned their poker product to also be so cheap.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Grand Poker offers a huge rakeback deal of 50%. In addition, there are no-fee tournaments every day and a $500 freeroll every Sunday.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's amazing to us that with the lowest fee rake schedule and 50% effective rakeback, players aren't flocking to Grand Network.  But it just goes to show that very few players are savvy like you, and few of them pay attention to the rake.  We recommend GPN to anyone who likes to casually play, wants a site to play along side larger sites, likes to start games and play short-handed, as well as guys who  bet sports and want access to their "reduced juice" book.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For those seeking more information, please read our general <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Grand Poker rakeback" href="/Online-Poker-Sites/US-Poker-Rooms/Grand-Poker-Network-Review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Grand Poker Review</span></a></strong></span>.<strong><br /></strong></p> <p id="global-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Global Poker</strong>: Global Poker has some pretty bad rake caps especially for play at tables with fewer than six people. At the highest blind levels offered, Global actually takes out as much as $5.50 from each pot! Whereas most other rooms give a substantial break for shorthanded play, all Global does is knock a paltry $0.50 off the caps for heads-up play – and even this ho-hum discount is not present at the lowest stakes.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There's little other reason to make Global your internet poker home. It doesn't have <em>any</em> bonuses or rakeback. There's only a single method for deposits and withdrawals, and the site isn't compatible with third-party tracking tools. PLO/8 fans are out of luck because this format isn't supported. Global has opted to focus on recreational customers in its marketing and advertising efforts, and this is probably a wise decision for them because most knowledgeable players would rather head elsewhere.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unfortunately, these recreational users are getting a raw deal. Beyond the details we've just discussed for electing to take a pass on Global, there are also concerns with its business model, competence, and honesty. If you'd like to learn more about why don't recommend this site to our readers, check out our comprehensive <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Global Poker's $weeps Cash and Gold Coin Games" href="/global-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Global Poker review</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <p id="merge-information" style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Merge Gaming Network</strong>: Consisting of Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com and a few other minor skins, the Merge Gaming Network used to be one of the most popular online poker sites in the U.S.A. market. However, those days are long gone.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to taking a higher-than-average percentage of rake (5.6%), it also sports caps that go as high as $5. While Merge does have Fixed Limit Omaha-8, split-pot Omaha isn't spread in PL form. Moreover, there's little in the way of rewards beyond first deposit and redeposit bonuses. Merge has broken its promises to both players and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Carbon Poker Kicks Affiliates to the Curb" href="/carbon-poker-ends-affiliate-program" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">affiliates</span></a></span> before, and it even sometimes <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Carbon Banning Winning Poker Players" href="/avoid-carbon-poker-they-ban-winning-poker-players" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">bans winners</span></a></span> from its tables.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">To learn more about the significant problems at Carbon and the other Merge rooms, browse over to our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Carbon Poker, Casino, and Sportsbook" href="/carbon-poker-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Carbon Poker review</strong></span></a></span>.</p> <h2>Conclusions</h2> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Everything is a bit of mixed bag and individual promotions and game softness need to be taken strongly into consideration when choosing a poker site.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you are basing your decision on what site to play at solely based off of the effective rake taken from each pot, then Grand Poker is the place to be although its low player traffic and limited range of stakes offered are drawbacks. The Winning Poker Network is very competitive at all levels, and it's the only site on our list that actually spreads games at every single stake level covered in all three variants (NLHE, PLO, and PLO/8). Small stakes PLO (hi and hi-lo) aficionados may prefer the Horizon Network and its low $1 rake cap at $50PLO, $100PLO, and $200PLO.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When taking rakeback and bonuses into the consideration things get more complicated once again. Horizon becomes a serious candidate in all blind levels that it supports because its bonus and rakeback more than compensate for the fact that its rake structure is nothing special. The Winning Poker Network and Grand also have remunerative rakeback deals.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">PaiWangLuo and Chico tend to be around the middle of the pack as far as the amount of rake they charge. However, they are the two sites on our list with perhaps the softest games, and their rake schedules are by no means bad. Each of them also provides new players with a 100% up to $1,000 bonus.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Merge Network and Global Poker generally have the most unappealing rakes across the majority of the stakes/games that we've covered. This might be forgivable if these operators boasted a broad array of bonuses and promotions; however, this is sadly not the case. Merge doesn't reward players with anything much beyond welcome and reload bonuses, and Global doesn't even have any bonuses! If you want to receive the perks you deserve as a dedicated grinder, then <strong>avoid Merge Gaming and Global Poker</strong>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rake considerations are sometimes challenging to talk about in some ways as each player is different and because of that we would encourage you to <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong><a title="Skype Professional Rakeback" href="skype:www.professionalrakeback.com?add" rel="nofollow"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Skype us for a personal consultation</span></a></strong></span> so we can most appropriately guide you to what internet poker sites would work best for your particular playing habits. </p> <hr /><hr /><p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We hope that this guide has been useful to you and we encourage you to share it with anyone and everyone you know!  Sharing is caring, please use the like button and post this in forums when people ask about rake at poker :)</p> <div><img title="Answers to common questions about poker rake" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/rake-faq-banner-divider.png" alt="Banner Divider for Poker Rake FAQ" width="650" height="55&quot;" /></div> <h3>How does the rake work in poker?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The rake is the portion of each pot that the house keeps for itself as a fee for providing the games. The rake is typically expressed in the form “X% up to Y.” X is the percentage of the pot that the house retains while Y is the maximum amount taken.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For instance, if the rake is 5% up to $3, then this means that the poker site extracts 5% of the pot for itself, but the maximum rake per hand is $3 even if $3 is less than 5% of the final pot size. This upper limit on the amount of rake is called the “cap.”</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's usual for the rake structures to vary based on stake level and the variant of poker being played even at the same site. In tournaments and SNGs, the poker operator takes a tourney fee rather than a rake.</p> <h3>Is rake taken out of every single pot?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although many pots are raked, it has become standard for some of them not to be. Generally speaking, hands that end preflop are not raked at all. Additionally, the rake is taken in specified increments, like $0.05 for every $1 in the pot. In this particular case, all pots smaller than $1 would be rake-free.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Furthermore, uncalled bets are not raked. If someone makes a bet or raise and the opponent folds, ending the hand, then these final chips put into the pot are returned back to the bettor, and rake is taken only on the amount actually in the middle of the table.</p> <h3>How are players' rake contributions calculated?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's sometimes hard to decide how rake paid should be credited to each player. For example, if nine players are dealt into a hand that winds up being raked $1.80, did each player pay $0.20 in rake? Or is it only players who actually put money into the pot who paid the rake? Perhaps it's only the winner of the hand who really paid because he or she would have ended up with the entire sum if there were no rake.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Most poker sites use the weighted contributed formula to assign rake to the players. This methodology credits players with paying rake based upon the amount they contributed to a given pot. Not all poker rooms used the weighted contributed model. Intertops, which is listed in our charts above, employs dealt rake mechanisms instead.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For more on the various rake attribution procedures in widespread use today, head over to our explanation of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Weighted Contributed, Dealt, and Other Rake Calculation Processes" href="/online-poker-rake-methodologies-explained" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">rake and rakeback calculation methods</span></a></span>.</p> <h3>How does rakeback work?</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Rakeback is a certain percentage of the rake automatically refunded to you at designated intervals. At some rooms, there's a minimum threshold that must be reached before any RB payment occurs. At others, you'll obtain whatever rakeback you've earned when the time for payment rolls around no matter how small it is.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Almost all rakeback deals include tournament and sit-n-go fees within the total sum on which the RB is calculated. However, bonuses and other promotional winnings may be deducted from this total.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If you have the option to play with rakeback but you elect not to exercise it, then you may be costing yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars per month. For more information about rakeback and to sign up at the best online poker rakeback sites, check out our <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ProfRB's Trusted Rakeback Partner Rooms" href="/rakeback" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">list of RB offers</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_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%2Fusa-poker-site-rake-comparison-and-analysis&amp;title=NLHE%2C%20PLO%2C%20and%20PLO%2F8%20Rake%20Comparison%20of%20Online%20Poker%20Sites"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:5;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:92:"https://professionalrakeback.com/colombia-coljuegos-regulator-blacklists-1805-gambling-sites";s:5:"title";s:60:"Colombia Expands Gambling Blacklist: 1,805 Sites Now Blocked";s:4:"date";i:1538245917;s:11:"description";s:5714:" The Colombian gaming regulator Coljuegos announced on or close to Sept. 14 that it has increased the number of names on its blacklist of unlicensed, offshore gambling sites to 1,805. Colombian residents are being blocked from accessing these platforms thanks to cooperation between Coljuegos, the Ministry of IT and Communications (MinTIC), and the National Police (Policía Nacional). About the Blacklist Since March 2017, Coljuegos has been maintaining a list of online gaming websites that aren't licensed to do business in the country. The initial blacklist consisted of some 300 sites, more or less, but procedures for blocking them were largely ineffective. In the time from then till now, however, Coljuegos has instituted new mechanisms for effectively blockading these operators from functioning in the Colombian market. The regulatory body now works with the National Police to perform daily monitoring of those websites that advertise gambling services. If a given domain is authorized by law to offer betting, then all is well. If not, then a screenshot of the webpage is taken and forwarded to the Police Cyber Center (Centro Cibernético Policial). Finally, sites in violation are placed on a list maintained by MinTIC, and ISPs are ordered to block them. When someone tries to go to a website that’s on the blacklist, the user is shown a message like the following: Coljuegos and the Cyber Police Show a Warning When People Visit Blocked Websites It would seem that the prohibition extends beyond mere gambling outlets to also encompass financial firms that are known to transact with betting entities. Responding to a video posted on YouTube by Coljuegos, commenter Renato Mateo Cuéllar Álvarez said that the website of popular e-wallet Skrill is also being embargoed in Colombia. Background When it passed an online gambling licensing law in late 2016, Colombia became the first country in South America with a regulated internet gaming market. However, this was mostly a theoretical development because no organizations were licensed under the terms of this legislation. In March 2017, Colombia first instituted its blacklist of illegal betting websites. In our coverage of the story, we speculated that the government was trying to clear out the competition before state-supervised gambling arrived on the scene. The first license for online wagering was granted in June 2017, which fits in perfectly with the strategy of first removing outside businesses from the country and then awarding licenses to hand-picked companies. As of Sept. 29, 2018, there are 15 sites authorized to accept bets over the internet in Colombia: apuestalo.co aquijuego.co betalfa.co betplay.com.co codere.com.co colbet.co luckia.co masgol.co meridianbet.com.co mijugada.co rivalo.co rushbet.co sportium.co wplay.co zamba.co Coljuegos' Reasoning Although our suspicions about the blacklist being basically a revenue-generating device appear to be fully borne out by events in Colombia, you don't need to take our word for it. Just take a look at what the President of Coljuegos, Juan B. Perez Hidalgo, had to say. “This work to control illegality has contributed to the success of the…internet betting operators authorized, to date, by Coljuegos,” he explained. Indeed, these legalized online gambling providers paid 16,593 million Colombian pesos ($5.6 million) in licensing fees and generated 21,955 million pesos ($7.4 million) in taxes during the first year of government-approved operations. Juan B. Perez Hidalgo, President of Coljuegos Hidalgo also sounded a note of caution for those contemplating the establishment of underground Colombian internet betting houses. He warned that such activity can be punished by fines as high as 234,372,000 pesos ($79,000) and prison sentences of between six and eight years. Exodus of International Poker Rooms These regulatory restrictions have hit online poker sites hard. Not only have PokerStars and Bodog ceased transacting in Colombia, but none of the 15 entities that are licensed offers poker either. This is undoubtedly a consequence of the fact that all licensed internet poker rooms had to have ring-fenced traffic. That is, Colombians would have to play only against their fellow countrymen rather than being able to match wits against individuals all around the world. Nevertheless, there was a change in the rules in late 2017 that allowed for liquidity sharing across global player pools. This paves the way for the potential return of well-known poker sites to Colombia. PokerStars in particular seems like a good candidate for licensure especially because it has kept its nose clean by attempting to comply with the law. Foreign Websites Still Serve Colombians Despite the ever-tightening squeeze that Coljuegos is endeavoring to put on offshore gaming operations, there are still plenty of them that are ready to flout its directives. It's pretty difficult to find solid information on which specific sites are being blocked at any given time and what workarounds there are. In any case, these details are likely to change rapidly as Coljuegos adds more URLs to the blacklist while gambling organizations try to set up new domains to get around the site blocking. You may have luck setting up an account at one of the following fine gaming destinations: Winning Poker Network       Ya Poker       Americas Cardroom       BlackChip Poker       True Poker Chico Poker Network       TigerGaming       Sportsbetting.ag       BetOnline Horizon Poker Network       Intertops       Juicy Stakes Independent       Nitrogen Poker       SwCPoker ";s:16:"description_html";s:13812:"<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%2Fcolombia-coljuegos-regulator-blacklists-1805-gambling-sites&amp;title=Colombia%20Expands%20Gambling%20Blacklist%3A%201%2C805%20Sites%20Now%20Blocked"></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/flag-map-of-colombia.png" alt="Tricolor Map of Colombia" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Colombian gaming regulator <strong>Coljuegos</strong> announced on or close to Sept. 14 that it has increased the number of names on its <strong>blacklist of unlicensed, offshore gambling sites to 1,805</strong>. Colombian residents are being blocked from accessing these platforms thanks to cooperation between Coljuegos, the Ministry of IT and Communications (MinTIC), and the National Police (Policía Nacional).</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Coljuegos, MinTIC, and the National Police have teamed up to work on the blacklist of blocked gambling URLs" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/coljuegos-expands-blacklist-social-image.jpg" alt="Image Depicting National Police, MinTIC, and Coljuegos as Keystone Kops" width="600" height="315" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 2%;">About the Blacklist</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/prohibited.png" alt="Red Circle With Crossbar" width="80" height="64" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Since March 2017, Coljuegos has been maintaining a list of online gaming websites that aren't licensed to do business in the country. The initial blacklist consisted of some 300 sites, more or less, but procedures for blocking them were largely ineffective.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In the time from then till now, however, Coljuegos has instituted new mechanisms for effectively blockading these operators from functioning in the Colombian market. The regulatory body now works with the National Police to perform daily monitoring of those websites that advertise gambling services. If a given domain is authorized by law to offer betting, then all is well. If not, then a screenshot of the webpage is taken and forwarded to the Police Cyber Center (Centro Cibernético Policial). Finally, sites in violation are placed on a list maintained by MinTIC, and ISPs are ordered to block them.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When someone tries to go to a website that’s on the blacklist, the user is shown a message like the following:</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Users who attempt to visit a blocked site see a warning message" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/coljuegos-website-blocked-message.jpg" alt="Warning Shown When Attempting to Access Website Blocked by Coljuegos" width="650" height="407" /><em>Coljuegos and the Cyber Police Show a Warning When People Visit Blocked Websites<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It would seem that the prohibition extends beyond mere gambling outlets to also encompass financial firms that are known to transact with betting entities. Responding to a <a title="President of Coljuegos Reveals That 1,805 Gaming Sites Are Being Blocked" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6_u93c3U1c" target="_blank">video posted on YouTube by Coljuegos</a>, commenter Renato Mateo Cuéllar Álvarez said that the website of popular e-wallet Skrill is also being embargoed in Colombia.</p> <h2>Background</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/book-and-glasses.jpg" alt="Book and Glasses" width="103" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When it passed an online gambling licensing law in late 2016, Colombia became the first country in South America with a regulated internet gaming market. However, this was mostly a theoretical development because no organizations were licensed under the terms of this legislation.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In March 2017, Colombia first instituted its blacklist of illegal betting websites. In <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Colombia Blacklist Spurs Departure of Poker Sites" href="/colombian-gambling-regulations-have-negative-effects-on-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">our coverage of the story</span></a></span>, we speculated that the government was trying to clear out the competition before state-supervised gambling arrived on the scene.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The first license for online wagering was granted in June 2017, which fits in perfectly with the strategy of first removing outside businesses from the country and then awarding licenses to hand-picked companies. As of Sept. 29, 2018, there are 15 sites authorized to accept bets over the internet in Colombia:</p> <ul><li>apuestalo.co</li> <li>aquijuego.co</li> <li>betalfa.co</li> <li>betplay.com.co</li> <li>codere.com.co</li> <li>colbet.co</li> <li>luckia.co</li> <li>masgol.co</li> <li>meridianbet.com.co</li> <li>mijugada.co</li> <li>rivalo.co</li> <li>rushbet.co</li> <li>sportium.co</li> <li>wplay.co</li> <li>zamba.co</li> </ul><h2>Coljuegos' Reasoning</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/coljuegos-logo.png" alt="Coljuegos Logo" width="184" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although our suspicions about the blacklist being basically a revenue-generating device appear to be fully borne out by events in Colombia, you don't need to take our word for it. Just take a look at what the President of Coljuegos, Juan B. Perez Hidalgo, had to say. “This work to control illegality has contributed to the success of the…internet betting operators authorized, to date, by Coljuegos,” he explained. Indeed, these legalized online gambling providers paid 16,593 million Colombian pesos ($5.6 million) in licensing fees and generated 21,955 million pesos ($7.4 million) in taxes during the first year of government-approved operations.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Juan B. Perez Hidalgo has been president of Coljuegos Since April 2016" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/juan-b-perez-hidalgo.jpg" alt="Juan B. Perez Hidalgo" width="650" height="398" /><em>Juan B. Perez Hidalgo, President of Coljuegos<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Hidalgo also sounded a note of caution for those contemplating the establishment of underground Colombian internet betting houses. He warned that such activity can be punished by fines as high as 234,372,000 pesos ($79,000) and prison sentences of between six and eight years.</p> <h2>Exodus of International Poker Rooms</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/exit-door.png" alt="Exit Sign" width="119" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">These regulatory restrictions have hit online poker sites hard. Not only have PokerStars and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ProfRB's Bodog Poker Bonus Review" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bodog</span></a></span> ceased transacting in Colombia, but none of the 15 entities that <em>are</em> licensed offers poker either. This is undoubtedly a consequence of the fact that all licensed internet poker rooms had to have ring-fenced traffic. That is, Colombians would have to play only against their fellow countrymen rather than being able to match wits against individuals all around the world.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nevertheless, there was a change in the rules in late 2017 that allowed for liquidity sharing across global player pools. This paves the way for the potential return of well-known poker sites to Colombia. <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="PokerStars for USA Residents" href="/pokerstars-in-america" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars</span></a></span> in particular seems like a good candidate for licensure especially because it has kept its nose clean by attempting to comply with the law.</p> <h2>Foreign Websites Still Serve Colombians</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/checkmark.png" alt="Check Mark" width="91" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite the ever-tightening squeeze that Coljuegos is endeavoring to put on offshore gaming operations, there are still plenty of them that are ready to flout its directives. It's pretty difficult to find solid information on which specific sites are being blocked at any given time and what workarounds there are. 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margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/flag-map-of-colombia.png" alt="Tricolor Map of Colombia" width="66" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Colombian gaming regulator <strong>Coljuegos</strong> announced on or close to Sept. 14 that it has increased the number of names on its <strong>blacklist of unlicensed, offshore gambling sites to 1,805</strong>. Colombian residents are being blocked from accessing these platforms thanks to cooperation between Coljuegos, the Ministry of IT and Communications (MinTIC), and the National Police (Policía Nacional).</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Coljuegos, MinTIC, and the National Police have teamed up to work on the blacklist of blocked gambling URLs" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/coljuegos-expands-blacklist-social-image.jpg" alt="Image Depicting National Police, MinTIC, and Coljuegos as Keystone Kops" width="600" height="315" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 2%;">About the Blacklist</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/prohibited.png" alt="Red Circle With Crossbar" width="80" height="64" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Since March 2017, Coljuegos has been maintaining a list of online gaming websites that aren't licensed to do business in the country. The initial blacklist consisted of some 300 sites, more or less, but procedures for blocking them were largely ineffective.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In the time from then till now, however, Coljuegos has instituted new mechanisms for effectively blockading these operators from functioning in the Colombian market. The regulatory body now works with the National Police to perform daily monitoring of those websites that advertise gambling services. If a given domain is authorized by law to offer betting, then all is well. If not, then a screenshot of the webpage is taken and forwarded to the Police Cyber Center (Centro Cibernético Policial). Finally, sites in violation are placed on a list maintained by MinTIC, and ISPs are ordered to block them.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When someone tries to go to a website that’s on the blacklist, the user is shown a message like the following:</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Users who attempt to visit a blocked site see a warning message" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/coljuegos-website-blocked-message.jpg" alt="Warning Shown When Attempting to Access Website Blocked by Coljuegos" width="650" height="407" /><em>Coljuegos and the Cyber Police Show a Warning When People Visit Blocked Websites<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It would seem that the prohibition extends beyond mere gambling outlets to also encompass financial firms that are known to transact with betting entities. Responding to a <a title="President of Coljuegos Reveals That 1,805 Gaming Sites Are Being Blocked" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6_u93c3U1c" target="_blank">video posted on YouTube by Coljuegos</a>, commenter Renato Mateo Cuéllar Álvarez said that the website of popular e-wallet Skrill is also being embargoed in Colombia.</p> <h2>Background</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/book-and-glasses.jpg" alt="Book and Glasses" width="103" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">When it passed an online gambling licensing law in late 2016, Colombia became the first country in South America with a regulated internet gaming market. However, this was mostly a theoretical development because no organizations were licensed under the terms of this legislation.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In March 2017, Colombia first instituted its blacklist of illegal betting websites. In <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Colombia Blacklist Spurs Departure of Poker Sites" href="/colombian-gambling-regulations-have-negative-effects-on-poker-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">our coverage of the story</span></a></span>, we speculated that the government was trying to clear out the competition before state-supervised gambling arrived on the scene.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The first license for online wagering was granted in June 2017, which fits in perfectly with the strategy of first removing outside businesses from the country and then awarding licenses to hand-picked companies. As of Sept. 29, 2018, there are 15 sites authorized to accept bets over the internet in Colombia:</p> <ul><li>apuestalo.co</li> <li>aquijuego.co</li> <li>betalfa.co</li> <li>betplay.com.co</li> <li>codere.com.co</li> <li>colbet.co</li> <li>luckia.co</li> <li>masgol.co</li> <li>meridianbet.com.co</li> <li>mijugada.co</li> <li>rivalo.co</li> <li>rushbet.co</li> <li>sportium.co</li> <li>wplay.co</li> <li>zamba.co</li> </ul><h2>Coljuegos' Reasoning</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/coljuegos-logo.png" alt="Coljuegos Logo" width="184" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although our suspicions about the blacklist being basically a revenue-generating device appear to be fully borne out by events in Colombia, you don't need to take our word for it. Just take a look at what the President of Coljuegos, Juan B. Perez Hidalgo, had to say. “This work to control illegality has contributed to the success of the…internet betting operators authorized, to date, by Coljuegos,” he explained. Indeed, these legalized online gambling providers paid 16,593 million Colombian pesos ($5.6 million) in licensing fees and generated 21,955 million pesos ($7.4 million) in taxes during the first year of government-approved operations.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Juan B. Perez Hidalgo has been president of Coljuegos Since April 2016" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/juan-b-perez-hidalgo.jpg" alt="Juan B. Perez Hidalgo" width="650" height="398" /><em>Juan B. Perez Hidalgo, President of Coljuegos<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Hidalgo also sounded a note of caution for those contemplating the establishment of underground Colombian internet betting houses. He warned that such activity can be punished by fines as high as 234,372,000 pesos ($79,000) and prison sentences of between six and eight years.</p> <h2>Exodus of International Poker Rooms</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/exit-door.png" alt="Exit Sign" width="119" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">These regulatory restrictions have hit online poker sites hard. Not only have PokerStars and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="ProfRB's Bodog Poker Bonus Review" href="/bodog-review" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bodog</span></a></span> ceased transacting in Colombia, but none of the 15 entities that <em>are</em> licensed offers poker either. This is undoubtedly a consequence of the fact that all licensed internet poker rooms had to have ring-fenced traffic. That is, Colombians would have to play only against their fellow countrymen rather than being able to match wits against individuals all around the world.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Nevertheless, there was a change in the rules in late 2017 that allowed for liquidity sharing across global player pools. This paves the way for the potential return of well-known poker sites to Colombia. <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="PokerStars for USA Residents" href="/pokerstars-in-america" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">PokerStars</span></a></span> in particular seems like a good candidate for licensure especially because it has kept its nose clean by attempting to comply with the law.</p> <h2>Foreign Websites Still Serve Colombians</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/checkmark.png" alt="Check Mark" width="91" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite the ever-tightening squeeze that Coljuegos is endeavoring to put on offshore gaming operations, there are still plenty of them that are ready to flout its directives. It's pretty difficult to find solid information on which specific sites are being blocked at any given time and what workarounds there are. 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";s:16:"description_html";s:10983:"<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%2Fonline-super-series-cub3d&amp;title=OSS%20Series%20Running%20at%20WPN%20From%20Oct.%203%20-%2014%3A%20%243.5M%2B%20Guaranteed"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/winning-poker-network.png" alt="WPN Logo" width="139" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The longstanding <strong>Online Super Series (OSS)</strong> is back at Americas Cardroom for its 14th installment from Oct. 3 to 14, 2018. This is a normal OSS rather than a jumbo-sized OSS Cub3d, which consists of three series in one, so the prize money up for grabs is a bit smaller than usual with <strong>$3.5 million+ guaranteed</strong> across 82 events. Still, there are plenty of reasons to hop on to the <a title="About the Winning Poker Network" href="/winning-poker-network-info" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a> site of your choice and try to score your share of the cash.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="$3.5 million guaranteed in the October 2018 Online Super Series" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/americas-cardroom-oss-xiv-banner.png" alt="Banner for the OSS Series October 2018" width="650" height="108" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 2%;">OSS Details</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 Lens" width="77" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Among the dozens of events on the roster are No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Omaha/8 games along with several other varieties of poker. Buyins range from $0.50 + $0.05 to $500 + $40, so the lineup definitely caters to players of varying bankroll levels.</p> <h3>New 6+ Hold'em Coming</h3> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/6plus-holdem-icon.jpg" alt="6+ Hold'em" width="118" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of especial note are the presence of several 6+ Hold'em tournaments. This format is new to the WPN, having only been introduced in cash game form in late August. The upcoming OSS will mark the first time the network is offering this game in tourneys.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">6+ Holdem uses a stripped deck from which all 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s have been removed. Because of the changed frequency with which different hands appear, flushes become more valuable than full houses, and sets are more powerful than straights. All other rules for 6+ are the same as in regular Texas Hold'em. To learn more about how 6+ Hold'em works, watch the video below:</p> <div><center> <iframe title="6+ Holdem video from ACR" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NTCcgItdIG8?rel=0" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe><p style="text-align: center; margin-top: -1%;"><em>Video Explaining 6+ Hold'em Gameplay</em></p> <p></p></center></div> <h3 style="margin-top: 2%;">Notable OSS Events</h3> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/desk-calendar.png" alt="Calendar" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even the most diehard poker aficionado likely won't have the time or inclination to participate in every single OSS event. Therefore, we've presented below some of the most interesting of them so that you can jump straight to the highlights.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #27, Sun. Oct. 7, 3:00 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$500 + $40</strong>, $500,000 Gtd<br /> A standard No Limit Texas Hold'em MTT, what's noteworthy about this one is the large prize pool of a half million dollars. You can think of this as a kind of warm up for the OSS Main Event with the same buyin but half the prize money.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #35, Mon. Oct 8, 4:15 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$40 + $4</strong>, Final Table Experience, $5,000 Gtd<br /> If you want to engage in some deep-stacked play, then this is the event for you. You'll start off with a cool 1 million chips and blinds at 1,000/2,000. It won't just be bet, bet, all-in over three streets because you'll have 500bb to play with.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #59, Fri. Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$100 + $9</strong>, 8-Max PLO8, $40,000 Gtd<br /> The biggest four-card poker guarantee in the OSS roster, this instance of split-pot poker promises to be fun and possibly profitable. The $100 + $9 cost of entry is pretty reasonable: about half the cost of the weekly Sunday Special PLO while guaranteeing a little bit more in payouts.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #70, Sat. Oct. 13, 8:00 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$0.50 + $0.05</strong> 6+ 6-Max, $500 Gtd<br /> Eager to check out the new 6+ Hold'em game? Well, here's your chance to do so for a trivial investment. The smallest-buyin entry on the OSS schedule, this tournament will fit within your bankroll no matter what stakes you normally play. It's a great way to become familiar with 6+ gameplay and find out if you like it.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #75, Sun. Oct. 14, 3:00 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$500 + $40</strong> OSS Main Event, $1,000,000 Guaranteed<br /> In line with tradition at Americas Cardroom and the Winning Poker Network, a Million Dollar Sunday event will take place on the last day of the series. The WPN is the only operator in the U.S. market with the wherewithal to host such large guaranteed prizes, and it does so several times per year. Don't miss your opportunity to scoop up a big tourney payday.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Reload your ACR account: 50% up to $300" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/americas-cardroom-oss-xiv-reload.png" alt="RELOAD Bonus Code at Americas Cardroom" width="650" height="109" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 2%;">Reload Bonus</h2> <div style="text-align: center; float: right;"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/americas-cardroom-reload-bonus-code-reload.png" alt="ACR Cashier and Bonus Code" width="300" height="214" /><br /><em>How to Enter the RELOAD Bonus Code at ACR</em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If your account balance is a bit low, then now's a great time to make a redeposit because there's a reload bonus active. From Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, you can score a 50% up to $300 bonus on your next deposit by using the Americas Cardroom bonus code <span style="color: red;"><strong>RELOAD</strong></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The minimum deposit required to take advantage of this deal is $25. The bonus clears at a rate of $5 for every 120 Award Points you collect, representing a rakeback rate of approximately 23%, slightly better than the standard welcome bonus. Jackpot Poker and SNG 2.0 games don’t count toward bonus release. You have 30 days to earn as much of the bonus as possible before it expires.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <span style="color: red;"><strong>RELOAD</strong></span> bonus code is active at ACR and all other network-owned skins (BCP, True, Ya). Deposit now to enhance your bankroll in preparation for OSS XIV!</p> <h2>Satellites Abound!</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/satellites.png" alt="Satellite Structure Chart" width="104" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many of the events in the upcoming OSS have associated satellite tournaments. These low-priced affairs, starting at $1 + $0.10, have already begun to appear in the WPN tournament lobbies. If your account balance is a bit low, you aren't relegated to sitting on the sidelines during OSS because you can win your seat for a small investment through these qualifier tourneys.</p> <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 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. With our exclusive Americas Cardroom bonus code <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>PRB10FREE</strong></span>, you can also get a $10 free no deposit bonus. 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. If you wish to explore alternate sites on the same network, then check out <a title="ProfRB's Review of BlackChip Poker" href="/BCP" target="_self">BlackChip Poker</a>, <a title="True Poker Has Been Serving USA Poker Fans Since 2001" href="/true-poker-review" target="_self">True Poker</a>, and <a title="Ya Poker Has Customer Support in English, Spanish, and Portuguese" href="/ya-poker-review" target="_self">Ya Poker (non-US)</a>.</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%2Fonline-super-series-cub3d&amp;title=OSS%20Series%20Running%20at%20WPN%20From%20Oct.%203%20-%2014%3A%20%243.5M%2B%20Guaranteed"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:10983:"<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%2Fonline-super-series-cub3d&amp;title=OSS%20Series%20Running%20at%20WPN%20From%20Oct.%203%20-%2014%3A%20%243.5M%2B%20Guaranteed"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sites/default/files/files/post-icons/winning-poker-network.png" alt="WPN Logo" width="139" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The longstanding <strong>Online Super Series (OSS)</strong> is back at Americas Cardroom for its 14th installment from Oct. 3 to 14, 2018. This is a normal OSS rather than a jumbo-sized OSS Cub3d, which consists of three series in one, so the prize money up for grabs is a bit smaller than usual with <strong>$3.5 million+ guaranteed</strong> across 82 events. Still, there are plenty of reasons to hop on to the <a title="About the Winning Poker Network" href="/winning-poker-network-info" target="_self">Winning Poker Network</a> site of your choice and try to score your share of the cash.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="$3.5 million guaranteed in the October 2018 Online Super Series" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/americas-cardroom-oss-xiv-banner.png" alt="Banner for the OSS Series October 2018" width="650" height="108" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 2%;">OSS Details</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 Lens" width="77" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Among the dozens of events on the roster are No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Omaha/8 games along with several other varieties of poker. Buyins range from $0.50 + $0.05 to $500 + $40, so the lineup definitely caters to players of varying bankroll levels.</p> <h3>New 6+ Hold'em Coming</h3> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/6plus-holdem-icon.jpg" alt="6+ Hold'em" width="118" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Of especial note are the presence of several 6+ Hold'em tournaments. This format is new to the WPN, having only been introduced in cash game form in late August. The upcoming OSS will mark the first time the network is offering this game in tourneys.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">6+ Holdem uses a stripped deck from which all 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s have been removed. Because of the changed frequency with which different hands appear, flushes become more valuable than full houses, and sets are more powerful than straights. All other rules for 6+ are the same as in regular Texas Hold'em. To learn more about how 6+ Hold'em works, watch the video below:</p> <div><center> <iframe title="6+ Holdem video from ACR" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NTCcgItdIG8?rel=0" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe><p style="text-align: center; margin-top: -1%;"><em>Video Explaining 6+ Hold'em Gameplay</em></p> <p></p></center></div> <h3 style="margin-top: 2%;">Notable OSS Events</h3> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/desk-calendar.png" alt="Calendar" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even the most diehard poker aficionado likely won't have the time or inclination to participate in every single OSS event. Therefore, we've presented below some of the most interesting of them so that you can jump straight to the highlights.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #27, Sun. Oct. 7, 3:00 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$500 + $40</strong>, $500,000 Gtd<br /> A standard No Limit Texas Hold'em MTT, what's noteworthy about this one is the large prize pool of a half million dollars. You can think of this as a kind of warm up for the OSS Main Event with the same buyin but half the prize money.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #35, Mon. Oct 8, 4:15 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$40 + $4</strong>, Final Table Experience, $5,000 Gtd<br /> If you want to engage in some deep-stacked play, then this is the event for you. You'll start off with a cool 1 million chips and blinds at 1,000/2,000. It won't just be bet, bet, all-in over three streets because you'll have 500bb to play with.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #59, Fri. Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$100 + $9</strong>, 8-Max PLO8, $40,000 Gtd<br /> The biggest four-card poker guarantee in the OSS roster, this instance of split-pot poker promises to be fun and possibly profitable. The $100 + $9 cost of entry is pretty reasonable: about half the cost of the weekly Sunday Special PLO while guaranteeing a little bit more in payouts.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #70, Sat. Oct. 13, 8:00 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$0.50 + $0.05</strong> 6+ 6-Max, $500 Gtd<br /> Eager to check out the new 6+ Hold'em game? Well, here's your chance to do so for a trivial investment. The smallest-buyin entry on the OSS schedule, this tournament will fit within your bankroll no matter what stakes you normally play. It's a great way to become familiar with 6+ gameplay and find out if you like it.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Event #75, Sun. Oct. 14, 3:00 p.m. ET</span><br /><strong>$500 + $40</strong> OSS Main Event, $1,000,000 Guaranteed<br /> In line with tradition at Americas Cardroom and the Winning Poker Network, a Million Dollar Sunday event will take place on the last day of the series. The WPN is the only operator in the U.S. market with the wherewithal to host such large guaranteed prizes, and it does so several times per year. Don't miss your opportunity to scoop up a big tourney payday.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Reload your ACR account: 50% up to $300" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/americas-cardroom-oss-xiv-reload.png" alt="RELOAD Bonus Code at Americas Cardroom" width="650" height="109" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 2%;">Reload Bonus</h2> <div style="text-align: center; float: right;"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/americas-cardroom-reload-bonus-code-reload.png" alt="ACR Cashier and Bonus Code" width="300" height="214" /><br /><em>How to Enter the RELOAD Bonus Code at ACR</em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">If your account balance is a bit low, then now's a great time to make a redeposit because there's a reload bonus active. From Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, you can score a 50% up to $300 bonus on your next deposit by using the Americas Cardroom bonus code <span style="color: red;"><strong>RELOAD</strong></span>.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The minimum deposit required to take advantage of this deal is $25. The bonus clears at a rate of $5 for every 120 Award Points you collect, representing a rakeback rate of approximately 23%, slightly better than the standard welcome bonus. Jackpot Poker and SNG 2.0 games don’t count toward bonus release. You have 30 days to earn as much of the bonus as possible before it expires.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The <span style="color: red;"><strong>RELOAD</strong></span> bonus code is active at ACR and all other network-owned skins (BCP, True, Ya). Deposit now to enhance your bankroll in preparation for OSS XIV!</p> <h2>Satellites Abound!</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/satellites.png" alt="Satellite Structure Chart" width="104" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Many of the events in the upcoming OSS have associated satellite tournaments. These low-priced affairs, starting at $1 + $0.10, have already begun to appear in the WPN tournament lobbies. If your account balance is a bit low, you aren't relegated to sitting on the sidelines during OSS because you can win your seat for a small investment through these qualifier tourneys.</p> <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 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. With our exclusive Americas Cardroom bonus code <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>PRB10FREE</strong></span>, you can also get a $10 free no deposit bonus. 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. If you wish to explore alternate sites on the same network, then check out <a title="ProfRB's Review of BlackChip Poker" href="/BCP" target="_self">BlackChip Poker</a>, <a title="True Poker Has Been Serving USA Poker Fans Since 2001" href="/true-poker-review" target="_self">True Poker</a>, and <a title="Ya Poker Has Customer Support in English, Spanish, and Portuguese" href="/ya-poker-review" target="_self">Ya Poker (non-US)</a>.</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%2Fonline-super-series-cub3d&amp;title=OSS%20Series%20Running%20at%20WPN%20From%20Oct.%203%20-%2014%3A%20%243.5M%2B%20Guaranteed"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:7;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:108:"https://professionalrakeback.com/controversy-erupts-as-fanduel-offers-massively-incorrect-odds-in-new-jersey";s:5:"title";s:55:"FanDuel NJ Screws Up Live Betting Odds: +75,000 Anyone?";s:4:"date";i:1537573426;s:11:"description";s:8076:" Prominent daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has expanded its portfolio recently to include regular sports betting in the New Jersey licensed market. However, this new sportsbook product has suffered a public relations setback because the company failed to honor bets made on the Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos matchup on Sunday, Sept. 16. What Happened? With just over a minute left to go in the game on Sunday, the Denver Broncos were trailing 19 - 17, but they had possession of the ball. FanDuel updated the odds for its Live betting offering, which allows customers to make wagers while a contest is already underway. The line provided by FanDuel at this point on the Broncos to win was +75,000 (750 - 1), meaning that for every $100 bet, the potential payout was $75,000. Several bettors took advantage of this opportunity and placed their wagers. The Broncos made a field goal with just a few seconds left on the clock, and they won the game 20-19. Excited winners started planning how they were going to spend their windfalls, but their celebrations were cut short: FanDuel didn't honor their bets. The Final Results of the Denver-Oakland Match, Courtesy of Google Both Offline and Online Sportsbook Involved FanDuel operates a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., as well as a mobile sports-betting app. Customers of both betting options reported having their betslips canceled. One individual, who placed his wager in person at The Meadowlands, was looking forward to collecting an $82,500 payment for his $110 bet. However, the clerk at the FanDuel betting window refused to give him the money, instead offering him $500 and tickets to several New York Giants games. Screenshot of FanDuel's Online NJ Sportsbook Users of the FanDuel mobile app seemed to have better luck as their winning betslips were graded and the funds placed into their accounts. However, their elation was short-lived as this money was removed shortly thereafter. FanDuel Responds In the wake of the controversy stirred up by the company's actions, FanDuel released a statement explaining itself. The firm said that listing the odds as +75,000 for the Broncos to win was clearly a mistake. The line was supposed to be set at -600 (1 - 6). The error was active in the sportsbook for 18 seconds, and “a small number of bets” were booked at the incorrect odds. FanDuel got in touch with these customers and apologized while settling their bets at the true -600 line. Industry-Standard Policy FanDuel made reference to its house rules, claiming that they cover situations like these and protect it from having to pay in the case of obvious error. The company is telling the truth in this matter because its terms and conditions are clear: 14.1.1. FanDuel Sportsbook reserves the right to correct any obvious errors and to void any bets placed where such errors have occurred. 14.2. In the case of any blatant errors in prices transmitted (including for example where the price being displayed is materially different from those available in the general market and/or the price is clearly incorrect, depending on all of the circumstances), bets will be settled at the correct price at the time of acceptance (or the Starting Price in the case of horse-racing, whichever is the greater). If a bet is accepted by us on an event where offering a price on the event itself (rather than the price) was in error, the bet will be void and your stake will be returned. This isn't just an example of FanDuel putting a we'll-do-whatever-we-want clause in its terms of service. Other bookmakers have similar provisions listed on their sites. For instance, we find the following on the websites of the sportsbooks contained in the Chico Poker Network (Sportsbetting.ag, BetOnline, and TigerGaming): [Site name] cannot be held responsible for any computer, typing or human error when posting odds, lines or point spreads. However, in the case of obvious mechanical, technical or human error in the prices or conditions we publish, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to correct obvious errors and to No-Action your wager. Public Reacts As can be imagined, the customers who saw their bets declared void were not exactly pleased. Several complaints were lodged with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, which has commenced an investigation into the incident. Even outside observers, who don't have any skin in the game, believed that this was a serious misstep by FanDuel. While many of them, particularly those who are experienced with betting, think it's standard for the book to cancel these wagers, others feel otherwise. Typical are the comments of Facebook user Tino Detres, posting about this story on the News 12 New Jersey website: FanDuel Backpedals Following the bad press that it was getting for this snafu, the betting firm changed its mind. FanDuel has decided to honor all wagers booked at the mistaken price. In a statement posted Sept. 20, the company said: Above all else, sports betting is supposed to be fun. As a result of a pricing error this weekend, it wasn’t for some of our customers… We want FanDuel to be a sportsbook for all bettors, and we want sports betting to be fun. So, this one’s on the house. We are paying out these erroneous tickets and wish the lucky customers well. In addition to making good on these improperly priced bets, FanDuel is adding $1,000 to the balances of 82 randomly picked account holders. The drawing will take place at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 23. FanDuel Sports Betting History FanDuel opened up shop in 2009 and quickly became one of the biggest names in daily fantasy sports. Following the May Murphy v. NCAA Supreme Court case, which opened the door for state-licensed sports betting across the country, FanDuel was acquired by Paddy Power Betfair, a leading international betting house. The Supreme Court of the United States Ended the Federal Prohibition on Sports Betting in May 2018 New Jersey was one of the first states to permit new sportsbooks to open up, and FanDuel jumped into action right away. It debuted a B&amp;M sportsbook at The Meadowlands racetrack in July, and it added a mobile sportsbook product on Sept. 1. According to NJ regulations, only people who are physically located within state borders can place bets. FanDuel isn't alone in the DFS industry as far as expanding into New Jersey goes. Its longtime rival DraftKings launched its own online sportsbook in the state in August. DraftKings suffered its own growing pains, however, as it was hit by a DDoS attack shortly after going live in the Garden State. Bottom Line We applaud FanDuel's ultimate decision to fully pay the customers who had booked their bets at the mistaken odds. At the same time, we recognize that this was probably a one-off attempt to save face given the unusual amount of press coverage this story was afforded. In the future, we expect that this online bookmaker will adhere to its stated policies that allow it to revoke wagers that are recorded at obviously mistaken prices. You Have More Choices for NJ Online Gaming Although New Jersey now has regulated online sports betting, casino, and poker providers, you may still do better by opening an account at an offshore site. They allow you to expand your horizons and consider options that haven't obtained – and probably don't care about – the approval of officials in Trenton. You're under no threat of legal prosecution as an individual player for betting at these sites. It is those offering the games that are taking all the risk. For sportsbooks that serve Americans, check out our list of the best online sportsbooks in the U.S.A. For casino gaming, we have compiled a selection of the top U.S.A.-Friendly internet casinos. If cards are more your speed, then head over to our overview of the best online poker sites open to U.S. residents. We've also written a page containing specific information about online poker in New Jersey. ";s:16:"description_html";s:16068:"<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%2Fcontroversy-erupts-as-fanduel-offers-massively-incorrect-odds-in-new-jersey&amp;title=FanDuel%20NJ%20Screws%20Up%20Live%20Betting%20Odds%3A%20%2B75%2C000%20Anyone%3F"></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/pictures3/fanduel-logo.png" alt="FanDuel Logo" width="100" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Prominent daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has expanded its portfolio recently to include regular sports betting in the New Jersey licensed market. However, this new sportsbook product has suffered a public relations setback because the company <strong>failed to honor bets made on the Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos matchup</strong> on Sunday, Sept. 16.</p> <h2>What Happened?</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="Blue Info Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">With just over a minute left to go in the game on Sunday, the Denver Broncos were trailing 19 - 17, but they had possession of the ball. FanDuel updated the odds for its Live betting offering, which allows customers to make wagers while a contest is already underway.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The line provided by FanDuel at this point on the Broncos to win was +75,000 (750 - 1), meaning that for every $100 bet, the potential payout was $75,000. Several bettors took advantage of this opportunity and placed their wagers.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Broncos made a field goal with just a few seconds left on the clock, and they won the game 20-19. Excited winners started planning how they were going to spend their windfalls, but their celebrations were cut short: <strong>FanDuel didn't honor their bets</strong>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The Denver Broncos came from behind to Beat the Oakland Raiders on June 16, 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/raiders-broncos-sept-16-2018-results.png" alt="Raiders vs. Broncos Game Result 9/16/2018" width="632" height="248" /><em>The Final Results of the Denver-Oakland Match, Courtesy of Google<br /><br /></em></div> <h3>Both Offline and Online Sportsbook Involved</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel operates a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., as well as a mobile sports-betting app. Customers of both betting options reported having their betslips canceled.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One individual, who placed his wager in person at The Meadowlands, was looking forward to collecting an <strong>$82,500 payment</strong> for his $110 bet. However, the clerk at the FanDuel betting window refused to give him the money, instead offering him $500 and tickets to several New York Giants games.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="FanDuel's NJ internet sportsbook opened for business Sept. 1, 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/fanduel-nj-sportsbook-website.jpg" alt="FanDuel's Online NJ Sportsbook Site" width="651" height="527" /><em>Screenshot of FanDuel's Online NJ Sportsbook<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Users of the FanDuel mobile app seemed to have better luck as their winning betslips were graded and the funds placed into their accounts. However, their elation was short-lived as this money was removed shortly thereafter.</p> <h2>FanDuel Responds</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/megaphone.png" alt="Megaphone" width="122" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In the wake of the controversy stirred up by the company's actions, <a title="FanDuel's Statement on the Raiders v. Broncos Fiasco" href="https://newsroom.fanduel.com/2018/09/19/fanduel-statement-on-raiders-vs-broncos/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">FanDuel released a statement</a> explaining itself. The firm said that listing the odds as +75,000 for the Broncos to win was clearly a mistake. The line was supposed to be set at -600 (1 - 6).</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Image representing the FanDuel sportsbook pricing error" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/fanduel-bad-odds-social-image.png" alt="FanDuel's Initial Reaction to the Betting Mistake" width="606" height="315" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The error was active in the sportsbook for 18 seconds, and “a small number of bets” were booked at the incorrect odds. FanDuel got in touch with these customers and apologized while settling their bets at the true -600 line.</p> <h2>Industry-Standard Policy</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-with-blue-text.png" alt="Document Page" width="54" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel made reference to its house rules, claiming that they cover situations like these and protect it from having to pay in the case of obvious error. The company is telling the truth in this matter because its terms and conditions are clear:</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; width: 90%; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid red;">14.1.1. FanDuel Sportsbook reserves the right to correct any obvious errors and to void any bets placed where such errors have occurred.<br /><br /> 14.2. In the case of any blatant errors in prices transmitted (including for example where the price being displayed is materially different from those available in the general market and/or the price is clearly incorrect, depending on all of the circumstances), bets will be settled at the correct price at the time of acceptance (or the Starting Price in the case of horse-racing, whichever is the greater). If a bet is accepted by us on an event where offering a price on the event itself (rather than the price) was in error, the bet will be void and your stake will be returned.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This isn't just an example of FanDuel putting a we'll-do-whatever-we-want clause in its terms of service. Other bookmakers have similar provisions listed on their sites. For instance, we find the following on the websites of the sportsbooks contained in the <a title="Learn About the Member Organizations on the CPN" href="/chico-poker-network" target="_self">Chico Poker Network</a> (Sportsbetting.ag, BetOnline, and TigerGaming):</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; width: 90%; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid red;">[Site name] cannot be held responsible for any computer, typing or human error when posting odds, lines or point spreads. However, in the case of obvious mechanical, technical or human error in the prices or conditions we publish, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to correct obvious errors and to No-Action your wager.</p> <h2>Public Reacts</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/crowd.png" alt="People in a Crowd" width="116" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As can be imagined, the customers who saw their bets declared void were not exactly pleased. Several complaints were lodged with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, which has commenced an investigation into the incident.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even outside observers, who don't have any skin in the game, believed that this was a serious misstep by FanDuel. While many of them, particularly those who are experienced with betting, think it's standard for the book to cancel these wagers, others feel otherwise. Typical are the comments of Facebook user Tino Detres, posting about this story on the <a title="Local Coverage of the FanDuel Story" href="http://newjersey.news12.com/story/39116601/2-more-bettors-claim-fanduel-wont-pay-out-on-sports-bets" target="_blank">News 12 New Jersey</a> website:</p> <div style="margin: 1.5%;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tino Detres is displeased at FanDuel's actions" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/fanduel-odds-dispute-comment.png" alt="Potential FanDuel Customers Will Now Look Elsewhere" width="627" height="108" /></div> <h2>FanDuel Backpedals</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/back-sign.png" alt="Back Arrow" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Following the bad press that it was getting for this snafu, the betting firm changed its mind. <strong>FanDuel has decided to honor all wagers</strong> booked at the mistaken price. In <a title="FanDuel Releases New Decision About Incorrect Betting Odds" href="https://newsroom.fanduel.com/2018/09/20/fanduel-statement-on-resolution-of-new-jersey-sports-betting-pricing-error/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a statement posted Sept. 20</a>, the company said:</p> <blockquote><p>Above all else, sports betting is supposed to be fun. As a result of a pricing error this weekend, it wasn’t for some of our customers… We want FanDuel to be a sportsbook for all bettors, and we want sports betting to be fun. So, this one’s on the house. We are paying out these erroneous tickets and wish the lucky customers well.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to making good on these improperly priced bets, FanDuel is adding $1,000 to the balances of 82 randomly picked account holders. The drawing will take place at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 23.</p> <h2>FanDuel Sports Betting History</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Two Bound Volumes" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel opened up shop in 2009 and quickly became one of the biggest names in daily fantasy sports. Following the May <a title="Supreme Court Declared PASPA Unconstitutional" href="/federal-sports-betting-impediments-struck-down-by-us-supreme-court" target="_self">Murphy v. NCAA Supreme Court case</a>, which opened the door for state-licensed sports betting across the country, FanDuel was acquired by Paddy Power Betfair, a leading international betting house.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The U.S. Supreme Court removed the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/supreme-court-justices-posed-and-ruling-against-paspa.jpg" alt="Supreme Court Justices Who Struck Down PASPA" width="600" height="338" /><em>The Supreme Court of the United States Ended the Federal Prohibition on Sports Betting in May 2018<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">New Jersey was one of the first states to permit new sportsbooks to open up, and FanDuel jumped into action right away. It debuted a B&amp;M sportsbook at The Meadowlands racetrack in July, and it added a mobile sportsbook product on Sept. 1. According to NJ regulations, only people who are physically located within state borders can place bets.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel isn't alone in the DFS industry as far as expanding into New Jersey goes. Its longtime rival DraftKings launched its own online sportsbook in the state in August. DraftKings suffered its own growing pains, however, as it was <a title="DraftKings Pursuing DDoS Attackers" href="/draftkings-suffers-ddos-goes-on-offensive" target="_self">hit by a DDoS attack</a> shortly after going live in the Garden State.</p> <h2>Bottom Line</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/calculator.jpg" alt="Calculator" width="111" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We applaud FanDuel's ultimate decision to fully pay the customers who had booked their bets at the mistaken odds. At the same time, we recognize that this was probably a one-off attempt to save face given the unusual amount of press coverage this story was afforded. In the future, we expect that this online bookmaker will adhere to its stated policies that allow it to revoke wagers that are recorded at obviously mistaken prices.</p> <h2>You Have More Choices for NJ Online Gaming</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/pictures/new-jersey.png" alt="New Jersey Outline Map" width="41" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although New Jersey now has regulated online sports betting, casino, and poker providers, you may still do better by opening an account at an offshore site. They allow you to expand your horizons and consider options that haven't obtained – and probably don't care about – the approval of officials in Trenton.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You're under no threat of legal prosecution as an individual player for betting at these sites. It is those offering the games that are taking all the risk.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For sportsbooks that serve Americans, check out our list of the <a title="Bet on Sports at These Trustworthy Bookmaking Sites" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self">best online sportsbooks in the U.S.A</a>. For casino gaming, we have compiled a selection of the <a title="Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker, and More Await You" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self">top U.S.A.-Friendly internet casinos</a>. If cards are more your speed, then head over to our overview of the <a title="U.S.A. Online Poker Info and Guide" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><strong>best online poker sites</strong></a> open to U.S. residents. We've also written a page containing specific <a title="Playing Poker Over the Internet in New Jersey" href="/playing-internet-poker-inside-the-state-of-new-jersey" target="_self"><strong>information about online poker in New Jersey</strong></a>.</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%2Fcontroversy-erupts-as-fanduel-offers-massively-incorrect-odds-in-new-jersey&amp;title=FanDuel%20NJ%20Screws%20Up%20Live%20Betting%20Odds%3A%20%2B75%2C000%20Anyone%3F"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:16068:"<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%2Fcontroversy-erupts-as-fanduel-offers-massively-incorrect-odds-in-new-jersey&amp;title=FanDuel%20NJ%20Screws%20Up%20Live%20Betting%20Odds%3A%20%2B75%2C000%20Anyone%3F"></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/pictures3/fanduel-logo.png" alt="FanDuel Logo" width="100" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Prominent daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has expanded its portfolio recently to include regular sports betting in the New Jersey licensed market. However, this new sportsbook product has suffered a public relations setback because the company <strong>failed to honor bets made on the Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos matchup</strong> on Sunday, Sept. 16.</p> <h2>What Happened?</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="Blue Info Button" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">With just over a minute left to go in the game on Sunday, the Denver Broncos were trailing 19 - 17, but they had possession of the ball. FanDuel updated the odds for its Live betting offering, which allows customers to make wagers while a contest is already underway.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The line provided by FanDuel at this point on the Broncos to win was +75,000 (750 - 1), meaning that for every $100 bet, the potential payout was $75,000. Several bettors took advantage of this opportunity and placed their wagers.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The Broncos made a field goal with just a few seconds left on the clock, and they won the game 20-19. Excited winners started planning how they were going to spend their windfalls, but their celebrations were cut short: <strong>FanDuel didn't honor their bets</strong>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The Denver Broncos came from behind to Beat the Oakland Raiders on June 16, 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/raiders-broncos-sept-16-2018-results.png" alt="Raiders vs. Broncos Game Result 9/16/2018" width="632" height="248" /><em>The Final Results of the Denver-Oakland Match, Courtesy of Google<br /><br /></em></div> <h3>Both Offline and Online Sportsbook Involved</h3> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel operates a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., as well as a mobile sports-betting app. Customers of both betting options reported having their betslips canceled.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One individual, who placed his wager in person at The Meadowlands, was looking forward to collecting an <strong>$82,500 payment</strong> for his $110 bet. However, the clerk at the FanDuel betting window refused to give him the money, instead offering him $500 and tickets to several New York Giants games.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="FanDuel's NJ internet sportsbook opened for business Sept. 1, 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/fanduel-nj-sportsbook-website.jpg" alt="FanDuel's Online NJ Sportsbook Site" width="651" height="527" /><em>Screenshot of FanDuel's Online NJ Sportsbook<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Users of the FanDuel mobile app seemed to have better luck as their winning betslips were graded and the funds placed into their accounts. However, their elation was short-lived as this money was removed shortly thereafter.</p> <h2>FanDuel Responds</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/megaphone.png" alt="Megaphone" width="122" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In the wake of the controversy stirred up by the company's actions, <a title="FanDuel's Statement on the Raiders v. Broncos Fiasco" href="https://newsroom.fanduel.com/2018/09/19/fanduel-statement-on-raiders-vs-broncos/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">FanDuel released a statement</a> explaining itself. The firm said that listing the odds as +75,000 for the Broncos to win was clearly a mistake. The line was supposed to be set at -600 (1 - 6).</p> <div><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Image representing the FanDuel sportsbook pricing error" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/fanduel-bad-odds-social-image.png" alt="FanDuel's Initial Reaction to the Betting Mistake" width="606" height="315" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The error was active in the sportsbook for 18 seconds, and “a small number of bets” were booked at the incorrect odds. FanDuel got in touch with these customers and apologized while settling their bets at the true -600 line.</p> <h2>Industry-Standard Policy</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/document-with-blue-text.png" alt="Document Page" width="54" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel made reference to its house rules, claiming that they cover situations like these and protect it from having to pay in the case of obvious error. The company is telling the truth in this matter because its terms and conditions are clear:</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; width: 90%; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid red;">14.1.1. FanDuel Sportsbook reserves the right to correct any obvious errors and to void any bets placed where such errors have occurred.<br /><br /> 14.2. In the case of any blatant errors in prices transmitted (including for example where the price being displayed is materially different from those available in the general market and/or the price is clearly incorrect, depending on all of the circumstances), bets will be settled at the correct price at the time of acceptance (or the Starting Price in the case of horse-racing, whichever is the greater). If a bet is accepted by us on an event where offering a price on the event itself (rather than the price) was in error, the bet will be void and your stake will be returned.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This isn't just an example of FanDuel putting a we'll-do-whatever-we-want clause in its terms of service. Other bookmakers have similar provisions listed on their sites. For instance, we find the following on the websites of the sportsbooks contained in the <a title="Learn About the Member Organizations on the CPN" href="/chico-poker-network" target="_self">Chico Poker Network</a> (Sportsbetting.ag, BetOnline, and TigerGaming):</p> <p style="font-size: x-large; width: 90%; text-align: justify; background-color: #fff8dc; padding: 2%; border-left: 1vw solid red;">[Site name] cannot be held responsible for any computer, typing or human error when posting odds, lines or point spreads. However, in the case of obvious mechanical, technical or human error in the prices or conditions we publish, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to correct obvious errors and to No-Action your wager.</p> <h2>Public Reacts</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/crowd.png" alt="People in a Crowd" width="116" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">As can be imagined, the customers who saw their bets declared void were not exactly pleased. Several complaints were lodged with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, which has commenced an investigation into the incident.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Even outside observers, who don't have any skin in the game, believed that this was a serious misstep by FanDuel. While many of them, particularly those who are experienced with betting, think it's standard for the book to cancel these wagers, others feel otherwise. Typical are the comments of Facebook user Tino Detres, posting about this story on the <a title="Local Coverage of the FanDuel Story" href="http://newjersey.news12.com/story/39116601/2-more-bettors-claim-fanduel-wont-pay-out-on-sports-bets" target="_blank">News 12 New Jersey</a> website:</p> <div style="margin: 1.5%;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Tino Detres is displeased at FanDuel's actions" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/fanduel-odds-dispute-comment.png" alt="Potential FanDuel Customers Will Now Look Elsewhere" width="627" height="108" /></div> <h2>FanDuel Backpedals</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/back-sign.png" alt="Back Arrow" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Following the bad press that it was getting for this snafu, the betting firm changed its mind. <strong>FanDuel has decided to honor all wagers</strong> booked at the mistaken price. In <a title="FanDuel Releases New Decision About Incorrect Betting Odds" href="https://newsroom.fanduel.com/2018/09/20/fanduel-statement-on-resolution-of-new-jersey-sports-betting-pricing-error/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a statement posted Sept. 20</a>, the company said:</p> <blockquote><p>Above all else, sports betting is supposed to be fun. As a result of a pricing error this weekend, it wasn’t for some of our customers… We want FanDuel to be a sportsbook for all bettors, and we want sports betting to be fun. So, this one’s on the house. We are paying out these erroneous tickets and wish the lucky customers well.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In addition to making good on these improperly priced bets, FanDuel is adding $1,000 to the balances of 82 randomly picked account holders. The drawing will take place at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 23.</p> <h2>FanDuel Sports Betting History</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Two Bound Volumes" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel opened up shop in 2009 and quickly became one of the biggest names in daily fantasy sports. Following the May <a title="Supreme Court Declared PASPA Unconstitutional" href="/federal-sports-betting-impediments-struck-down-by-us-supreme-court" target="_self">Murphy v. NCAA Supreme Court case</a>, which opened the door for state-licensed sports betting across the country, FanDuel was acquired by Paddy Power Betfair, a leading international betting house.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The U.S. Supreme Court removed the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/supreme-court-justices-posed-and-ruling-against-paspa.jpg" alt="Supreme Court Justices Who Struck Down PASPA" width="600" height="338" /><em>The Supreme Court of the United States Ended the Federal Prohibition on Sports Betting in May 2018<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">New Jersey was one of the first states to permit new sportsbooks to open up, and FanDuel jumped into action right away. It debuted a B&amp;M sportsbook at The Meadowlands racetrack in July, and it added a mobile sportsbook product on Sept. 1. According to NJ regulations, only people who are physically located within state borders can place bets.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">FanDuel isn't alone in the DFS industry as far as expanding into New Jersey goes. Its longtime rival DraftKings launched its own online sportsbook in the state in August. DraftKings suffered its own growing pains, however, as it was <a title="DraftKings Pursuing DDoS Attackers" href="/draftkings-suffers-ddos-goes-on-offensive" target="_self">hit by a DDoS attack</a> shortly after going live in the Garden State.</p> <h2>Bottom Line</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/calculator.jpg" alt="Calculator" width="111" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">We applaud FanDuel's ultimate decision to fully pay the customers who had booked their bets at the mistaken odds. At the same time, we recognize that this was probably a one-off attempt to save face given the unusual amount of press coverage this story was afforded. In the future, we expect that this online bookmaker will adhere to its stated policies that allow it to revoke wagers that are recorded at obviously mistaken prices.</p> <h2>You Have More Choices for NJ Online Gaming</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/professionalrakeback.com/files/files/pictures/new-jersey.png" alt="New Jersey Outline Map" width="41" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Although New Jersey now has regulated online sports betting, casino, and poker providers, you may still do better by opening an account at an offshore site. They allow you to expand your horizons and consider options that haven't obtained – and probably don't care about – the approval of officials in Trenton.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">You're under no threat of legal prosecution as an individual player for betting at these sites. It is those offering the games that are taking all the risk.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">For sportsbooks that serve Americans, check out our list of the <a title="Bet on Sports at These Trustworthy Bookmaking Sites" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self">best online sportsbooks in the U.S.A</a>. For casino gaming, we have compiled a selection of the <a title="Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker, and More Await You" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self">top U.S.A.-Friendly internet casinos</a>. If cards are more your speed, then head over to our overview of the <a title="U.S.A. 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On Friday, Sept. 7, Greece's Finance Ministry unveiled its new plan for online gaming licensure. Actually, Greece has already issued gambling licenses to a total of 24 private entities but has done so only on a provisional basis, and moreover, some of these firms have subsequently abandoned the country. Yet the time will soon be here when these de facto licenses must become fully vested official warrants granted by the Greek government. Historical Background In truth, Greece was not particularly interested in allowing private operators to gain access into their market at all. This was, at least partially, because the government already operated all manner of gaming establishments as a state monopoly prior to their entry into the EU. Yet one of the conditions of their accession into this international European body was to allow various enterprises to enter their previously monopolized market. Since Greece became a member back in 1981 and joined the common Euro currency project in 2001, the country has clearly not been proactive in granting these licenses. Only in 2011 did Greece get around to issuing the first provisional permits, which generate approximately 5.3 billion euros' worth of sportsbook handle per annum. Local calculations suggest that this sum is nearly matched by the estimated 5 billion euros flowing through local operations that have not bothered with getting licensed. Some of the Companies That Offer Online Gambling in Greece Under Provisional Licenses Despite the slowness of the actual process, the concept of getting a solid regulatory and revenue handle on this 10 billion euro pot has been the goal of the cash-strapped Greek government and its many international creditors for quite some time. One of the main complaints of the country's creditors is that Greek society is not particularly welcoming towards taxes and burdensome regulations, which in turn comprises electoral resistance to changes in the current half-laissez-faire system. Taxes and Fees The reluctance to seek out licensure is probably magnified by the fact that there is a 500,000 euro deposit required just to apply for one of the new five-year licenses as well as a hefty €4 million charge for offering online sports betting plus an additional €1 million if the licensee wants to offer additional forms of gambling, like poker and casino games. Renewal of licenses is possible with the same fee structure but only if the license-holder submits for renewal at least one year prior to license expiration. It's unclear whether gaming enterprises would have to pay regular taxes on their revenue in addition to the upfront fees. Earlier proposals had called for a tax rate of 35 percent of gross gaming revenue, but the latest documents from the Ministry of Finance are silent on this matter. Given Greece's current economic climate, it would be unusual if these taxes were waived, so it's likely that the 35 percent rate will, in fact, be applied to gaming revenue. Individual gamblers too will have to hand over a portion of their winnings to the authorities with the amounts owed withheld automatically by the operator. Wins between €100 and €500 would be subject to a 15 percent tax while those over €500 would be charged 20 percent. Amounts of less than €100 will be exempt from this withholding. Rules and Regulations All of these fees come in tandem with a series of restrictive rules that heavily cull the field of prospective applicants even if they can afford the actual application and license fees. While the full slate of regulations has yet to be announced on a comprehensive basis, we do have a broad outline of the major elements. The list naturally starts with the large application and license fees as listed above. While these seem high to ordinary people, they are really not very big in comparison to the potential benefit that such a license would confer upon its holder. No serious entrant into the field would find their bid foiled by the amount demanded, not even when such fees and their renewals are effectively demanded on an upfront basis. Given the Greek government's need for reliable sources of revenue, this is all quite understandable. Yet the real kicker is found in the other newly-published provisions. There are minor restrictions on allowable website addresses and server farm locations (both must be Greek), which are more a nod to local pride than they are a plan for effective regulatory management inside the greater EU framework. Nobody likes to see foreign web addresses when engaging in domestic commerce. Additionally, firms that wish to transact in the Greek online gambling economy would have to partner up with local enterprises for payment processing. Greece Outsourcing Its Due Diligence? More importantly, the new Ministry of Finance rules seem to contain an admission that Greek authorities may not have sufficient expertise to truly judge whether an applicant is actually worthy of being allowed into the market. In this regard, the plan is to effectively outsource verification of an applicant's bona fides by requiring that they already be licensed to provide online gambling services in some other EU country and have provided three years' worth of financial data to back up their claims. The one odd result of this provision is to effectively handicap numerous local companies that may wish to apply for a license due to their inability to show that they have been in the business for a minimum of three years in some other country. Many of the Applicants for Greek Licenses Will Probably Already Hold Licenses From the MGA This effective discrimination against one's own countrymen cannot be incidental but rather is most likely intended as a shortcut towards getting the new Greek online gaming industry off to a fast start with established players who are likely to pay their taxes and fees in full without any argument. Presumably, local companies can then trickle into the pool of a smoothly running revenue-collection machine and be obliged to play by the same sort of enmeshing EU-style rules that many local Greek operations disdain. EU Pressure Being Applied? Given the way in which the new rules are cast, it seems clear that they have been drawn in close consultation with EU bureaucracies, which are anxious to fully assimilate the fractious Greeks into the wider network of continental compliance and obedience. There are, of course, good reasons for the EU to insist upon such a radical departure from the traditional Greek way of doing business. Still, it is always sad to see the independent ways of a historic community being subsumed into a more homogeneous and imperial-minded set of inflexible rules. There's a consultation period, lasting until Oct. 10, before the finalized rules are promulgated, though, so we could see some modifications appear in the meantime. You Don't Need to Wait for Licensed Providers As mentioned above, the size of the unlicensed Greek online gaming market is about equal to that of the regulated sector. This means that there are countless organizations that will happily accept wagers from Greek citizens even without having gone through the licensing process. Sportsbetting.ag is one of them, and it offers sports betting, casino action, a poker room, a racebook, and several other gambling platforms. Poker players get a 100% up to $1,000 bonus when they make their first deposits. Read our review of Sportsbetting.ag for more information. ";s:16:"description_html";s:12601:"<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%2Fonline-gambling-licensing-in-greece-is-going-to-be-costly&amp;title=Greek%20Government%20Releases%20Online%20Gambling%20Licensing%20Plan"></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/pictures3/greece-outline-map.png" alt="Outline Map of Greece" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The EU will soon have a new member in the club of nations that license gambling inside their borders. On Friday, Sept. 7, <strong>Greece's Finance Ministry unveiled its new plan for online gaming licensure</strong>. Actually, Greece has already issued gambling licenses to a total of 24 private entities but has done so only on a provisional basis, and moreover, some of these firms have subsequently abandoned the country. Yet the time will soon be here when these de facto licenses must become fully vested official warrants granted by the Greek government.</p> <h2>Historical Background</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Two Books" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In truth, Greece was not particularly interested in allowing private operators to gain access into their market at all. This was, at least partially, because the government already operated all manner of gaming establishments as a state monopoly prior to their entry into the EU. Yet one of the conditions of their accession into this international European body was to allow various enterprises to enter their previously monopolized market.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Since Greece became a member back in 1981 and joined the common Euro currency project in 2001, the country has clearly not been proactive in granting these licenses. Only in 2011 did Greece get around to issuing the first provisional permits, which generate approximately 5.3 billion euros' worth of <a title="Best Online Sportsbooks USA" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self">sportsbook</a> handle per annum. Local calculations suggest that this sum is nearly matched by the estimated 5 billion euros flowing through local operations that have not bothered with getting licensed.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Online gaming entities now operate in Greece with temporary licenses" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/greek-licensed-gaming-sites.png" alt="Sites Operating With Temporary Greek Licenses" width="650" height="207" /><em>Some of the Companies That Offer Online Gambling in Greece Under Provisional Licenses<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite the slowness of the actual process, the concept of getting a solid regulatory and revenue handle on this 10 billion euro pot has been the goal of the cash-strapped Greek government and its many international creditors for quite some time. One of the main complaints of the country's creditors is that Greek society is not particularly welcoming towards taxes and burdensome regulations, which in turn comprises electoral resistance to changes in the current half-laissez-faire system.</p> <h2>Taxes and Fees</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/percentage-sign-purple.png" alt="Purple Percent Sign" width="101" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The reluctance to seek out licensure is probably magnified by the fact that there is a 500,000 euro deposit required just to apply for one of the new five-year licenses as well as a hefty €4 million charge for offering online sports betting plus an additional €1 million if the licensee wants to offer additional forms of gambling, like <a title="Top Offshore Poker Sites" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self">poker</a> and <a title="Leading Internet Casinos" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self">casino</a> games. Renewal of licenses is possible with the same fee structure but only if the license-holder submits for renewal at least one year prior to license expiration.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="New Greek internet gambling licenses will cost €4 million (sports betting) and €1 million (other gaming)" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/greek-online-gambling-licensing-social-image.jpg" alt="Greek Online Gambling Licensure Image" width="600" height="315" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's unclear whether gaming enterprises would have to pay regular taxes on their revenue in addition to the upfront fees. Earlier proposals had called for a tax rate of 35 percent of gross gaming revenue, but the latest documents from the Ministry of Finance are silent on this matter. Given Greece's current economic climate, it would be unusual if these taxes were waived, so it's likely that the 35 percent rate will, in fact, be applied to gaming revenue.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Individual gamblers too will have to hand over a portion of their winnings to the authorities with the amounts owed withheld automatically by the operator. Wins between €100 and €500 would be subject to a 15 percent tax while those over €500 would be charged 20 percent. Amounts of less than €100 will be exempt from this withholding.</p> <h2>Rules and Regulations</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard Checklist" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of these fees come in tandem with a series of restrictive rules that heavily cull the field of prospective applicants even if they can afford the actual application and license fees. While the full slate of regulations has yet to be announced on a comprehensive basis, we do have a broad outline of the major elements.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The list naturally starts with the large application and license fees as listed above. While these seem high to ordinary people, they are really not very big in comparison to the potential benefit that such a license would confer upon its holder. No serious entrant into the field would find their bid foiled by the amount demanded, not even when such fees and their renewals are effectively demanded on an upfront basis. Given the Greek government's need for reliable sources of revenue, this is all quite understandable.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet the real kicker is found in the other newly-published provisions. There are minor restrictions on allowable website addresses and server farm locations (both must be Greek), which are more a nod to local pride than they are a plan for effective regulatory management inside the greater EU framework. Nobody likes to see foreign web addresses when engaging in domestic commerce. Additionally, firms that wish to transact in the Greek online gambling economy would have to partner up with local enterprises for payment processing.</p> <h3>Greece Outsourcing Its Due Diligence?</h3> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/globe-with-countries.png" alt="Globe" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">More importantly, the new Ministry of Finance rules seem to contain an admission that Greek authorities may not have sufficient expertise to truly judge whether an applicant is actually worthy of being allowed into the market. In this regard, the plan is to effectively outsource verification of an applicant's bona fides by requiring that they already be licensed to provide online gambling services in some other EU country and have provided three years' worth of financial data to back up their claims. The one odd result of this provision is to effectively handicap numerous local companies that may wish to apply for a license due to their inability to show that they have been in the business for a minimum of three years in some other country.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The Malta Gaming Authority licenses hundreds of firms to conduct online gambling" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/malta-gaming-authority-logo-large.png" alt="MGA Logo" width="650" height="128" /><em>Many of the Applicants for Greek Licenses Will Probably Already Hold Licenses From the MGA<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This effective discrimination against one's own countrymen cannot be incidental but rather is most likely intended as a shortcut towards getting the new Greek online gaming industry off to a fast start with established players who are likely to pay their taxes and fees in full without any argument. Presumably, local companies can then trickle into the pool of a smoothly running revenue-collection machine and be obliged to play by the same sort of enmeshing EU-style rules that many local Greek operations disdain.</p> <h2>EU Pressure Being Applied?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/hammer.png" alt="Hammer" width="77" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Given the way in which the new rules are cast, it seems clear that they have been drawn in close consultation with EU bureaucracies, which are anxious to fully assimilate the fractious Greeks into the wider network of continental compliance and obedience. There are, of course, good reasons for the EU to insist upon such a radical departure from the traditional Greek way of doing business.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Still, it is always sad to see the independent ways of a historic community being subsumed into a more homogeneous and imperial-minded set of inflexible rules. There's a consultation period, lasting until Oct. 10, before the finalized rules are promulgated, though, so we could see some modifications appear in the meantime.</p> <h2>You Don't Need to Wait for Licensed Providers</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;">As mentioned above, the size of the unlicensed Greek online gaming market is about equal to that of the regulated sector. This means that there are countless organizations that will happily accept wagers from Greek citizens even without having gone through the licensing process. Sportsbetting.ag is one of them, and it offers sports betting, casino action, a poker room, a racebook, and several other gambling platforms. Poker players get a 100% up to $1,000 bonus when they make their first deposits. Read our <a title="Sportsbetting Poker Review" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><strong>review of Sportsbetting.ag</strong></a> for more information.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_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%2Fonline-gambling-licensing-in-greece-is-going-to-be-costly&amp;title=Greek%20Government%20Releases%20Online%20Gambling%20Licensing%20Plan"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:12601:"<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%2Fonline-gambling-licensing-in-greece-is-going-to-be-costly&amp;title=Greek%20Government%20Releases%20Online%20Gambling%20Licensing%20Plan"></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/pictures3/greece-outline-map.png" alt="Outline Map of Greece" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The EU will soon have a new member in the club of nations that license gambling inside their borders. On Friday, Sept. 7, <strong>Greece's Finance Ministry unveiled its new plan for online gaming licensure</strong>. Actually, Greece has already issued gambling licenses to a total of 24 private entities but has done so only on a provisional basis, and moreover, some of these firms have subsequently abandoned the country. Yet the time will soon be here when these de facto licenses must become fully vested official warrants granted by the Greek government.</p> <h2>Historical Background</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/books.png" alt="Two Books" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">In truth, Greece was not particularly interested in allowing private operators to gain access into their market at all. This was, at least partially, because the government already operated all manner of gaming establishments as a state monopoly prior to their entry into the EU. Yet one of the conditions of their accession into this international European body was to allow various enterprises to enter their previously monopolized market.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Since Greece became a member back in 1981 and joined the common Euro currency project in 2001, the country has clearly not been proactive in granting these licenses. Only in 2011 did Greece get around to issuing the first provisional permits, which generate approximately 5.3 billion euros' worth of <a title="Best Online Sportsbooks USA" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self">sportsbook</a> handle per annum. Local calculations suggest that this sum is nearly matched by the estimated 5 billion euros flowing through local operations that have not bothered with getting licensed.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Online gaming entities now operate in Greece with temporary licenses" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/greek-licensed-gaming-sites.png" alt="Sites Operating With Temporary Greek Licenses" width="650" height="207" /><em>Some of the Companies That Offer Online Gambling in Greece Under Provisional Licenses<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Despite the slowness of the actual process, the concept of getting a solid regulatory and revenue handle on this 10 billion euro pot has been the goal of the cash-strapped Greek government and its many international creditors for quite some time. One of the main complaints of the country's creditors is that Greek society is not particularly welcoming towards taxes and burdensome regulations, which in turn comprises electoral resistance to changes in the current half-laissez-faire system.</p> <h2>Taxes and Fees</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/percentage-sign-purple.png" alt="Purple Percent Sign" width="101" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The reluctance to seek out licensure is probably magnified by the fact that there is a 500,000 euro deposit required just to apply for one of the new five-year licenses as well as a hefty €4 million charge for offering online sports betting plus an additional €1 million if the licensee wants to offer additional forms of gambling, like <a title="Top Offshore Poker Sites" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self">poker</a> and <a title="Leading Internet Casinos" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self">casino</a> games. Renewal of licenses is possible with the same fee structure but only if the license-holder submits for renewal at least one year prior to license expiration.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="New Greek internet gambling licenses will cost €4 million (sports betting) and €1 million (other gaming)" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/greek-online-gambling-licensing-social-image.jpg" alt="Greek Online Gambling Licensure Image" width="600" height="315" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">It's unclear whether gaming enterprises would have to pay regular taxes on their revenue in addition to the upfront fees. Earlier proposals had called for a tax rate of 35 percent of gross gaming revenue, but the latest documents from the Ministry of Finance are silent on this matter. Given Greece's current economic climate, it would be unusual if these taxes were waived, so it's likely that the 35 percent rate will, in fact, be applied to gaming revenue.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Individual gamblers too will have to hand over a portion of their winnings to the authorities with the amounts owed withheld automatically by the operator. Wins between €100 and €500 would be subject to a 15 percent tax while those over €500 would be charged 20 percent. Amounts of less than €100 will be exempt from this withholding.</p> <h2>Rules and Regulations</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/clipboard-checklist.png" alt="Clipboard Checklist" width="57" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">All of these fees come in tandem with a series of restrictive rules that heavily cull the field of prospective applicants even if they can afford the actual application and license fees. While the full slate of regulations has yet to be announced on a comprehensive basis, we do have a broad outline of the major elements.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The list naturally starts with the large application and license fees as listed above. While these seem high to ordinary people, they are really not very big in comparison to the potential benefit that such a license would confer upon its holder. No serious entrant into the field would find their bid foiled by the amount demanded, not even when such fees and their renewals are effectively demanded on an upfront basis. Given the Greek government's need for reliable sources of revenue, this is all quite understandable.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Yet the real kicker is found in the other newly-published provisions. There are minor restrictions on allowable website addresses and server farm locations (both must be Greek), which are more a nod to local pride than they are a plan for effective regulatory management inside the greater EU framework. Nobody likes to see foreign web addresses when engaging in domestic commerce. Additionally, firms that wish to transact in the Greek online gambling economy would have to partner up with local enterprises for payment processing.</p> <h3>Greece Outsourcing Its Due Diligence?</h3> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/globe-with-countries.png" alt="Globe" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">More importantly, the new Ministry of Finance rules seem to contain an admission that Greek authorities may not have sufficient expertise to truly judge whether an applicant is actually worthy of being allowed into the market. In this regard, the plan is to effectively outsource verification of an applicant's bona fides by requiring that they already be licensed to provide online gambling services in some other EU country and have provided three years' worth of financial data to back up their claims. The one odd result of this provision is to effectively handicap numerous local companies that may wish to apply for a license due to their inability to show that they have been in the business for a minimum of three years in some other country.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="The Malta Gaming Authority licenses hundreds of firms to conduct online gambling" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/malta-gaming-authority-logo-large.png" alt="MGA Logo" width="650" height="128" /><em>Many of the Applicants for Greek Licenses Will Probably Already Hold Licenses From the MGA<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This effective discrimination against one's own countrymen cannot be incidental but rather is most likely intended as a shortcut towards getting the new Greek online gaming industry off to a fast start with established players who are likely to pay their taxes and fees in full without any argument. Presumably, local companies can then trickle into the pool of a smoothly running revenue-collection machine and be obliged to play by the same sort of enmeshing EU-style rules that many local Greek operations disdain.</p> <h2>EU Pressure Being Applied?</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/hammer.png" alt="Hammer" width="77" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Given the way in which the new rules are cast, it seems clear that they have been drawn in close consultation with EU bureaucracies, which are anxious to fully assimilate the fractious Greeks into the wider network of continental compliance and obedience. There are, of course, good reasons for the EU to insist upon such a radical departure from the traditional Greek way of doing business.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Still, it is always sad to see the independent ways of a historic community being subsumed into a more homogeneous and imperial-minded set of inflexible rules. There's a consultation period, lasting until Oct. 10, before the finalized rules are promulgated, though, so we could see some modifications appear in the meantime.</p> <h2>You Don't Need to Wait for Licensed Providers</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;">As mentioned above, the size of the unlicensed Greek online gaming market is about equal to that of the regulated sector. This means that there are countless organizations that will happily accept wagers from Greek citizens even without having gone through the licensing process. Sportsbetting.ag is one of them, and it offers sports betting, casino action, a poker room, a racebook, and several other gambling platforms. Poker players get a 100% up to $1,000 bonus when they make their first deposits. Read our <a title="Sportsbetting Poker Review" href="/sportsbettingag" target="_self"><strong>review of Sportsbetting.ag</strong></a> for more information.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_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%2Fonline-gambling-licensing-in-greece-is-going-to-be-costly&amp;title=Greek%20Government%20Releases%20Online%20Gambling%20Licensing%20Plan"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";}i:9;a:6:{s:4:"link";s:97:"https://professionalrakeback.com/german-gamblers-online-casino-credit-card-debt-forgiven-by-court";s:5:"title";s:63:"German Court Says Gambler Doesn't Have to Pay Credit Card Debts";s:4:"date";i:1537407424;s:11:"description";s:6063:" A German credit card customer was recently let off the hook for gambling debts that his card issuer sued to collect. The District Court of Munich ruled, in a February judgment that was finalized in September 2018, against Landesbank, saying that the consumer was not liable for the debts he incurred while betting online. Arguments There was no doubt that the individual in question used his credit card for real money internet gaming and then failed to pay the balance owed. This point was not in dispute. Rather, the defendant stated that he was not liable because the gambling he was conducting was illegal under German law, and therefore, the bank should have blocked the transaction. The online casino that he played at was not identified in court documents. The bank was not able to contend that it didn't know what was going on because the transaction was clearly coded, using the Merchant Category Code (MCC) system, as being for gambling. Indeed, Landesbank levies its own extra fees on purchases for “lottery, betting and casino sales,” so it was impossible for the company to claim that it had no knowledge of such charges being made. Summing up its decision, the court stated: The court cannot recognize any wrongful behavior on the part of the defendant. Rather, it is the plaintiff who is behaving in an abusive manner if it clearly violates a legal prohibition…the purpose of which is to protect the defendant from the harms of gambling. Landesbank has explained that it does not intend to appeal this verdict. Effects The consequences of this ruling are not confined to Landesbank and the specific individual from whom it was trying to collect. Many other German banks, like Deutsche Postbank and Fidorbank, also allow MCC-coded gambling transactions to pass through unhindered while extracting additional fees for this service. Now that such debts can't be recovered, financial institutions will most likely block them going forward. Some of the German Banks That Work With Gambling Companies This will have spillover effects to the way online gaming houses run their operations. With gambling transactions no longer allowed by banks, online sportsbooks, casinos, and poker rooms will have to find creative workarounds to allow customers to fund their accounts. Potential Solutions One solution open to internet betting enterprises is to miscode purchases as being for some other purpose, such as buying computers or shoes, rather than the true purpose: gambling. However, this type of deception can get firms into trouble with the authorities. For an example of what can go wrong with the intentionally inaccurate coding of transactions, we need merely look at the 2011 Black Friday fiasco in the United States. Perhaps a better long-term remedy lies in eschewing the traditional banking and financial sectors altogether. By cutting out the middle men and dealing directly with their users, businesses can avoid having their payments subject to the review of the authorities. Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies fulfill exactly this role. There are no chargebacks or other ex post facto shenanigans with digital money. Moreover, fees tend to be lower than what credit card companies typically charge. Customers appreciate the relative anonymity and control over their own money that they have with Bitcoin as compared to legacy payment processors. German Online Gambling Law The basic framework for online gaming law in Germany is provided by the 2012 Interstate Treaty on Gambling. While there are many caveats, special provisos, and exceptions contained in this document, it basically makes all online casino and poker operations illegal. Other types of gambling, like lotteries, sports betting, and brick-and-mortar casinos, can be licensed by the regulatory bodies in each of the 16 states. Map of the 16 Constituent States (Länder) of Germany These individual states have the right to bow out of the treaty if they wish and license online gambling on their own. Only in the state of Schleswig-Holstein did this come to pass with internet gaming licenses issued in 2012. However, the experiment only lasted about a year, and a change in administration in 2013 put an end to the licensure of any additional entities. Unlike many gambling-unfriendly jurisdictions, Germany has actually gone after ordinary players in addition to those who manage the online platforms that accept their action. In September 2015, a 25-year-old man had to hand over more than €65,000 that he had won online playing blackjack. Situation Unstable While the law-and-order German political leaders may frown with heavy disfavor upon gambling that's not heavily managed by the state, European bureaucrats have other opinions on the matter. The European Union and its Court of Justice have already expressed the view that Germany's protected market in this industry is not compatible with EU regulations. They have determined that Germany cannot punish international gambling firms that offer their services without a local license because there's no procedure in place for them to obtain such a license. The EU has in the past warned member nations that the maintenance of closed gambling markets is not in accord with their treaty obligations. One example is Sweden, which is expected to go live with a new regulated gambling environment in January 2019 after years of pressure from Brussels. Unless lawmakers in Berlin get their act together and come up with a rational way of licensing betting activities, they may find themselves a similar target of unwanted transnational attention. Online Gambling Exists in Germany Notwithstanding the pronouncements of government bodies and courts, it's possible to play online from Germany for real money without getting into trouble. Many of the most prominent gaming providers, especially those that offer poker, make it easy by transacting in Bitcoin. Check out our list of Bitcoin-friendly online poker sites for further information. ";s:16:"description_html";s:12667:"<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%2Fgerman-gamblers-online-casino-credit-card-debt-forgiven-by-court&amp;title=German%20Court%20Says%20Gambler%20Doesn%27t%20Have%20to%20Pay%20Credit%20Card%20Debts"></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/pictures3/germany-outline-map.png" alt="Germany Outline Map" width="115" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A German credit card customer was recently let off the hook for gambling debts that his card issuer sued to collect. The District Court of Munich ruled, in a February judgment that was finalized in September 2018, against Landesbank, saying that the <strong>consumer was not liable for the debts he incurred while betting online</strong>.</p> <h2>Arguments</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Chatbox" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There was no doubt that the individual in question used his credit card for real money internet gaming and then failed to pay the balance owed. This point was not in dispute. Rather, the defendant stated that he was not liable because the gambling he was conducting was illegal under German law, and therefore, the bank should have blocked the transaction. The online casino that he played at was not identified in court documents.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The bank was not able to contend that it didn't know what was going on because the transaction was clearly coded, using the Merchant Category Code (MCC) system, as being for gambling. Indeed, Landesbank levies its own extra fees on purchases for “lottery, betting and casino sales,” so it was impossible for the company to claim that it had no knowledge of such charges being made.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Summing up its decision, the court stated:</p> <blockquote><p>The court cannot recognize any wrongful behavior on the part of the defendant. Rather, it is the plaintiff who is behaving in an abusive manner if it clearly violates a legal prohibition…the purpose of which is to protect the defendant from the harms of gambling.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Landesbank has explained that it does not intend to appeal this verdict.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Landesbank lost a German court case relating to credit card debts" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/germany-credit-card-court-case-social-image.jpg" alt="Image Representing Landesbank's Feelings After Court Judgment" width="600" height="315" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 3%;">Effects</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/right-arrow-black-outline.png" alt="Rightward Pointing Arrow" width="107" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The consequences of this ruling are not confined to Landesbank and the specific individual from whom it was trying to collect. Many other German banks, like Deutsche Postbank and Fidorbank, also allow MCC-coded gambling transactions to pass through unhindered while extracting additional fees for this service. Now that such debts can't be recovered, financial institutions will most likely block them going forward.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Some German banks continue to process gambling transactions despite this being technically illegal" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/german-banks-that-process-gambling-transactions.png" alt="Banks in Germany That Process Gambling Transactions" width="642" height="82" /><em>Some of the German Banks That Work With Gambling Companies<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This will have spillover effects to the way online gaming houses run their operations. With gambling transactions no longer allowed by banks, online <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Bet on Sports at These Offshore Bookies" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">sportsbooks</span></a></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Spin the Reels at These Online Casinos" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">casinos</span></a></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Online Poker - USA" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">poker rooms</span></a></span> will have to find creative workarounds to allow customers to fund their accounts.</p> <h2>Potential Solutions</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 Deciding Between Three Paths" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One solution open to internet betting enterprises is to miscode purchases as being for some other purpose, such as buying computers or shoes, rather than the true purpose: gambling. However, this type of deception can get firms into trouble with the authorities. For an example of what can go wrong with the intentionally inaccurate coding of transactions, we need merely look at the <a title="Read About the Black Friday Online Poker Indictments" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Scheinberg" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">2011 Black Friday fiasco</a> in the United States.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Perhaps a better long-term remedy lies in eschewing the traditional banking and financial sectors altogether. By cutting out the middle men and dealing directly with their users, businesses can avoid having their payments subject to the review of the authorities.</p> <div><img title="Use Bitcoin to avoid payment snafus" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bitcoin-banner.jpg" alt="BTC Coins Banner" width="640" height="252" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="How to Begin Using Bitcoin for Online Poker and Other Gaming" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bitcoin</span></a></span> and other crypto-currencies fulfill exactly this role. There are no chargebacks or other ex post facto shenanigans with digital money. Moreover, fees tend to be lower than what credit card companies typically charge. Customers appreciate the relative anonymity and control over their own money that they have with Bitcoin as compared to legacy payment processors.</p> <h2>German Online Gambling Law</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/law-book.jpg" alt="Law Book" width="113" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The basic framework for online gaming law in Germany is provided by the 2012 Interstate Treaty on Gambling. While there are many caveats, special provisos, and exceptions contained in this document, it basically makes all online casino and poker operations illegal. Other types of gambling, like lotteries, sports betting, and brick-and-mortar casinos, can be licensed by the regulatory bodies in each of the 16 states.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Germany is divided into 16 states" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/germany-states-map.png" alt="German Map Showing All 16 States" width="472" height="640" /><em>Map of the 16 Constituent States (Länder) of Germany<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">These individual states have the right to bow out of the treaty if they wish and license online gambling on their own. Only in the state of Schleswig-Holstein did this come to pass with internet gaming licenses issued in 2012. However, the experiment only lasted about a year, and a change in administration in 2013 put an end to the licensure of any additional entities.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unlike many gambling-unfriendly jurisdictions, Germany has actually gone after ordinary players in addition to those who manage the online platforms that accept their action. In September 2015, <a title="Munich Authorities Go After Blackjack Winner" href="https://calvinayre.com/2015/01/07/business/germany-convicts-online-gambler-unauthorized-site/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a 25-year-old man had to hand over more than €65,000</a> that he had won online playing blackjack.</p> <h2>Situation Unstable</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/falling-man.png" alt="Man Falling Through Air" width="93" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">While the law-and-order German political leaders may frown with heavy disfavor upon gambling that's not heavily managed by the state, European bureaucrats have other opinions on the matter. The European Union and its Court of Justice have already expressed the view that Germany's protected market in this industry is not compatible with EU regulations. They have determined that Germany cannot punish international gambling firms that offer their services without a local license because there's no procedure in place for them to obtain such a license.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The EU has in the past warned member nations that the maintenance of closed gambling markets is not in accord with their treaty obligations. One example is Sweden, which is expected to go live with <a title="Sweden's Re-Regulation of the Gambling Economy" href="https://www.government.se/press-releases/2018/04/re-regulation-of-the-gambling-market--licence-system-to-be-introduced/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a new regulated gambling environment</a> in January 2019 after years of pressure from Brussels. Unless lawmakers in Berlin get their act together and come up with a rational way of licensing betting activities, they may find themselves a similar target of unwanted transnational attention.</p> <h2>Online Gambling Exists in Germany</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/globe-money-computer.png" alt="Computer/Money/World" width="150" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Notwithstanding the pronouncements of government bodies and courts, it's possible to play online from Germany for real money without getting into trouble. Many of the most prominent gaming providers, especially those that offer poker, make it easy by transacting in Bitcoin. Check out our list of <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Internet Poker Rooms That Support BTC" href="/what-online-poker-sites-accept-bitcoin" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><strong>Bitcoin-friendly online poker</strong></span></a></span> sites for further information.</p> </div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_24 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_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%2Fgerman-gamblers-online-casino-credit-card-debt-forgiven-by-court&amp;title=German%20Court%20Says%20Gambler%20Doesn%27t%20Have%20to%20Pay%20Credit%20Card%20Debts"></a> </span> </span></li> </ul>";s:7:"message";s:12667:"<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%2Fgerman-gamblers-online-casino-credit-card-debt-forgiven-by-court&amp;title=German%20Court%20Says%20Gambler%20Doesn%27t%20Have%20to%20Pay%20Credit%20Card%20Debts"></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/pictures3/germany-outline-map.png" alt="Germany Outline Map" width="115" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">A German credit card customer was recently let off the hook for gambling debts that his card issuer sued to collect. The District Court of Munich ruled, in a February judgment that was finalized in September 2018, against Landesbank, saying that the <strong>consumer was not liable for the debts he incurred while betting online</strong>.</p> <h2>Arguments</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/comments.png" alt="Chatbox" width="75" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">There was no doubt that the individual in question used his credit card for real money internet gaming and then failed to pay the balance owed. This point was not in dispute. Rather, the defendant stated that he was not liable because the gambling he was conducting was illegal under German law, and therefore, the bank should have blocked the transaction. The online casino that he played at was not identified in court documents.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The bank was not able to contend that it didn't know what was going on because the transaction was clearly coded, using the Merchant Category Code (MCC) system, as being for gambling. Indeed, Landesbank levies its own extra fees on purchases for “lottery, betting and casino sales,” so it was impossible for the company to claim that it had no knowledge of such charges being made.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Summing up its decision, the court stated:</p> <blockquote><p>The court cannot recognize any wrongful behavior on the part of the defendant. Rather, it is the plaintiff who is behaving in an abusive manner if it clearly violates a legal prohibition…the purpose of which is to protect the defendant from the harms of gambling.</p></blockquote> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Landesbank has explained that it does not intend to appeal this verdict.</p> <div><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Landesbank lost a German court case relating to credit card debts" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/germany-credit-card-court-case-social-image.jpg" alt="Image Representing Landesbank's Feelings After Court Judgment" width="600" height="315" /></div> <h2 style="margin-top: 3%;">Effects</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/right-arrow-black-outline.png" alt="Rightward Pointing Arrow" width="107" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The consequences of this ruling are not confined to Landesbank and the specific individual from whom it was trying to collect. Many other German banks, like Deutsche Postbank and Fidorbank, also allow MCC-coded gambling transactions to pass through unhindered while extracting additional fees for this service. Now that such debts can't be recovered, financial institutions will most likely block them going forward.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Some German banks continue to process gambling transactions despite this being technically illegal" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/german-banks-that-process-gambling-transactions.png" alt="Banks in Germany That Process Gambling Transactions" width="642" height="82" /><em>Some of the German Banks That Work With Gambling Companies<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">This will have spillover effects to the way online gaming houses run their operations. With gambling transactions no longer allowed by banks, online <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Bet on Sports at These Offshore Bookies" href="/sports-betting-sites-usa" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">sportsbooks</span></a></span>, <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Spin the Reels at These Online Casinos" href="/best-casino-sites" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">casinos</span></a></span>, and <span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="Online Poker - USA" href="/Offshore-USA-Friendly-Online-Poker-Sites-Guide" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">poker rooms</span></a></span> will have to find creative workarounds to allow customers to fund their accounts.</p> <h2>Potential Solutions</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 Deciding Between Three Paths" width="84" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">One solution open to internet betting enterprises is to miscode purchases as being for some other purpose, such as buying computers or shoes, rather than the true purpose: gambling. However, this type of deception can get firms into trouble with the authorities. For an example of what can go wrong with the intentionally inaccurate coding of transactions, we need merely look at the <a title="Read About the Black Friday Online Poker Indictments" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Scheinberg" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">2011 Black Friday fiasco</a> in the United States.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Perhaps a better long-term remedy lies in eschewing the traditional banking and financial sectors altogether. By cutting out the middle men and dealing directly with their users, businesses can avoid having their payments subject to the review of the authorities.</p> <div><img title="Use Bitcoin to avoid payment snafus" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/bitcoin-banner.jpg" alt="BTC Coins Banner" width="640" height="252" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;"><a title="How to Begin Using Bitcoin for Online Poker and Other Gaming" href="/how-to-set-up-bitcoin-for-online-gambling" target="_self"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">Bitcoin</span></a></span> and other crypto-currencies fulfill exactly this role. There are no chargebacks or other ex post facto shenanigans with digital money. Moreover, fees tend to be lower than what credit card companies typically charge. Customers appreciate the relative anonymity and control over their own money that they have with Bitcoin as compared to legacy payment processors.</p> <h2>German Online Gambling Law</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/law-book.jpg" alt="Law Book" width="113" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The basic framework for online gaming law in Germany is provided by the 2012 Interstate Treaty on Gambling. While there are many caveats, special provisos, and exceptions contained in this document, it basically makes all online casino and poker operations illegal. Other types of gambling, like lotteries, sports betting, and brick-and-mortar casinos, can be licensed by the regulatory bodies in each of the 16 states.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="border: 1px solid black; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Germany is divided into 16 states" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures3/germany-states-map.png" alt="German Map Showing All 16 States" width="472" height="640" /><em>Map of the 16 Constituent States (Länder) of Germany<br /></em></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">These individual states have the right to bow out of the treaty if they wish and license online gambling on their own. Only in the state of Schleswig-Holstein did this come to pass with internet gaming licenses issued in 2012. However, the experiment only lasted about a year, and a change in administration in 2013 put an end to the licensure of any additional entities.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Unlike many gambling-unfriendly jurisdictions, Germany has actually gone after ordinary players in addition to those who manage the online platforms that accept their action. In September 2015, <a title="Munich Authorities Go After Blackjack Winner" href="https://calvinayre.com/2015/01/07/business/germany-convicts-online-gambler-unauthorized-site/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a 25-year-old man had to hand over more than €65,000</a> that he had won online playing blackjack.</p> <h2>Situation Unstable</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures2/falling-man.png" alt="Man Falling Through Air" width="93" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">While the law-and-order German political leaders may frown with heavy disfavor upon gambling that's not heavily managed by the state, European bureaucrats have other opinions on the matter. The European Union and its Court of Justice have already expressed the view that Germany's protected market in this industry is not compatible with EU regulations. They have determined that Germany cannot punish international gambling firms that offer their services without a local license because there's no procedure in place for them to obtain such a license.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The EU has in the past warned member nations that the maintenance of closed gambling markets is not in accord with their treaty obligations. One example is Sweden, which is expected to go live with <a title="Sweden's Re-Regulation of the Gambling Economy" href="https://www.government.se/press-releases/2018/04/re-regulation-of-the-gambling-market--licence-system-to-be-introduced/" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank">a new regulated gambling environment</a> in January 2019 after years of pressure from Brussels. Unless lawmakers in Berlin get their act together and come up with a rational way of licensing betting activities, they may find themselves a similar target of unwanted transnational attention.</p> <h2>Online Gambling Exists in Germany</h2> <div><img style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2%;" src="/sites/default/files/files/pictures/globe-money-computer.png" alt="Computer/Money/World" width="150" height="75" /></div> <p style="font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Notwithstanding the pronouncements of government bodies and courts, it's possible to play online from Germany for real money without getting into trouble. Many of the most prominent gaming providers, especially those that offer poker, make it easy by transacting in Bitcoin. 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    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
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    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
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    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
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    SIMPLE       Impossible WHERE noticed after reading const tables
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    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
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    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
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  55. SELECT forum_read_date FROM affdog_xforum.xf_forum_read WHERE node_id = 345 and user_id = 0 and forum_read_date >= 1539783999
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    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
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  56. SELECT cache_value
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    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
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    	AND content_id = ?
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    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
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    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
    	AND content_type = ?
    	AND content_id = ?
    Params: 1, node, 147
    Run Time: 0.000192
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_permission_cache_contentconstPRIMARYPRIMARY35const,const,const1 
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    FROM xf_permission_cache_content
    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
    	AND content_type = ?
    	AND content_id = ?
    Params: 1, node, 155
    Run Time: 0.000180
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_permission_cache_contentconstPRIMARYPRIMARY35const,const,const1 
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    FROM xf_permission_cache_content
    WHERE permission_combination_id = ?
    	AND content_type = ?
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    Params: 1, node, 345
    Run Time: 0.000180
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
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  60.                 SELECT DISTINCT
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                    Inner Join sensi_companies ON sensi_companies.company_uid = sensi_payments.company_uid
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  61. SELECT title, template_compiled
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    	AND style_id = ?
    	AND language_id = ?
    Params: 11, 1
    Run Time: 0.001034
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY60 17Using where
  62. 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: 0.000231
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_phrase_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY106 5Using where
  63. 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: 0.000127
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledconstPRIMARYPRIMARY60const,const,const1 
  64. 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: 0.000125
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_phrase_compiledrangePRIMARYPRIMARY106 3Using where
  65. 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: 0.000115
    Select TypeTableTypePossible KeysKeyKey LenRefRowsExtra
    SIMPLExf_template_compiledconstPRIMARYPRIMARY60const,const,const1 
  66. 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: 0.000122
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  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
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  86. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/FeedInterface.php
  87. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/Atom/Feed.php
  88. library/Zend/Feed/Reader/Extension/FeedAbstract.php
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  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
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  126. library/Zend/Http/Client/Adapter/Socket.php
  127. library/Zend/Http/Client/Adapter/Stream.php
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  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
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  140. library/Zend/Cache/Core.php
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  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
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  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
  160. library/XfAddOns/Blogs/Template/Hook.php
  161. library/XenResource/Listener/Template.php
  162. library/XenCentral/AGD/Model/TermAlerts.php
  163. library/XenForo/Model/Forum.php
  164. library/XenCentral/AGD/Model/XenForo/Forum.php
  165. library/XenForo/Model/Thread.php
  166. library/XenForo/Model/PermissionCache.php
  167. library/XenForo/Helper/String.php
  168. library/XenForo/Helper/Discussion.php
  169. library/XenCentral/AGD/Model/NewPosts.php
  170. library/XenCentral/AGD/Model/Payments.php
  171. library/XfAddOns/Blogs/Template/Navigation.php
  172. library/XenForo/Route/Prefix/Members.php
  173. library/Tapatalk/Listener/TemplatePostRender.php
  174. library/XenForo/Model/Avatar.php
  175. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Model/Zone.php
  176. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Model/Abstract.php
  177. library/XenForo/Helper/Criteria.php
  178. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Zone.php
  179. library/XenForo/Debug.php
  180. library/Tapatalk/EventListener/Hook.php
  181. mobiquo/smartbanner/head.inc.php
  182. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Permissions.php
  183. library/XenCentral/AdServer/LocationList.php
  184. library/XenCentral/AGD/AdServer/LocationList.php
  185. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AccountAlertsAfterPosts.php
  186. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/Abstract.php
  187. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Abstract.php
  188. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AccountAlertsAfterProfilePosts.php
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  190. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AccountFollowingMemberlist.php
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  192. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AccountPersonalDetailsBiometrics.php
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  197. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AdHeader.php
  198. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AdMemberViewAboveMessages.php
  199. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/Abstract/User.php
  200. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AdMemberViewBelowAvatar.php
  201. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AdMemberViewSidebarBottom.php
  202. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AdMessageBelow.php
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  215. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/AfterPagenodeContainerArticle.php
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  219. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/BeforeHeaderLogo.php
  220. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/BodyEnd.php
  221. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/BodyStart.php
  222. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/BreadcrumbBottom.php
  223. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/BreadcrumbTop.php
  224. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/ContainerContentTop.php
  225. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/FooterCopyright.php
  226. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/FooterLinksLegal.php
  227. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/ForumViewPagenavBefore.php
  228. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/Abstract/Forum.php
  229. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/ForumViewThreadsBefore.php
  230. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/HelpIndexExtra.php
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  236. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/MessageContentAfter.php
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  242. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/Hooks/NodeForumLevel2BeforeLastpost.php
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  251. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Locations/CustomHook.php
  252. library/XenCentral/AGD/AdServer/Locations/CasinoPopup.php
  253. library/Brivium/AdvancedRules/Listener.php
  254. library/ShowHooks/Listener.php
  255. library/XenForo/Route/Prefix/Threads.php
  256. library/XenForo/Route/Prefix/Forums.php
  257. library/XenCentral/Framework/Model/Cache.php
  258. library/XenForo/ViewRenderer/Json.php
  259. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Model/Banner.php
  260. library/XenCentral/Framework/Resources/MobileDetect.php
  261. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Route/PrefixPublic/Default.php
  262. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Model/Capping.php
  263. library/XenCentral/AdServer/Model/Options.php