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2017 Year in Review: Tumultuous Year in Poker and Politics

 2017 Year in Review: Tumultuous Year in Poker and Politics

As they prepare to drop the ball in New York City, it is appropriate to look back at the year gone by in the poker world. When it comes to politics regarding poker in 2017, for the first time in ages it wasn’t just the States of America that had its issues. Turmoil regarding poker, especially the online version, raised its head around the globe. So now, as you get the hors d’oeuvres ready for tonight, peruse these instances from the 2017 calendar year in no particular order.

NO JOY “DOWN UNDER” WITH NO POKER

In a move that had been brewing for several months prior to the start of 2017, the Australian government went ahead and passed sweeping gaming regulations that, as an after-effect, saw the nation’s online poker industry chopped off at the knees.

In November 2016 (to get control of online wagering in the country), the Australian Legislature introduced the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act of 2016. The law aimed to put some controls on the companies working in the online arena, forcing these companies to apply for licensing from the Australian government. Without a license, online operators faced hefty fines totaling millions of dollars.

In March, despite many of their brethren suggesting that it would impact legitimate operations, the IGAA was passed and its impact was immediate. Yes, shadier online operations were shut out of the country but those that were providing online gaming that the government was OK with – online poker especially – had to depart also. Such companies as The Stars Group (PokerStars), 888 Holdings (888Poker) and partypoker had to pull their poker products (and online casinos) from the country because they lacked the licensing necessary to operate (and, as publicly traded companies, they could not operate in markets with laws against their product).

By the end of 2017, the Australian government was reexamining their regulations to allow those legitimate companies back into the country. But as they put their finishing touches on the fireworks on the Sydney Harbor Bridge for New Year’s Eve, nothing has been changed yet.

NOW YOU KNOW WHY THE GERMAN PROS LEAVE

Germany has long had a bit of a love/hate relationship with poker, especially online. Although some of the best players in the game hail from the country, many of them don’t live there because of their archaic online poker laws. An incident from earlier in 2017 shows that situation isn’t going to change anytime soon.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany, ruled in the fall that a ban on Internet casino gaming, poker and “scratch card” games was legal, despite the objections of the European Union to the ban. Two cases brought by unidentified companies outside of Germany were ruled on during the fall, with the Court ruling that individual companies could pass legislation that, while violating the European Union’s treaty regarding free trade between the 26 Member Nations, was enacted to “protect children and vulnerable people” from predatory actions.

The moves by Germany flew in the face of some of the other nations in Europe. During the summer France, Spain, Italy, and the EU came to an agreement for shared liquidity between the countries. Helping to spur the action on the “ring-fenced” nations was the goal of the agreement, with the countries allowing for play over national borders instead of blocking such activity. At some point in 2018, these countries will begin full-throttle online gaming in the entirety of Europe, something that hasn’t been a reality since the mid-2000s.

FINALLY, SOMETHING IN THE U. S. TO CHEER

Since 2013, there have been three states – Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware – that had passed online casino gaming and/or poker regulations. Despite the fits and starts that other states in the U. S. had gone through (we’re looking at you, California), no other states for four years had even gotten close to passing legislation to legalize online casino gaming and poker. That was until Pennsylvania got in the game.

In what was arguably the biggest story of 2017, Pennsylvania passed online gaming and poker regulations, with the operations set to open at some point in 2018. Although they had passed a budget that incorporated online gaming revenues in it in 2016, political infighting in the state delayed the passage of that budget until the spring of 2017. Once that was passed, the battle then moved on to the online question.

For much of the spring and summer, the debate raged in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, to be honest, the legislators tried to find other ways to raise revenues and not expand gaming. But, in a frenetic two-day period in October, HB 271 (the online gaming and poker regulation bill) was passed and signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. With that sweep of Wolf’s pen, the Keystone State became the fourth state to pass online gaming and poker regulation.

There were plenty of other occurrences during the year…what were some of your choices regarding politics and poker in 2017?

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2017 Year in Review: The Tournament Poker Scene

 2017 Year in Review: The Tournament Poker Scene

If you’ve looked at a calendar lately, then you know that it is the completion of another “trip around the sun,” as Jimmy Buffett famously put it. It is a time of reflection and examination of the future, so let’s get to the reflection part of the equation. In 2017, there were some great tournament moments, a popular pro who had some difficulties in the courts, and a World Champion who believes he’s ready for retirement. Without further ado, here’s a few highlights from the tournament poker scene.

The PokerStars Championships…Wait, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (Again)

At the start of January, poker players headed the Bahamas, but there were changes in the air and they all wouldn’t be for good. Instead of heading to Atlantis for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, online poker’s best and, in some case, luckiest players were met with the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, the replacement for the PCA, and the new PokerStars Championships Series, replacing the European Poker Tour. The name change of the long running tournament wasn’t the only facelift that players found once they landed on Paradise Island.

To start with, the ten days of poker action was just a little more active than players really liked. Amaya Gaming and PokerStars officials SCHEDULED 90 TOURNAMENTS for the span of the schedule, basically averaging about nine tournaments a day, not counting those in their Day Two proceedings. Many of those on the ground felt this was overkill. Add on the lack of other amenities that once made the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure one of the jewels of the tournament poker world such as player parties, SWAG and other VIP treatment and many players left the Bahamas saying they would never return.

The other events on the PokerStars Championships schedule featured tournaments that weren’t well attended, forcing The Stars Group (the renamed Amaya Gaming) to rethink its strategy. By the time the PokerStars Championships reached Prague in December, the decision had been made to bring back the old PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the EPT monikers. While those are popular moves, it remains to be seen if, in a crowded tournament circuit arena, that the players will come back to the PCA and the EPT.

I’m World Champion – Now What?

First off, the officials at the World Series of Poker made one of the biggest (and arguably best) moves of the year in ending the decade-long “November Nine” format. For the first time since 2007, the WSOP Championship Event was played straight through, with only a two-day break once the final table was determined. A sizeable contingent of the poker world widely praised that move and, in an unprecedented three-night event, the final nine played down to a champion who now could be considering retirement.

Eventual champion Scott Blumstein used a big double up through then-chip leader (and beloved amateur and grandfather) John Hesp to basically skate his way to the World Championship. Entering the final night of the tournament, he dominated Benjamin Pollak and Dan Ott, vanquishing Ott in heads-up play to capture poker’s World Championship and an $ 8.15 million payday.

Since winning poker’s greatest tournament, Blumstein has been making the rounds of the tournament poker world, but he admits that it doesn’t have the same draw as it did previously. In an interview with CardPlayer Magazine, Blumstein said he feels he’s “kind of beat the game of poker” and that there “aren’t many other goals that I can come up with right now.” While stopping short of saying he would completely quit the game, Blumstein said he is entertaining what to do with his life – and some of what he talks about aren’t poker related – post-WSOP.

It’s Tough to Be Phil Ivey

Normally anyone would give their right arm to become Phil Ivey. The ten-time WSOP bracelet winner and high stakes gambler travels the world, earning a great deal of money (from appearances) and basically betting huge stacks of money on anything. But there was one room in 2017 that Ivey found he couldn’t beat – the courtroom.

In a major decision this summer, the British Supreme Court found in favor of Crockfords, a high-end London casino, in a dispute between Ivey and the casino. Despite saying that Ivey didn’t cheat, the Court did decide that he “deceived” the casino as he won around £7.8 million (roughly $ 11 million) and that the casino did not have to pay him his winnings. After losing another case in New Jersey, where it was also concluded that Ivey’s tactics were illegal and ordered him to repay over $ 10 million, Ivey is out roughly $ 21 million. Perhaps that is the reason that Ivey, who has been a ghost on the tournament poker scene for several years, says he will be returning to the circuit in the coming year.

Anyone Got a Spare $ 25,000…$ 50,000…$ 100,000 Laying Around?

In 2017, tournament poker was put on steroids by the number of High Roller and Super High Roller events that were a part of the circuit. Usually with buy-ins from $ 25,000 to $ 100,000, these tournaments were normally well outside the budget of the average poker player. As such, these events also became the primary domain of many well-heeled players (or, some would accuse, a group of players pooling money and reaping the rewards) who were vying for the different Poker Player of the Year awards.

Bryn Kenney was the leader of many of these awards for nearly all of 2017. While there is no doubt as to the skill of Kenney, the man didn’t play the WSOP at all in 2017 and, coming to the final week of 2017, is still in the lead (or near it) in those POY races…how? Kenney has primarily played the high dollar tournaments; in the entirety of his 2017 record, only four of his 29 cashes in 2017 was in tournaments with lower than a $ 25,000 buy in.

Should tournament poker be the domain of the nobility of the poker world? Part of the charm of the game is that the Average Joe can take down even the best in the game on the right day. By secluding themselves off in the High Roller world, they’re not exactly taking on all comers. Perhaps the ranking systems will find a way to drag these players (Kenney is far from the only one who does this) into the Main Arena but, until they do, their performances must be viewed with a bit of a jaded eye.

There were plenty of other occurrences during the year…what were some of your choices for the best in tournament poker for 2017?

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PokerHost Review

 PokerHost Review

PokerHost is a journeyman online poker room.  It is currently on the Winning Poker Network.  It launched on Dobrosoft in 2004.  It eventually moved to Microgaming, then to Cake, next Merge Gaming, before it reached to the Equity Poker Network.  That is where it is today.

Some of its moves were forced, for example Merge Gaming pushed all of its skins out of the network.  Others were voluntary while the site looked for U.S. friendly networks.  SBG Global is the parent company of PokerHost.

A Personal Opinion of PokerHost

What I like about PokerHost – The games at PokerHost are above average.  The first deposit bonus clears at a decent rate.  There are unlimited reload bonuses. Its player rewards and tournament schedule are perks.  PokerHost pays players quickly.

What I don’t like about PokerHost – The traffic at PokerHost is below average.  Players looking for limits higher than $ .50/$ 1 may not find what they are looking for 24 hours a day.

What Players Are Saying About PokerHost

PokerHost does not have many players.  There is little discussion about it.  The main topics are its fast payouts and unlimited reload bonuses.  There is plenty of discussion about its network, Winning Poker.  That discussion is often about the promotions and tournaments.

Depositing and Withdrawing From PokerHost

PokerHost accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, bank wire and cash transfers from U.S. players.  Those outside the U.S. also have Neteller and Skrill available.

U.S. players can receive a check, bank wire or cash transfer from PokerHost for withdrawals.  The maximum withdrawal is $ 3,000.  The fees range from $ 35 to $ 85, depending on the size of the withdrawal.  Checks are processed in about one week.  Cash transfers arrive in about half that time.

Players outside the U.S. can withdraw through Neteller and Skrill, as well as the U.S. options.  These are processed in one to three days.

PokerHost Safety

PokerHost is a small online poker room but it has more than a decade of experience.  All poker players have always been paid in a timely manner.  SBG Global, the related sportsbook, has a less than stellar reputation.  We do not recommend placing any sports bets at that site.  The Winning Poker Network is operated by a different sports betting outfit.  It receives high marks from players.

PokerHost Promotions

New players receive a 100% up to $ 1,000 first deposit bonus.  The bonus clears at a rate of 27.5 Player Points for every $ 1 in bonus.  Player Points are awarded at a rate of 5.5 for every $ 1 in rake paid.  This makes the bonus equivalent to 20% rakeback.  Players have 30 days to clear the PokerHost first deposit bonus.

PokerHost offers unlimited 100% reload bonuses.  The maximum amount is $ 600 per deposit.  The reload bonus terms are the same as the first deposit bonus.  Make sure to use the bonus code PHReload100.

The Platinum Reward Program offers players additional Player Points after raking $ 136 per month.  Players that meet this threshold receive 1.5 times points.  A monthly rake of $ 545 will get double points.  That number goes to two-and-a-half times points at $ 1,363 in monthly rake.  There are annual tiers that make the multiplier 3.5 and 5 times, although most players will be unable to achieve these levels.

The Master Points earned through Platinum Rewards can be used to purchase merchandise and bonuses through the VIP store.  The store may be found when logged into the software or website.

There are $ 250,000 in weekly guaranteed tournaments.  The largest is the Sunday $ 50k guaranteed.  There is a $ 1 million guaranteed tournament held several times each year.

PokerHost Game Selection

PokerHost’s Winning Poker Network ties for the second largest U.S.-facing online poker network.  It offers a wide selection of No Limit Texas Hold’em games.  Common blinds are as high as 3/6.  There is Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low held around the clock.  The other games and limits have little or no action.

The most popular sit and gos are on demand, jackpot and turbos.  The on demand ones are multi table ones that run when there is enough interest.  These offer late registration and operate more like unscheduled multi-table tournaments.

Jackpot sit and gos have a random prize pool based on the buyin that can run as high as 2,500 times the entry fee.  The winner takes all in jackpot sit and gos but the larger prize pools allow for deals.  The turbo sit and gos have faster speeds than normal, which allows blinds to increase faster.

Multi table tournaments with guarantees run 24 hours a day.  These start at just $ .11 and run up to $ 530.  Most are No Limit Texas Hold’em, although there are some Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low.  The highest guaranteed tournament each week is $ 50,000 although there are several $ 1 million guaranteed tournaments each year.

PokerHost FAQ

What network is PokerHost on?

PokerHost is on the Winning Poker Network.  PokerHost has also been on Dobrosoft, Microgaming, Cake, Merge Gaming and Equity.

Does PokerHost accept U.S. players?

Yes, PokerHost accepts American players.

What other skins are on the Winning Poker Network?

Other Winning Poker Network skins include Americas Cardroom, Bookmaker, Black Chip Poker and True Poker.  PokerHost uses a cashier independent of these skins.

What states are banned at PokerHost?

PokerHost does not accept players from Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Utah, Washington DC and Washington State.

How do U.S. players deposit at PokerHost?

PokerHost accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, bank wires and cash transfers from U.S. players.

How do players outside the U.S. deposit at PokerHost?

In addition to the options available to U.S. players, those outside the U.S. may also deposit using Neteller and Skrill.

How do U.S. players withdraw from PokerHost?

U.S. players can withdraw by check, bank wire or cash transfer.  The maximum withdrawal amount is $ 3,000.  Fees range from $ 35 to $ 85, depending on the size of the withdrawal.  Cash transfers are processed in two or three days.  Bank wires and checks arrive in about one week.

How do players outside the U.S. withdraw from PokerHost?

Players outside the U.S. may withdraw by the American methods as well as Neteller and Skrill.  These are all processed in one to three days.

What is the first deposit bonus at PokerHost?

New players receive a 100% up to $ 1,000 first deposit bonus.  It releases in $ 1 increments and expires after 30 days.  The bonus equals 20% rakeback.

Does PokerHost offer reload bonuses?

PokerHost offers unlimited 100% up to $ 600 reload bonuses.  The terms of the reload bonus are exactly the same as the first deposit offer.

What games are available at PokerHost Poker?

PokerHost spreads Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High/Low.  No limit, pot limit and fixed limit are all programmed into the software.  The most popular games are No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, in that order.  There is little action at fixed limit or stud.

Does PokerHost offer rakeback?

There is no rakeback at PokerHost.  The deposit bonuses are equal to 20% rakeback and the Platinum Rewards VIP program adds to that.  The amount depends on the amount of rake paid in a month.  It ranges from 10% to 35%.

Does PokerHost allow players to straddle?

The PokerHost software has a straddle feature.  This is where the player under the gun can blind raise and have the opportunity to act after the big blind before the flop.  No other network offers a straddle.

Does PokerHost offer blind chopping?

Players may chop the blinds if all other players fold and the blinds both have the chop option clicked before the hand is dealt.

Where is PokerHost licensed?

PokerHost is licensed in Curacao.  Its gaming license is little more than a hosting agreement.  Curacao does not intervene in player issues but we don’t expect you to have any when playing at PokerHost.

Does PokerHost offer a Mac platform?

Yes, PokerHost has a Mac platform.

Are there any PokerHost Poker table mods?

There are no table mods compatible with PokerHost.

Does tracking software work at PokerHost?

PokerTracker and Hold’em Manager have HUDs and tracking software that work at PokerHost.

How do I contact PokerHost support?

PokerHost’s phone number is 866-765-3711.  There is a live chat form on the website and in the software.  There is also an email form on the website.  All support departments are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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True Poker Review

 True Poker Review

True Poker is on the Winning Poker Network.  It was formerly known as Yatahay.  True Poker opened in 2001 and used a proprietary 3-D platform.  The software became very dated and it eventually moved to IG Soft, formerly known as Dobrosoft.

The Winning Poker Network is operated by a massive sports betting operation.  It is one of the strongest online gaming companies in the world.

Personal Opinion of True Poker

What I like about True Poker – Payouts are quick at True Poker.  Players receive one free check each month.  The $ 1 million guaranteed tournament held a few times a year is the largest prize pool available to U.S. players.  The Winning Poker Network is the only place players can straddle and chop blinds.

What I don’t like about True Poker – Most of the action at True Poker is No Limit Texas Hold’em.  The game selection is not as great as some other U.S. poker sites.

What Players Are Saying About True Poker

Most players discuss the fast withdrawals.  Other discussions include the $ 1 million guaranteed tournaments.  There is little negative to be said about True Poker and the Winning Poker Network.

Depositing and Withdrawing at True Poker

True Poker accepts Visa, Bitcoin and cash transfers from U.S. players.  Players that deposit $ 300 or more by cash transfer will have the fee added to the deposit and placed in the account.  Those outside the U.S. looking to deposit also have Mastercard, Neteller and Skrill.

U.S. players can withdraw by check in amounts up to $ 2,995.  These arrive in 1-2 weeks and the fee is $ 65.  Players can receive one free check every 30 days.  Bitcoin is another withdrawal option, which is processed in less than one day.

True Poker will provide a debit card for $ 40.  Once it arrives, players may request one withdraw per week in amounts up to $ 2,500.  The fee is $ 4.95 per month and per withdrawal request.  There is also a $ 3 fee every time the card is used at an ATM or sale point.

Cash transfers through Western Union and MoneyGram are available.  These are processed in one or two days.  The amounts and fees are:

  • $ 100 – $ 299: $ 60 fee
  • $ 300 – $ 499: $ 70 fee
  • $ 500 – $ 749: $ 85 fee
  • $ 750 – $ 999: $ 95 fee
  • $ 1,000 – $ 1,500: $ 110 fee

Players outside the U.S. have all of the above withdrawal options available.  Neteller and Skrill are also processed to players outside North America.

True Poker Safety

True Poker is related to Betcris and Bookmaker.  These are two massive sports betting operations that are as strong as they get.  The network already had its run in with the federal government and the sites did not miss a beat.  True Poker is banked by the Winning Poker Network and there is no stronger online gaming company out there.

True Poker has been in business since 2001.  It was always a small room but paid its players quickly.  It spawned the Yatahay Network that later became known as Winning Poker.  Most consider True Poker to be the flagship of the network.

True Poker Promotions

There is a 100% up to $ 1,000 first deposit bonus.  It clears at a rate of 20% rakeback and is released in $ 1 increments.  It expires after 40 days.

The Elite Benefits program returns rake to players based on the amount of Award Points earned in the past month, or for higher volume players, the past year.  Players can alternatively receive 27% rakeback by contacting support.  Elite Benefits uses the dealt method, which means credit is received regardless of whether a player folds or plays all the way to the end.  The rakeback program is computed using contributed, meaning a player must put money in the pot to get credit.

True Poker offers $ 50,000 guaranteed tournament every Sunday.  There is a special $ 1 million tournament about six times a year.

True Poker Game Selection

A vast majority of the action at True Poker is at low and micro No Limit Texas Hold’em.  There is some action above $ 1/$ 2 up to $ 5/$ 10 during busy hours.  There is good Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low action at lower limits.  There is virtually no stud action or any fixed limit games.

On demand sit and gos are among the most popular at True Poker.  These are multi table sit and gos that launch when there is enough interest.  There are also three-handed jackpot sit and gos as well as double or nothing and traditional ones.

True Poker spreads $ 250,000 in weekly tournament guarantees.  The largest is the Sunday $ 50,000.  The Winning Poker Network rolls out a special tournament several times a year.  It has a $ 530 buyin and a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool.  There are dozens of smaller satellites leading up to the main event, which is held on Sundays when advertised.

True Poker FAQ

What network is True Poker on?

True Poker is a member of the Winning Poker Network.  True Poker was once a standalone site before creating the Yatahay Network, Winning Poker’s predecessor.

Does True Poker accept U.S. players?

Yes, True Poker accepts American players.

What other skins are on the Winning Poker Network?

Other Winning Poker Network skins include Americas Cardroom, PokerHost, Bookmaker and Black Chip Poker.

What states are banned at True Poker?

True Poker does not accept players from Delaware, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, and Washington State.

How do U.S. players deposit at True Poker?

Americans playing at True Poker can deposit by Visa, Bitcoin and cash transfer.  Deposits of $ 300 or more by cash transfer will have the fees reimbursed directly to the player’s account at the site.

How do players outside the U.S. deposit at True Poker?

Players outside the U.S. may deposit by the options available to Americans, as well as Mastercard, Neteller and Skrill.

How do U.S. players withdraw from True Poker?

True Poker offers four withdrawal options to U.S. players.  Debit cards are issued to players upon request for a fee of $ 40.  Debit cards arrive in two to four weeks.  The fee is $ 4.95 per month and for every withdrawal request processed.  There is a $ 3 fee to use the card at an ATM or retailer.  Once players have the card in hand, cashouts are processed in about two days.

Players can receive one free check each month in amounts up to $ 2,995.  Additional checks have a $ 65 fee.  Checks are delivered in one to two weeks.  Bitcoin withdrawals up to $ 5,000 are also available.

Cash transfers are processed in one or two days.  The fee is about 10 percent of the transaction.

How do players outside the U.S. withdraw from True Poker?

Players in countries outside the U.S. have all of the American options available.  In addition to those methods, Neteller and Skrill are offered for withdrawal to countries where those ewallets operate.

What is the first deposit bonus at True Poker?

New players receive a 100% up to $ 1,000 first deposit bonus.  The bonus releases in $ 1 increments for every 27.5 Award Points earned.  A player earns 5.5 Award Points for every $ 1 in tournament fees and rake paid.  That makes it equivalent to 20% rakeback.  Players have 40 days to clear the bonus.

Does True Poker offer reload bonuses?

True Poker offers a handful of reload bonuses each year.  The terms are the same as the first deposit bonus.

What games are available at True Poker Poker?

True Poker offers Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High/Low.  Most of the action is at No Limit Texas Hold’em.  Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low are somewhat popular.  There is little action at other games.

Does True Poker offer rakeback?

True Poker allows players to join the 27% rakeback program as opposed to its Elite Rewards VIP.  Players must decide which offer to choose and stick with it.  The rakeback program uses the contributed method.  The dealt method is used to compute rakeback for Elite Benefits.

Does True Poker allow players to straddle?

True Poker is on the only network that offers a straddle.  This is where a player under the gun has the option of blind raising the minimum amount and gets last action before the flop.

Does True Poker offer blind chopping?

The Winning Poker Network is also the only one that allows players in the blinds to chop.  Both players must have this option checked before the hand is dealt.  All players before the blinds must fold for this to occur.

Where is True Poker licensed?

True Poker does not have a gaming license.  That does not stop it from offering operating in a legitimate manner.  Most online gaming licenses for sites that accept U.S. players are worthless anyway.

Does True Poker offer a Mac platform?

Yes, True Poker has a Mac platform.

Are there any True Poker Poker table mods?

There are no table mods compatible with True Poker.

Does tracking software work at True Poker?

PokerTracker and Hold’em Manager are both compatible at True Poker and all other Winning Poker Network skins.  The HUDs also work properly.

How do I contact True Poker support?

True Poker offers live help and phone support.  Both are available 24 hours a day.  True Poker’s phone number is 877-314-4195.

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Full Flush Poker Review

 Full Flush Poker Review

Full Flush Poker is the flagship on the Equity Poker Network.  It uses the same software as BetOnline and the Chico Poker Network, but the player pools are separate.

The Equity Poker Network highly discourages serious players from joining it.  Skins are punished for referring too many winning players.  In response to this, winning players are often banned from the site.  This improves game quality, but hurts the network’s ability to retain high volume players.

Personal Opinion of Full Flush Poker

What I like about Full Flush Poker – The game quality at Full Flush Poker is excellent.  Many multi-table tournaments offer overlay.

What I don’t like about Full Flush Poker – Cashout speeds are terrible.  Winning players run the risk of getting banned.  The software is average at best.  There are no games other than Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha High/Low.  Traffic is low and there is little in the way of high limit action.

What Players Are Saying About Full Flush Poker

Most discussion about Full Flush Poker is negative.  The common complaints are slow cashout speeds to players across the globe and the banning of players that demonstrate that they may be winners.

Depositing and Withdrawing at Full Flush Poker

Players in the U.S. can deposit by Visa and cash transfer.  Players outside the U.S. also have Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill and Pay Safe Card.

Players in the U.S. have three withdrawal options.  The fastest is cash transfer.  These arrive in two to three weeks.  The fees and amounts are:

  • $ 100-$ 200: $ 36 fee
  • $ 201-$ 500: $ 39 fee
  • $ 501-$ 750: $ 48 fee
  • $ 751-$ 1,000: $ 60 fee

Checks are available in amounts up to $ 2,500.  The fee is $ 50.  Bank wires are available in amounts up to $ 4,000 and have a $ 40 fee.  Both take about three months to arrive.

Players outside the U.S. may withdraw by Skrill.  These take one to two months to process.

Full Flush Poker Safety

Full Flush Poker appears to be having liquidity issues.  It has some of the slowest withdrawal speeds in the world, even for players outside the U.S.  The traffic on the Equity Poker Network is on the downswing.  It also lost PokerHost and 5Dimes as skins, which hurt traffic on the network.

Full Flush Poker Promotions

New players receive a 150% up to $ 600 first deposit bonus.  The bonus clears at a rate of 20 POP Points for every $ 1 in bonus.  A player earns one POP for every $ .10 in contributed rake or tournament fees paid, making the bonus equivalent to 50% rakeback.  Players have 30 days to clear the bonus.  Periodic reload bonuses offer the same terms.  Players also receive a 10% instant cash bonus on select deposit bonuses.

New depositors receive a ticket into a $ 1,000 freeroll.  An add-on ticket may be purchased for an additional 200 POP Points.

Active players receive tickets to frequent freerolls.  The weekly one is $ 500.  The monthly VIP freeroll has a $ 5,000 prize pool.  There are also tournament leaderboards and POP Point races.

Full Flush Poker Game Selection

There isn’t much in the way of action at Full Flush Poker.  Virtually all of it is at No Limit Texas Hold’em with blinds of $ 1 or lower.  There is limited Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low action.

Sit and gos are only available in limits up to $ 30.  Multi-table tournaments are held every 15 to 30 minutes.  Most have a small buy-in and offer rebuys and add-ons.  The largest daily tournament guarantee is $ 5,000.  A Sunday event guarantees $ 10,000.  There is a $ 50,000 guarantee held every quarter on a Sunday.

Full Flush Poker FAQ

What network is Full Flush Poker on?

Full Flush Poker is on the Equity Poker Network.

Does Full Flush Poker accept U.S. players?

Yes, Full Flush Poker accepts American players.

What other skins are on the Equity Poker Network?

Heritage Sports is the other recognizable Equity Poker Network skin.

What states are banned at Full Flush Poker?

Full Flush Poker does not accept players from Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey.

How do U.S. players deposit at Full Flush Poker?

Full Flush Poker accepts Visa and cash transfers from U.S. players for deposit.

How do players outside the U.S. deposit at Full Flush Poker?

Visa, Mastercard, cash transfer, Neteller, Pay Safe Card and Skrill are available to players outside the U.S.

How do U.S. players withdraw from Full Flush Poker?

U.S. players can receive a check in amounts up to $ 2,500 for a $ 50 fee.  Bank wires are processed in amounts up to $ 4,000 for a $ 40 fee.  These take about three months to arrive.  Cash transfers are processed in two or three weeks and have a fee of about 15 percent.

How do players outside the U.S. withdraw from Full Flush Poker?

Skrill is the withdrawal option of choice at Full Flush Poker.  These take about one month to process.

Will Full Flush Poker ban me if I win?

Full Flush Poker has been known to ban winning players.  Serious players should consider that they can have their account closed at any time and not give all of their action to this site.

Is Full Flush Poker on the same network as BetOnline?

BetOnline and Full Flush Poker use the same software.  The two sites are not network.

Are 5Dimes and Poker Host on the same network as Full Flush Poker?

5Dimes and Poker Host both left the Equity Poker Network. Both moved to other networks.  5Dimes started its own network, while Poker Host moved to the Winning Poker Network.

What is the first deposit bonus at Full Flush Poker?

New players receive a 150% up to $ 600 first deposit bonus.  It equals 50% rakeback and expires after 30 days.

Does Full Flush Poker offer reload bonuses?

Full Flush Poker offers a monthly reload bonus with the same terms as the first deposit one.

What games are available at Full Flush Poker Poker?

Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha High/Low are the only games available at Full Flush Poker.

Does Full Flush Poker offer rakeback?

Full Flush Poker offers 30% rakeback to players upon request.  It is a much better deal to clear the first deposit bonus and claim the reloads.  That is because the bonuses are 50% rakeback.  Full Flush Poker will not allow players that have rakeback to claim any other bonuses or promotions.

Where is Full Flush Poker licensed?

Full Flush Poker is licensed in Curacao.  That jurisdiction is nothing more than a server host. Players should not expect any intervention by regulators if there is a dispute.

Does Full Flush Poker offer a Mac platform?

Yes, Full Flush Poker has a Mac platform.

Are there any Full Flush Poker Poker table mods?

There are no table mods compatible with Full Flush Poker.

Does tracking software work at Full Flush Poker?

Hold’em Indicator works at Full Flush Poker.  PokerTracker and other tracking software do not work at Full Flush Poker.

How do I contact Full Flush Poker support?

Full Flush Poker’s phone number is 877-314-4195.  There is also live chat available through the software and website.  Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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