Author: John Mehaffey

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PokerStars Bails Out PKR Players

PokerStars made an announcement today that will make all PKR players happy.  The world’s largest poker site published a blog post this morning stating that it will make all PKR balances good. PokerStars estimates that there were 60,000 affected players at PKR that had funds on deposit at PKR when it failed in May. The […]

June 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

June 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

U.S.-facing offshore poker sites continue to process payments to players in a timely manner. This success can be mostly attributed to Bitcoin, which is accepted by all but one site listed below. Last month’s grades are in parenthesis. The May U.S. Offshore Payment Processing Report may be found here. Ignition Casino A+ (A+) Ignition Casino […]

Luxor Poker Room Closes One Week Early

The Luxor poker room closed one week early. The reason given was due to the lack of employees to continue through June 18 as planned. The poker room closed on June 11 due to these staffing issues. Most employees found jobs in other poker rooms instead of waiting until the last day to start looking […]

Weekly Roundup June 10 2017

Weekly Roundup June 10 2017

Absolute Poker and UltimateBet Claim Deadline Extended The deadline for filing a claim on funds lost to the Absolute Poker and UltimateBet scam was extended to September 7, 2017.  The original date was June 9, 2017.  No explanation was given as to why the date was pushed back 90 days.  It is likely that this […]

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MGM Resorts Raises Max Poker Rake in Las Vegas to $5

All MGM Resorts poker rooms raised rake from $4 to $5 this week.  The move affects poker rooms at Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Mirage.  The rake cap at the Luxor poker room remains at $4 until it closes on June 18. The rake is not the only money MGM takes out […]

May 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

May 2017 US Offshore Online Poker Payment Processing Report

The past month remained consistent for U.S.-facing online poker rooms. There were no complaints about slow payouts at any of the major sites. Last month’s grades are in parenthesis. The April report may be found here. Ignition Poker A+ (A+) Ignition Poker is the largest U.S.-facing poker site. It is a member of the PaiWangLuo […]

Weekly Roundup May 19 2017

Weekly Roundup May 19 2017

Party Poker Brings Back Rakeback Party Poker has struggled to compete with the world’s largest poker site.  The company attempted to change its way by removing rakeback and going to a rewards system geared towards casual players. That concept must not have worked as now Party Poker pays players cash back weekly based on the […]

Luxor Poker Room Folding in June

The Luxor told employees in a Friday meeting that the poker room will permanently close on June 18.  It will remain in full operation until that date. The poker room is holding a $17,000 jackpot pool.  A Luxor representative reached by phone Friday said that this money would be distributed to players starting May 27.  The poker […]

Changes to 2017 World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker is just two weeks away.  Organizers released information on several changes that will occur for the 48th World Series of Poker, held at Rio just west of the Las Vegas Strip. ESPN Feature Tables Move to Brasilia Room ESPN will move its three feature tables from the Amazon Room to […]

Weekly Roundup May 12 2017

Weekly Roundup May 12 2017

PKR Files Bankruptcy PKR officially filed for bankruptcy protection this week.  The Microgaming Poker Network site closed suddenly last week.  It appears that PKR is unable to pay player balances.  This would mean that player funds were used to cover operating expenses.  There is no other likely explanation since players were not paid in an orderly […]