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Safest Poker Sites BlogSafest Poker Sites provides the latest news and weekly updates in the poker industry.

Safest Poker Sites launched with the goal of educating online poker players. While our reviews help players know the ins and outs of specific sites, sometimes there is news that affects the industry as a whole or affects money deposited on a site. This is why we created the Safest Poker Sites blog.

The blog is maintained by John Mehaffey. He has 15 years of online poker experience. He has published news and other content for dozens of poker, casino and sports websites. John is a moderator at the Two Plus Two poker forum. This helps him have an eye on the action at all poker sites.

John’s specialty is not limited to the online poker industry. He lives in Las Vegas. This gives him access to the latest poker and casino news in the country’s largest gaming market.

Latest Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]

PKR Closes – Weekly Roundup May 5 2017

PKR Closes After 10-Year Run PKR launched in 2006 as the premier 3-D poker site.  It worked the social media angle as well as anyone. That’s why this week’s news that the site shuttered was a surprise.  PKR moved to Microgaming from its standalone site in March 2016.  The 3-D software was integrated into the […]

Deadwood Poker Room Enters Dozens Of Freeroll Players Into $330 Tournament Without Covering Buy-in

The Lodge at Deadwood in South Dakota held its Spring Poker Classic last week.  The promotional material related to it did not tell the whole story about what the event actually was. The advertising for the tournament stated that it had a $300+30 buy-in and that the house was adding $5,000, language that gave the appearance of […]

Summer 2017 Las Vegas Poker Tournament Series

There are hundreds of poker tournaments this summer in Las Vegas.  Buy-ins start from $30 for daily tournaments up to World Series of Poker and High Roller events requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to enter.  Poker players at all bankroll levels will find tournaments within their comfort range. World Series of Poker The World […]

Weekly Roundup April 28 2017

Weekly Roundup April 28 2017

San Manuel Tribe Leaves California PokerStars Coalition The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced this week that it was leaving the PokerStars coalition in California.  San Manuel was one of the most powerful parts of the gaming interests that planned on partnering with PokerStars if California legalizes online poker in the coming years.  The […]

Weekly Roundup April 21 2017

Weekly Roundup April 21 2017

Ignition Casino Seating Procedures Changed The Pai Waing Luo Network changed seating rules for cash games this week.  The change affects Ignition and Bodog.  Cash game players must now choose a game, limit, table size and structure to get a seat on the network.  The software will then find the most appropriate seat for the player. […]

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Absolute Poker Victims May Now Apply for Refunds Related to Cereus Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced today that U.S. online poker players affected by the fraud at Cereus will have the opportunity to file a remission claim. Cereus was comprised of Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. The company and two of its executives were indicted on Black Friday. Joon H. Kim, […]

Weekly Roundup April 7 2017

Weekly Roundup April 7 2017

Server Issues Affect Winning Poker Network It was a tough week for the Winning Poker Network.  It was not long after the network became the largest U.S.-facing online poker platform that players started experiencing disconnects.  Sit and gos and tournaments were repeatedly canceled.  Winning Poker management moved the games to a different server earlier this week. […]

Weekly Roundup March 24 2017

Weekly Roundup March 24 2017

Australian Senate Bans Online Poker The Australian Senate voted to ban online poker this week.  The bill moves to the House of Representatives where it is expected to pass.  The move would amend existing online gambling regulations to outlaw all forms of online poker no matter where the site is actually operated.  Current law only […]