Safest Poker Sites Blog

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

Weekly Roundup August 11 2017

Weekly Roundup August 11 2017

Australia Online Poker Ban Passes Senate Online poker players in Australia received bad news this week. he country’s senate passed a bill that effectively outlaws online poker in the country by amending the Interactive Gambling Act. The law makes it illegal to offer betting to Australian players. The ban also includes live betting on sports. […]

Weekly Roundup August 4 2017

Weekly Roundup August 4 2017

888 Accidentally Launches New Game 888 temporarily rolled out a new game out on Wednesday. It was not live long. 888 pulled it when it realized the tables were available in the lobby. The game was Flopomania. It is a Texas Hold’em variant. Folopmania removes the preflop betting round. It is replaced by an ante. All […]

Weekly Roundup July 28 2017

Weekly Roundup July 28 2017

Poker Players Prepare for Bitcoin Hard Fork Major changes are coming to Bitcoin on August 1. The cryptocurrency will have a “hard fork.” This is were Bitcoin will split into two different mechanisms. The current coins will exist, as well as a new coin called “Bitcoin Cash.” The change will occur around 8:20am ET on […]

Other states to legalize online poker

Which State is the Favorite to Regulate Online Poker Next?

Three states have legal online poker.  Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey all regulate the activity.  All three states launched the fully legal games in 2013.   It has been nearly four years since online poker has been legalized in any state.  It has not even gotten close.  Passing out of a California Assembly Committee is […]

New Jersey online poker addition

Status of New Jersey Online Poker

New Jersey launched regulated online poker on November 21, 2013.  It was the third state to offer fully legal online poker behind Nevada and Delaware.  There were five poker networks in New Jersey when the games went live.  Party Poker and Borgata shared the only network platform in New Jersey at the time., 888, […]

Weekly Roundup July 21 2017

PokerGO Blacks Out WSOP Final Table in Many Countries PokerGO is a startup poker streaming company. The company brought many summer poker events to the internet, including the World Series of Poker. This included the Main Event. That is until the final table. This is when PokerGO subscribers discovered that the ending to the sole […]

Delaware online poker

Delaware Online Poker Update

Delaware became the second state to legalize and regulate online poker.  It was the first state to legalize online casino games.  The bill giving this power to the Delaware Lottery passed the state legislature in June 2012.  Casino games went live on November 1, 2013.  Online poker launched a week later.  This was about five […]

Support Problems Still Plague

I decided to take advantage of the reload bonus. The site offers one every year during the World Series of Poker. I should have known this was a mistake by how the initial live chat went. Live support bombed simple deposit question, twice I decided to deposit cash at Rio. My question to support […]

Weekly Roundup July 14 2017

Weekly Roundup July 14 2017

PokerStars Bails Out PKR Players PokerStars bailed out shuttered PKR this week. PKR went offline unexpectedly in May after running out of cash. The former 3D poker site had downsized to the Microgaming Poker Network before going bust. PKR did not have any money to pay players that did not know until this week whether […]


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 […]

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 […]

mgm grand poker room

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 […]