Weekly Roundup May 22 2015
Sportsbook.com End Poker Affiliate Program
A site ending its affiliate program may not normally be news to players, but the situation at Commission Account is different. The affiliate program that includes PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com, and SuperBook, ended its affiliate program for poker players.
Affiliate programs are typically scaled back when a site has financial difficulties. These sites are a member of the Merge Gaming Network. The sites at this time take 10-12 weeks to pay players. That is the longest in the U.S. online poker industry. For this reason, we feel the decision to cut its poker affiliate program is a decision based at least somewhat on payment processing problems.
The Commission Account sites will continue to pay referrals on sports and casino players. Existing players are also not affected. This leaves some positive for the situation, but we still feel it is another reason to choose a different site for poker.
Carbon Poker is the other site on Merge Gaming. It announced that its affiliate program will cease on June 1 for all games. All players acquired before that date by affiliates will be paid in the future by Carbon Poker.
Delaware Online Poker Revenue Rises in April
April was the first full month that Delaware’s online poker network was connected to WSOP.com in Nevada. Revenue from online poker was up 10% in April over March. There was one month of full poker action in March where Delaware and Nevada were combined. When comparing April to February, the last full month before the liquidity sharing agreement went into effect, online poker rake is up 41%.
World Series of Poker Starts Next Week
The legendary World Series of Poker starts on May 27. It will be held at the Rio Convention Center just west of the Las Vegas Strip. Registration for all events opens at 8am on May 27. Limited registration is available at the main casino cage at Rio.
There are 68 events this year. This includes the first ever online bracelet event. The online event will be held on July 2. It will move to Rio on July 4 when it is down to six players. The online even has a $1,000 buy-in. WSOP.com is holding satellites for that event and others in Nevada.