Full Flush Poker

2013
2016
Out of Business
All player funds lost
Curacao
Bad management, unfriendly player terms, used player deposits for operations

Full Flush Poker was the flagship of the Equity Poker Network.  This platform included big names like Poker Host and 5Dimes in its early days.  The network began forcing skins to ban winning players.  This caused skins to leave one by one.  At the end, only Heritage Sports and Full Flush Poker remained. Full Flush experienced slow payouts starting in 2015.  By 2016, it was out of business.  Full Flush did not pay players.  Heritage Sports did.

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History of Full Flush Poker

Full Flush Poker launched in November 2013.  It was joined on the Equity Poker Network by 5Dimes, Integer Poker and Heritage Sports.  Poker Host joined in April 2014.  That is about the time the network started fining skins for having too many winning players.  Skins responded by banning winners.

This did not reflect well on the Equity Poker Network.  It brought bad press to the new platform.  Integer Poker quickly closed and sent its players to Full Flush.  5Dimes left the network not long after.  Poker Host soon followed.  It was not long before Full Flush Poker started experiencing slow payouts.  That was late 2015.  By September 2016, Full Flush shuttered and failed to pay players.

Lessons Learned From the Failure of Full Flush Poker

Full Flush Poker and Equity Poker started out with massive exposure that few new networks enjoy.  It landed two large sportsbooks as partners; 5Dimes and SBG Global, which operated its poker business under the brand PokerHost.  Rakeback was allowed on the network.  There were also generous bonuses.

Equity Poker required its partners to attract recreational players.  This is always a great business plan, however, Equity Poker completely failed in its execution.

Skins were fined for referring players that showed a pattern of winning.  This brought it bad press as site operators were forced to either eat the losses or ban the loyal players.  This discouraged new players from signing up at Equity Poker skins.  Large skins eventually left over this policy and other poor decisions made by the network.

What Equity Poker Was Like

Most of the action at Equity Poker was No Limit Texas Hold’em at limits of $.50/$1 and lower.  There were a handful of Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low games.  Fixed limit games did not exist.  There were no stud or mixed games.  Many poker tournaments had guarantees that failed to meet the minimum.  This was especially true towards the end of its life as the player pool dwindled.

Equity Poker used the same software as BetOnline at the time.  This was the dated Las Vegas From Home platform used by Action Poker.

Where Are Equity Poker’s Components Today?

The site’s software is not used by any company.  Management’s whereabouts are unknown.

Scandals Related to Equity Poker

Snapshot
Player Funds Lost?
Yes

Last Payout:
2016

The biggest scandal related to Equity Poker is when Full Flush Poker closed without paying out several million dollars to players.  Full Flush was the flagship of the network.

Full Flush Poker struggled to play players during its entire last year of operations.  During that period, only a handful of cash transfers in amounts of about $300 were processed.  All check and ewallet withdrawal requests were ignored.

The other big scandal involved players getting banned for winning too much money.  The player pool was already thin.  Any site or casino that makes a habit of banning winners, especially from a poker room, shows contempt for players.  This was a red flag of what was to come as the site eventually stole money from anybody that still had any left on the site in September 2016.

Equity Poker Player Impact

There were only two skins left on Equity Poker when it failed in September 2016.  Full Flush Poker stiffed all players after giving some hope for weeks as management hung around to communicate with players.  Heritage Sports left the network the day it closed but paid all players in full.

Related Failed Sites

Equity Poker Timeline

  • 2013
    Equity Poker Network opens with skins that include 5Dimes, Heritage Sports, Integer Poker and Full Flush Poker.
  • 2014
    Poker Host leaves Merge Gaming moves to Equity Poker.
  • 2014
    Equity Poker skins start to ban players.
  • 2014
    Integer Poker closes, players moved to Full Flush.
  • 2014
    5Dimes leaves Equity Poker.
  • 2014
    Poker Host leaves Equity Poker and moves to Winning Poker.
  • 2015
    Players start to complain about slow payments.
  • 2016
    It becomes obvious that Full Flush Poker has cash flow problems.
  • 2016
    Equity Poker closes. Heritage Sports pays players while Full Flush Poker stiffs all depositors.
  • 2016
    Full Flush Poker claims that it would return with new software. That never happened.

Equity Poker FAQ

Which sites were skins on Equity Poker?

Full Flush Poker, Heritage Sports, 5Dimes, Gear Poker, Action Poker and Poker Host were among the skins on Equity Poker.

Which site was the flagship on Equity Poker?

Full Flush Poker was the largest skin on the Equity Poker Network.

Did Equity Poker ban winning players?

Yes. Skins were pushed into banning winning players from the network.

When did Equity Poker launch?

Equity Poker launched in November 2013.

When did Equity Poker close?

Equity Poker, including Full Flush Poker, closed on September 30, 2016.

Is Full Flush Poker getting new software?

No. Full Flush Poker’s claim that it is offline while getting new software is false.

What happened to Full Flush Poker?

The site ran out of money and closed in September 2016.

What happened to deposits and withdrawals at Full Flush Poker?

Full Flush Poker failed to meet its obligations when it closed. All player funds were lost.

 

888 Poker Review
  • Large player traffic
  • Above average quality of games
  • Social, recreational player focused
You can read more in our 888 Poker Review
BetOnline Poker Review
  • Third largest U.S. facing poker room with growing traffic.
  • Excellent and consistent payment processing.
  • Relatively juicy games.
You can read more in our BetOnline Review