While Revolution Gaming continues to struggle, the major US facing brands that have adapted to the current US payment processing environment continue to thrive. There are no perfect US facing online poker rooms, but players that are most concerned about getting paid continue to find quality online poker rooms that keep them satisfied. One site received a failing grade this month. This is the first F since Everleaf Gaming ignored its responsibilities to US players in early 2012. Last month's grades are in parenthesis.
May 2013 Report
Bodog/Bovada A (A)
Bovada, the US facing brand of the Bodog Network, once again takes our top honors. Bovada offers players a check by courier for up to $3,000 each month in 1-2 weeks. Some players even receive checks in just five days. The first check each month is free, while additional check requests incur a fee of $50.
Players may also request a bank wire for up to $5,000 for a $50 fee. The first wire each month is free of charge if a player has not also requested a check during the same month. Players must also pay their bank a fee for receiving a wire that is typically about $25, while intermediary banks may also charge a fee to handle the transaction. Bank wires arrive in about one month.
Bovada introduced Visa card credits in the past week. There is a fee of $50, but the option is too new for there to be information on the speed of these transactions. This is different from a debit card option offered by other networks. This withdrawal method requires a player to possess a Visa card and use this card as a deposit method.
Bovada also offers two cash transfer options. These transactions are processed in 1-3 days. Both Western Union (WU) and MoneyGram (MG) are offered by Bovada. The fees are as follows:
$100 - $200 Fee: $40
$201 - $500 Fee: $50
$501 - $1000 Fee: $80
$1001 - $2000 Fee: $150
$100 - $200 Fee: $20
$201 - $400 Fee: $30
$401 - $600 Fee: $45
$601 - $800 Fee: $60
Winning Poker Network A- (A-)
While the Winning Poker Network is not in first place, it has received the most consistent A grade in our survey in the two years since Black Friday. The Winning Poker Network's cashier consists of Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker and True Poker. Players on the Winning Poker Network are playing under one of the strongest US facing online gambling companies in the world.
The most popular withdrawal method on Winning Poker is the debit card. Players may request this card for $25 and it arrives in 2-3 weeks. Each withdrawal incurs a $4.95 fee, with a $3 fee for each ATM transaction. There is also a monthly fee and an inactivity fee. Players can expect these transactions to be processed in 2-5 days once the card is in their possession. The maximum weekly withdrawal limit is $2,500 and the max each month is $10,000.
Players are also offered a check by courier that carries a fee of $65. These checks arrive in 1-2 weeks and the first check each month is free. The fastest, but most expensive way to cashout, is by Western Union. These cash transfers are processed in 1-4 days and carry the following fees based on the amount of the request:
$100 - $299 Fee: $60
$300 - $499 Fee: $70
$500 - $749 Fee: $85
$750 - $999 Fee: $95
$1,000 - $1,500 Fee: $110
Intertops A- (A-)
Intertops is a Revolution Gaming skin that no longer accepts new US players. Intertops, which is the worlds oldest online sports book, continues to impress the industry with their quick US cashout speeds. The only problem with Intertops is the lack of a free monthly withdrawal.
Players may request a check for up to $3,000 or a bank wire for up to $2,500 for a fee of $50. Each option is processed in 1-3 weeks. Intertops will send a Western Union in 1-2 days. The amounts and fees are as follows:
$150-$500 Fee: $70
$501-$1,000 Fee: $85
$1,001-$2,000 Fee: $180
Merge Gaming C (C-)
Cashout speeds are improving on the Jazette cashier. Players may request a check for up to $2,500. The check should arrive in 9-10 weeks. This speed is consistent and has one advantage. Players that request an additional cashout that does not bring the cumulative value above $2,500 will also see that cashout stacked onto the first one. There is no fee for a check withdrawal on the cashier shared by Carbon Poker, Aced, Sportsbook.com and PlayerOnly, unless a request is made in excess of $2,500 in a month. The fee on multiple monthly cashout requests is $40.
Certain VIP players have been offered Western Union as an option. The fee and speed of these transactions are not yet available.
Lock Poker D (D-)
Reports from certain gaming portals have touted improvements in the Lock Poker payment processing system. These reports are technically correct, but they are still seriously lacking compared to competing US facing sites. The Revolution Gaming flagship is still plagued by cashout delays. US players are reporting 2-3 month delays in Western Union withdrawal requests. Checks are processed in 4-6 months. Neither is impressive, but most reports indicate there is a move in the right direction. Players outside the US are still reporting consistent 45 day cashouts. Lock Poker will be graded low at least until European players are getting paid on time. Slow payments to players outside of the US is typically a sign of liquidity issues.
Juicy Stakes F (D-)
This grade might be the hardest decision I have made in the two years of publishing this report. I have always stated that as long as a US facing online poker room was making an attempt to pay players that I would never go below a D-. Juicy Stakes is paying US players in 7-8 months. One player stated a check that was received in 7.5 months eventually bounced. Others are complaining about requests from 2012 that are still not paid. In my opinion, this is unacceptable. Many US facing online poker rooms offer Western Union cashouts in just days. Juicy Stakes will be graded an F until it finds an alternative to paying US players or significantly improves its check speeds.
Everleaf Gaming was the last US friendly site to receive an F in this survey in April 2012. The network was eventually removed from this report when it became obvious it would not be paying US players.
When you registered for PAS for the first time you may remember that you were asked to choose from a few basic PAS templates to start promoting online poker rooms. This process takes a matter of minutes, but when you are done you are left with what is sometimes described as a "boring," "plain" or "dated" website. To some extent this is by design as this initial template is meant to be a starting point for various types of affiliates to customize from a "bare bones" state to fit their needs and wants.
While this setup works for many affiliates, some of our publishers have no little or no HTML, CSS or Design experience. If this is you, we present Themes, a collection of some of the best website themes we have released over the last few years. These themes take your affiliate website to the next level by giving your webpage more color and style, which can assist you in adding to your reputation and promote your branding and conversion efforts.
If you have ever not been satisfied with the look of your PAS site, we definitely recommend taking a look at finding a theme that is right for you.
On the Money Theme- Available for Download
Today we can unveil a brand new theme created by our design team that features a slick and modern look and feel, which should help your website keep up with the competition. It is called "On the Money" and the theme is available for download here.
To install this theme, simply follow the simple instructions to change the look of your site in just a few minutes. Basic HTML experience is recommended but it really is fairly easy -- just a matter of copy/pasting and uploading images through the PAS system.
In a few minutes I was able to turn my basic "ugly" test site:
Then a few minutes of tinkering with a custom image and the header...
Visit the website here.
The PAS default templates are not meant to be left alone, although many of them unfortunately are after signup is completed. Whether you decide to make your own site or use one of our templates, it is pretty clear that if you plan on marketing your site or referring players, you would do yourself a big favor by upgrading the look and feel of your website. First impression is crucial.
One final note. We realize that our designs are not "one size fits all" and wont be perfect for everyone. That is why we strongly encourage you to do what you can to make your website -- and for matter your affiliate business -- unique. If you don't know how to code or do design work, consider hiring external help or even PAS on your project. Maybe even use the opportunity to expand your skillset to learn HTML and/or design. We have seen some truly impressive and initiative ideas implemented on PAS publisher sites, and we are very excited to see the next great idea that comes from one of publishers.
If you have any questions about Themes or your website, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Our exclusive promotions for the month of June have been released with many promotions returning from previous month. The Carbon Poker and Aced race is a standard $50k Race to Riches Race, while the Juicy Stakes/Cake Race now requires a player to rake $200 or more to receive a payment.
For a "sticky" reference of this guide, you can also access the Promotion page. Both sources will be updated throughout the month. You may also find banners and html to use with your exclusive promotion marketing.
Please contact us with any questions you may have. You may also add comments to this post, and we will respond to as quickly as we can.
Rake Races ($130,000)
Cake Poker/Juicy Stakes $60,000 Rake Race (4 x $15,000) -- must rake $200 or more per month to be eligible.
Poker Heaven 5,000 Rake Race -- Players must opt-in to the PlayerZone. (Pending)
Muchos Poker (Boss) 5,000 Rake Race -- Players must opt-in to the PlayerZone. (Pending)
Rake Chases ($10,000)
Poker World - $10K Rake Chase
Points Races ($14,000)
Red Kings: $10,000 Points Race (2x $5,000 Races)
Betsafe - Red: $4,000 Points Race.
There are no freeroll promotions running this month
William Hill: The Gold Bars Promo - More info
Titan Poker: The Gold Bars Promo - More info
Carbon Poker: $25 Free Bankroll PAS Exclusive - More info
removed Interpoker Rake Race
PAS is pleased to introduce an exclusive Carbon Poker "instant" bankroll bonus offer for new U.S. and Canadian players who sign-up and deposit during the month of June. In addition to receiving a $25 free bankroll to play with, players can also receive the normal 200% up to $5,000 deposit bonus when using bonus code CARBONPK on the same deposit.
This bankroll will be credited to accounts within 24 hours of the first deposit. The extra funds can be played at all online poker games but can not be withdrawn until meeting the requirements. The bankroll can not be used for casino play. To withdraw the free $25, players must accumulate 1,000 VIP Points before a withdrawal is made. Any withdrawal before this period will void the $25 free.
This bankroll presents a great opportunity to provide your members extra value during June at Carbon Poker. While this bankroll is not a no deposit offer, the conversion rate for an instant deposit bonus is much higher vs a standard deposit offer for many new and recreational players. If you promote Carbon Poker, we recommend marketing this offer aggressively next month.
With the summer ready to heat up, the Merge Network's Carbon Poker and Aced are revealing some changes that should be welcomed by players on both sites -- the reintroduction of a new chat feature, an increase of the Rake Race to $50k and a declaration that cashouts should improve during the summer.
The live chat at Carbon Poker and Aced has been down for some time, forcing players to contact support live email to get their issues resolved. A Carbon Poker rep has informed us that this feature has recently been readded and is now accessible by existing new players from the cashier and the sign-up screen for new players. Players can contact support via live chat for any matter, although during certain times poker agents will not be available. They will be instructed to contact support via email or try again later.
$50,000 Rake Race
Carbon Poker is mixing things up this June with a brand new Rake Race. Instead of an exclusive $10,000 prize pool, Carbon and Aced are increasing the prize pool and making the race available to all players. Full details will be posted on the Carbon Poker promotion page shortly. This promotion change is expected to be temporary.
If you have been following our monthly cashout report, you will have noticed that US cashouts have slowed of late, with an average cashout time of around 10 weeks. When PAS asked a Carbon Poker representative of where cashout times were headed over the next few months they stated that timeframes should be improving over the summer. It should be noted that while U.S. cashouts remain slower, non-US cashouts are being processed within 2 weeks.