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That Train Wreck Global Poker Just Leaked Customer Information Publicly

Posted by kahntrutahn

Hey everyone. It has been a while since I posted and I figured on a lazy Sunday like today I would finally make another post since I have no huge tournaments to play right now.  I wish Winning Poker Network would bring back the Million Dollar Sunday tournaments that I was trying to get all of you to play in prior blog posts! But I digress, lets talk about what's been on my mind, namely Global Poker and the train wreck it has been lately.

In the last 3 months there have been a slew of awful things going on at Global Poker. Their sponsored  forums on 2+2 are littered with unsightly topics. I mean, take a look at this screenshot I just took of the 1st page on said forum:

Awful topics litter the sponsored Global Poker forum

These topics are just outrageous. Lets look at a few highlights shall we?

  1.  Cheating??
  2. One week - no response!
  3. way too many new nits, way too few new rec players
  4. June 12th cash out not a word
  5. Horrible Experience: $5,000 Stuck, No Help!
  6. SECURITY ISSUE: Personal documents posted to the open web!

I mean what the F#(*! There are people with money stuck in processing, cheaters, bots, a lack of recreational players and my favorite, a story about personal data being exposed on the Internet for all to see! You might also notice some posts about WorldPay, their new payment processor. Just to touch on that really quickly, Global has decided that it is a good idea to FORCEFULLY make players beta test their new payment processor. They simply ripped Paypal, a popular and well trusted method (indeed the only thing that makes them competitive in the American and Canadian poker scene) away from paying customers and replaced it with a method that demanded players to re-verify accounts, send in personal bank information, and much more.

This personal bank information and identification documents were then promptly posted on the freaking Internet for hackers to have fun with at their leisure! The thread on 2+2 has lots of info, but I'm going to go over a bit of it here to save you some time in reading the massive thread. It basically goes like this:

Global Poker uses ZenDesk to communicate with customers. ZenDesk has an option to keep information private and Global Poker failed to enable it... for over a year!

Ticking this box would have saved tens of thousands of customers data from being posted online!

Because Global was incompetent and failed to click this one option, tens of thousands of customer's bank statements and identification has been posted online. Who knows how many clever hackers got their hands on this data. With a scan of your ID and your bank statement in hand, a lot of damage could be done. Thank goodness America's Cardroom has never had an issue like this. I suppose because they take security more seriously than the completely unregulated GP website does.

A big shout out to 2+2 poster "zikzak" who discovered this flaw in the system and exposed it. His publicity resulted in Global finally fixing the issue, which never should have existed in the first place, from spreading and becoming a bigger affair.
zikzak calls out Global Poker's weak security practices

How is it that a company making presumably millions of dollars a month can have such an egregious oversight in their security protocols? I find it baffling. I suppose it just goes to show that Global Poker is not on the same level as quality networks like The Winning Poker Network and GP should probably be avoided by players who value their privacy, money, and overall bankroll security. I mean, why would you want to play on a site like GlobalPoker.com who is pretending to be a play money website in order to skirt US online poker laws, who removes the only payment method randomly without warning and forces its customers to use other methods that require much more documentation and personal information, and then to boot can not even protect that personal information and posts it on the WWW for all to see!?

Stick to the major online poker sites folks. Stay away from Global. GP just has too much history screwing things up with money and security and even their signature Rattlesnake Open tournaments where they screwed players over on the last day of the series by cancelling the headline tournaments! Like I've said in previous blog posts, America's Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, True Poker are all much better places to play online poker tournaments.

OK, that's enough of a rant for now. Good luck out there everyone. I hope you all make some final tables in today's Sunday grind!

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Pros and Cons of Drag The Bar vs Other Training Sites

Posted by kahntrutahn

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As some of you know, I am a poker affiliate as well as a pro player. Sometimes I have to do research on other websites, search terms, etc. Recently I was thinking about updating our information on online poker-training websites and I thought I would check out existing articles on the web first, to see what opinions were already floating in the ether. I found many quality pieces, but one that jumped out at me was this piece written by HowToPlayPokerInfo. HtPPI rates over a dozen sites in their article, and squarely in last place on their list is Drag The Bar. I decided I'd blog about this and explore their analysis, contrast it to my own, as well as perhaps highlight some ideas about how Drag The Bar can improve their offerings and Make Drag The Bar Great Again!

First a Little History

Drag The Bar is one of the longest standing poker training websites in existence. Hunter Bick and Dusty "Leatherass" Schmidt were instrumental in getting DTB to excel and thrive in the early years of the training website era.

No doubt Hunter's presence and participation across the web in popular forums as well as Dusty's popular books on How to Treat Poker Like a Business were great at bringing brand recognition and awareness of DTB. Then, additions of popular coaches like BlackRain79, hotjenny314, and Stosh McConnell really helped cement DTB's position as a top tier training authority.

However, as the years wore on, over 4 dozen poker instruction websites came into being. This dilution of the market caused inevitable failure of many sites and less market share for those who could remain standing. Ultimately, DTB's Hunter Bick, having close ties to Winning Poker Network (remember, Dusty Leatherass is a sponsored pro there), sold Drag The Bar to WPN. In a bold and surprising move WPN did away with the paid poker training model and made all content on DTB free for the masses. This was great, for a time at least

Unfortunately, and this is just my assumption here, a free training site with no profit motive is not fully staffed or cared for. As some of you may know, I am the forums moderator and chief spam zapper. Let me tell you, this site was overrun with spam. It is my opinion that it got so bad that it choked off real discussion and lead to a mass exodus from the forums. Once the forums died off because no one could get questions answered (they were never seen due to the rampant spam) DTB fell by the wayside even more.

I would like to see that fixed.

Lets Start With the Positives

DTB has a lot going for it. First and foremost, it is freaking free! Training sites have a wide range of pricing. Some are very cheap or free like $3 a month at Poker Warmup and free like Drag The Bar. On the other hand, as some of you may painfully be aware, sites can be quite expensive. For example, sites like PLOQuick Pro are $500 to join, although you will receive lifetime access. Even worse, there are sites like My Poker Coaching who are 59 euros... A MONTH!

Now arguably, a site charging $500 a month produces more content, and has perhaps pros who are more en vogue and currently basking in the limelight of poker stardom. But many of us can't afford such crazy prices. Which leads to a second point, Drag The Bar still has some great coaches.

Earlier I mentioned Stosh McConnell and hotjenny314. They both still regularly produce content for DTB. For example Stosh just released his 64th video, one in which he plays NLHE cash at America's Cardroom. Hotjenny314 is Katie Dozier, aka the wife of Collin Moshman. Sometimes he sneaks into DTB and records a video on her account, like this recent video involving SNG 2.0 games, lots of post-flop play, and quite a few hero calls.

I suppose another pro would be that supporting DTB is essentially supporting WPN. If you like WPN, and the huge tournament overlays they endure on a weekly basis, then being a member of DTB has some small synergistic effect.

Now on to the cons...

Lets assess them how the article I cited before rates the sites it reviews. They assess the following qualities:

    • the type of training
    • the activity of their forums/community
    • the quality of video and content
    • how often they produce content
    • how accessible the content is (i.e., downloadable for offline viewing)

Of those I have already stated that I believe Drag The Bar does well enough with the quality of content, at least insofar as the quality of the coaches producing it. I do however think that the quality of the videos is lacking. It seems like sometimes the cards are difficult to read and that is a result of low quality video encoding. I'd like to see that fixed.

The types of training is varied among NLHE and Omaha for the most part. Which makes sense given they are the two most popular games. Sit and Goes and Multi-Table Tournaments are also covered with decent frequency and detail. So I'll go ahead and give them a passing grade here. I do however think that a slight increase in the volume of content could be helpful. I won't complain too much though if that doesn't happen given that DTB is free, so long as the quality issue I mentioned above is rectified.

Activity in the forums and the community is a definite fail. I touched on this above. The forums were overrun with spam. It was bad. I removed thousands of spam posts, and I wasn't the first to take a crack at it, just the most thorough! However, now that that is done, there are a few sparks of life in the forums. Not a lot though. Definitely not enough. We need more interaction at DTB. Hopefully those of you that read this will be inspired to sign up for and participate in the DragTheBar Forums. I will do my best to help with posts and encourage more posting as well. With just a little effort, I think we can revitalize the community. Oh yeah, commenting on videos and letting DTB know what you liked and disliked would also be quite helpful.

How accessible is the content? Well, not as accessible as it needs to be. The content is still flash based. Which is an issue for Chrome users since the browser doesn't have native support for Flash. This can be rectified with the proper plugins or even swapping to a different browser. But Internet users on the whole do not like to download things like that or to deviate from the browsers they are comfortable with. They just expect things to work! I think DTB could do a better job of informing players of how to make flash work on Chrome. I also think that DTB could simply find a new way to embed the videos. HTML5 perhaps?

HtPPI's Cons

I'm not the only one who found fault with DTB's current situation. Here are some thoughts from the article that inspired this post. I'll just quote it in their own words:

    • As a new player, it is difficult if not impossible to know which videos to watch or learn next when the content isn’t organised into a course or series format. There are over 1500 videos dating all the way back to 2009 so one could easily get lost in all of this poker content. There are content filters but they still return an overwhelming amount of content.
    • In order to watch the videos, you have to turn on flash player. Apple moved away from flash as early as 2010 and Google sees flash as a ‘major hindrance’ for good design and web usability. It’s unclear why they are still using flash player in 2018.
    • Overall the site is little clunky, loads slowly and need some tender love and care.

Parting Words

As you can see, they share many of the concerns I do. This website is not beyond redemption though. It just needs some more love. I hope the owners of DTB will take this to heart.You probably feel similarly to what I do. But hell, maybe you do not. Either way, I invite you to join me in the forums to discuss this and make suggestions and/or to post comments on this blog post doing the same.

Tournament Overlays Continue at Americas Cardroom

Posted by kahntrutahn

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A serious poker player is always looking for ways to boost his or her bottom line, and if you're a reader of this blog, then you probably fall into this category. Here at DragTheBar, there are  more than 1,700 videos to help you improve the strategic aspects of your game, but there many ways to enhance your profitability that don't have anything to do with actual gameplay mechanics.

You see, decisions you make away from the tables can be critical ingredients in your final results. We've told you earlier about the importance of selecting the right rewards plan at your online poker site and the benefits of careful table selection. Both of these elements can contribute in a major way to your poker success.

Another of the opportunities that we highlighted for you a few months ago was the weekly overlays in Americas Cardroom's Million Dollar Sunday tournaments. I'm sure some of you did take advantage, and if you did, you were well rewarded. However, the opportunity still exists. In fact, the opportunity for sky high ROI in these tournaments has actually increased due to lackluster participation in the greater poker community. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the now weekly Million Dollar Sunday tournament hosted by the Winning Poker Network.

About the Million Dollar Sunday

The Million Dollar Sunday (MDS) used to be an occasional affair, giving players from the United States and all around the world the chance to play for a seven-figure prize pool every couple of months. Toward the end of 2017, the Winning Poker Network decided to run 12 of them in a row on Sundays in January, February and March 2018.

These events were priced at $250 + $15, and they each guaranteed $1,000,001 (the odd $1 goes to the bubble boy, which just shows WPN CEO Phil Nagy's sick sense of humor). Throughout this entire run of a dozen MDS tourneys, not a single one attracted enough participants to reach the $1,000,0001 prize pool mark. This means that the site had to keep shoveling money into the middle each and every week to meet its commitments.

Despite the fact that participation was underwhelming, to say the least, management has opted to make the Million Dollar Sunday a regular part of its Sunday MTT lineup. You can therefore take advantage of this crazy value every week!

What Are These Overlays Like?

After looking through the hard numbers for the run of MDS events that ended at the conclusion of March, we can get an idea of what we're dealing with here. The Winning Network suffered combined shortfalls to the tune of more than $1.7 million. Even if we consider the $15 tourney fees deduced from the overlay, the network was still about $1.2 million short.

The average amount paid in buyins per MDS was $851,812.50 by 3,407.25 entrants. (We're not sure who this extra quarter of a person is, but we suspect that it might be Sheldon Adelson). The average weekly overlay was thus $148,188.50. Even if we add the fees to this sum, only $902,921.25 was contributed per event, meaning that the site had to put in $97,079.75 from its own pockets, on average, every Sunday.

When you miss out on a quarter million dollars

Play smart poker. Take advantage of overlays.

Increase Your Return on Investment

Tournament players use Return on Investment (ROI) as one of the main metrics for gauging their performance over time. It's defined as net profit divided by investment.

If there were no overlays, then the average ROI for the field in these Million Dollar Sunday MTTs would have been (-$15 net profit/$265 investment) = -5.66%. However, because of the fact that ACR had to add in significant cash to reach $1,000,001, the actual equation looked like this for a characteristic MDS event: ($28.47 net profit/$265 investment) = 10.75%.

The typical player gained more than 15 points in ROI instantly without having to do anything other than buying in and playing! There's no single book, strategy video, or coaching session that rates to have this big an impact on your poker tournament returns. If you ignore this appealing offering from the Winning Poker Network, then you're really shooting yourself in the foot, and perhaps you don't understand the point of why we play poker in the first place. (HINT: It's to make money).

The Trend

The Million Dollar Sunday has settled into becoming just another part of the WPN Sunday lineup at 3:00 p.m. ET. Perhaps for this reason, the overlays after the special series of 12 of them ended appear to have grown substantially.

While the average overlay (without counting fees) was $148,188.50 during January, February and March, the first MDS of April actually <strong>missed the guaranteed figure by more than a quarter million dollars</strong>. The next one did better but not by much: The buyins paid were still insufficient by close to $220,000.

It's too early to tell if this is just a temporary situation, but it could very well be permanent. It may be the case that anyone with an account at Americas Cardroom will be able to jump into a tournament every week with more than $200K kicked in by the house for the foreseeable future.

Seize the Day

Occasions for artificially augmenting your ROI by more than 15% don't just come along all the time. If the $265 cost of entry is affordable for you, then there's no excuse to overlook the Million Dollar Sundays at Americas Cardroom and the other Winning Poker Network rooms. Your bankroll will never forgive you if you do.

Australian Poker Players Find New Home for Tournaments at WPN

Posted by kahntrutahn

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With the new Australian legal climate for online poker games pushing publicly traded companies out of the market, many of the sites Aussies have come to love have closed their doors to the country. PokerStars, 888poker, Intertops, and PartyPoker fall into this category. Their departure has left many poker fans uncertain as to where they should now play particularly tournament players who used to head to PokerStars every Sunday for its robust MTT schedule.

There's a good argument to be made that Americas Cardroom and the rest of the Winning Poker Network is the best replacement for the now-unavailable PokerStars. Much as its competitor does for customers around the globe, Americas Cardroom provides a well-rounded schedule to those in Australia, including a Sunday Major tournament with a mouth-watering $1 million+ prize pool.

Million Dollar Sunday

The Million Dollar Sunday (MDS) at the Winning Poker Network corresponds roughly to the Sunday Million at PokerStars. Both tournaments pay out at least $1,000,000 every week ($1,000,001 in the case of the MDS), and both begin in the early afternoon (2:15 p.m. ET at PokerStars and 2:00 p.m. ET at Americas Cardroom). The buyin for the MDS is $250 + $15, and for the Sunday Million, it's $200 + $15.

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The largest poker tournament online is held at Winning Poker Network

Some contend that the structure of the MDS is actually superior to that of the Sunday Million because while both events start with 10,000-deep stacks, the MDS initial blind level is 15/30 as opposed to the 25/50 and 5 ante found in the Sunday Million. Moreover, all blind levels are 15 minutes long in ACR's premier event as opposed to the 'Stars Sunday Major, which starts out with 12-minute blinds before switching to 15 minutes after a couple of hours. You therefore get more play for your money in the WPN tournament.

The biggest advantage to playing in the Million Dollar Sunday lies in the frequent overlays that occur. I've already informed you in a previous post about this extra tournament cash, which can boost your returns by 15% or more depending on participation levels. Every single MDS that has taken place thus far in 2018 has had an overlay, and this will probably continue for a while until word spreads about the sick value to be had in this tournament.

No other Australia-friendly online poker site has anything approaching the Million Dollar Sunday in terms of total prize pool. The closest is Ignition Casino Poker's $100,000 Guaranteed, which is only 1/10 as large although, to be fair, it does sometimes garner enough entrants to distribute $200K+. Still, this isn't even worth mentioning in the same breath as the Winning Poker Network's MDS offering.

Sunday Special

The WPN's $200 + $15 Sunday Special accompanies the Million Dollar Sunday, running at 2:30 p.m. with a guarantee of $150,000. It's priced identically to the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up although the latter tournament pays out a minimum of $250,000. On the other hand, the 'Stars event begins at 11:00 a.m., which might be challenging for dedicated poker players, many of whom seldom wake up before noon. The afternoon starting time of the WPN Sunday Special is probably more convenient for most.

Other Weekly Tournaments at WPN

Sunday is just the anchor for the rest of the WPN tournament schedule, which pays out more than $6.5 million in guarantees every week. The buyins range from less than a dollar all the way up to thousands of dollars. There are a few games in formats other than No Limit Hold'em, like Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Omaha-8 and 7 Card Stud, some of which you won't be able to find at many other Australian internet poker sites.

Tournament Series

The Winning Poker Network hosts tourney series several times per year. The headline series is called the OSS, and it's often held in “Cub3d” form, meaning there are three separate rosters of events, one for low stakes, one for high, and one in the middle. The latest installment of the OSS Cub3d has more than $15 million in guarantees, making it several times as large as the series promoted by competing poker rooms.

Keep Competing for Big-Money Prizes

Despite the designs of lawmakers and the realities of the market, there are still large MTT prize pools for Australians to contend for at Americas Cardroom. Much as players from the United States had to do in 2011, Australians now have to evaluate their options and pick one that has the level of action they're looking for. There's a pretty good chance that the Winning Poker Network fulfills this criteria for you because it has the most fully fleshed-out and lucrative tournament schedule among all sites still available to Australians.

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How to maximize value by taking advantage of tournament overlays

Posted by kahntrutahn

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If you're reading this page on the DragTheBar blog, then you're probably a serious student of poker who's always looking to improve your results at the tables. Some ways of increasing your profits, like watching strategy videos and analyzing your hand histories, involve many hours of study and work. Others, however, are much easier to implement immediately without going to any particular trouble. Earlier this month we explored how to improve your winrate by picking the appropriate type of account, VIP or rakeback. Making the proper choice in this regard could earn you hundreds or thousands of extra dollars per month depending on your volume of play. Today, we'll look at one of the best methods for enhancing your bottom-line in poker tournaments: overlays. An overlay refers to an MTT to which money has been added to the prize pool by the poker site. This acts as an immediate boost to your return on investment (ROI), and the only thing you have to do to take advantage of the situation is click on the “register” button in the tourney lobby.

Why Do Overlays Exist?

There are a few added-value tournaments, whether freerolls or other promotional specials, that have overlays on purpose. Then there are others that come about because the poker room misjudged participation levels when placing guarantees on events. If the number of entrants in an MTT is insufficient to reach the guaranteed total, then the site has to top off the prize pool until it matches the stated amount.

Examples of Overlays

We're in the midst of a tournament series that's overlaying hard right now. The Winning Poker Network is running $250 + $15 Million Dollar Sunday MTTs every week in January, February, and March. Each one pays out no less than $1,000,001. A little simple arithmetic shows that more than 4,000 people need to enter for the contributions from the players to add up to the guaranteed sum with the WPN keeping 100% of the fees. If more than 3,773 but less than 4,001 entrants show up, then the site will be effectively losing a portion of the rake in order to meet its commitments. And if 3,773 or fewer participants take to their seats, then the WPN will actually lose money on the event. So far, three of these MDS tournaments have run, and none of them attracted as many as 4,000 players. Two of them saw the network have to actually dip into its own pockets to make good on its promises while the third required the operator to forgo some of its profits from tourney fees.

The Effects of Overlays on ROI

Let's look at a concrete example using the numbers from one of the recent MDS tournaments to illustrate how worthwhile it can be to join overlay tournaments. On Jan. 14, only 3,407 individuals bought into the MDS event. This resulted in an overlay of $97,146 ($1,000,001 - (3,407 * ($260 + $15)). When we divide the prize pool – $1,000,001 – by the number of players, we see that the site paid back an average of $291.52 per entrant, more than the $265 they had forked over to participate. The average return on investment was around 10% ($26.52 profit/$265 investment). Compare this to what happens when there isn'tan overlay. Let's say that one week, 4,500 players enter, surpassing the $1,000,001 guarantee. Well, now the average payout per individual is just the same as the buyin less the tourney fee: $250. The ROI in this case is about -5.7% (-$15 profit/$265 investment). The presence of the overlay caused a jump of more than 15% in the field's return on investment! Breakeven players were effectively transformed into solid winners, and those who are normally decent winners saw their expected value approach that of absolute sicko crushers.

Don't Ignore this Opportunity

Nobody who's a dedicated poker player can just pass by a gratis bump in ROI on the order of 15%. If you're an MTTer who can afford the $250 + $15 buyin without violating the precepts of proper bankroll management, then the Million Dollar Sundays are an excellent investment. There are many overlay tournaments waiting for keen poker fans to join, both at the Winning Poker Network and at other cardrooms, and you'd be remiss if you fail to consider them while reviewing your weekly tournament schedule.

Example of Million Dollar Sunday overlay in progress Jan 28, 201

Example of Million Dollar Sunday overlay in progress Jan 28, 201

How to maximize value by choosing the correct rewards program

Posted by kahntrutahn

Almost everyone who plays online poker is doing so in the hopes of winning some money. As we all know, most people are delusional about their skills, have no plan to improve, do not critically analyze poker as if it were a business, and simply will not succeed.

That does not however describe you dear reader. I know this because you are reading this blog post here at Drag The Bar, a site whose sole purpose is to teach you how to be a technically more proficient poker player! Thanks to the generosity of the Winning Poker Network, this site is now free for anyone and everyone to use and thus improve their game. Improving your game is a sure fire way to earn more money (or lose less) on the felt. But there are many other ways other than studying poker to improve your poker profitability.

With this in mind today, I'd like to discuss one of these other methods. Since WPN sponsors this site, we will focus specifically on how to be a more profitable player at the Winning Poker Network. We are going to achieve this goal by analyzing the options players have insofar as what type of account to use when playing at WPN sites such as America's Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker.

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Elite Benefits vs Rakeback: Choosing the Right Americas Cardroom Rewards Plan

Players at Americas Cardroom and the other Winning Poker Network sites have two options when it's time to create their accounts: normal 27% rakeback and the Elite Benefits system. Those on rakeback cannot claim Elite Benefits rewards and vice versa, so it's important to make the right choice before beginning to play. Over the lifetime of an account, the differences between the two programs can add up to thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars especially for high-volume players. Therefore, it pays for you to get this choice correct from the start.

About the Two Programs

Rakeback at the Winning Poker Network is calculated using the weighted contributed methodology. This means that in cash games you receive credit proportional to the amount you actually put into the pot rather than getting an equal share merely for being dealt into a hand. In tournaments, the house fee is considered the rake for the purposes of rakeback calculations. The percentage of 27% is applied to the total rake you generate, and this is the amount of the rakeback you're eligible for. You don't have to wait till the end of the week or month to claim your Americas Cardroom RB payment. You can receive a payout every day whenever you want by going to the “Rewards” ---> “Rakeback” section of the poker software. The money will be transferred to your real money balance instantly.

Elite Benefits operates according to a system of ranks based upon the amount of Rank Points you earn. Rank Points accumulate at a rate of 5.5 for every $1 paid in rake or tournament fees. The levels, in order from lowest to highest, are: Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, General, and 5 Star General. Placement in Lieutenant through Colonel is based on your monthly Rank Points while General and 5 Star General consider your playing volume for the whole year. As you pass certain Rank Point milestones throughout the year, you'll earn free cash. Additionally, you'll receive Combat Points that can be exchanged for money credits that get higher the further you climb through the EB program. Each Rank Point you collect awards you with a number of Combat Points that varies depending on what rank in the system you hold.

Which Program Is Better?

Either Elite Benefits or rakeback might be appropriate for your individual playing habits; there's no one-size-fits-all solution. The value delivered by rakeback is a steady 27% no matter how much you play, but the Elite Benefits arrangement gives back more to people at the higher ranks – that is, those who can put in a significant volume of play regularly month after month. If you want a precise cutoff point as to when Elite Benefits becomes more valuable than straight rakeback, this comprehensive comparison of the rakeack versus Elite Benefits VIP programs applies to Americas Cardroom as well as its partner Winning Poker Network skins, like Black Chip, True Poker, and Ya!

The short answer is that flat rakeback is better for lower-stakes individuals and those who play infrequently. In fact, Elite Benefits only becomes superior if you're confident of being able to reach one of the two highest ranks. Those ranks correlate to General or 5 Star General at ACR, Legend or Icon at Black Chip or True Poker, and Diamond or Black Diamond at Ya Poker. You'll need to rake more than $18,182 a year ($1,516 a month) to be able to secure your general's stars. To give yourself some margin for error and room to maneuver, though, it might be best to stick with RB unless you can rake in the ballpark of $20,000 per year ($1,667 per month).

It is worth noting that the thresholds for this may change at some point in 2018. WPN currently does not allow points to be exchanged for anything but cash prizes. However, in the past, points were exchangeable for tournament tickets at a slightly higher rate of conversion. WPN also operated a store front with various real world prizes. The store front is closed for remodeling and the T$ conversions are currently on hiatus. However, it is my understanding that both of these things may return in the future. If so, I'll make another blog post and/or edit this one to reflect the changes in conversion thresholds.

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Your Choice of Rewards Programs

The Winning Poker Network caters to all kinds of customers, from the casual, recreational poker player to the seasoned pro. That's why it has developed two separate rewards systems so that each user can select what's best for him or her. Armed with the information we've just presented, you can act with confidence and ensure that you don't make a mistake when deciding between Elite Benefits and 27% rakeback.