Weekly Poker Roundup: August 24, 2015
Full Tilt Launches New Loyalty Program
Full Tilt Poker recently overhauled its cash games to make its poker room more friendly for recreational players. Now it has done the same to its loyalty program. The system is now split into two: the Players Club for recreational players and Edge for high volume grinders. Edge is the same concept as before: earn a certain number of Full Tilt Points over a rolling 30-day or 100-day period and advance in status. Unlike before, though, there are now only three levels, Edge, Edge Plus, and Edge Prime. All come with one to two dollars in cashback for every 100 points, but unfortunately for full-time pros, the equivalent levels to the previous Edge program are harder to achieve and rewards appear to be less.
The Players Club is where Full Tilt has really made changes, though. The former loyalty program was geared completely towards the heavy hitters, but the Players Club is for those who like to play, but not all the time. “The Deal” is the featured promotion of the Players Club. Customers earn Coins for earning Full Tilt Points and, in turn, use those Coins to play “The Deal.” In the game, players are shown seven cards face-down and must discard two. The remaining five are revealed and prizes are awarded based on the strength of the hand. The prizes don’t amount to much, but they are something and don’t require much effort to earn.
PokerStars Adds Micro Stakes Spin & Go’s
Spain was used as the guinea pig for Spin & Go’s last year and so it is again, as PokerStars launched micro stakes Spin & Go’s on both PokerStars.es and PokerStars.fr. Spin & Go buy-ins had been as low as €1, but even that is still a little rich for some players, so the €0.25 varieties should be a welcome sight for those who really just want to play for fun but still want the chance to win some money.
And, of course, with Spin & Go’s, there is a chance, even if it is minuscule, that players can win big. On PokerStars.fr, the top prize is €3,000 for a €0.25 Spin & Go, with €2,500 going to the winner and €250 to each of the other two players. The overwhelming majority of players, though, will be playing for just a couple Euros or less.
New York Online Poker Hearing Scheduled
New York State Senator John Bonacic, chairman of the state’s Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, announced that he will be holding a hearing in September to discuss online poker. The goal of the hearing is not necessarily to get into the nitty-gritty details of online poker regulations, but rather to just get the stakeholders together to start talking about the possibility of legislation.
Senator Bonacic introduced such legislation, S5302, in May. The bill aims to regulate and legalize online internet poker within the New York state borders, not all forms of gambling. He had introduced a similar bill before, but this one removed the “bad actor” clause, meaning that even if an operator offering online gambling to U.S. customers after the UIGEA, it would still be eligible to apply for an internet gaming license. Additionally, the bill would alter the legal definition of “contest of chance” in the state, changing it from depending on chance to a “material degree” to depending “predominantly” on chance.
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