Weekly Poker Roundup: February 11, 2019
Partypoker Launches Diamond Club ELITE VIP Tier
Because there are high rollers for whom the highest levels of online poker loyalty programs are not enough, partypoker has introduced a new tier to its VIP program: Diamond Club ELITE. To join this tier, players must opt-in by e-mailing partypoker and then rake $200,000 during the 12-month period following the opt-in date.
There are loads of rewards for these deep-pocketed grinders. Rakeback begins at 40 percent and goes up all the way to 60 percent per week. The first cash game player and first Sit-and-Go player (80 percent of their play needs to come from one of those categories) to reach $200,000 in rake will get a 100 percent cashback top-up plus 100 percent rakeback through January 2020.
When players make it to the $100,000 rake mark, they will receive $10,000 cash and then $20,000 at the $200,000 mark. They will also be gifted a VIP package to the Caribbean Poker Party and a $10,300 seat in the December MILLIONS.
Caesars, Joseph Stiers Agree to Settlement in 2017 WSOP Ejection Suit
Joseph Stiers, the player who sued Caesars Entertainment (CEC) in June 2018 for being kicked out of the 2017 World Series of Poker, has reached a settlement agreement with the company. The only terms of the agreement that has been made public is that Stiers remains banned from Caesars properties.
Stiers’ banishment from Caesars goes back to 2014, when he was booted from Harrah’s Baltimore. He returned multiple times despite the directive to stay away, eventually receiving a ban from all Caesars properties, which includes the WSOP’s home at the Rio in Las Vegas.
That didn’t deter him from entering the WSOP in both 2016 and 2017, each time using fake mashups of his name to avoid detection. In 2017, he was among the chip leaders of the Main Event after Day 2, but during a break was spotted in the hallway and escorted off the premises. He believes he is owed not just his buy-in back, but potential prize money he would have won. Somehow, Stiers thinks that since he was able to sneak in, he should have been allowed to finish the tournament.
Online Poker Bill Introduced in New York
Long-time online poker supporter J. Gary Pretlow has introduced a bill in the New York Assembly to legalize the game in the Empire State. Pretlow has done the same in the past and similar bills have advanced in the Senate, but not much has ever come of the ones introduced in the Assembly.
As far as the basics of Assembly Bill 4924 go, there is a $10 million operator application fee right off the bat. The bill would classify poker as a game of skill to separate it from other forms of gambling. It also has no “bad actor” language and would allow for interstate gaming compacts. Of course, those interstate agreements could be in jeopardy with the Justice Department’s recent opinion that the Wire Act applies to all online gambling.
Though Pretlow been a champion for online poker in New York, he said last year that he would prioritize legalizing sports betting over poker because sports betting brings in a lot more money.
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