A new online poker site called Get Lucky Poker has emerged, brought to you by pro Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi. The poker room is currently in beta testing with an official hard launch date to be “announced soon,” according to a recent tweet from the site’s Twitter account.
Get Lucky Poker uses Bitcoin (BTC) for its payment processing needs exclusively, joining a growing list of sites to offer the virtual currency. Soon to follow Get Lucky Poker in the Bitcoin-only market will be Bitnplay in February, and Burnturn Poker sometime “in early 2015.”
If you’re thinking that the new sites will crowd a cryptocurrency market that has yet to be embraced or fully understood by online poker players, then just as the late, great Michael Jackson sang in years gone by, “you are not alone.” Bitcoin remains a payment processing alternative whose mainstream acceptance has not been realized.
Will it be accepted in the future? Hard to tell, but the pros behind Get Lucky Poker are counting on it.
We feel that the more services and merchants there are using BTC, the more attractive it becomes to the general population,” says the website’s ‘About Us’ page. “We think that Bitcoins will soon be accepted by online gambling world at large.”
To entice hesitant and skeptical players, Get Lucky Poker has announced a Welcome Bonus of 100% up to 1 Bitcoin. The virtual currency’s current value sits at $289.92 for 1 BTC.
Get Lucky Poker players who suffer a bad beat and lose with Aces full of Kings or better will be awarded 50% of a Bad Beat Jackpot. Smaller percentages are reserved for the winner of the hand (10%), other players at the table (5% shared), seed money for next BBJ (25%), and an administration fee (10%). The BBJ will be comprised of 3% of every raked hand.
The site’s top players who accrue the highest levels of Frequent Player Points will receive up to 25% rakeback. There are five tiers or levels in the player loyalty program.
By players, for players
Open to players in the U.S., or anywhere in the world for that matter, the new site promises safety and a devotion to its customer base.
Everyone involved at Get Lucky Poker is an avid poker player and we care about the integrity of the game,” states info from the site’s FAQ section. “For that reason we deliver top-notch customer service, support, and software. We will constantly be innovating to provide the most bug-free, safe, and legal environment possible.”
The website further states that going the Bitcoin-only route is “a gamble.” Indeed, for Get Lucky Poker to find success, it is likely that the site will have to get lucky in that Bitcoin will someday become acceptable to a wide audience.