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U.S. Online Poker Site (Unregulated) Odds and Ends

Online poker players in the U.S. who are not located in regulated states continue to patronize offshore sites because, well, most want to play poker from their homes and what other choice do they have?

For those players, here’s a look at whats going on at the U.S.-facing unregulated sites.

Double Your Pleasure

Not one but two “The Cage” matches are on the schedule tonight, January 14, at the Winning Poker Network (WPN). Players have a choice to play either No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha (or both) provided they have the $5,100 buy-in. That’s $10,200 to play both, with identical starting times of 8:00 p.m. EST.

The four-hour cash game contests feature three blind levels of one hour and 20 minutes each. The blinds are fixed at $10/$20, $25/$50, and $50/$100, with $2, $5 and $10 antes included in HLHE only.

You know the rules by now, but here they are for those who may not: You get $5,000 in starting chips and whatever remains in front of you after four hours of play is yours to keep. No re-buys.

No Fee SnGs at FFP

Full Flush Poker on the Equity Poker Network (EPN) is once again touting No Fee Sit N Gos for the rest of January. The same promo was in effect for parts of November and December as well.

EPN cash game traffic has been hovering around 200 players on average as of late. Currently, PokerScout reports that number to be at 190.

That average trails most of the U.S.-friendly big boys of unregulated online poker, but remains ahead of the top regulated sites such as and Borgata.

Progressive Prize Pools

Carbon Poker on the Merge Gaming Network recently introduced “Progressive Prize Pools” on two of its most popular regular tournaments – the Nightly $33 and the Sunday Big Ticket ($215 buy-in). If the announced prize pool guarantees are reached, the next running of the event will see the guarantees increased.

The nightly event gets boosted by $100, while the Sunday tourney will jump $5,000. Both events are allowed three tries to reach the announced guarantee for that particular day. If they should strike out, a new prize pool guarantee will be determined and set.

The current prize pool guarantees are $13,500 for the Nightly $33 and $135,000 for the Sunday Big Ticket.

Manic Monday

Over at Bovada Poker, Monday, January 19 has been dubbed Mad Monday, as 12 tournaments have been added to the schedule. Collectively, those added tourneys offer $240,000 in guaranteed prize money.

Those events feature buy-ins as low as $2.20, as high as $215, and all points in-between. Daily qualifiers are running now for those who like to take a stab at entering at a discount.

The Risk is Yours

PokerUpdate once again points out that there is risk involved in playing at unregulated poker sites where safeguards are not in place as they are at such sites as 888Poker and PartyPoker in New Jersey.

The decision to play at those non-regulated poker rooms is up to each individual or player.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.