Cashouts on the Bitcoin-only Seals With Clubs (sealswithclubs.eu) that shutdown on February 11 following a raid on the home of Chairman Bryan Micon by the Nevada Gaming Commission will be permitted only until May 5, 2015.
A posting on that website dated March 5 informs players that withdrawal requests will be honored for 60 more days. Players who have account balances at the shuttered site are urged to tend to the matter without delay.
“After this date it will not be possible to retrieve your balances, connect an email address to an account, or reset your password,” the message states. “Please request your cashouts immediately and pass along this notice to others if you know any former players.”
New Site Humming Along
Seals With Clubs relaunched under a new domain (swcpoker.eu) and equally new brand name (SwCPoker) at the end of February with Micon at the helm alongside a management team different than that of the old site. Operations are centered in Antigua, where the chairman relocated after the incident at his Las Vegas home that included being handcuffed in front of his family.
According to PokerScout.com, action at SwCPoker is beginning to gain traction. A slow start has been erased and ring game averages are now in the ballpark of 50-60 players who are enjoying new software that had been planned for the previous poker room.
Traffic has yet to reach the 85 or so player average that was the norm prior to the shutdown. But PokerScout has reason to believe that an average of over 100 cash players may be just around the corner.
SwCPoker offers a wider variety of games than its predecessor. Those variants include Open Face Chinese pineapple, badacey, badeucey, dealer’s choice and others. Games other than No Limit Hold’em make up “nearly half of all traffic on the site” presently, PokerScout reported.
The assortment of games available may have attracted curiosity seekers who may not stick around once the novelty wears off. But that’s not the impression one gets when visiting the site and reading a message posted recently:
“What a brilliant few days for Bitcoin poker,” the website states. “The successful launch of SwC Poker has been met with worldwide cheer. Look for cash game stakes to slowly increase as confidence in the new system builds. Thanks for the outpouring of support for SwC. We are happy to be back and serving the btc poker public.”
Bitcoin Poker Options
That Bitcoin poker public will have more and more choices available as time moves on. Get Lucky Poker launched early in 2015, BitnPlay was to follow February 1 but “unexpected server problems” kept that rollout from happening, and Burnturn Poker has pegged a launch for the first half of 2015.
Those aforementioned rooms are or will be Bitcoin-only. There are others that accept Bitcoin in addition to U.S. and/or European currency such as the Winning Poker Network and Win Poker.