Full Flush Poker, a skin on the new Equity Poker Network (EPN), has announced that its real-money launch will kick-off on Friday, November 8.
Full Flush has been live since late last month for play-money action, but has also been hosting real-money freerolls. This coming Sunday, November 3, another such freeroll is available to one and all at 15:00 ET with a guaranteed prize pool of $4,000 that will pay out to the top 140 finishers. That includes U.S. players.
“We are officially opening our cashier and ring games on November 8th, there will be a full tourney and sit n go schedule,” proclaims the Full Flush Poker Facebook page. “Thanks for your continued support!”
The Equity Poker Network is touting itself as the “world’s only cooperative poker network” that is set up as a non-profit “to allow the operators to earn all the money.” Operators who choose to become one of the skins on EPN are promised a level playing field and “low fixed fees and redistribution of network profits.” All members of the network will have voting power based on the volume of players brought in.
Thus far, one other skin has also launched on EPN by the name of IntegerPoker. A scan of the website at Integer finds that the real-money launch one week from tomorrow along with fellow skin Full Flush will bring with it a 100% up to $750 first-time deposit bonus.
IntegerPoker is also promoting a unique cashback program called “VariBack” designed for players such as myself who tend to just miss the cutoff for cashing in SitNGos and multi-table tournaments (MTTs). The “VariZone” is an extension of the in-the-money field of sorts that is comprised of 12% of the entire field size.
However, those tournament players that land in the VariZone won’t be showing a profit. It is merely a program to “help hedge the effects of negative variance.” IntegerPoker calculates that a player will get about 50% of their average buy-in returned to them for every 10 tourneys that produce a VariZone finish.
As explained at IntegerPoker, in a tournament that has 100 entrants and pays out to the top 20 finishers, “the VariZone would be places 21-32.” However, players do have to opt in to the VariBack program. Those that do will see modifications to the rewards received in the site’s VIP program.
EPN is also promising its network skins “minimal restrictions on promotions” designed to maximize marketing efforts. Those skins are allowed to set up and operate their own tournaments and can establish player rewards such as bonuses and rakeback in whatever ways they so choose.
In enticing poker rooms to sign on with EPN, the network wants those skins considering such a move to “rest assured that other operators stealing your customers by offering aggressive rakeback or professional player pool will benefit you, not them.” The goal of the network is to allow operators to retain the profits they generate and not to be burdened with funneling those funds back to the network itself.