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U.S. Unregulated Poker Sites Update

A brief glimpse into the goings-on in the unregulated U.S. online poker market found the second running of “The Cage” at WPN a bit disappointing, Full Flush Poker offering no fee Sit ‘N Gos for the rest of the month, and the Carbon Poker Online Poker Series (OPS) in full swing.

“The Cage” Edition no. 2 Results

After 66 players entered the inaugural “The Cage” contest in October at a $5,100 buy-in at the Winning Poker Network and produced a $330,000 prize pool, the second running of the cash/tourney hybrid yesterday fell off by 62% when only 25 players participated.

A total of $125,000 was at stake under a slightly different format from The Cage I. The event was increased from three hours to four. Three blind levels remained, adding twenty minutes to each.

Regular readers of PokerUpdate know that The Cage is a cash game with a time clock that features a $5,000 starting stack, with those chips retaining their real dollar value at the conclusion of the match. No re-buys are permitted, forcing bustouts to leave The Cage penniless.

The Cage II saw nine players emerge with chips in front of them after four hours. However, two of those players had less than they started with. ‘YoSoFiesta’ was the champion with $39,691, followed by ‘raycab’ as runner-up with $33,076, and ‘Euclidean’ taking home third place and $14,335.

The others who turned a profit were ‘Moody Alchemist’ – $9,967, ‘Tilt-A-Whirl’ – $9,526, ‘Madam Truffle’ – $6,972, and ‘hckyplr20’ – $6,141. Americas Cardroom pro Dusty ‘Leatherass9’ Schmidt took a slight loss by finishing with $3,086, as did ninth place finisher ‘PumpkinTits,’ who at least has arguably the best screen name among the bunch to go along with $2,186.

The first ever The Cage under a Pot-Limit Omaha format is set for November 26, while The Cage III (NLHE) is on the docket for December 10.

The Cage concept is certainly quite interesting. However, I believe it would find much more appeal if the buy-in was lowered to allow more players to participate. The huge drop off in players pretty much supports that argument.

Full Flush No Fee Sit ‘N Gos

Tired of being nicked by rake and fees associated with cash games, tournaments and Sit ‘N Gos? Who isn’t? Full Flush Poker (FFP) on the Equity Poker Network is providing a bit of relief by running No Fee Sit ‘N Go games until November 30.

That’s more than two weeks of action where your bankroll will be determined purely by your prowess on the felt. The promo is a cash bonanza of sorts for multi-tabling Sit ‘N Goers.

Full Flush just celebrated one year in business over the weekend and November is the first month that the site’s collective guaranteed prize money in its tournaments will surpass $500,000. The FFP $50K Birthday Bash on Sunday was won by Sweden’s ‘RidOfMe,’ who topped a field of 651 players to take first place and $10,000 in prize money.

Carbon Poker OPS

The latest edition of Carbon Poker’s Online Poker Series kicked off on Sunday and will run through November 23. That means 10 days remain, not including today, that will find more than $2 million credited to the accounts of winning players when all is said and done.

A full 76 events are being hosted with buy-ins anywhere from $5.50 to $530. Those events run the gamut of game types, with at least four tournaments each day.

The OPS’ final day on Nov. 23 features five Main Events, leading to speculation over whether OPS organizers have a dictionary handy. Almost $500,000 in prize money is guaranteed on that final Sunday, with the “main” Main Event buy-in fixed at $215 and at least $250,000 in the prize pool.


PokerUpdate provides news and information pertaining to the unregulated U.S. online poker market, but does not necessarily condone playing on the sites mentioned. Players are free to weigh the risks and rewards on their own of playing at unregulated poker rooms that cater to the U.S. market and to act accordingly.



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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.