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Black Friday Brings Opportunities for Non-U.S. Players
Despite the lockout for American players on Full Tilt and PokerStars, online poker carries on around the world and non-U.S. poker players are reaping the benefits.
Numerous European sites have boosted both their guaranteed prize pools and their bonuses in response to the DOJ’s lockdown, with 888 Poker, Titan Poker, PartyPoker, William Hill Poker and ChiliPoker taking the early lead.
888 doubles guarantees
888 Poker announced it has doubled the prize pools of its major guaranteed tournaments including the flagship Sunday Challenge, which has been increased to a $100,000 guarantee.
According to a release from the company, 888’s decision to leave the US market after the passing of the 2006 UIGEA has also moved it into a strategic position to move back into the market when it re-opens.
In particular it mentioned a recent approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission to work with Caesars Interactive, the online subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Titan Poker bumps bonus, matches VIP levels
Titan Poker, the flagship room on the iPoker network and one of the largest poker sites in Europe, also announced a $2,000 “Black Friday, White Monday” freeroll to be played today at 20:00 GMT+1.
On top of the freeroll, Titan Poker raised its first-deposit bonus for new players to 200% match up to $1,000 and is adding over $100,000 to its guaranteed prize pools as “a sign of its stability in the wake of recent upheaval in the industry.”
If you have VIP status at PokerStars or Full Tilt, Titan will match that by starting you at the equivalent level once you sign up for an account and verify your existing status.
Other iPoker network sites including William Hill Poker and Chili Poker have likewise increased their new-player bonuses to 200% match up to $1,000.
ChiliPoker has even launched a new “Purple Day promotion," offering to buy loyalty points from players from the affected sites and match their VIP levels.
Party Poker unrolls new reload bonus, VIP upgrade
Former online giant PartyPoker is rolling out a few incentives for players to make the jump from Stars or Tilt and some perks to benefit its current players.
Every player who makes a deposit using bonus code 100PARTY will get a 100% reload bonus up to $100.
The number of daily WSOP qualifiers is also being increased and one WSOP package is guaranteed every day at 9:20 p.m. (CET)
Party is also offering to honor players' existing VIP accounts and a chance to upgrade to the "Palladium" rewards system where you can earn up to 50% rakeback.
Investors in the newly merged Bwin.party conglomerate also saw a nice boost after the Friday crackdown with stock prices jumping 35%.
888 Holdings stock prices jumped 15%.