The Week That Was July 26 – Aug 2

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A busy, busy week here so let’s jump right into it:

Bill’s Poker Blog

Lot’s of great stuff this week. First we had the woman who thinks that even play money poker is rigged. Interestingly, the same Facebook play money site was featured in an article asking whether or not the aftermarket for play money chips actually makes these play money type sites an illegal form of wagering.

Next up, we had Gambling911 quoting their own staff as experts for a piece they did on Betfair’s supposed inability to capitalize on their sponsorship of the WSOPE.

Then we had a bit of a more personal post about how difficult it can be to write honestly and openly about the industry.

Greg Walker was kind enough to write another guest post on why “protecting” your hand can be a bad strategy. By the way, Bill’s Poker Blog does accept guest submissions. The one big caveat is that it needs to be good. A lot of people approach me and send me these very keyword stuffed articles that have little reader value and I always decline. You don’t have to be David Sklansky smart to write here but it should be entertaining to read. Heck, even a complete newbie talking about his experiences would get a green light if the intent was to entertain and/or be of some real value to readers. Just ping me if you’re interested.

And last but not least, we had head of PlayTech, Danny Frishman, voicing his solution to rakeback and my rebuttal to his arguments.

Poker Job Search

While jobless claims seem to be a big story in many of the world’s newspapers, in the online poker industry it seems like every week I’m seeing more and more jobs opening up. Here’s this week’s list of poker jobs.

.Net Developer
Country Manager – France – Online Poker
Business Development Manager, Poker Tours & Events
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Deputy Poker Product Manager
VIP Account Manager
CRM Manager- Poker/Skill Games
CRM Manager
Territory Director – Western European Regions
VIP/CRM Analyst
Spanish/English Customer Service Representative
PR & Events Coordinator – Portugal

If you’re a recruiter or in charge of talent searches at one of the online poker rooms, please contact me about posting your jobs on Poker Job Search. It’s free!

Rakeback Report

Last week I mentioned that Cake started payout out rakeback weekly. Well, now it appears several other rooms on the Cake network have followed suit.

Power Poker is running $15K in promos this month.

We’ve got an exclusive offer where you can win your way to Aruba and a spot in the Aruba Classic on Ultimate Bet.

Seems as if Carbon Poker has lowered their deposit limits on credit cards from $25 down to $10.

Plus we’ve got a big, big month of rake races and rake chases.

Cereus Network (Ultimate Bet & Absolute Poker)
3 Rake Races, $7k each.
1 Freeroll $3k

Cake Poker
3 Rake Races, $6k each.
1 Freeroll $3k

Full Tilt Poker
3 Rake Races, $7k

Freeroll Dates

UB/AP Qualified in July: August 17th 9PM US EST
Cake Qualified in July: August 18th 9PM US EST

UB/AP Qualify in August: September 14th 9PM US EST
Cake Qualify in August: September 15th 9PM US EST

Betfair
Rake Chase, $5k Prize Pool
Prize Amounts are: $30, $60, $200, $400 and $1,000
# of prizes awarded: 15,10,4,3,2
Rake Requirements: $5750, $1650, $800 ,$250, $115

PartyPoker – Even though Party doesn’t offer rakeback, in order to qualify for the Party rake chase you need to have a tracker assigned to Party. See here for details.
Rake Chase, $10k Prize Pool
Prize Amounts are: $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1,000
# of prizes awarded: 20,15,10,5,3
Point Requirements: 400, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000

Players Only
Rake Chase, $5k Prize Pool
Prize Amounts are: $20, $50, $150, $400, $1000
# of prizes awarded: 10, 9, 5, 4, 2
Rake Requirements: 125, 250, 750, 2000, 5000

PKR Poker
Rake Chase, $5k Prize Pool
Prize Amounts are: $20, $50, $150, $400, $1000
# of prizes awarded: 10, 9, 5, 4, 2
Rake Requirements: 125, 250, 750, 2000, 5000

Carbon Poker
Rake Chase, $10k Prize Pool
Prize Amounts are: $50, $100, $250, $750 and $1,500
# of prizes awarded: 20,15,10,5,1
Rake Requirements: 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000

Cellsino Poker
Rake Chase, $5k Prize Pool
Prize Amounts are: $25, $50, $125, $375, $1000
# of prizes awarded: 15, 10, 5, 4, 2
Point Requirements: 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000

Poker Filter

All the poker news worthy of pixels.

Looks like WSOP Final 9 player Darvin Moon has shaken off sponsorship offers from both Full Tilt and PokerStars. He says he doesn’t want to be distracted.

As had been speculated within the industry Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho have been confirmed as Amazing Race contestants.

Dublin was voted as the poker capital of Europe by Bluff Magazine Europe.

Barny Frank’s anti-UIGEA bill has picked up 50 co-sponsors.

ESPN has launched a new web-based poker show that will wrap up in Nov when the final table for the main event is played out.

Flop The Nuts Poker

Two new live events have been added this week; the Euro City Poker Tour and Betsson Live Estoril.

Well that’s it for this week. Stay tuned in for another exciting week of pokerness.

Photocred to kamalayan

Bill Rini
Bill Rini is currently the Head of Online Poker for WSOP. He has been working in the online poker industry since 2004 and has held management roles at Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.