Breaking News at Gambling911

I hate to bust chops but some things just can’t be overlooked. Recently Gambling911 ran a story titled Online Poker Sites Charge Players For Not Playing in which they claimed that PartyPoker was now charging an inactive fee on accounts where players had not played after six months.

I actually had to go and check the date on the posting to make sure that I wasn’t looking at a very old article. I had to check because when I joined PartyPoker in Sept 2006 they already had this fee in effect. I’m not even sure how long before that they instituted the fee but that fee has been there quite a long time.

In fact, I typed “partygaming +inactive +fee” into Google and I received a result going back to 2006 (Hollywood Poker Lounge) plus several mentions in Sept 2009. Unfortunately, I ran out of energy to find the exact date they implemented the fee but that thread going back to 2006 mentions that the fee has been in place for awhile. In fact, the original post is dated Nov 1, 2006 and he says he was told they were taking the fee which means he was inactive for at least 6 months prior to that so the latest the fees could have gone into effect was May of 2006. However if memory serves me correctly the fees were in place a lot earlier than that.

So Patrick Flanigan of, just because you read it on 2+2 doesn’t make it current news. Every time Party imposes the fee some chucklehead goes onto the message boards and claims Party is stealing from him. And the same peanut gallery of newbies acts surprised and vows to file a multi-kazillion dollar lawsuit to prevent Party from taking .03 from their account.

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.

5 thoughts on “Breaking News at Gambling911”

  1. Kinda sucks when you go and play on Party to avoid the fee and end up losing more than the fee itself. That’s what happened to me :)

  2. I too recall getting hit with this inactivity fee — not long after Party left the U.S. in 10/06 & as an American I was no longer able to play there. Kind of enjoyed the absurdity of it at the time, if I recall.

    We Yanks must all owe hundreds there now. G911 should investigate. :)

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