Poker Host to Close Down on July 31st

Poker Host to Close Down on July 31st

USA-friendly poker site PokerHost has announced that it will be permanently shutting down its operation starting July 31st 2018. Its players were made aware of the development via email, and have been advised to withdraw their funds as soon as possible. It would seem that a number of withdrawal methods are still available, including some free options, and most importantly each player is expected to be reunited with their money ahead of the site’s closure.

PokerHost has been a fixture of the online poker landscape since 2005, and over the years its players have experienced little difficulty in being paid, contributing to its loyal following and good reputation. According to gambling analysts, the site’s closing is probably a result of its players not being able to benefit from the same preferential promotions and perks offered by other sites running on the same Winning Poker Network (WPN), such as Americas Cardroom (ACR) and Black Chip Poker (BCP).

Announcements

Poker Host players were alerted to its impending closure via an email, with the message also informing its valued customers that bitcoin and skrill payouts would be free of charge, while other payment methods would incur normal fees. As an extract from the email states:

“We’d like to thank you for your past business and support over the years and wish you the best of luck in the future, both on and off the tables.”

Meanwhile, WPN issued a press release expressing its sadness to see an end of a partnership that has lasted since 2014, before wishing the team behind Poker Host the “best of luck in their future endeavors.”

History of PokerHost

Since its launch in 2005, PokerHost has been hosted on a number of different networks, which would have been the most frustrating part of its player experience. Having started out on Dobrosoft Network, home to Daniel Negreanu’s Full Contact Poker and BetCris at the time, the site subsequently moved to Tribeca Tables, where Doyle’s Room and PaddyPowerPoker could be found until Playtech bought the network in 2006.

Next stops on the Poker Host journey was the Microgaming Poker Network, which withdrew from the US market in 2016 following the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). It then launched on the Merge Network, followed by the Equity Poker Network (EPN), before the poker room eventually ended up on the WPN in 2014.

That same year, PokerHost also hit the headlines after admonishing its “aggressive”, winning players, and telling them that they were no longer welcome on the site. This reflected a wider, if not extreme example of the paradigm shift that was occurring at the time in the industry related to recreational players, and formed part of an overall effort to address the imbalances which had become an unwelcome feature of the online poker landscape.

Americas Cardroom Recommendation

US residents have only very limited options if they want to play poker online, with the situation compounded by a gray market in which it is the financial operators that are held liable for any transactions processed, rather than the players themselves. This had led many US players to resort to using Bitcoins to bypass restrictions.

In its email, Poker Host then took the opportunity to recommend those players looking to play on an alternate site to try Americas Cardroom, also on the Winning Poker Network, stating:

“The flagship US-facing poker site is currently offering a 100% First Deposit Bonus up to $1,000, up to $50 Free Cash, and access to at least 1 New Depositor Freeroll.”

In addition to accepting bitcoin, ACR accepts deposits made using more than sixty different cryptocurrencies, with a 200% first deposit bonus of up to $1,000 given to those players utilizing the deposit option.

While its a shame to see PokerHost close its operation after such a long and reputable journey, at least all the players’ funds are fully protected. Its also a welcome development to see a poker site that is prepared to honor its customer care of duty, even as it prepares to shut its doors for good.