Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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 on several sites are benefitting.

Numerous European sites have boosted their guaranteed prize pools and bonuses in response to the DOJ’s lockdown, with 888 Poker, Titan Poker, PartyPoker, William Hill Poker and ChiliPoker taking the early lead.

888 Poker announced on Friday it has now 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, mentioning recent approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission to work with Caesars Interactive, the online subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

Titan Poker, the flagship room on the iPoker network and one of the largest poker sites in Europe, also announced a specific $2,000 “Black Friday, White Monday” freeroll to be played today at 20:00 GMT+1.

The tournament is open to all Titan players and is password protected (password is bfwm).

On top of the freeroll, Titan Poker also 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.

Former online giant PartyPoker is offering to honor players' existing VIP accounts by getting you started in the "Palladium" system where you can earn up to 50% rakeback.

Fellow iPoker network sites William Hill Poker and Chili Poker have also increased their new-player bonuses to 200% match up to $1,000.

ChiliPoker has even branded a new “Purple Day promotion” in response, offering to buy loyalty points from players from the affected sites and match their VIP levels.

Major European poker site Bwin has yet to launch any specific promos directed at Black Friday, but investors in the newly merged conglomerate saw a nice boost after the Friday crackdown with stock prices jumping 35%.

888 Holdings stock prices jumped 15%.

source-- Black Friday Brings Opportunities for Non-U.S. Players - Online Poker News

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