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PokerHost Review and Rakeback Bonus Information

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PokerHost Review

Updated: April 2017

Pokerhost is one of the leading online poker rooms on the Winning Poker Network [WPN].  PokerHost [PH] has been serving poker players for nearly a decade.  PH, formerly on the Merge Gaming Network, left due to Merge Gaming's slow payment issues.  PH recently moved to the up and coming Winning Network.  WPN is currently the second largest online poker network as measured by both cash game volume and multi-table tournament volume that still provides online poker games to USA based players. WPN also services a wide array of countries worldwide and is enjoyed by European and International Rest-of-World (ROW) players as well as US players.

Professional Rakeback highly recommends PH for a variety of reasons.  It's independent cashier is not only robust with options, but one of the fastest US-facing cashiers available.  They often manage to pay US players in 2-5 business days.  Payout times to non-US players via Neteller are also typically 2 business days or less. Another reason for our trust in this company is due to its commitment to player satisfaction.  PROFRB has been working closely with Poker Host for nearly 4 years as of the posting of this review and we are very happy with the way they treat our players, and ourselves (hey, we play poker too!)  Below PROFRB will delve into the promotions, VIP programs, deposit options, bonuses, rakeback | cashback equivalents of said bonuses, cashier options, cash game and tournament data, and more!

Initial Deposit Bonus and Affilliate Codes

Pokerhost offers a tremendous amount of deposit and reload bonuses to its customers.  These bonuses are available to any customer who has signed up with the appropriate "PokerHost Affiliate Code."  The Professional Rakeback Pokerhost Affiliate code is 10699.  Once a player has created a new account under our affiliate code, all future deposits, be they an initial first time deposit bonus or a perpetually available reload bonus, will be applied to the customer account without the need to enter any bonus codes.  Stated another way, if you sign up with Professional Rakeback, all your future deposit bonuses will be automatically credited to your account, without needing to enter codes of any kind at the time of your deposit!

Deposit Bonus

All first-time depositors are eligible to partake in a 100% up to $1,000 bonus.  This bonus is earned and cleared  during play at any cash table, sit-n-go, or multi-table tournament. Your first deposit also earns you access to up to four depositor's freerolls that can be found in the poker client lobby under Nnew Depositor Freerolls."  These freerolls take place every Saturaday at 12:05pm Eastern Standard Time.  A minimum deposit of $20 is necessary to earn any initial bonus.

This deposit bonus clears in $5 increments per 137.5 player points earned.  This effectively comes out to an additional 20% rakeback on top of the VIP program or 27% rakeback program depending on which you choose.  Players have up to sixty days to clear as much of the bonus as possible before it expires.


Poker Host, in conjunction with Professional Rakeback, offers 27% flat rakeback to all of our account holders.  Unfortunately, the set up process takes an extra 2 minutes of your time, but it's worth it.  All you have to do after signing up below is contact live chat or send them and email asking to be swapped over to 27% flat rakeback.  It's that simple.  Rakeback is weighted contributed and it is paid on demand, with up to a 24 hour delay on points earned.  In other words, if you play on Monday, you can redeem that rakeback any time 24 hours later and beyond, whenever you feel like it.

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Account Creation and Signup Instructions for Pokerhost:

STEP 1:  Clear your cookies - this is mandatory for proper tracking! Click the links below for instructions.

Google Chrome Clear Cookies Button Mozilla Firefox Clear Cookies Button Apple Safari Clear Cookies Button Internet Explorer Clear Cookies Button Opera Browser Clear Cookies Button Android Devices Clear Cookies Button

Step 2:  If you've previously installed the software, you must uninstall it now before continuing.
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Step 3: Click the PokerHost banner above - if you use ad blocking software the banner above may not be visible. Try clicking this direct PokerHost link instead!

Step 4: Click the "SIGN UP NOW" button (click here a for visual guide).

Step 5: Fill out their standard account creation signup form with your personal information.  If you need help, please follow this template.

Step 6:  (optional)  Skype or Email us your username and registered email address if you would like us to confirm your new account was properly created.

Do you want rakeback?  If so, you need to contact customer service at PokerHost.  This simple process is done by hopping on live chat or emailing management[at]pokerhost[dot]com and asking to be swapped to Professional Rakeback's flat 27% rakeback program.  Just be sure to email from your registered email address and include your username and it should be taken care of within 24 hours or less.

Step 7: Download the poker software.

Step 8: Deposit and play!

Optional: For advanced players ProfRB recommends Holdem Indicator or the PokerTracker heads up display HUD to maximize your edge on the tables.


A variety of soft, recreational player filled, cash games are offered on PH, including the ever popular No-Limit Hold'em (NLHE), in all the popular formats such as full ring (FR), six max (6m), heads up (HUNL), and fixed limit (LHE) games. They also offer a variety of variations of Omaha, including Pot Limit Omaha (PLO), No-Limit (NLO), Fixed-Limit (FLO), Omaha Hi, and Omaha Hi/Lo (PL08). The cash game software allows for an above average amount of hands per hour to be dealt, keeping the action crisp and enjoyable.  As stated above, the Winning Poker Network is currently second in online poker network cash game traffic for US-facing operators. Due to the aggressive advertising and excellent promotion value, we expect traffic to continue to rise in the months ahead at PokerHost and WPN.

No-Limit Holdem [NLHE] games start at the micro stakes and go up all the way to 5/10 blinds, $1,000 USD buy-in games.  Pot Limit Omaha [PLO] games also begin at micro stakes and cap out a 3/6 blinds with $600 maximum buy-in.  FLHE games stop at stakes of 5/10.  Fixed limit Omaha maximum stakes are 2/4 blinds.


Pokerhost serves up a solid multi-table tournament schedule in daily, weekly, and monthly forms. All of the highlighted tournaments below offer rebuys during the first hour of play, as well as an add-on during the first break. However, none of the offered MTT's offer or feature late registration of any kind - so be sure to sign up in advance in order to play these juicy soft tournaments! 

DAILY TOURNAMENTS: The $4,000 guaranteed Nightly American offers players a sizable value with a buy-in of $5+$0.50. The Late Night $3,000 guaranteed for $3.50+$0.35 also stands out as a solid avenue for players of all skill sets.

WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS: The BIG Fat $15,000 guaranteed runs on Sunday afternoons, giving players a chance for a big score! With a buy-in of $25+$2.50, all types of players can enjoy the action at this MTT's tables. The deep-stacked Saturday $5,000 guaranteed tournament for $10+$1 is another opportunity for a nice payday. The Late Night event also runs as a $2,500 guaranteed tournament on Fridays and Saturdays!

MONTHLY TOURNAMENTS: New! From June 1st and onward, the $25,000 guaranteed BLITZ tournament at 3pm EST will offer players a huge shot for big money! Players can buy in directly for $50+$5, or can qualify through two-step satellites or the "Crunch Time" satellite that runs four hours prior to the Blitz event.


Sit-N-Go tournaments, or SNGs, are offered as well on WPN and PokerHost. SNG's of the NLHE variety are offered with  buy-ins ranging from $0.10 up to $1,050. These NLHE single table tournaments (STTS) come in a variety of formats including Regular Speed, Turbo Speed (turbos), Hyper Turbos (hypers | supers), as well as Knockout (KO) and Double-or-Nothing (DON | DUPS).  Additionally JackPot poker SNGs have been added, which are very similar to PokerStars Spin and Goes, but with better structures.  Satellites tournaments are also offered in the SNG section of the poker client and feed directly into the daily MTT schedule as illustrated above.

PokerHost Promotion: Happy Birthday from PokerHost

Any PokerHost customer who has already made deposits totaling $50 or more over the life of their account is eligible for this exclusive promtion.  PokerHost will give you a FREE $10 tournament token on your birthday each and every year!  Typically by noon EST on your birthday, a FREE birthday tournament token will be applied to your online poker account and you will be able to play a free $10 tournament or sit and go on the house!  Please note that you have thirty days with which to spend your token or it will expire and a small rollover requirement of $20 in rake (200 POP points) and or tournament fees must be completed before the funds may be withdrawn.

Cashier Information:

ROW clients at PokerHost enjoy a variety of withdrawal methods including Neteller (3-4 business days), WU, MG, and more. NOTE FOR ROW PLAYERS: Deposit using Skrill and/or Neteller!

Brand new US-based clients are limited to "cash transfers" for withdrawals and checks from PokerHost.  The initially available "cash transfer" options for withdrawal include Western Union and Money Gram services.  A variety of other methods (bank wires for example) are only made available to clients once cleared by the Risk Department (account verification, volume play and higher balance clients get access to more withdrawal methods more quickly).   A client may request a maximum of 8 cash transfer withdrawals per month - 4 from WU and 4 from MG.  Checks can be requested up to 4 times per month.  As soon as any prior check request has been processed and is in the mail, a new check may be requested.

Deposits can be made via Credit Card, WU, or MG.  Accounts funded via CC deposits have far more stringent requirements before said account can participate in peer-2-peer transfers.  Deposits are always free at Poker Host.  That's right, Poker Host will always refund your deposit costs for WU and MG!  As such, PROFRB highly recommends that players deposit via WU and/or MG and not via credit or debit card.

Also check out's reviews of all US Poker Sites payout time-frames (PH is the #2 USA cashier)

Payout | Fee Information
WU Withdrawal Information:

  • Maximum payout is $850 per transaction and carries a maximum fee of $65. Minimum payout is $100.
  • Payouts can be requested between Monday and Saturday. 
  • The first payout on the account must go to the account holder.
  • Third party payouts are allowed.
  • Same receiver's name can only be used once every 7 days.
  • Daily Payouts 2 / weekly payouts 2 / monthly payouts 2

MG Withdrawal Information:

  • Maximum payout is $560 and carries a maximum fee of $48. Minimum payout is $100.
  • Payouts can be requested from Monday through Saturday.
  • First payout on the account must go to the account holder.
  • Third party payouts are allowed.
  • Only 1 payout per calendar week.
  • Daily Payouts 2 / weekly payouts 2 / monthly payouts 2
  • Clients from Arizona can only request a maximum of $450 + fees per week.

Check Withdrawal Information:

  • Maximum payout is $3,000 (variable fee - see full fee info here).
  • Arrives in approximately 5 business days.
  • Only 1 payout per calendar week.
  • Not available to brand new customers - ask for details.

Check Withdrawal Information:

  • Maximum payout is $3,000 (variable fee - see full fee info here).
  • Arrives in approximately 5 business days.
  • Only 1 payout per calendar week.
  • Not available to brand new customers - ask for details.

Support Information:

Support Phone: 1-866-POKER-11 (1-866-765-3711)
Support Email: cs[at]
Live Chat Support:  Log into then navigate to the contact section to access live chat

Country, Territory, and State Jurisdictional Restriction Information:

PokerHost is not able to accept players from the following countries: Afghanistan, Cuba, France, Iran, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, North Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

The following US States (due to network and legal restrictions) are also blocked: Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC, and Washington state.  However, players in US territories Guam, Puerto Rico, the North Marianas Islands (including Saipan) and the Virgin Islands are accepted. 

Pokerhost is not able to accept credit card deposits from the following countries: AlandIslands, Albania, American Samoa, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Bouvet Island, Brazil,  Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cocos(Keeling)Islands, Congo, CookIslands, Croatia, Costa Rica, CoteD'Ivoire(IvoryCoast), Eritrea, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Guinea, Heardand McDonald Islands, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan,  Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Palau, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Serbia, Slovenia, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe.