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Grand Poker Network Returns

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Late last year, we covered the extended hiatus of 5Dimes' USA-friendly Grand Poker room (also called DragonRoom), which was unavailable to customers for several months. On Dec. 14, we privately received word from one of our contacts that the poker site would be back in operation within a month. However, nothing happened.

At the beginning of February, a notice appeared on 5Dimes' website indicating that poker would be back Feb. 6. Due to technical difficulties, though, this relaunch target was missed. On Feb. 15 a new target date was announced: Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. The site promised to hold a $1,000 freeroll to celebrate its reopening. We eagerly waited by our computers to see if this would turn out to be true, and we're pleased to report that the Grand Poker Network is now back in business.

About the New Grand Poker

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While we were led to expect significant upgrades to the Grand platform, everything appears to be basically identical to what it was before. The same games are still present, Texas Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Omaha/8, and the range of stakes offered hasn't changed. NLHE is spread between $0.05/$0.10 and $1/$2, PLO Hi goes from $0.02/$0.04 to $1/$2, and PLO/8 runs from $0.05/$0.10 to $3/$6. In addition, there are fixed-limit tables for all three of these variants.

We encountered some small glitches in the poker software upon running it for the first time in ages. Support advised us to uninstall and reinstall the poker client, after which these issues disappeared.

We felt some trepidation when we saw “Bankroll: $0” in the bottom-left corner of the poker lobby, but then we remembered that all balances had been transferred over to the sportsbook side automatically by management. We simply had to press the “Cashier” button and move our funds back over to the poker room:

Transfer Balance Window on Grand Poker Network

We tested out the system at a $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Texas Hold'em table to make sure all was well. We encountered no gameplay problems. Furthermore, our adversaries were just as inexperienced as we remembered them being in 2017. Indeed, we stacked one of them when he 5-bet jammed 100bb with pocket 77 into our QQ, which held up to take down the pot.

$1,000 Freeroll

The Grand Poker Network is a fine place to pick up some free cash with its weekly $500 freerolls every Sunday. On Monday, there was a special $1,000 freeroll to mark the return of the poker site, and we took our seat at the designated 10:00 p.m. ET starting time.

Freeroll Table at Grand Poker

Grand Poker Freeroll Table

There were only 211 entrants, which came as a bit of a surprise to us because the old Grand Poker site used to see more than 300 players enter its $500 freerolls. However, this minimal level of participation wasn't too big of a shock because we had been observing the tournament lobby throughout the day and noticed that quite a few MTTs had single-digit field sizes.

Overlay Value

Grand Poker opted to keep its lineup of guaranteed daily tournaments intact. Many of them have a $0 house fee. We logged notes on the performance of these tourneys on Monday and found out that the site had to add money to a few of them. Here's the raw data so you can see for yourself:

Tournament Time(ET) Buyin Guarantee Entrants Rebuys Add-ons Overlay
The Morning Line 10:00 a.m. $1.50 + $0 $50 7 12 5 $14
$100 Gtd HyperTurbo 1:00 p.m. $4 + $0 $100 8 6 5 $24
$66 Gtd Teaser 4:00 p.m. $1.50 + $0 $66 10 10 8 $24
Nightly $250 Gtd Turbo 8:00 p.m. $5 + $0 $250 12 5 9 $120

It's possible that Grand's lengthy absence convinced many of its players to go elsewhere and that this is the explanation for the fact that these tourneys are undersubscribed. Whatever the case may be, you can register for these MTTs to boost your return on investment while the overlays last. Even if these events eventually fill up enough to cover the promised amounts, you'll still benefit from the fact that most of them have no house fees.

Try Out the New Grand Poker Today

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If you've yet to sign up for an account on the Grand Poker Network, then there's no time like the present to get started. You'll be able to take advantage of no-fee tournaments and 50% rakeback on your play. You can log in from a Windows machine, Mac, or mobile device. Read our comprehensive review of the GPN for instructions on how to create your account at 5Dimes or any one of the other Grand partner skins.