The Winning Poker Network is owned and operated out of the country of Costa Rica in the city of San Jose, the Costa Rican capital city. This offshore group, no surprise given its name, caters to winning card players around the world, but especially those in the United States of America. The online poker rooms Americas Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, True Poker & YaPoker are all highly reputable sites that Professional Rakeback is willing to put our name behind and endorse. We have this faith in these sites for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that all of the aforementioned sites are owned and operated directly by the Winning Poker Network.
Why do they have multiple skins you ask? Well, the answer is that they were acquired at different times, in different manners, and are marketed to different groups of players in general. For example, Americas Cardroom is the network flagship and is the one that you will see advertised on American television, such as ESPN. Black Chip Poker is marketed pretty heavily towards forums and online poker rakeback pros, as it was involved heavily with rakeback deals on the Merge Gaming Network before moving and being purchased by WPN. True Poker was a standalone poker site created in the early 2000s that is marketed more towards recreational players. Ya Poker is marketed towards Spanish and Latin American markets in Central and South America and worldwide.
Every new client at a Winning Poker Network skin has the opportunity to grab a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus that clears at a rate equal to 20% rakeback and is released $1 at a time. In addition, you'll get to choose between a flat 27% rakeback plan or the Elite Benefits VIP rewards scheme, which is intended to cater to high-volume players. At Americas Cardroom but not on the other network sites, newly depositing players also get a $50 free credit added to their real money balances a little bit at a time over the course of 20 days..
Cash game players can look forward to The Beast leaderboard while sit-and-go fans can participate in the Sit & Crush competition. Both of these promos pay out cash prizes and satellite entries to the top placers each week. The best part is that these prizes are funded by a portion of the regular rake taken in ring games and fees paid in SNGs – there's no extra house charge involved. Occasional reload bonuses exist to pad your bankroll too.
The WPN is where the high rollers go to play online – at least if they're Americans. This is because both NLHE and PLO are spread up to $50/$100, and it's not unusual for a few tables to be active at these stakes. Of course, the microstakes games, down to $0.01/$0.02, will probably be of more interest to most customers. This is one of the few US-friendly poker destinations where you'll find Limit Omaha8 and Seven Card Stud tables actually populated.
6+ Hold'em is the latest treat from the Winning Poker Network. Already highly appreciated by such poker luminaries as Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Phil Ivey, this variant features, by all accounts, more betting and postflop action than normal Hold'em. In this game, all cards lower than a 6 are eliminated from the deck, increasing typical hand strengths and making the average starting hole cards look “prettier.” 6+ Hold'em, also referred to as Short Deck Hold'em, is spread from $0.01/$0.02 to $50/$100.
Besides the regular sit-and-goes that you'll encounter at any poker site, Winning provides a couple of variants that you won't find at any other room in the US market. Jackpot Poker is a lottery-style contest where three people play for a random multiple of their buyin, which can be as high as 2,500 times the amount paid to enter. SNG 2.0 keeps an old-school nine-seat format, but it introduces random elements pregame to grow the prize pool and possibly trigger jackpot payouts.
Many serious tourney players have begun to appreciate the Sunday Special $150,000 Guaranteed, the most lucrative such guarantee regularly available to American poker enthusiasts. The Sunday Special PLO, with at least $35,000 up for grabs each week, holds the same distinction on the Pot Limit Omaha side. Once every few months, there's a Million Dollar Sunday, a $500 + $40 event that rewards the lucky winners with $1,000,000+ in total prizes. WPN sometimes strings dozens of tournaments together in series, like the Online Super Series. Besides these big-name events, there's also a compelling schedule of daily and weekly MTTs for every budget and poker preference.
The progenitor of the Winning Poker Network was True Poker, which operated a standalone 3-D poker site since 2001. This was certainly a unique poker platform when it first appeared, but it wasn't really updated very often, and it soon fell by the wayside as newer and slicker software packages started to go live on competing sites. Nevertheless, True Poker was a modest success in the US poker scene, and it was able to host games for several partner organizations on its Yatahay Poker Network.
BetCRIS, one of the operators on Yatahay and a well-known bookmaker, decided to take over the network in 2011. The company then opted to deploy a better poker client solution, developed by IGSoft. At around the same time, the network bailed out players from failed poker site Doyle's Room, on the Cake Network, and transferred them over to the new Americas Cardroom. ACR had once served the US market before being retired in the wake of the UIGEA, and it now returned in a newer, more attractive form. While True Poker used to be the leader of the network, this position has now been taken over by Americas Cardroom, but True remains a respected network skin.
With a smoother poker client and the renewed vigor provided by the new management group, the network started to grow. Far from being a small, niche entity, like it used to be, it has now become the second-largest network serving the United States.
The Winning Poker Network is one of the top options available for US online poker players and continues their upward trend. Offering players a bevy of tournaments, cash game options, sit-n-go's, and great promotions such as Sit & Crush and The Beast, WPN has carved out a coveted space among the desired places to play for players of all types of skill levels. Highly rated in our own Monthly Cashout Reports and offering dependable, safe deposit options at recommended online poker sites America's Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker (all offer the same promotions and options - the only serious difference is software color schemes), you can be sure that the Winning Poker Network is here to stay.
We give great detail on how you can take advantage of WPN's offerings to US and Rest-Of World players alike. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at your leisure.
When you have problems with your online poker room, you want answers fast because time = money! Professional Rakeback understands this and wants you back in action as soon as possible. With that in mind, we have created and are constantly updating and adding onto this list of frequently asked questions, or Winning Poker Network FAQ if you will. If you note any errors, omissions, typos, or are unable to solve your problem after reading this FAQ, please contact us for further assistance! Enjoy!
Apart from Americas Cardroom, BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker, which are owned and managed directly by the network, several other third-party rooms exist on the WPN. These are all smaller entities, and so we don't really recommend them except to experienced customers who are willing to put in the research time to investigate their offerings. Independent Winning Network sites include:
Though there are a few minor WPN skins that are independently owned, we advise our clients to stick with the network-run sites: Americas Cardroom, Blackchip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker (non-US). They're all virtually indistinguishable from each other in terms of ongoing promos and the games available. However, Americas Cardroom gets our nod as the best poker site on the WPN because it gives new depositing customers $50 free, and it has Mac and mobile clients. The Mac poker offering is still in beta, and mobile only supports a few game types (Jackpot Poker and SNG 2.0) at present, but the other Winning Poker Network sites aren't compatible at all with Mac or mobile.
There are two main ongoing promotions at the Winning Poker Network and all of the aforementioned skins participate in them. Those promotions are "Sit and Crush" and "The Beast," which are effectively very large weekly rake races.
Sit and Crush, or SnC, often has more than fifteen thousand dollars in the weekly prize pool. The Beast often reaches the eighty to ninety thousand dollar market each week, and it sometimes tops $100K. The top winners get $2,500 in cash apiece. There are additionally satellite tourney entries up for grabs in both The Beast and Sit & Crush
No, each race is separate. All SNG play is counted towards SnC, and likewise all cash game play is counted towards The Beast. Players can compete separately and concurrently in both promotions and receive prizes from both.
Perhaps surprisingly, the happy hour bonus points are based on the time that you register for a qualifying SNG, On Demand, or Jackpot Poker tournament. The actual time that the tourney runs is irrelevant.
Every The Beast week starts at the beginning of Saturday, at midnight, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the following Friday. Cash prizes are credited to accounts by the end of the next Monday.
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First of all, take a moment and don't panic! We have all the info you need in the event this rare and untimely event occurs. First, there are two policies in place for tournament players - one if a crash happens before you're "in the money", and one while you are in the money. Tournaments are resumed if the server recovers within 30 minutes - but if this does not happen, a tournament is then cancelled. Players still in a tournament, but not in the money, receive their buy-in and fee back, plus an equal share of the remaining prize pool. Players in the money receive an equal share of 50% of the total prize pool, while the remaining 50% is divided based on chip stack at the time of the cancellation. You can view the full details of this disconnect policy by clicking here.
Professional Rakeback has a copy of these rules ready for you right here: Winning Poker Network tournament Cancellation Policies.
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So you've decided to set up an account with Professional Rakeback on the Winning Poker Network. Now it's time to verify your newly created America's Cardroom, Black Chip, or True Poker account. Verification of one's account is necessary in order to initiate player-to-player transfers and also to withdraw.
Performing this verification also has other benefits as well. A verified account often is granted the privilege of higher credit card deposit limits. It's sometimes also possible for verified poker accounts to request higher limits for peer-to-peer transfers to their friends.
We here at Professional Rakeback appreciate your business and your time. Therefore, we'd like to provide you with instructions on how to quickly and efficiently verify your new Winning Poker Network account.
Verifying a New Winning Poker Network Account:
1) Scan or take a digital photograph of your photo ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include an ID issued by your local, state, or federal government that features a clear headshot, a name that matches your registered poker account name, and your date of birth. Common examples would include a driver's license and a passport.
2) Scan or take a photo of your address verification documents. The address on this document does not need to match the address on your photo ID. The address does, however, need to match the address you had input when creating your poker account.
Common examples of address verification documentation include, but are not limited to, a utility bill, a telephone bill (landline or mobile), a bank statement, a credit card statement: basically just something that physically comes to your address. In some cases, online bank or credit card statements that come in PDF form – those that are copies of the physical bill that would actually be mailed – will be accepted by the security department in lieu of anything else.
3) If you deposited with a credit card, you must also send in a signed Authorization form along with copies of all cards you deposited with. If you funded your account via some other means than credit card, then you can skip this step.
4) Email said documents to the appropriate email address: "support(at)americascardroom.eu", "support(at)truepoker.eu", "support(at)blackchippoker.eu", or "support(at)yapoker.com".
5) Pay close attention to the instructions given and upload your poker account identification documents to the appropriate aforementioned email address.
6) Within 1-2 days your documents should be verified. Should you have need to have your account verified more quickly, please contact Professional Rakeback support via Skype, and we will expedite your verification process by interfacing directly with the poker managers and/or the security department.