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Phil Galfond

On Phil Galfond’s New Online Poker Site: Competition is Good

We’re all quite used to seeing the big name online poker operators making moves these days, so it’s refreshing to see of the game’s top players trying to instigate a paradigm shift. Phil Galfond has a stellar reputation and record both at and away from the poker tables. He’s on a bold mission to change things up in online poker by trying to create a site that caters to ALL players, both recreational and professional.

Here are some thoughts on that and an opinion on whether the initiative is likely to succeed or not.

PlayWPT

Finally! PlayWPT Gives Legitimacy to Play Money Poker

The World Poker Tour has innovated a brand new concept with their PlayWPT product, namely, they’ve managed to create a play money environment where the stakes actually matter. By setting ground rules in which players have to purchase play money chips and treating the game with the full integrity of real money poker play, they’ve given true legitimacy to the concept of “social gaming” for the first time.

Learn more about their innovative new product in this review.

Jason Somerville

Did Jason Somerville’s CNBC Appearance Help or Hurt Online Poker’s Image?

There’s much to be lauded about Jason Somerville’s efforts to get online poker regulated in the U.S. Recently, however, he made a CNBC appearance that had even some of his biggest fans wondering if he made the best possible impression – visually speaking.

This op-ed asks if the image we had of Jason Somerville on CNBC helps or hurts online poker’s chances of getting regulated. What do you think?

Can Online Poker Pros Still Make Money on PokerStars After VIP Program Changes?

Late in 2015 PokerStars rolled out a slew of changes to their VIP program. These changes radically altered the “rakeback” that online poker pros would get for their play. With many high-stakes and high-volume professional online poker players dependent on the income they get from promotions such as these, it begs the question as to whether money could still be made once the high rakeback disappeared.

Dan Smith Tweeted out a question that sparked a heated debate over the last few days within the pro community. Read all about it, plus our analysis of the situation. Perhaps it’s no longer possible to make money as an online poker pro on PokerStars?