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?

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Dear PokerStars Game Integrity Team: Please Explain Yourselves

Thousands of PokerStars Spin & Go players recently received an email that they’d be getting refunds for having participated in games where the company’s Terms of Service were being violated and online poker play was thusly compromised. While the refunds were issued, which is wonderful, no true explanation was given – and that’s a problem.

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A Reasonable Best-Case Scenario for U.S. Online Poker

Way too much ink has been spilled on the status of U.S. online poker regulation. At the end of the day, advocates, naysayers, and passions notwithstanding, it’s lawmakers who will decide on the fate of online poker in the United States. Since Federal regulation isn’t being passed anytime soon, it’s time to take an honest look at a realistic best-case scenario for legalized U.S. online poker. Read on for my assessment.

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Will the GPL Cause Webcam Online Poker Play to Take Off?

Webcam poker debuted on the online poker scene years ago, but it hasn’t really caught on. The Global Poker League (GPL) utilizes webcams rather effectively in broadcasting heads-up matched via Twitch live streaming. Will this boost webcam poker play among recreational online poker players? I think there’s only one realistic way this would happen. Read on to find out what that is.

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5 Great Online Poker Bonuses Worth Chasing After

One great way to build up an online poker bankroll is to claim valuable bonuses from the big sites and poker rooms. Some online poker bonus offers are better than others, however, so it’s worthwhile to know which ones are good to chase after. Have a look at our list.

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Enough Already: It’s Time for PokerStars to Halt Rake Increases

PokerStars made a big splash with a much-talked-about launch in New Jersey yesterday, marking the online poker giant’s return to operating within the U.S. after a nearly five-year-long absence. It also made waves with a more low-key announcement, namely that it would be increasing rake in its shared liquidity market. I found the coincidence unsettling, and the latter announcement quite disturbing. Thus, I felt the need to pen an op-ed calling for action. As I’m a big PokerStars fan and supporter, it’s with much hope for this message to be heard and taken to heart that I click Publish.

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