The last 30 days have been strong for the offshore poker industry. While the trend nationally continues is regulated via the state level, the unregulated rooms keep humming along without issue. Merge Gaming finally showed improvement this month, and most other sites continued their positive speeds.
Bovada is still going to get an A+ rating from us, despite some slowdowns in some of their methods this month. Overall, their speeds continue to be the best in the market.
Checks have slowed slightly, taking just over one week to process. Bank wires have actually been processed faster than checks. These can be processed as quickly as 4 days, but can take up to a week.
Visa Fast Funds is one method that has seen a considerable slow down. We reported last month these were taking about a week or less to process, but this has swelled to 2-3 weeks in processing time.
Cash transfers via Western Union and MoneyGram have also seen a slight downturn in speeds. Instead of the 48 hours we are used to, these are now taking up to 72 hours to process.
Carbon Poker Rating: C- Last Month: D-
Merge Gaming’s flagship room, Carbon Poker has seen some improvement this month. Check speeds are still quite slow, but they have introduced a new method that will help players tremendously.
Merge’s reputation has taken a hit throughout this process, but if they begin to right the ship now, this issue may be forgotten about rather quickly by the masses.
Check are still taking around 3 months to process. This is extremely slow for the market and needs to improve. However, Bitcoin
These are taking about a week to process, which is slow for BTC, but quite fast in terms of withdrawals at Carbon Poker and their skins. Remember, the only other option for payouts is check withdrawal. Next month will be big for Carbon as they seem to be heading in the right direction.
Winning Poker Network Rating: A+ Last Month: A
The Winning Poker Network, which makes up America’s Cardroom, True Poker and Black Chip Poker, has improve drastically over the last 30 days.
Check speeds are about the only method that has stayed the same, with speeds around 2-3 weeks. These were identical to last month’s processing times. Though, they improved heavily elsewhere.
Bitcoin speeds have improved from several days, and are now being processed in less than 24 hours. Debit card withdrawals now take under 48 hours to process, compared to the one-week processing time we reported last month.
Cash transfers through Western Union and MoneyGram have remained at the 48 hour processing time. All and all, it’s been an excellent month at WPN.
BetOnline is an excellent option for players in the US market, but will continue to stay out of the A range unless they can improve their withdrawals to the levels they had earlier this year and last year.
Check speeds have stayed around two weeks. The same goes for bank wires. Several months ago these speeds were around one week for both methods. Cash transfers through Western Union and MoneyGram speeds have held firm at 72 hours.
Bitcoin is still the method we recommend for gamblers at BetOnline, but there’s some massive fees associated with this method, which is not the case at other sites. However, if players utilize their free withdrawal, this can alleviate these fees somewhat.
Full Flush Rating: D+ Last Month: D-
Full Flush and Equity Poker have shown some slight signs of life as of late. Their cashier has started to process faster withdrawals for rest of the world players, but there are still major delays for U.S. customers.
Check speeds are still taking entirely too long for U.S. players. They are still taking about 3 months to process. We gave them a slight upgrade in rating because their cashier as a whole (including international customers) has started to move faster.
Author: Joseph Falchetti (twitter)
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