BlackChip Poker Moving to Winning Poker Network

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BlackChip Poker has announced that they are leaving the Merge Poker Network and will move to the Winning Poker Network.  Winning, formerly Yatahay, already hosts the popular Americas Cardroom.  This announcement comes on the heels of BlackChip abruptly pulling out of the Merge Network Poker Maximus series.  BlackChip Poker posted a brief statement on their Facebook page moments ago.  Below is the full text of that statement.

We’re pleased to announce that on Monday we’ll be moving to the Winning Poker Network. WPN have a reputation for providing the best payouts and customer service of any US-facing network, and we felt this move would be beneficial for our players and partners.
We look forward to providing the level of service our players and affiliates have come to expect from us over the last few years.

Just to clarify a few points:

1) p2p transfers will be available again next week (after the move);
2) It will be necessary for players to be verified by WPN, regardless of whether or not they’ve previously been verified by Merge. We will email players who have a pending withdrawal on Monday to explain how they can go about this to ensure they’re paid as quickly as possible;We’ll be happy to answer any operational questions, but please understand that we’re keen to look towards a positive future. We know payouts are a top priority for those who have been waiting and these will be expedited once the move is complete. Any queries should be directed to

We look forward to a great future on the Winning Poker Network.

America’s Cardroom January Promotional Reminder

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The January 2012 promotional calendar at America’s Cardroom includes a weekend of double guarantees, a special $75k guaranteed tournament and the continuation of holiday cheer started at the end of last year.

Double Guarantees Weekend takes place at America’s Cardroom between Thursday, January 5 and Sunday, January 8. During that four-day period, every single guaranteed tournament will have double its normal guaranteed prize pool.

Then, on January 29, America’s Cardroom will host a special $75,000 guaranteed tournament. The buy-in is $100+9, although the site will be hosting satellites throughout the month for as little as $2+0.20.

The calendar may have changed year’s but America’s Cardroom started one promotion back in December of 2011 that is still running strong in January of 2012. That’s its Secret Santa contest in which each player can win up to $15,000 personally. Simply accumulate as many FPPs (Frequent Player Points) as you can at America’s Cardroom over the month of January, 2012. Earn at least 2,500 FPPs and win a guaranteed cash prize. Prizes go up from there as you accumulate more FPPs and surpass more milestones.

At some intervals, like 3,000 FPPs, 20,000 FPPs, 60,000 FPPs, 175,000 FPPs and 750,000 FPPs, the site will award players special mystery surprises in the way of randomly assigned cash awards of up to $10,000 each. By the time a player reaches the final milestone of 2,200,000 FPPs and attains its $2,000 prize, he or she will have amassed some $15k in cash.

Players do not have to turn in their FPPs to receive their Secret Santa rewards. Instead, players get to keep all the FPPs they earn in January as well as receive the prizes associated with them in this promotion.