Carbon Poker Eliminates RakebackWednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Ryan
Carbon Poker has recently become a go-to option for poker players who are based out of the United States. After Black Friday hit last year, players were left with very few sites to take their action to, and this is when Carbon Poker and quite a few other options on the Merge Gaming Network stepped their game up and jumped into the action as top options. Since that point Carbon has seen their traffic go up and down quite a bit, and this has caused them change guarantees on tournaments from time to time and also see the cash game traffic move around a bit. All in all though, Carbon has remained a strong option for players not only through the United States, but across the world as well. While many International players are on PokerStars and Full Tilt, Carbon features more “beginner” players, leading to some additional traffic.
The changes that we mentioned above haven’t been huge ones in terms of the tournament guarantees, but this week Carbon decided to make a huge announcement that affects almost all players on the site. Carbon’s announcement came on Tuesday, and it stated that this current month will be the final one in which they offer players rakeback. Their reasoning behind doing this is due to the overall poker economy, and a rep who spoke out for Carbon also went on to say that it is likely that rakeback will be no more on any site through the Merge Gaming Network. A representative from the site who goes by the name of “CarbonRyan” addressed the topic on the popular Two Plus Two poker forum under the “CarbonPoker rakeback” thread.
The quote stated the obvious by saying that Carbon will be removing rakeback “entirely as of January 31st, 11:59pm EST”, it went on to say that players are going to be transferred out of the current rakeback program and into the VIP program. The reasoning behind deciding to do this cited by CarbonRyan is that it will give the site the opportunity to offer players “larger and more beneficial bonuses”, and also to “allow for an improved distribution of bonuses” to the players on their site. According to the statement, players are going to be able to receive similar benefits and rewards from the VIP program in comparison to what they currently get from the rakeback program. Carbon players received this same information in an email as well
As you can imagine this isn’t news that players were overly excited about. The Merge Gaming Network was one of the more popular networks for players who were looking for rakeback in the past year or so. While PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Party Poker were not offering rakeback, it led to a few players actually looking towards the Merge Gaming Network for this big perk. To make things a bit more interesting, the VIP points that are earned in the rakeback program are apparently not going to be transferrable when February rolls around. This means that the numbers are going to be set back to zero when the new months begin. So anyone who has rakeback-earned VIP points needs to be sure to use up these points before February in order to make sure that they don’t get tossed.
Unfortunately we do not currently have any additional information on the new VIP program that Carbon is going to be featuring. For that matter we aren’t even sure if the new game plan is set in stone yet. Carbon has said that they are going to be giving this information to players as soon as it is finalized. It will be interesting to see what the outcome of the new VIP program is, and how much of a change it is from the current one that Carbon Poker offers. One thing that’s for certain is that if it is not a good amount better than players won’t feel too great about this trade off of having to give up rakeback for the improved program. We’ll keep you updated as more information is released, and this should be happening within the next week or two we would assume.