Rake Back - The pros and cons of rake back dealsWritten by RB
Rake Back facts - are they worth trouble?
Rake Back is a rebate given to poker players. The rake is small table fee charged to players for each hand of poker. Rakes add up over time if player plays frequently and/or for high stakes games.
Online poker rooms, in general, do not offer rake back. They offer sign up bonuses instead. There are a lot of bonuses offered out there but there is only one poker room that sanctions rake back themselves.
So why buzz on poker forums and elsewhere about rake back offers? These offers for rake back are coming from affiliates that work for poker rooms. Party Poker, world's largest online poker room, does not allow their affiliates to offer rake backs. They've started to enforce a long standing no rake back policy that can lead to these affiliates being shut out of their program. At very least, Party Poker will make it impossible for them to track, and hence pay, rake back to players. So if a player is thinking of a good offer that's been made to them for rake back at Party Poker, they might want to think again.
If affiliate is caught doing this they will be shut down and rake back payments will stop. The affiliate will still keep getting paid commission on already signed up players though.
There are other risks involving rake backs. They have limits on them. It is really not worth affiliate's time to offer them to casual poker player as they are seen as never accumulating enough rake to be profitable, so they will go after frequent player instead. The limits involve player having to contribute so much rake per month before becoming eligible for a certain percentage of it back. Another risk is that affiliate will get player to sign up then stop paying. Most affiliates get paid commission for life time of player so if they conveniently decide they will no longer pay rake back player has no recourse other than not playing at their favorite poker room.
Is it possible in these deals to get rakeback plus sign up bonuses? The poker rooms that do allow certain affiliates to offer these are not as likely to offer rake back players generous re-load bonuses. If you don't believe this, when was last time that you saw even a sign up bonus link that was associated with a rakeback offer? Well, most have never seen one. In 99% of deals they won't offer both. These rake back affiliates are, in essence, replacing sign up bonus with a rake back deal instead. The just want to sign up players and it does not matter how they get them.
Baroness Elisa and Synergy to Perform in Dover Tuesday May 31stWritten by Daniel J. Rowe
Baroness Elisa (www.baronesselisa.com) is performing with “Synergy” on luxury Fred Olsen cruise liner Braemer in Dover, England on Tuesday May 31st. "Elegant, but not stuffy" best describes atmosphere on board Braemar which came into service in 2001. At 19,089 tons and with 376 well-appointed cabins and suites, Braemar upholds Fred Olsen tradition of small-ship intimacy without compromising on personal space. On board, Baroness’ performance is small and intimate before returning to United States for a charitable event in South Florida later this summer. Baroness Elisa defines best in cabaret theater and South Florida audiences are invited support leading Gay and Lesbian organization, Compass,in a spectacular charity fundraiser in Delray Beach on Sunday, August 7th.
Compass, Inc. (www.compassglcc.com), is Palm Beach County gay and lesbian community center dedicated to promoting pride, diversity, and public awareness of, for, and by Palm Beach County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents and visitors. Compass provides social services and support for gay youth and gay families. Compass also offers a clean, safe meeting space for a variety of national, state, and local organizations as well as social, service, support and athletic groups that meet diverse interests of county’s LGBT people. Compass is largest LGBT community center in Southeast United States and is seventh largest in nation in budget size, staff size and diversity of funded programs.