Winning Poker Network, the fourth biggest US friendly online poker network, became double its original size after the events of Black Friday, but it has not achieved the ranks of Bovada, the leading US friendly online poker room.
Winning Poker Network comprises renowned skins such as True Poker, Americas Cardroom, 5Dimes Poker, Black Chip Poker, and others. The company that operates the network also operates Bookmaker and BetCris, two major online sports betting companies. The network has no problems with player traffic, but has not yet succeeded becoming popular in the US online poker market.
Players on the network can make deposits using Western Union and credit cards. Those who use Western Union will get back their fees if they deposit at least $500. Besides, major online poker skins on the Winning Poker Network offer debit cards on payment of a fee of $25. Once players receive their debit cards, they can get their winnings in a few working days. Western Union withdrawals are also quick, but a bit expensive. Players will have to wait for as many as two weeks to get a check, but they can expect one free check per month.
The customer support system at Winning Poker Network is also excellent as it includes the live chat facility. The network responds to emails within a few hours; besides, it has a special forum for Black Chip Poker, Americas Cardroom, and True Poker, sponsored by Two Plus Two.
Although withdrawals are quick and customer care is excellent, Winning Poker Network runs on the Dobrosoft online poker software platform, which badly needs to be upgraded. Although devoid of major bugs, this platform is fraught with smaller bugs that can irritate players no end.
Another major drawback of the Winning Poker Network are promotions called The Beast and The Bad Beat Jackpot, which give high-stakes professional players an unfair advantage over recreational players. This tends to discourage recreational players, who will ultimately leave the network and leave it struggling for player traffic.
The network also lacks limit games. In November 2012, the network lowered its fixed limit rake, which is now similar to that at Merge and PokerStars. But, this failed to attract any new players.
Poker experts say that Winning Poker Network needs to make a few changes to appear more alluring to recreational players. It is high time for Winning Poker Network to migrate to a better software platform and launch player friendly promotions.