February reports have been released and PokerHost on the Merge Network has landed in a first place tie with Bovada for cashout speed among U.S. poker rooms.
While Bovada has long been known to process withdrawal requests in an expedited fashion, PokerHost has quietly positioned itself atop the industry of US facing poker sites right alongside Bovada. PokerHost is a Merge skin, but uses an independent cashier that has allowed it to process payments a bit quicker than the other Merge skins such as Carbon Poker.
Not to say that withdrawal requests are horrendous at Carbon and Merge, as the network has improved over last month’s rating. That improvement comes just in time for a new Carbon Online Poker Series that kicked off yesterday and will run through February 23. Featuring 84 events in 15 days and $1.2 million in guaranteed prize money, an influx of players is expected at Carbon Poker. Merge managed to handle increased withdrawal requests during a Carbon OPS in November and chances are that the cashier will equal that performance this month.
But the efficiency of fellow Merge skin PokerHost has earned slightly higher marks as of late and it has not gone unnoticed by players who drool at the 200% up to $5,000 bonus that’s available to first-time depositors. A full 120 days is allowed to clear that PokerHost signup bonus, which dwarfs the typical industry standards of 60 or 90 days.
While PokerHost has achieved its goal of paying out quickly, players in the U.S. are also frequenting the Winning Poker Network due to its outstanding reputation of speedy turnaround times on withdrawals. WPN comes in only marginally behind Bovada and PokerHost in that capacity. Americas Cardroom, True Poker and Black Chip Poker are WPN skins that all offer 100% up to $1,000 deposit bonuses.
While many in the U.S. are clamoring for online poker legislation to increase revenue and provide protection for consumers, regulation hasn’t gone off without a hitch. Some players in the regulated states of New Jersey and Nevada continue to be plagued by geolocation problems and the inability to effectuate deposits by certain credit cards.
Combine those problems with limited player traffic due to the intrastate models currently in play and it can be argued that online poker players in regulated states have it much worse at the moment than players in unregulated states who have the freedom to choose the many U.S.-facing options available. Those options include PokerHost, Bovada, Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker, where payment processing is a high priority and player pools are larger than those found in the trio of regulated states.