By Jesse Eddleman, Rakeback.com Writer
The Winner Poker Network is known for being one of the best networks to still allow US players.
While they do not have thousands and thousands of players online at any given time, they do have tons of tournaments, and there are enough people online to sustain a good selection of cash game tables at small and medium stakes.
Americas Cardroom is the flagship room on WPN.
The history of the Winning network is pretty interesting. WPN originally opened up shop back in 2001 to power a single room, True Poker.
This was opened up to form the Yatahay Network in 2007, but they used outdated software with clunky 3D graphics, and this was a giant flop from the beginning.
Due to a lack of growth, they were forced to move to more modern software in 2011.
The new software is essentially leased from IGSoft, so WPN has no direct influence on the software. This was an unintended feature that helps to prevent scandals like some that we have seen in the past.
Americas Cardroom is considered to be the most popular site on the network by many, and that's led a lot of people to refer to WPN as the Americas Card room network.
The software for sites on the WPN is designed to be organized, clean and easy to use. The main focus is on getting players direct access to what they need and doing so in a way that's quick and that doesn't hog a lot of system resources.
In the main lobby, players will see tabs for the different sections like Hold'em, Omaha & Stud, Jackpots, Tournaments, Sit & Go games, Casino and Sports.
These sections break down into sub-sections based on game type. This includes no-limit, pot-limit and fixed-limit in the case of cash games, and for tournaments, it means breakdowns based on game type and stakes.
You're not going to find an overwhelming number of different types of poker on the Winner network. They realize that the state of online poker right now will not support too many types of poker, so they focus on the most popular games: hold'em, Omaha and 7 card stud.
The limited selection of games is by design: They want to funnel as many players as they can into the same games to keep tables going.
Hold'em and Omaha cash games can be played in no-limit, pot-limit or fixed-limit. For seven card stud, the games are almost exclusively fixed-limit, but an occasional pot-limit game can be found, something you won't normally find on the biggest sites in the industry.
In terms of volume, you'll find plenty of no-limit hold'em cash games running from $0.01/0.02 up to $2/4. The games at $3/6 and higher are a little more sporatic, and they don't consistently run around the clock.
It's worth pointing out that the rake structure for the cash games is probably better than the industry average. In fact, they got a lot of attention when they lowered the rake on fixed-limit games back in 2012 in a response to how much more difficult the games are these days.
The tournament schedule is pretty impressive, and it includes several guaranteed tournaments with a variety of formats every single day. Many of the guarantees go up on the weekends, and this includes Sunday major tournaments with varying buy-ins each week that draw a good number of people considering the size of the network itself. Their tournaments offer a number of other features that stand out as well:
The sit-and-go selection is pretty solid as well. Something that stands out here is the set of Jackpot games they have available.
These are three-handed, hyper-turbo games where players get a chance at a randomly-generated prize pool that could be worth up to $1,620 at the $0.50 level or as much as $100,000 at the $40 level.
A key factor that goes into playing on the Americas Card room network is whether you want to use rakeback or their Elite Benefits program. The rakeback available is a flat 27 percent using a proportional contributed method that tracks your exact contributions to the rake, regardless of if you see showdown.
Players who put in a higher volume should go with the Elite Benefits option, but the cutoff for which is better depends on if you're a tournament player or a cash game player.
You don't have to put in an overwhelming amount of volume to make the Elite Benefits package better, but you can only switch between the two options once on your account.
Overall, the Winning network is a good choice for US players. They have an adequate number of players for the most popular stakes, and they have a good selection of cash games and tournaments.
Their promotional structures and rake structures are a good deal for players, and their cashouts have a reputation for being fairly quick and reliable.
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