Wednesday August 22,2012 : ONLINE POKER SITE RUNS OUT OF BLUFF
Bluff Gaming is closing…and it’s not a good deal for the players
The latest Malta-licensed online poker room to hit the skids is Bluff Gaming on the Enet poker network, which emailed players this week giving them the news and advising that they would be transferred to the network's own poker room, but hardly under advantageous conditions.
The writing has been on the wall for some weeks with the usual red flags of slow pay-outs and bad communications from the site.
One player who finally lost patience and lodged a complaint with the LGA of Malta licensing jurisdiction was told earlier this month by that organisation:
"I have made contact with the Representative of IG & Partners Ltd. (www.bluffgaming.com) (Casino) on your behalf about the matter you raised.
"We have requested specific information with regards to the matter you refer to. As soon as this information becomes available to the Authority you will be notified accordingly.
"Any future mail should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org."
It now seems unlikely that such information will be given; an inspection of the LGA's licensing list does not show IG and Partners, implying that the licence has been quietly pulled as was the case in the Purple Lounge fiasco.
On Tuesday twoplustwo message board players reported receiving emails from Enet which advised:
"Regrettably we have to inform you that due to liquidity issues Bluff Gaming.com website will be terminating operations as from the 31st of August 2012.
"In order to minimize the loss of players funds an agreement has been reached with Enet Poker and it has been finalized.
"Enet Poker will take control of your funds under the following conditions:
* All players funds will be transferred to an Enet skin as from the 1st of September 2012
* All players will be able to cashout 100 percent of the rake they generate each month until the full amount transferred from BluffGaming is cleared
* If players lose funds before they have managed to cashout the amount transferred, then they will be able to deposit and still get a 100 percent rake cashout until the transferred funds is reached in full
* Once the full amount is cashed out players will go back to their original agreement with their affiliates.
* All players will have to cancel their cashouts ( if any) and transfer all their funds on to the main BluffGaming wallet
"Please be aware that we have found a lot of players chip dumping during the past months due to the cash out problems and this has resulted in a lot of players losing their funds.
"If anyone will be found chip dumping, the accounts will be blocked and all funds will be lost as per standard Enet Poker network rules."
IG and Partners operate another poker room, Bluff Room.com, on the Merge network; it is not at this time known whether this will remain in operation or change hands – there were no notifications suggesting this might happen on the Bluff Room website when InfoPowa went to press.