PartyPoker continues to outshine Pokerstars with rewards changes
In the last few weeks, the differences between PartyPoker and PokerStars have never been more visible. The two major online poker operators have taken entirely different paths with their rewards systems, and this week, PartyPoker have followed up with another announcement that seems set to give value back to players.
Patrick Leonard, who is an ambassador for PartyPoker made the announcement, in which he revealed the new Diamond Club level of their VIP loyalty system. In order to reach the heights of the Diamond Club, players will have to earn 100,000 points over a 12-month period, which equates to around $100,000 in rake. Among the rewards is a rakeback bonus of 50% along with customer service via Skype 24/7. All game types are eligible.
Offering former Supernova Elites an alternative
The initiative behind this move appears to be in attempting to offer higher stakes regulars some of the rewards that PokerStars have removed in recent times, with Mike Sexton recently saying words to that effect. He said that He would strive to help PartyPoker to “reward players who start games and keep the action going”. This approach is a stark contrast to the changes involving Supernova Elite VIP rewards over at Pokerstars in recent times. With this announcement, PartyPoker could start bringing many of those former Supernova Elite players who feel neglected by PokerStars, into their poker room.
Patrick Leonard’s full statement
Patrick Leonard’s full statement is as follows:
“I joined PartyPoker initially because management promised me that they would have the player’s best interests in mind and invest in the poker community and the Diamond Club will be an important part of this strategy. Over recent years, I have unfortunately seen certain online sites punish regular players who start games and encourage predatory regulars to prey on amateur players and weaker players. The Diamond Club will reward regulars who start games and continue games and not reward these predatory regs who jump into a game for a small amount of time when they believe their win rate is sky high and sit out when the weaker player has gone broke. I’ve seen a lot of people who don’t have a background in poker try and come up with ‘revolutionary’ ways to improve loyalty systems and not surprisingly, most of them have failed. Quite simply, those who want to support PartyPoker and make this their home for playing poker will be rewarded generously. Those who want to use PartyPoker to only prey on weaker players will not.”