The Revolution Network appears to be scaling back Fair Play Technology, which was announced last March as a way to segregate cash game players on the network by skill level. The move was advertised as a way to improve the network’s ecosystem, although some critics have argued it was another signal of the network’s financial difficulties (Juicy Stakes recently received a “F” in our monthly cashout report).
The extent of which Fair Play has been scaled back is not fully known at this time. While some are suggesting it has been completely removed, others including Online Poker Report say some segregation is still taking place. Revolution representatives that PAS spoke with at the Amsterdam affiliate convention two weeks ago hinted that some scaling back of the program was imminent.
Fair Play’s apparent demise has been welcomed by many online poker players who see this news as a sign the player pool will increase to pre-Fair Play levels. Many winning players have had strong words against Fair Play since its debut. Traffic is down significantly since the move as players struggle to find adequate action. Bodog has likely been the biggest benefactor of Revolution’s decline, despite that network also being friendly to the recreational player model. Bodog has chosen to focus on less aggressive methods, however, such as Anonymous tables and removing wait lists.
Now that Fair Play appears to be history, much of the focus will turn to cashout times, which has taken a negative turn over the last few months (although Lock Poker cashout times did improve slightly last month). Many U.S. players understand payment processing is very difficult in the current climate but find the cashout times of 6+ months to be unacceptable.
PAS will sure to keep up with this story and its impact on players and affiliates.
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