Update: Shortly after the publication of this article, representatives from Genting Poker stated that they will now be honoring points earned. We will follow up with a subsequent article in due course.
iPoker skin Genting Poker has abruptly announced the end of a promotional deal with The Hendon Mob, a popular UK-focused tournament community, and asserted that it will not honor accrued tournament dollars. Players are reportedly left with hundreds, in some cases thousands, of pounds worth of sponsorship dollars that are now rendered worthless.
The sponsorship deal, promoted heavily throughout The Hendon Mob website, gave $3 of “Hendon Mob Sponsorship Dollars” for every $10 raked on the poker room. These dollars could then be used in live and online poker tournaments, with any winnings split 50/50 with the player and Hendon Mob.
It was effectively a 30% rakeback offer to a staking deal with no “make-up,” in addition to the standard VIP points at Genting. The deal was popular with players, and many saved up hundreds of tournament dollars in order to buy into big tournaments like WSOP events.
Posting on The Hendon Mob forum last Friday, new Genting Poker Manager James Lowe announced that the deal was over, and stated that any points not used “are no longer valid.”
A representative from Hendon Mob later confirmed that the post was genuine, and asserted that they received no prior knowledge that the arrangement was to be terminated. The promotion is now listed as suspended on the website, but Genting advertisements are still visible throughout the site.
Players outraged at the loss of tournament credits in many cases worth hundreds or thousands of dollars have taken to multiple online poker forums to voice their discontent.
The Hendon Mob is the name given to four London professional poker players, Joe Beevers Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman and Ram Vaswani. The group was part of Team Full Tilt but severed ties prior to its demise. The successful website is known for its comprehensive database of live tournament winnings, and a busy UK-centric online poker forum.