Carbon Poker has contacting players and affiliates today to let them know that they would be ending rakeback on January 31st. Unlike the previous time in June 2011 when Carbon Poker stopped rakeback, this time it applies to all players. All players at Carbon Poker and sister site Aced will move to the VIP program. No other skins on Merge Gaming have made this announcement but players should be aware that this is likely a network wide rule going into effect.
Carbon Poker’s VIP program awards VIP Points to players that may be spent in a variety of ways. The program pays players between 12 and 45 percent rakeback. The tiers are as follows:
- Earth – $25 rake – 12% rakeback
- Wind – $75 rake – 14.5% rakeback
- Fire – $300 rake – 18% rakeback
- Water – $1,000 rake – 23% rakeback
- Ether/Ether+ – $2,500 rake – 45% rakeback
All tiers are based on monthly rake.
Carbon Poker is also telling players that their VIP Points will expire on January 31st if they were earned though the rakeback program. The only way that rakeback players can spend points is on tournament entries.
Another recent rule change on the network will make all tournament tickets expire after 90 days. Any tournament ticket earned before January 1, 2013 will expire on March 31, 2013.
The network has seen several changes in recent months. It all started when Lock Poker left the network after purchasing the Cake Network. The network also ran off large skins including Black Chip Poker, RPM Poker and Hero Poker. Black Chip Poker moved to the Winning Poker Network, while the others simply closed. Player to player transfers were also removed from the software.
The text of the email distributed to players and affiliates is below:
CarbonPoker has decided to remove rakeback entirely as of January 31st, 11:59 PM EST. All players will be transferred from the rakeback program to the VIP program.
This change enables us to offer larger and more beneficial bonuses and ultimately allows for an improved distribution of bonuses to our players.
Players can receive similar benefits and rewards as they would have with the rakeback program through our evolving VIP program. Removal of rakeback applies to all existing and new players. Please note that VIP points earned by players in the rakeback program are not transferable.