Poker Pros Network and Two US Processors Close

May 24, 2013
Poker Pros Network and Two US Processors Close

The Poker Pros Network (PPN) and two related payment processors appear to have closed.  The processors are Pic-Club and MyPayLinq.  The Poker Players Network was formerly a Cake Network skin that closed for about one year.  It later launched its own software and network in April 2012. 

The Poker Pros Network was US friendly, as were Pic-Club and MyPayLinq.  The network was also joined by several US facing skins including Rounders Row, operated by the former owners of RaiseandFold, an Everleaf Gaming skin that closed in 2011.

The network never caught on with players.  There was little action and the tables that did launch were penny cash games and tournaments with low buy-ins.  The website now displays a message stating that it is under maintenance and will return at 3pm.  It does not mention which day or date in the announcement.  The same message has appeared on the website for over a week.  The poker software has also been down during this time.  This affects all skins, though the network had virtually no traffic.

Troubled Pic-Club Closes

Pic-Club was a somewhat popular US facing ewallet years ago.  Players purchased shares in the processor and were able to buy and sell these shares as they deposited and withdrew from the ewallet.  It was used by the main Merge Gaming cashier until October 2009.  It was also used by a number of other US facing sites, including True Poker, Poker World, Poker Host and Everleaf Gaming.  All of these online poker rooms dropped Pic-Club as a deposit method well before its failure with the exception of PPN, which appears to have been owned by the same company.

The domain name expired last week without processing withdrawal requests to players.  The site went offline without warning as well so some players would have never had the opportunity to request a withdrawal.

The domain is available for purchase through any domain reseller by anyone at the time of this post for about $10.  The site has 73 low quality backlinks, but has so little traffic it does not even register in Alexa.  

MyPayLinq Also Offline

MyPayLinq was used by several US facing casinos even up to its last days.  Inetbet and Slotastic are casinos mentioned by players that were waiting on payouts.  Bodog and Bovada reportedly stopped using MyPayLinq in 2012.  Players that requested payouts from MyPayLinq had been waiting as many as five months for their requests to be processed.  MyPayLinq displays the same under maintenance message that is showing on PPN’s website.  A quick whois check shows both sites share the same server.

The End of PPN Appears to be Here

Rounders Row’s representative made a detailed post at Two Plus Two this week where he answered several player concerns.  The somber tone of the post and the obvious frustration in the response makes one think that the network will not return.

PPN and MyPayLinq may become live again in the future.  PPN was resurrected after being offline for one year.  MyPayLinq seems to have some business from processing casino deposits, though many players have been waiting for all of 2013 to get paid.  These issues, combined with the expiration of Pic-Club’s domain, makes for an easy conclusion that we have seen the last of all of these brands.


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