re: Poker & BEWARE OF NEW SITES OFFERING BIG FREEROLLS PART2 - ROSSO POKER IS A FRAUD
Let me play Devil's Advocate here for a moment. This is not an endorsement at all. Perhaps it is another way to view things.
A new site arrives, knowing it will take a good long while to establish a history, and a following. They see the US market as ripe, and believe they have things set up correctly. Never mind at this point that they don't/
They have some deep pocket backers to fund the promotional freerolls, and hope to get depositors after a short while.
Any site will want to establish a personal relationship with its players. It will be necessary to verify who they are and where they are, and the easiest one-time shot at doing this is to provide it all when depositing. So the deposit requirement to me is a no brainer.
Any new site should have all the ducks lined up before launch. Deposit/ID methods, payout methods, games tested and stats available, along with who the hell they are and where they are located. They need to show they have a support staff, and if it is a small staff, give a better than good faith estimate on reply times.
They will get no new members/players unless they are looking for fools (wait, almost all sites are looking for fools, but then aren't we as players also looking for them?). So any/all players should investigate who it is they are giving their money to.
The more open a site is, the better. Any company clouded in shell corps or other fogs will never grow much. A verifiable, named CEO, or COO should be easily accessible via a posted email address via all sites. A physical address somewhere in the world, verifiable thru google maps or some such, would be comforting.
Keep in mind that like most of you, many, if not most players, don't seek a poker forum
out first. They seek out a poker game
first, and after a while they run across a forum reference and decide to improve their game. In that process they might run across a thread like this.
If they are not cheap, and enjoy poker for the entertainment value, they will deposit without checking anything. The only way to get info to those folks would be via the chat in the games at the sites you question. Meaning there isn't a whole lot that can happen.
I don't mind new sites, or smaller sites. They were all small once, and new too. I'd guess that the very earliest days at Stars were pretty damn chaotic.
Again, this is NOT AN ENDORSEMENT! And may not be very coherrent either........