IS GLOBAL POKER LEGAL?

We are pleased to announce that Global Poker is the first social poker site that offers players in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) the opportunity to win prizes

We are a leading social poker site that offers social poker along with a unique sweepstakes model.

WHO IS GLOBAL POKER?

Global Poker is operated by VGW GP Limited and the sweepstakes promotions and prizes (Sweeps Coins Games) offered at Global Poker are operated by VGW Games Limited. Both VGW GP and VGW Games are subsidiaries of VGW Holdings Limited, a public company incorporated in Australia in 2010.

Global Poker aims to be a leading social poker room bringing fun and excitement to poker players globally. Our initial focus is on the US, “the home of Poker” and Canada, but we intend to expand globally very soon, making Global Poker truly Global!

IS GLOBAL POKER THE ONLY GAMING COMPANY TO USE SWEEPSTAKES PRIZES?

No, social gaming companies offering sweepstakes with prizes is nothing new. There have been, and still are, many companies offering sweepstakes with prizes.

WHAT ARE “SWEEPSTAKES”?

Sweepstakes are trade promotions with prizes. They promote additional sales through prize giveaways and have been used for decades, worldwide.

HOW DOES GLOBAL POKER’S SWEEPSTAKES MODEL WORK?

Global Poker, sells virtual currency (Gold Coins). These are virtual chips which you can accumulate and play with, but they cannot be redeemed for real money or exchanged.

When purchasing Gold Coins, some players may be given free sweepstakes entries by way of Sweeps Coins. Sweeps Coins cannot be purchased and are always available free of charge via one the many alternative methods of entry at Global Poker.

Sweeps Coins can be used to play Sweeps Coins tournaments and ring games. Sweeps Coins won playing with Sweeps Coins can be redeemed for real money or other prizes. 'Sweeps Coins' or 'SC' will be the terms used to describe your sweeps gameplay currency balance and gameplay transactions such as Ring Game stakes and Tournament buy-ins e.g. SC 5/SC 10 or SC 10+SC 1.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO VERIFY YOUR DOCUMENTS IN ORDER TO REDEEM YOUR SWEEPS COINS FOR REAL MONEY AND OTHER PRIZES?

We require verification once you request your first Sweeps Coins prize redemption. This is to make sure that funds are sent to the correct account holder. Once the documents are sent, we verify them as soon as possible. The redemption process depends on whether or not the correct form of identification has been sent through. It normally takes about 5 days for verification to take place. Once your account is verified, it takes approximately another 5 days for your redeemed funds to be processed to your account.

This verification only applies to your first Sweeps Coins prize redemption. Future Sweeps Coins prize redemptions will not require verification.

WHAT SORT OF DOCUMENTS DO I NEED FOR MY ACCOUNT TO BECOME VERIFIED?

You will need 2 of the following documents to be sent at [email protected]:

  1. A valid primary ID (w/ photo), which can be any of the following:
    • Passport
    • Driver’s license
    • National/State ID
    • Other government issued ID, aside from the ones mentioned above (Veteran’s ID, etc.)
  2. A supporting document under your name as proof of address:
    • Utility Bill (electricity, telco, water, etc. not older than 3 months)
    • Notarized agreement form for lease (nothing hand-written)
    • Bank statements
    • Medical insurance

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOLD COINS AND SWEEPS COINS?

Gold Coins are purchased by players to be used on our Gold Coin tables. These are virtual chips which you can accumulate them and play with them but they cannot be redeemed for real money.

When purchasing Gold Coins, some players may be given free sweepstakes entries by way of Sweeps Coins. Sweeps Coins cannot be purchased and are always available free of charge via one the many alternative methods of entry at Global Poker.

The Sweeps Coins can be used to play Sweeps Coins tournaments and ring games. Sweeps Coins won playing with Sweeps Coins can be redeemed for real money or other prizes.

WHAT OTHER COMPANIES USE SWEEPSTAKES?

Many companies worldwide use sweepstakes to promote and sell their products. Sweepstakes promotions have been running for decades in the US and other countries around the world.

Companies such as McDonalds, Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Reader’s Digest, Pepsi and Proctor & Gamble all hold widely known, and often global, sweepstakes promotions.

WHAT IS THE RISK LAWS WILL JUST CHANGE?

Low. Sweepstakes are regulated in the US is on a state-by-state basis, so laws across all the states would need to change.

SO WHY CAN’T OTHER SOCIAL POKER COMPANIES IMPLEMENT THE SAME SWEEPSTAKES MODEL?

  1. The technology underpinning Global Poker’s unique business model is the subject of a pending patent application.
  2. Technology & Operations: The technology required to operate a social gaming platform alongside a sweepstakes prize platform is very different to that of a regular social casino game, requiring far more robust, secure and thorough gameplay and reporting functionality. Operations supporting sweepstakes games are also very different to regular social games companies, as the payments, fraud and customer service profiles are very different.

CAN GLOBAL POKER’S SWEEPSTAKES MODEL APPLY TO OTHER GAMING PRODUCTS?

Yes, it can apply to any game of chance. Many of these are offered at our sister site Chumba Casino.

HOW RANDOM IS THE CARD SHUFFLE USED BY GLOBAL POKER?

The RNG used by Global Poker utilises a Mersenne Twister with background cycling. This was certified by iTechLabs on 15 February 2017 who confirmed that it uses a well known algorithm to generate random numbers. The numbers generated by this RNG have passed Marsaglia’s “diehard” tests for statistical randomness. iTech Labs has found that number sequences are unpredictable, non-repeatable and uniformly distributed.

HOW DO I DEPOSIT MONEY INTO MY GLOBAL POKER ACCOUNT AND IS THERE RAKE?

You cannot deposit money into your Global Poker Account. Global Poker is not a ‘traditional online poker site’ where you can deposit money to play with. Global Poker is a social poker site which offers game play for our two virtual currencies, Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins.

If you want to enjoy the fun of the Gold Coin tables all you need to do is purchase some Gold Coins and you are ready to hit the tables. If you want to take part in our Sweeps Coins tables you can do so using Sweeps Coins. Sweeps Coins can be obtained free of charge in a number of ways including, as a promotion when you purchase Gold Coins, via one of our Sweeps Coins giveaway competitions or by sending us a letter. Check out our Sweeps Rules page for further information on how to obtain your free Sweeps Coins.

For information on Gold Coin and Sweeps Coins rake, click here.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SWEEPS COINS WINNINGS I CAN REDEEM?

You need to have won a minimum of 50 Sweeps Coins to redeem a prize. There is currently no maximum amount.

WHAT IS SC?

SC is an abbreviation for Sweeps Coins, the promotional currency used on our sweepstakes tables.

ARE THERE PURCHASE LIMITS ON GLOBAL POKER?

At its sole discretion, Global Poker may apply purchase limits to your account. You may request to increase your limits at any time by contacting Customer Service.

WHAT IS SKRILL?

Skrill is one of the world’s largest digital wallet providers, specifically designed to work with mobile and in-game payments. Founded in 2001, they make digital payments simple, secure and quick. They’re a recognized world-leader in developing global payment solutions for people’s business and pleasure, whether they’re depositing funds on a gaming site, buying online or sending money to family and friends.

WHO CAN USE SKRILL?

Skrill is free and available to everyone.

WHY HAVE YOU PARTNERED WITH SKRILL?

We always look for ways to improve player experience. We often receive feedback from our players on ways we can continue to make Global Poker more enjoyable. It’s our intention to broaden the payment options on our site to give players more payment choice; to make it easier to purchase Gold Coins and redeem prizes from Sweeps Coins play. Skrill is the first in a number of digital wallets we will incorporate into the Global Poker site in the coming months. Look out for more updates in the future!

WHY SHOULD I USE SKRILL?

There are three main reasons to use Skrill. Convenience, confidence and speed.

Skrill conveniently allows you to pay anytime and anywhere with your email address and password. In addition you can send and receive money, store cards, and link bank accounts.

Your security is a priority. Your payments and personal information safe are always kept safe, and Skrill’s own anti-fraud team protects every transaction. You can be confident your transactions are secure.

Skrill is quick. It’s easy for Skrill wallet holders to pay for good or send and receive money – you just need an email address.

HOW DO I USE SKRILL?

When you’re in the cashier, once you’ve selected the Gold Coin package you’d like to purchase you’ll see the added option of paying via Skrill. If you don’t have a Skrill wallet, you can choose to create one.

It takes just a few minutes to create a Skrill wallet and bring all your payment details together in one place.

With Skrill you can use it outside of Global Poker; stay in control with simple, secure and quick payment methods, including stored cards and your account balance.

You can move funds from Skrill to your bank account instantly or make ATM withdrawals. It’s so flexible.

DO I HAVE TO USE SKRILL?

Skrill is an additional wallet option. You can continue to use your current payment method. We will continue to add further payment and wallet options in the future to offer the greatest flexibility to our players.

CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE SKRILL WALLET?

No. You can only purchase and redeem using one Skrill wallet.

HOW WILL I KNOW I’VE MADE A PURCHASE USING SKRILL?

Every time you purchase Gold Coins using Skrill, you’ll receive notification for your records.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN MY PRIZE REDEMPTION INTO SKRILL IS COMPLETE?

When you request to redeem your prizes, we’ll send you an email. Similarly, once that amount is in your Skrill account, you’ll receive an email confirming that