UPDATE March 5th 2015. A message posted on the former sealwithclubs.eu home page has announced that cash outs will only be available until May 5th 2015. After this date it will not be possible to retrieve balances, connect an email address to an account or reset a password.
Seals with Clubs has announced that it is to close with immediate effect and that all players should withdraw their Bitcoin as soon as possible.
For more than three years, Seals with Clubs has been providing a service for poker players wishing to use Bitcoin to fund their online poker activities. What started out as a poker site populated with crypto-currency fans and libertarians developed into a mainstream online poker site offering the lowest rake of any major poker site, valuable freerolls and a program offering 50% rakeback.
After ten days of technical problems, Seals with Clubs has been forced to close. A message on the site´s homepage advises readers that there were issues with operational security, but that no data was compromised and players´ funds remain intact. However, as the whole operation is closing with immediate effect, players are requested to withdraw their funds as soon as possible. An online form is provided at the foot of the Seals with Clubs homepage to enable players to request a withdrawal.
SWC V.2 on its Way?
As many Seals with Clubs players will be aware, the software used by the site had a history of problems, and for many months new software has been under development. The announcement on the Seals with Clubs homepage indicates that the new software may still see the light of day, as company chairman – Brian Micon – is keen to continue the success of Seals with Clubs with a new team based in Antigua.
The current owners of Seals with Clubs have allowed Micon to continued developing the software, and maintain the sealswithclubs.eu web domain. There is no indication of how long it may take to complete the work, and consequently the owners of Seals with Clubs have withheld player log-ins and passwords from Micon in the interests of player security.
Micon will have access to players´ usernames and email accounts, so when the new Seals with Clubs platform is ready existing players who have registered an email address will be informed automatically. Players who have not registered an email account with Seals with Clubs have the opportunity to do so on the site´s homepage.
Alternative Options for Bitcoin Poker Players
Now that Seals with Clubs is no longer – temporarily at least – players have a couple of options if they wish to reinvest their Bitcoin refunds. Americas Cardroom and Full Flush Poker have both recently added Bitcoin as a deposit option; and although neither site facilitates anonymous play, both sites have substantial Welcome bonuses, a good level of traffic and numerous lucrative promotions.
Americas Cardroom is probably the best option for players who can put in high volumes, or who want to play in high value tournaments. The site´s weekly “Beast” rake race pays out more than $60,000 each week, and this Sunday sees the $1 million guaranteed “Winning Millions” tournament that guarantees the winner $200,000. You can read what we think of the site in our Americas Cardroom review.
Full Flush Poker by comparison is blatantly promoted as an online poker site for recreational players. Low stakes players will find plenty of action around the clock due to the site´s affiliations in Europe and the Rest of the World, and the software is undoubtedly an improvement on what players will have experienced at Seals with Clubs! You can read out opinion of the site in our Full Flush Poker review.
The demise of Seals with Clubs is definitely a sad event for Bitcoin poker, but you can still play online poker for Bitcoin at either of these two sites, and it only takes a minute to set up and fund your account.