Players making a withdrawal from their partypoker account now have more free options available after the online gaming giant announced it was scrapping processing fees on many withdrawal methods with immediate effect.
Having to pay a fee to withdraw funds has long been a major bugbear for partypoker’s customers, with methods such as MasterCard, Maestro, Visa and bank transfer all costing £1.50 to use. From July 31, 2015, these methods, along with Kalixa Pay, goplay prepaid MasterCard, ClickandBuy and paypal can be used for free.
Not all fees have been waived, however, because e-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller both carry a 3% fee when using them to withdraw from a partypoker account, although this may not be the case for much longer accorind to partypoker’s Director of Games, Golan Shaked.
Listening to the players is central to our ongoing strategy. When we started our Poker for the People campaign, withdrawal fees and our loyalty store were the two hottest topics raised at our live player forums. Our poker team has been working hard and we’re really pleased to have addressed these two issues but there’s still work to be done. We want to be the online poker site that champions what players want and we’re up for the challenge of making our players’ experience the best it can be. We are now looking at ways to eliminate withdrawal fees from the small number of payment processors who currently charge a premium for their services.
According to the partypoker blog, efforts are being made to improve the time take for a withdrawal to be approved and processed, which would be another major positive for players preferring to spend their time at partypoker.
Partypoker seems to be listening to the feedback of its customer base and applying changes to fit those comments. In March 2015, partypoker revamped its loyalty scheme to make it easier to understand, easier to reach the higher levels and allow players to exchange their points for cash.
More recently, the loyalty store has had items such as live tournament tickets, and discounted packages for its Pokerfest series.
UK Team Challenge Begins Today
August 1 marks the start of the inaugural UK Team Challenge, held online at partypoker with a live final taking place at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham.
Teams can have between two and four players and are awarded chips based on their finishing positions in a nightly $5.50 buy-in and $27.50 buy-in tournament. To date, more than 100 teams have registered and at least £35,000 is up for grabs at the live final, with an additional £5,000 added for every 100 teams that enter.
Players wanting to enter a team have until August 31 to do so, and you can find more details about the UK Team Challenge in this PokerNews article.