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Staking, Backing & Escrow Rules

We consider staking to be a mutually agreed relationship, whereby some (or all) of a player's winnings are given to another player.

We allow staking and staking agreements between players to play on our site, but will not participate in settling such agreements or be involved in any dispute between parties.

What we do not allow is the misuse or abuse of our player-to-player transfer system, such as transfer of funds solely to be withdrawn. The person who played and won money should withdraw the funds and make payment arrangements off site.

Transfers are allowed where the receiver of the funds uses the funds in order to play on our site. Players that are part of staking agreement must be aware that transfers and withdrawals from and to their accounts will be reviewed, and may be declined if we find that players are abusing the transfer system. In extreme cases, players could face account suspension or termination.

Affiliates cannot use their Affiliate Account for staking deals. All such arrangements should be done using their playing account.

In addition to the financial rules described above, our rules on the game play involving a staking relationship are very clear:

"If you are involved in staking, swaps, profit-sharing, or any kind of bankroll sharing agreement with another player, you may not play at the same cash game table or in the same Sit & Go tournament as that player."

The full copy of our Poker Room Rules are available in the How to Play section on our website.

Thus, we allow two players who have a staking arrangement to play in the same multi-table tournament. If both players meet at the same table, they must play against each other as aggressively as they would against any other player - they must make decisions in each of their own best interest (and not make plays that are intended to assist their partner or their results as a team).

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