Tomorrow is the Last Day to Withdraw Funds from Black Belt Poker

February 27, 2014

“It is with heavy heart that I have to announce that the Black Belt Poker skin will cease to [exist] from midnight this Friday, February 28,” wrote Neil Channing on his forums.

The pro poker player from the UK and co-founder of Black Belt Poker came up with the idea for Black Belt Poker six years ago that he hoped could “lead to a shake-up in the UK online poker market.” Since then, he says he has worked tirelessly to develop the site and expand the brand.

On the iPoker Network, Black Belt Poker is centered around the UK online poker community and engages players via forums, blogs, and Neil Channing’s promotional efforts. He became a sponsored pro and pro blogger for the site, representing the site at live events, so his attachment is pretty deep, and it is no doubt one of the hardest things he’s had to do as a poker player.

“Sadly sometimes in life you just have to accept that things are not working and you need to move on. That time has come with Black Belt Poker,” he explained.

Channing also assured players that their money is safe and is being secured by Boyle Poker, the site’s parent skin “in a ring-fenced bank account.”

In order to get any remaining funds from their accounts, players have been advised to log-in by tomorrow, Friday, February 28th, and request a withdrawal. After that, players will have to contact Boyle Poker; however, the process for cashout will take much longer this way.

Player points is another concern with many players. Channing says he is trying to work out a way to transfer existing VIP points to another skin on the network.

“All that remains is for me to thank everyone who invested, who worked hard for us, who were sponsored by us, who participated in poker discussions on our website and particularly those who played on Black Belt Poker,” he said in closing.

Channing is 10th on the UK’s all-time money list and has cashed 27 times in WSOP and WSOPE events, though he has yet to win a bracelet. Perhaps now with the closing of Black Belt, he can focus more on his game and bring home the gold this summer.


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