Marty Derbyshire rattlesnake open

Global Poker continues to act as a viable option for California online poker players frustrated by the state’s inability to move forward on regulation.

In fact, prize pools for big events on the site have been quite impressive of late, drawing in even more players.

Prize pools for the first week of the site’s 2018 Global Poker Championships Rattlesnake Open more than doubled the $1,250,000 in guarantees on offer. The series headed into its second week of action last week, showing no signs of slowing down.

Rattlesnake Open events draw big numbers

The first tournament on the schedule went off last Sunday. It drew a massive field of 3,132 players. The $5k $weeps Cash guaranteed freeroll event lasted just three hours with St. Louis, Missouri’s “floptkwods” earning the series’ inaugural trophy. He beat “chadman7il” heads up to take it down.

Monday’s $110 $weeps Cash buy-in $10,000 $weeps Cash guaranteed event also drew a huge field, helping create a guarantee-crushing $22,700 prize pool. Chicago’s “CVo” took that one down.

Week Two of the Rattlesnake Open also saw a $50,000 $weeps Cash guaranteed event with a $218 $weeps Cash buy-in. A number of players qualifyied through satellites for as little as $0.55 $weeps Cash.

To see the entire schedule and view all the Rattlesnake Open results, visit the Global Poker website.

Global Poker in the US

Global Poker offers legal online poker to customers inside the United States who have few other options. The site uses a form of virtual currency and its own patented Sweepstakes model, helping make it all legal and above board. That’s true even in states with no online poker legislation in place.

Players do not buy into Global Poker tournaments and cash games with real money the same way they might on a traditional poker site. Instead, they buy Gold Coins that come with bonus sweepstakes prizes called $weeps Cash.

The $weeps Cash awarded can be used to buy into various tournaments and ring games. Any $weeps Cash accumulated or won can then be cashed out through PayPal.

There are also Gold Coin cash tables and tournaments on the site. However, Gold Coins have no real money value.

The site is owned and operated by an Australian company company called VGW Holdings Limited. It launched in December 2016, focusing on customers in the US and Canada after its Sweepstakes model was approved by high-profile companies like Facebook and PayPal.

Legal and regulated online poker

Just four states have passed laws legalizing and regulating online poker. These include New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. This trio has run legal and regulated online poker since 2013.

The fourth is Pennsylvania, where lawmakers passed a comprehensive gambling expansion package in October 2017, which included online poker legislation. The first sites will likely be up and running in the Keystone State by the end of this year.

In California, 2018 marks the first year in a decade that state lawmakers are not considering some type of online poker bill.

A number of online poker bills have been introduced to California’s legislature over the past 10 years. All have failed to pass. Operator suitability, or how to deal with those that previously accepted customers inside the US after federal legislation was enacted to prevent it, has proven the biggest stumbling block.

In 2016, California was probably closer to passing legislation that would legalize and regulate online poker than ever before.

In June of that year, an online poker bill passed through the State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee. This marked the furthest an online poker bill has ever gone in the state.

Ultimately, the issue of operator suitability derailed the bill. Lawmakers considered two options: one that would have banned operators that accepted US customers after 2016 for life; the other would have limited that ban to five years.

Potential operators like PokerStars, a coalition of tribal groups, and lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on the issue.

Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including,, and