GGCare is a new program on GGPoker giving poker players a second chance to offset a bad beat. The new GGCare program lessens the blow for players experiencing coolers, bad beats, or suckouts in cash games.
What Is GGCare?
Beginning January 1, 2021, the GGCare program will allow players who have had a bad run playing cash games will automatically earn free entry into a $30,000 freeroll for the following day. Qualified players will be identified through GGPoker’s built-in tracking system, which analyzes hand outcomes in cash games.
Every day, a $30,000 GGCare Flipout, in which qualified players can win a share of $30,000 in cash, will be awarded to unlucky players. That adds up to nearly $1 million for the GGCare program each month.
The GGCare covers all cash games at GGPoker, including All-In or Fold, Spin & Go, Omaha, Short Deck, Hold’em, and Rush & Cash.
In the near future, GGPoker plans to go well beyond $30K. Furthermore, the online poker giant is also considering extending GGCare in its tournaments.
According to the Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker, Steve Preiss, the new GGCare program is an effort to attract new players, expanding the reach of poker across the globe.
Qualifying for GGCare
To qualify for the automatic $30,000 freeroll, the unlucky player must get a bad beat, suffer a suckout, or experience coolers. The exact triggers for the various bad luck situations vary with each game and are also influenced by several outside factors. Taking that into consideration, GGPoker won’t detail the specific triggers, but will identify more trigger points as the program moves forward.
The number of chips assigned to each qualified GGCare player will depend on the severity of the situation as well as the pot size. GGPoker will use an algorithm to determine this and will continue to optimize it, treating every player fairly based on the situation.
Players will accumulate GGCare chips every time they happen into unlucky spots. That means, players that suffer bad beats, coolers, or suckouts more than once, start a chipstack that increases accordingly.
Since a GGPoker tournament is played in a flipout format, each player is all-in for every hand. That means, winners are declared in less than a minute. The nature of the flipout tournament eliminates the need for players to make any decisions, since everything is automated while the tournament is in progress.
Players may go to the PokerCraft Timeline to check their GGCare chipstack. Once a flipout tournament ends, cash is awarded to the winners immediately. Results are posted in the PokerCraft Timeline and under the My Tournaments tab.
Unlucky hands can’t be avoided and are part of poker, but it’s great to know that operators are coming up with creative ways to ease the financial burden of players and make the game more fun. GGPoker’s new GGCare program lets players worry less about losing money while playing cash games, and enjoy their time on the site more.
GGPoker Keeps the Money Rolling
Currently, based on player traffic, GGPoker is the third largest online poker site globally. This year, it held the poker world in awe for its record-breaking tournaments, and even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the single biggest prize pool for an online poker tournament ever; that was the GGPoker World Series of Poker Main Event, with a gargantuan $27,559,500 prize pool.
Its partnership with the World Series of Poker produced some of the biggest online poker tournaments in history. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, online poker traffic hit its peak, and GGPoker has maintained that momentum with new and exciting tournaments and promotions constantly.
For example, GGPoker gave away more than $6 million in cash prizes during its December Cash Giveaway which ended on December 31.