Has Grand Poker Network Foundered?

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 15, 2017

Network has been dark for over a month now without a public explanation

The Grand Poker Network, founded three years ago by online poker operator 5Dimes, appears to be in serious difficulties and has been offline for over a month without proactively communicating with its players or affiliates to explain what is happening.

Reporting on the apparent closure of the site, online poker information site ProfessionalRakeback notes that early in November players began complaining that the network (also known as The Dragon Room) was inaccessible.

Some players reported early responses from customer support giving conflicting reasons ranging from maintenance requirements to a total shutdown, but no official public statement has been released by the operator.

This state of affairs continued into December, when Sports Book Review posters who were also Grand network players reported that their poker account balances were being transferred to their sportsbook accounts, and 5Dimes claimed that the network was simply upgrading its software and servers.

Over a month of downtime suggests something more serious than an upgrade, and speculation continues on whether the network will ever return to service.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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