It has been announced on PokerStrategy.com that as of 15th July 888Poker will no longer be a partner room of PokerStrategy. The reason cited by PS is that they will “no longer have access to the player level data”. 888 poker, meanwhile, have thus far made no comment.
A brief statement on the PokerStrategy website read:
From July 15 onward, 888poker will no longer be offered as a partner poker room on PokerStrategy.com. Unfortunately, we will no longer have access to the player level data that allows us to reward StrategyPoints and other PokerStrategy.com benefits for play at 888poker.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to all players affected by this change and will work diligently to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. As always, our priorities remain not only to supply the very best rewards and value in poker, but to support our users as they strive to become better players and reach their poker goals.
It’s not yet clear whether 888 told PS to sling their hook or whether the split was by mutual consent or, indeed, whether PokerStrategy themselves pulled the plug. It has long been known that 888.com have hugely restrictive data policies towards their 3rd party partners, in some cases refusing to even release a players screen name to their affiliate, so it would be of no surprise to me if PokerStrategy made the split due the data situation being untenable.
As was suggested was needed by pokerQ4 back in April in our piece: PokerStrategy.com: A force for good? Or a force for evil?, 888 have said no to the greediest of all poker affiliates, in the process sending out a stark message: they believe in their recreation player model and leeching affiliates had better watch out!