Genting Poker Bails on Hendon Mob Players, Then Backtracks

Genting Poker has been under siege by The Hendon Mob online poker community since Friday, thanks to a post by Genting Poker Room Manager James Lowe stating that Genting was cancelling their Hendon Mob Tournament $ promotion – effective immediately.So Lowe’s post was effectively saying that all players who joined Genting Poker (a part of the iPoker Network) through The Hendon Mob would have all unused Tournament $ rescinded – meaning they would receive zero value for earned tournament currency that was basically as good as cash.Obviously this went over about as well with Hendon Mobbers as Ben Mezrich lecturing the poker world on the virtues of Absolute Poker.Genting retracts policy change, claims errorFortunately for Hendon Mobbers it looks like Genting and their new Poker Room Manager James Lowe have come to their senses.After nearly three days of silence Lowe returned to the forum just hours ago to backtrack on Genting’s new position [bold mine]:Now, compare that to the original post: “This does mean that any points you have accrued and not used are no longer valid,” and you’ll see why the word backtrack is getting thrown around a lot.But the good news is that everything appears to have been worked out in the end.Severe backlash over original decisionThe initial decision is all the more baffling when you consider James Lowe’s work experience in the world of online poker; with his resume he must have known the blowback he would receive for what is essentially a bait and switch tactic.As one Mobber “neilcaterham” said, “This is starting to sound like one of them Yank sites,”The cancellation so shocked the community that posters on the forum thought it was a level, or some diabolical plot to besmirch James Lowe’s name. One poster “4K Suited” hypothesized:Unfortunately, it wasn’t a joke or an “ill-judged statement.”Several players attempted to redeem their tournament dollars and/or contact support to see if the promotion was in fact cancelled, and all signs pointed to yes, the promo was just cancelled out of the blue.Even The Hendon Mob wasn’t notified, and had to read about the cancelled promotion on their own forum:Another poster “AKHater” explained how the cancellation of the affiliated deal would have a real-world impact on players like himself: