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Bugsys Club Poker Review

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Bugsys Club is one slick site. Launched in February of 2003, Bugsys is a gangster-themed poker room with an incredible array of ways to reward excellence, not the least of which are their Megabux Jackpots. If I have one striking criticism about this site it's that their promotional structures, and explanations of such, seem overly, unnecessarily complicated. But it seems to work for the players honored on the many ego-gratifying leader boards, such as the "Wall of Fame" and the "Hot Shots" board.

Bugsys Club is endorsed by poker pro couple Mark & Tina Napolitano, and is partnered with Poker School Online and Poker Pages - both invaluable resources for players at all levels wishing to improve their game and increase their winnings. Oftentimes, prizes from one site can be used to earn benefits on one of the other sites. As if that weren't enough, Bugsys Club has its own poker tutorials, which are more than satisfactory for getting any curious newbie started in the game. Bugsys Club offers diehard players the opportunity to join three different leagues, including one for low stakes players.

Every game at Bugsys Club seems to be a satellite for another game, or at least offers bonuses above and beyond the anticipated prize pool. Maybe that's why the rules are so confusing. I do wish they'd hire a new writer to make their copy a bit more clear and concise, but that single complaint, no matter how pervasive, is not nearly enough to diminish the attractiveness of this excellent poker experience. It's far more than a poker room; it's a community. Truly.

 
Bugsys Club Poker OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
3 monthly poker leagues with over $21,000 in the prize pool
Excellent bonuses and promotions
Community Forum
Partnership with wonderful educational resources, PokerSchoolOnline and PokerPages
Mac download (in addition to Windows, of course)
Two detailed software tours - HTML and Flash
Cute, theme-enhancing pages on famous gangsters (that's real gangsters) in history
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
30%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$150
  Referral Bonus:
N/A
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
4/10
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3/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
6/10
3/10
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Overall Grade 56%
 
   
 


Bonuses
30% first deposit bonus up to $150
Bugsys Bonus Points (BBP) loyalty program - points can be used for instant cash (at min. 1000 BBPs) or buy-ins to tournaments
Problem with BBPs is that they're harder to earn than it would seem, and bonuses, therefore, are harder to redeem


 
 


Promotions
Megabux Sit 'n' Go Jackpot and Megabux BBP Jackpot (ongoing satellites with portions of the jackpot potentially rewarded then - I told you their structure was confusing - with weekly finals for the remainder of the jackpots, again jackpot may or may not be won at each final. Minimum Jackpot is $2,000.)
Satellites for 10 seats at the World Series of Poker
Satellite for World Poker Open in Tunica, MS
$100,000 satellite for World Poker Tour event of your choice
Bugsys Getaway (2-day tournament) with prizes including a new Mini Cooper, over $17,000 in global travel vouchers, $14,000 added to prize pool
European Getaway for $25,000 scholarship and a seat at one of 5 $5000 buy-in land-based tournaments
2 $100,000 player sponsorships - for Legends of Poker World Poker Tour event at the Bicycle Casino, and the World Series of Poker Championship
Bugsys Shootout every Sunday ($10,000 Guaranteed)
Leagues (with over $15,000 in the prize pools) - Bugsys Poker League, Bugsys Mini League (for low stakes players), Al's Smash 'n' Grab League
Daily $1000 Guaranteed Tournaments
Weekly $1000 added event
3 $150 World Poker Tour Freerolls weekly


 
 


Software & Graphics
Mac-friendly
Multi-table play (3 simultaneous tables max.)
Tasteful, appealing layout
Clean, slick graphics
Extensive auto-play button selection

Bugys Club Poker Lobby Bugys Club Poker Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo), 5-Card Stud
Heads-up (1-on-1) in all 5 games
Limits from $.10/$.20 - $100/$200 (No Limit) or $20/$40 (Limit)
Sadly, not enough active tables to accommodate all the traffic


 
 


Traffic
Average of 2,500 active players
Sometimes hard to find seats at desired limits/stakes
Long wait time


 
 


Competition
Soft, wild, erratic
Lots of newbies make for unpredictable play - throw your strategy out the window
Often, this wildness means larger, easier-to-win pots, but in Bugsys case, it seems more often than not to lead to horrible bat beats


 
 


Rake
From $.50 - $3 (max. $.50 in all heads-up games)


 
 


Customer Service
Live help is great
Email is decent
Toll-free telephone is coming soon


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - Neteller, Central Coin, Firepay, Visa, MasterCard, ewallet express, epassporte, 900Pay, InstaCash, debit cards, wire transfer, bank draft, check
Cashouts - Neteller, epassporte, Firepay, Central Coin, wire transfer, bank draft, cashier's check
No fees for any deposit methods
No fees for almost all cashout methods


 
 


Ease of Use
Designed for beginners
Extensive auto-play button selection
Average pot and hands/hour lobby stats
Easy access to educational resources
"Observe table" option
Confusing rules, bonus/promotion structures, and explanations of such