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Captain Cooks Poker Review

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Hey look! Another Prima Poker Network "skin". Just what we needed - not! OK, so Captain Cooks Poker comes from a popular, classy, and reputable gaming company, namely Captain Cooks Online Gaming. Their online casino has been so successful that it was inevitable they'd produce a sister site for us poker lovers. I just wonder what took them so long.

So, how does Captain Cooks Poker compete after coming into the game so late? Mostly with a lot of guaranteed prize pool tournaments - at last count 3 weekly ones and 14 daily ones. And they do have a nice game of 5-Card Stud going (not typically offered at most online poker rooms), if that's your thing.

Lastly, Captain Cooks Poker's list of approved deposit/cashout methods is one of the longest I've seen. But really, all that aside, Captain Cooks Poker is just one more in a long line of Prima "skins" using Microgaming software. That's not a bad thing, per se. It's just what it is. You know, they offer a no-download Flash version of their casino software, which is vital for players who can't meet the system requirements (can you say "Mac"?) Why not offer a Flash version of their poker room too? That'll give the competition a run for their money, more I think than any game of 5-Card Stud.

 
Captain Cooks Poker OVERALL GRADE
Featuring:
Part of both a gaming company and a poker network with reputations for fairness and security
Daily and weekly guaranteed prize pool tournaments
No-download Flash version
5-Card Stud
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
50%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$50
  Referral Bonus:
$100
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
4/10
5/10
6/10
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7/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
6/10
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6/10
Overall Grade 55%
 
   
 


Bonuses
50% Welcome Bonus up to $50 (Only available to players who have not already received a Welcome/Signup Bonus from another member of the Prima Poker Network)
Weekly $2000 guaranteed prize pool Freeroll
Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot, starting at $500 with $50 added each day it goes unclaimed, for Holdem ring games only
$100 Referral Bonus (hard to claim, but worth trying)
Daily High Hand Bonus
Periodic reload bonuses


 
 


Promotions
World Series of Poker satellites
Monte Carlo Millions satellites
$100,000 and $75,000 guaranteed prize pool tournaments weekly
Daily $25,000, $11,000, $10,000, $7500, (2) $5000, (2) $4000, (4) $3500, $1500, and $1000 guaranteed prize pool tournaments


 
 


Software & Graphics
Microgaming -tried and true, tested and approved, bland and buggy
This software is one of the oldest and most frequently upgraded, so why is it still not up to snuff?
On the positive side, the complete overview of the betting sequence throughout the game is a useful feature

Captain Cook Poker Lobby Captain Cook Poker Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, 5-Card Stud
No hi/lo
Micro limits as low as $.05/$.10
Many shorthanded tables (5 or 6 players)
Heads-up available


 
 


Traffic
About 2,000 at peak hours
Benefits from shared Prima Network player base as well as Captain Cooks Online Casino


 
 


Competition
Lots of casino gamers means lots of loose, wild action
Loose and aggressive play makes for meaty pots that are totally up for grabs, though not for the faint of heart
It also means to be shark strict shark alert (unless of course you ARE the shark)


 
 


Rake
Standard, capped at $3, raked every $5 for most limits except the lowest
At low limits, cap is $1.50 rather than $1 like most sites


 
 


Customer Service
Email (reportedly slow) and phone-me-back service
No toll-free telephone number 24/7
No live floor staff


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - Payspark, Neteller, Moneybookers, Click2Pay, Visa, MasterCard, Diner's Club card, FirePay, bank wire, UseMyBank, Citadel, China Debit Card, PaySafeCard Cashouts - Gaming Card, Payspark ATM, Neteller, Click2Pay, Visa, MasterCard, FirePay, bank wire, check


 
 


Ease of Use
If it weren't so buggy it'd be a lot easier
Disconnects, for example, do not make gameplay particularly easy
Great lobby stats - average pot, players/flop, hands/hour
Find-a-player function
Note-taking ability