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CD Poker Review

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Operated by Crown Solution Gaming, Ltd. in Antigua, CD Poker (aka Club Dice Poker) is one of the nicest poker rooms I've visited in a long time. Part of the iPoker Network along with Noble Poker and others.

The games here are run by PlayTech Cyprus, a software package that, every time I play, I only love more and more. Both entertaining and authentic, the playability and functionality are flawless, and the graphics and sound are superb. They know how to keep players happy with a wide range of promotions and bonuses, freerolls and satellites. Their security and support teams are cream of the crop. Not all is perfect at Club Dice, however. For example, while it comes with some interesting extra bonus games, it seems to be at the expense of 7-Card Stud.

And the site's small size, despite membership in a diverse network, makes for occasional waits and empty tables.

 
CD Poker OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Multi-lingual site ( UK, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Germany, France, Japan)
In-depth Poker School and basic Texas Hold 'Em guide
Player notes
Buddy lists
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
50%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$400
  Referral Bonus:
$50
  Bonus Codes:
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/ Limits
Traffic
RATING
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CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
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Overall Grade 73%
 
   
 


Software & Graphics

Playtech Cyprus software
Ultra-realistic 3D graphics and sound - top-notch!
Dual view - "Bird's Eye" top view; 3D side view with players represented as animated, talking Avatars
Full-screen option and multi-tabling (up to 3)
Background music
Smooth, fast playability
Clean, intuitive interface
Customizable features

CD Poker Lobby CD Poker Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Texas Hold 'Em
Omaha (hi & hi/lo)
No 7-Card Stud
Ring games and Sit 'N Go tournaments
Single and multi-table tournaments with buy-ins from $10 to $300
Satellites
Fixed Limit, Pot limit, and No Limit
Micro-limit stakes as low as $0.01/$0.02 up to $10/$20
Bonus games (for variety) - Blackjack, 3-Card Poker, Deuces Wild, and Aces & Faces Video Poker


 
 


Traffic
Small
Average 500 players online at once, 1000 at peak times
Lower traffic in off-peak hours
Lower volume at higher stakes
Higher traffic in tournaments than ring games
Should have more as there are 7 "skins" in the iPoker Network, all sharing a player base


 
 


Competition
On the plus side, CD Poker's relatively small traffic means there's room to win (not too many sharks)
For the most part, you'll have hardly any trouble finding a seat, though maybe not always at the precise stakes you were seeking, particular at higher stakes.
There's almost always action and a seat at smaller stakes.
Low player volume at high stakes means you're playing the same people over and over
Tournaments usually fill up pretty fast.
Still, there is the occasional empty ring game table.


 
 


Bonuses
1st deposit bonus of 50% up to $400
Monthly 50% reload bonuses up to $200
$50 referal bonuses
Daily, weekly, and monthly freerolls (through the CDPoker Tour poker league) with prizes of $200, $1,000 and upwards
Bad Beat Bonus
(Coming Soon) iPoints reward program


 
 


Rake
0-5% rake on all pots, capped at $3
No flop/No Drop


 
 


Customer Service
Live online support, staffed 24/7 365
5 email addresses - support, feedback, and the personal email addresses of the Poker Room Manager, the VIP Manager, and the Online Manager
The vow to answer emails immediately whenever possible
Toll-free US and toll-call international phone and fax
Meets or exceeds all expected security, confidentiality, integrity, and fairness standards (including protection against fraud, collusion, and underage gambling)


 
 


Promotions
Jackpot Sit 'N Go's - daily, weekly, and monthly tournaments with guaranteed jackpots added to the prize pools: $2,000, $7,500, $10,000, $15,000, $25,000
CDPoker Tour poker league (freerolls) promising hundreds of prizes and over $15,000 cash monthly
For the extra three points, I'd like to see giveaways of trips and vehicles, and satellites for the most famous, televised land-based tournaments (ie WPT and WSOP)


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Multi-currency play - dollars, euros, pounds
Deposits - Neteller, InstaCash, Citadel, On Demand Funds, Moneybookers, FirePay, ECO Card, paysafecard, InstaDebit, UseMyBank, Visa/Mastercard, Visa Electronic, Solo, Maestro, Cick2Pay, Bank Draft, Wire Transfer
Withdrawals - most popular are Neteller, FirePay, and Bank Draft Express; also available are wire transfer, cashier's check, Moneybookers.
No credits issued against Mastercard and Visa deposits
Real-time, complete financial transaction history available on-demand from within game software


 
 


Ease of Use
Point and click player notes and buddy lists
Real-time, on-demand game histories (including with Bonus games)
Easily sort-able lobby info (game schedules)
Lobby stats include - stakes, # of players, average pot, players/hand, and hands/hour