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Celeb Poker Review

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The celebrity aspect of CelebPoker is comprised of mostly European celebrities, from stage, screen, sports, and music. A surprising number of European athletes in particular play at Celeb Poker, in fact. To most Americans, who make up a sizeable portion (maybe even a majority) of the total online poker player base, most of these names are unfamiliar.

Thankfully, CelebPoker offers more than just the chance to play against a famous person or two to draw action to their card tables. For example, they have an ongoing poker school, which is completely free. They also have a separate casino site that is part of their integrated CelebActive Network where you can play blackjack, baccarat, Chinese poker, roulette, and video poker. Celeb Poker is a PokerRoom skin, though with a smaller selection of games. Still, it's software that I find eminently playable (despite the laughable avatars).

It doesn't seem to get as much action as they tout themselves to have, and I wonder if more American celebrities in attendance, or at least more celebrities familiar to Americans, won't place a few more chips on the table. I'd also like to see more "bounty" type tournaments, an obvious bonus only a site like this can offer. But as the reputed "World's First Interactive Celebrity Poker Room", launched in Jan.'04, they fill a definite niche, and all said and done, I don't think they are doing too bad a job at keeping it filled.

 
Celeb Poker OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Play against stars from movies, television, the stage, radio, the sporting arena, and more!
An extensive poker school
Celebrity profiles and interviews
Poker Room "skin"
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
200%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$300
  Referral Bonus:
$50
 
Ranking Summary
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Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
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Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
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Overall Grade 65%
 
   
 


Bonuses
$300 Signup Bonus with 200% Match earned by playing a certain number of raked hands
$50 Referral Bonus
Twice daily Freerolls, qualifiers for $50 weekly Freeroll
Celeb Poker $100 Freeroll


 
 


Promotions
World Series of Poker and European World Series of Poker satellites
"The Big One", weekly $100 + 9 tournament
Nightly $2,000 and $1,000 guaranteed prize pool tournaments
Countdown to the 25,000,000th hand promotion


 
 


Software & Graphics
PokerRoom "skin"
Auto-play buttons
Exaggerative, stereotyped avatars (ie. chesty blondes and mafiosos)
No complaints on stability, functionality, playability

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Game Variation & Limits
Holdem and 7-Card Stud only
No Omaha, no hi/lo
Single and multi-table tournaments available


 
 


Traffic
Though they claim up to 10,000 players are online at any one time, I've only seen from 1,000 - 2,000
Still, that's good enough to find action where and when you want it


 
 


Competition
Loose and aggressive
I think these players are trying to emulate the way they imagine a celebrity would play, which is unwise


 
 


Rake
Standard 5%, capped at $3
Capped at $.50 for lowest limits


 
 


Customer Service
24/7 UK toll-free phone
Email


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Bank draft, bank wire transfer, FirePay, Neteller, MasterCard, Visa


 
 


Ease of Use
Auto-play buttons
Lobby stats