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Check n Raise Poker Review

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Check n Raise Poker is a relative newcomer to the field, having just launched on November 27, 2004. The site is a compendium of useful poker information, advice, and player resources, such as: Beginner's Guide to Online Poker, Robert's Rules of Poker, blogs, blogs, blogs, beautiful hand rankings and hand probabilities reference pages, a poker glossary, a detailed history of poker, Hand of the Week & Story for Glory features (player essays), video interviews with poker star Bob Ciaffone, rules, rules, rules (including rules of games not offered on their site, such as home games, the WSOP, and Tournament Director's Association rules)…You get the idea.

Check n Raise Poker boasts that it was designed "by poker players for poker players". Unfortunately, the game play doesn't live up to the packaging. For one, there is hardly any action at the scant tables. But Check n Raise Poker is still young, and they promise some great things ahead (Mac compatibility, seat change option, multi-table view, hand history with graphic replay, time bank in tournaments, make-a-deal feature in tournaments, and a downloadable version).

If this all comes through, Check n Raise Poker could eventually wind up giving the "big boys" of poker sites (ie. Party Poker, Paradise Poker, Empire Poker) a run for their money.

 
Check n Raise Poker OVERALL GRADE
 

Featuring:
Resources, information, and advice galore
No-download Java games
Multi-table play
Desktop shortcut
Customizable homepage
Player notes
Buddy lists

 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
25%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$100
  Referral Bonus:
$50 for you, $25 for your friend
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
7/10
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CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
3/10
3/10
7/10
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5/10
Overall Grade 51%
 
   
 


Bonuses
25% sign-up bonus, up to $100
Referral bonus $50 for you, $25 for your friend (awarded in bonus money, not cash)
Promises future redeposit/reload bonuses


 
 


Promotions
Check Points (frequent player points)
Lucky Dozen (sending 12 players to compete in WSOP)
Freerolls (starting in March)
WSOP satellites (starting in April)
Quarter Million Competition (in May)


 
 


Software & Graphics
Currently Java-only, non-downloadable
Slow
Customizable graphics (such as table color, deck design)
Rating may go up once downloadable version is available

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Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7 Card Stud (hi & hi/lo)
Pot Limit and No Limit versions of Holdem and Omaha
Heads up action available
Short-handed (6 players max.) tables available


 
 


Traffic
Low!
At 9 pm E.T. on a Friday night, there were 157 players at 10 tables
Partnership with Dynamite Poker could improve traffic over time


 
 


Competition
Limited due to lack of action
High flop percentages suggest loose, inexperienced players


 
 


Rake
$.05 per $1 for low limit games, capped at $1
$.25 per $5 for $2/$4 games, capped at $3
$.50 per $10 for higher limit games, capped at $3
$.05 per $1 for No Limit & Pot Limit games, capped at $3


 
 


Customer Service
24/7 email & live chat & telephone support
Site is chock full of information, education, advice, and resources


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - cashier's check, Central Coin, Citadel, E-Port, Neteller, Solo, Switch, UseMyBank, MC, Visa, money order, epassporte, prepaid gaming card


 
 


Ease of Use
Interface too busy, blocky, and technical