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Gaming Club Poker Review

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Gaming Club Poker is the leading name in Prima Poker's extensive network, which means traffic, software stability, and support should be relatively solid. One of the most useful features Gaming Club offers that most of its competitors don't is real-time stats for each player at the table (of course, you can only view your own). They also have a Flash (No Download) version of their game for Mac users and those with poor download capabilities.

Gaming Club also benefits greatly from crossover traffic from the equally well-established and reputable Gaming Club Online Casino. Surprisingly, I found the HTML on the Gaming Club Poker site a bit screwy, and I discovered more online complaints regarding their customer support than I expected. But for their amazing breadth of offerings (ie. game/limit variety, bonuses/promotions), they are still among the top online poker rooms.

I guess you can't please all of the people...

 
Gaming Club Poker OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Personal real-time player stats at table
Note-taking support
Find-a-player function
Mini-view of tables allowing up to 4 tables visible onscreen at once
Flash (No Download) version
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
100%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$300
  Referral Bonus:
$50
  Bonus Codes:
Automatically via our link - special $300 bonus for any deposit of $20 or higher via NETeller! Each 300 "points" gives you $20 bonus during first 30 days - at 4500 points the full $300 bonus (10 payments) would be paid out. 3 points awarded for each played raked hand at $2/$4 limits and up. $1/$2 limits give 2 points.
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
8/10
8/10
9/10
9/10
8/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
7/10
4/10
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9/10
Overall Grade 81%
 
   
 


Bonuses
Fantastic 1500% Welcome Bonus - up to $300 (w/Neteller or FirePay) with 100% Match, up to $200 (all other deposit methods) with deposit of only $20 (though redemption conditions requiring a bankroll of approx. $200 do apply)
$50 Invite-A-Friend Bonus
Daily $250 High Hand Bonus
Bad Beat Jackpot
$40 new player Freeroll every 15 minutes
Plus weekly rookie Freeroll (also for new players) with a $5000 prize pool
$500 Magic Hand Bonus for every millionth hand
$1000 Magic Hand Bonus for every 10 millionth hand


 
 


Promotions
Over $150,000 awarded monthly from Freerolls
Daily $1,000 Freeroll
Daily $75,000 guaranteed tournament
Lots of World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker satellites, including WPT Bellagio and 10 seats at WSOP Binions
Sponsor of World Poker Championship (Note to all the ladies: the most recent winner was a woman!)
No loyalty points


 
 


Software & Graphics
Great graphics that include a super-smooth interface
Scrolling newsreel is a nifty idea, but it didn't look right - I think the html needs fixing
4-table view
Flash (No Download version)

Gaming Club Lobby Gaming Club Table

 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo), 5-Card Stud
Turbo tournaments
Heads-up (1-on-1) tables and tournaments
Over $2,000,000 guaranteed monthly in tournaments
Fixed Limit from $.05/$.10 - $100/$200
No Limit/Pot Limit from $.05/$.10 - $10/$20
Extensive variety of limits/games/tables/tournaments
Many short-handed tables
Tournament buy-ins from $.75-$100


 
 


Traffic
6,000+ players at peak times
Great action at No Limit and low stakes tables


 
 


Competition
Interesting blend of extremes
On one side, you've got savvy players, tight and aggressive
On the other side, you've got loosey-goosey, wild betting action (even at NL tables)


 
 


Rake
Standard, $3 cap


 
 


Customer Service
Mixed - Gaming Club Poker support is great, Prima Poker Network support leaves much to be desired, especially considering their age & status
Which support staff you get depends on the issue
24/7 email, global toll-free telephone
No live support
Reports exist on the web of Prima Network freezing accounts at Gaming Club Poker for unsubstantiated violations, meaning player claiming innocence still had their accounts frozen. However, Prima did pay out the full balance owing to players whose accounts had been frozen.


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Visa, MasterCard, Click2Pay, Neteller, PrePaid ATM, FirePay, PaySpark Internet, PaySpark ATM, ECOcard, Moneybookers, Solo, Switch
Fast and efficient
Players can monitor their financial transactions at any time with "Cashcheck" and "Playcheck" features


 
 


Ease of Use
Detailed individual player stats at table (can I say it one more time?)
Lobby stats including average pot, players/flop, and hands/hour
User-friendly interface
Sadly, a few of the best features are somewhat hidden and can confuse the unaware or impatient player