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Golden Riviera Poker Review

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Weekly reload bonuses are just one of the reasons to play at Golden Riviera Poker rather than some of the other Prima Network "skins", but it's enough of a reason by itself that you don't really need any others. If you're French (or just like to speak it), you have the option of viewing the complete site and software in French.

They state some very clear house rules on their site - such as no coffeehousing that influences the outcome of the hand - which is helpful; it also shows their commitment to fair play and an honest gaming environment. Uncalled winning players are given the option to show their hand to the table or muck the cards (mucking is our recommendation).

Hopefully, you catch the Golden Riviera Casino players taking a hop across the platform to the poker tables at this, their sister site, where you and your buddies will be ready and waiting to fleece them dry.

 

 
Golden Riviera Poker
OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Prima Network affiliation promises security, integrity, and, sometimes, reliability
Many daily freerolls and guaranteed prize pool tournaments
French language version of site available
Handy poker glossary
Toll-free customer support in 8 countries
Stats on recent wins by the feared and revered "Hendon Mob", Prima's newest endorsers
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
100%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$50
  Referral Bonus:
$30 for you, $20 for friend
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
6/10
7/10
6/10
7/10
7/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
7/10
7/10
7/10
6/10
7/10
Overall Grade 57%
 
   
 


Bonuses
100% 1st Deposit Bonus (yay!), up to $50 (boo!) - you can only get one signup bonus at a Prima Network site, and this isn't the best one out there
Refer-A-Friend bonus - $30 for you/$20 for your friend
4 $1,000 freerolls daily
1 $200 freeroll daily
Magic Hand Bonus - every 500,000 th hand (they say approx. every 2 days), the active players at the table share $500, with $250 going to the winner of the hand
Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot $500 + $50)


 
 


Promotions
WSOP satellites
Satellites for Prima Poker's World Heads Up Championship in Barcelona
$100,000 Guaranteed Weekly tournament
Daily Guaranteed prize pool tournaments - $25,000, $22,000, $12,000, $7,500, $6,500, $5,500, $6,000, $4,500, TWO $4,000, TWO $3,500, TWO $2,500, $1,200
Rounders Tournaments worth over $5,000
No loyalty program


 
 


Software & Graphics
Prima Poker's Microgaming software
Benefits from frequent updates, but not as much as one might hope; complaints still abound about bugs - what gives?
Some players need MS Virtual Java Machine to make it all work right
Not much in the way of graphics (Yawn!) - no avatars
Slow acting software that also happens to force players to act fast - a recipe for disaster!
No frills, flat, stark, utilitarian functionality - which some people actually prefer
Option allows beginner's to view the strength of their hand while playing
Dual table play
Limits as low as $.10/$.20 up to over $15/$30

Golden Riviera Poker Lobby Golden Poker Riviera Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Texas Hold ‘Em
Omaha (hi & hi/lo)
7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo)
5-Card Stud
1-on-1
No limit, Pot Limit
26 multi-table tournaments daily
20 player Freezeout Sit and Go's
20 player Turbo Freezeout Sit and Go's, stakes increase every 5 min.
Four-Player Match Sit and Go's, winners of each of the two semi-finals go head-to-head in a "winner takes all" final.


 
 


Traffic
Around 2,000 players at peak hours
Decent, though not as active as some of the other Prima sites


 
 


Competition
Fast and loose
Aggressive
Many short-handed tables improve your odds
Good opportunities here for tight, disciplined players


 
 


Rake
Standard 5% up to $3
Low limit cap of $1.50 instead of $1 at other sites


 
 


Customer Service
24/7 email and phone
Toll-free phone numbers in 8 countries ( USA, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, UK, Japan, France, Spain)
Slow email response time


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
"Purchases" - NETeller, FirePay, Visa, Mastercard, Moneybookers, Click2Pay
"Cash-ins" - You can be "refunded" through any of the purchase methods up to the full purchase amounts. After that, any additional winnings can be withdrawn via NETeller, Wire Transfer, ACH, Bank Draft, NETeller
Cash-ins tend to take time


 
 


Ease of Use
Microgaming - it is what it is
Small buttons
Clear tracking of entire betting sequence
Shoddy timer is no countdown clock
No all-in disconnect protection
No pre-select buttons
Lobby stats are always helpful (a must, really): average pot, player/flop & hands/hour
Player note-taking support
Find-a-player feature