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Grand Bay Poker Review

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Grand Bay Online Poker gives us still another offering from the tireless folks at Prima. On the plus side, these folks have the integrity and security thing down. On the minus side, they still haven't gotten their software up to snuff.

Grand Bay Poker is much the same as every other Prima site, with crossover traffic from the entire network as well as the Casino Grand Bay, making for lots of intense action and little to no difficulty finding a seat at your desired stakes. The promotions are lacking here, however, and even though there are reports of some of the friendliest players on the network here, there's not much else to entice you to join this card room over other Prima offerings.

Don't get me wrong. Grand Bay Poker is not a bad place to play - in fact it's quite nice; it's just not the cream of the crop.

 

 
Grand Bay Poker
OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Prima Network affiliation promises security, integrity, and, sometimes, reliability
Many daily guaranteed prize pool tournaments
Handy poker glossary
Toll-free customer support in 8 countries
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
0%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$30
  Referral Bonus:
N/A
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
3/10
4/10
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 61%
 
   
 


Bonuses
$30 signup bonus - you can only get one signup bonus at a Prima Network site, and this isn't the best one out there
Daily High Hand Bonus
Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot $500 + $50)
Periodic Magic Hand Bonuses


 
 


Promotions
Go on tour with the Hendon Mob
$100,000, $75,000, $17,000, $11,000, Two $10,000, Two $5,000, Two $4,000, Four $3,500, $1,500, $1,000 guaranteed prize pool tournaments
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
Dual table play

Grand Bay Poker Lobby Grand Bay Online Poker Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Texas Hold ‘Em
Omaha (hi & hi/lo)
7-Card Stud
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.
Limits from $.25/$.50 - $100/$200


 
 


Traffic
Around 2000 players at peak hours
Decent, though not as active as some of the other Prima sites


 
 


Competition
Fast and loose
Aggressive games make for big pots: you'll need to play just as aggressive to win them
Don't get bullied into folding with the nuts
Many short-handed tables improve your odds


 
 


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 and fax support in 8 countries ( USA, UK, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Canada, Australia)
Slow email response time
No live help


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - NETeller, FirePay, Visa, Mastercard, Prepaid ATM, PaySpark, ECO Card, Click2Pay
Cashouts - NETeller, FirePay, Prepaid ATM, PaySpark, Click2Pay, ACH, Direct Bank/Wire Transfer, Check
Cash-outs can sometimes be slow


 
 


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