HomeReviewsTop10ListsStrategyRulesTournaments

Planet Poker Review

Click here for $50 Sign-Up Bonus, 25% Match

Planet Poker is the Internet's first, and therefore oldest, poker room, launched in January, 1998. For a site to have lasted so long in the face of increasing competition from an ever-broadening market, it must establish a reputation as a solid, reliable company with a vigilant eye on security; Planet Poker has done just that.

Roy Cooke of Card Player Magazine is Planet Poker's manager and spokesperson, lending the stalwart extra credibility. However, even recent upgrades to their software haven't slowed their steady decline in popularity as newer, flashier online poker rooms snag Planet Poker's moderate player pool. Still, PlanetPoker.com offers some games other online poker rooms don't, such as Lowball, Razz, and 5-Card Draw.

And their excellent micro-limit games, with reasonable rakes, make Planet Poker an ideal place for novices to build their game.

 
Planet Poker OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Micro-limit tables ($.02/$.04)
Poker Forum
Lowball, Razz, and 5-Card Draw
Poker Dictionary
Automatic reconnect
All-In abuse protection
Wide selection of view options
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
25%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$50
  Referral Bonus:
$50
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
2/10
7/10
6/10
6/10
3/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
7/10
9/10
7/10
7/10
5/10
Overall Grade 59%
 
   
 


Bonuses
25% Signup Bonus up to $50
$50 Referral Bonus


 
 


Promotions
Planet Poker points (good for merchandise and tournament buy-ins)
WSOP satellites
Weekly Bust the Pros competition
Daily Freerolls
$100,000 Bad Beat Jackpot
$25,000 shootout (freezeout or elimination) tournaments
Regular $1,000 guaranteed tournaments


 
 


Software & Graphics
Recent upgrades provide improved quality and speed
Average graphics
Choose your own Avatars
No folding out of turn
Table list filter system
Hand history
Re-buy-in restrictions thwart abuse
Tournament signup a bit cumbersome

PlanetPoker.com Lobby PlanetPoker.com Table

 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo), "Razz" (7-Card Low), Lowball,
5 Card Draw
Sit & Go multi-table tournaments (though no single table Sit & Go's except the occasional Turbo Tournament)
Heads-up (1-on-1) not very popular
$200 max. buy-in


 
 


Traffic
Low to medium compared to its younger, flashier, more heavily-marketed brethren
Average of 400 players at peak times
Can't always find action at desired limits (though most Holdem and 7-Card Stud tables have steady action)


 
 


Competition
Tough at higher stakes (tight, aggressive players that have risen through the ranks)
Great at low-limits (many opportunities for average players to win)


 
 


Rake
Especially low at micro-limits
Generally 5%, capped at $3
Overall fair and reasonable


 
 


Customer Service
24/7 chat & phone
Good email response time


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposit methods: Neteller, prepaid ATM, Firepay, P$e-Direct, 900-Pay, Western Union, bank Wire Transfer, Visa, MasterCard, money order, check, VIP Sports, Casino Vega, Bingo Vega
Cashout methods: all of the above except MasterCard


 
 


Ease of Use
No player note-taking support
No flop %'s or hands/hour
No shortcut buttons
Stats not easily available, though table list filter system has some stats