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PokerChamps Review

PokerChamps is one of the Internet's newest poker rooms, launched in October, 2004. It was co-founded by three-time World Poker Tour Champion Gus Hansen, whose reputation for being the wildest and craziest player on the felt has attracted a bevy of loose players to this site, making for juicy pots that anyone can win. PokerChamps offers a unique, ongoing bonus program that is somewhat limited compared to others offered on the market.

Additionally, every PokerChamps player is automatically an affiliate, able to earn cash from day one, even if they never play a single game. Finally, PokerChamps offers players not only multi-table play, but multi-table views on a single screen - up to six tables on one screen, if your monitor can handle it. Although PokerChamps' software is as young as the site itself and therefore often buggy and prone to crashes, the Poker Champs team is constantly making improvements to their system and I have no doubt that Poker Champs will continue to be a vital and competitive poker room.

 
PokerChamps OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
4X4 Multi-Table View
Ongoing Cash Flow Bonus Program
Superstar Gus Hansen giving tips, hints, and regular opportunities to compete against him
Stats-filled Lobby
Excellent array of Micro-Limit Tables
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
Periodic
  Sign-up Bonus:
$0
  Referral Bonus:
N/A
 
Ranking Summary
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Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
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CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
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Overall Grade 67%
 
   
 


Bonuses
Ongoing Cash Flow Bonus
Earn up to 100% of your rake back - ONGOING!
+ Membership includes automatic entry into Affiliate Program whereby each player earns a regular commission off every raked hand from their referrals and their referrals' referrals - forever!
Rewards are in CASH and credited to players' accounts weekly
Periodic Deposit ("Reload") Bonuses


 
 


Promotions
World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour Satellites
Multiple Daily Freerolls - no need to ever make a deposit to join Freerolls


 
 


Software & Graphics
Unique 4X4 (or even 6X6) Multi-Table view
A bit buggy and prone to crashes but under constant improvement
No Player Avatars, Disks, or other glitzy graphic distractions
Note-taking support
Auto-Checkboxes and Pre-Selection Buttons for automated gameplay

Poker Champs Lobby Poker Champs Table

 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo)
Variety of tournament options
Turbo Tournaments and Beginner's Tournaments for (respectively) speedier or more thoughtful play
Many Micro-Limit Tables with heavy action (as low as $.01/$.02)
Limits as high as $200/$400
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any 1-on-1 tables


 
 


Traffic
Decent considering how new the site is
Consistently increasing
Especially heavy at the micro-limits
Many new to poker (turned on to it by TV) come here because of Gus Hansen's endorsement
Currently about 600 at peak times


 
 


Competition
Great at Micro-Limits - lots of loose, Hansen-inspired, amateur action, easy-to-beat
Tournaments are harder and when Gus Hansen is at your table - WATCH OUT!


 
 


Rake
No Flop/No Rake
Capped at $1 for low limit/shorthanded tables (unlike $1.50 on so many other sites)
Capped at $3 for all other limits/table sizes


 
 


Customer Service
So far, email only - but good response time and very poker-knowledgable


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Neteller, FirePay, Visa, MasterCard, Wire Transfer, eChecks, FPS epassport, Global Calling Card, Citadel, Inter-Account Transfers


 
 


Ease of Use
Lobby contains ample stats, including Average Pot, Flop %'s, Hands/Hour
Shortcut buttons - AutoCheckboxes for posting blinds and sitting in/out hands & PreSelection Buttons for table action (such as Fold, Check, Check/Raise, etc.)