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The Poker Club Review

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The Poker Club started out in December of 1999 as Poker.com, changing its name to The PokerClub in 2003. Unfortunately, they didn't keep the old name, and Poker.com is now a separate poker room that, incidentally, seems to be doing better than its pint-sized predecessor. Oh well.

The Poker Club does have decent gameplay, and fast-paced software. They also offer a lot of promotions to keep players coming back for more. If you have the patience to wait for a table at your desired stakes, this could be a nice, relatively beatable, intimate cardroom to add to your rounds. Novice players will like their micro-micro limits (my term, not theirs) and their comparatively shark-free waters. Heck, if you're feeling lucky, go be the shark.

This may be your chance to try out those teeth you've been sharpening.

 
The Poker Club OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Leading room in the Power Network with which it shares software and a player base
Micro-limits
Note-taking support
Poker glossary
Multi-table play
Detailed instructions and advice
Coming Soon: Multi-lingual support (specifically Spanish, German, and Chinese)
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
25%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$100
  Referral Bonus:
N/A
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
4/10
4/10
6/10
6/10
1/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
6/10
6/10
4/10
4/10
4/10
Overall Grade 53%
 
   
 


Bonuses
25% Signup Bonus up to $100
Daily $400 High Hand Bonus
Hefty Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot (minimum $2000)
"Aces Never Lose" Bonus - generous consolation prize if you lose with pocket aces (only during listed hours)


 
 


Promotions
Frequent Player Points (FPP) - mostly for Freeroll entries
Daily1000 FPP Freeroll
Daily $50 and $60 Freerolls
$10,000 Month's End Freeroll
Monthly $500 Gold Club Freeroll
Weekly $2500 Guaranteed Tournament
Twice weekly Player's Club Tournaments ($250 and $500 Guaranteed)
Twice weekly "Bring a Buck" Tournament ($150 Guaranteed, $1 buy-in)
Daily $500 Guaranteed added to prize pool Tournament
"Trish's $40,000 Platinum Series" for Platinum Club members ($2,500 prize pool)
"Texas Shootouts" (3-player Turbo tournaments, winner takes all)
World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour "Destination - Bellagio" Satellites


 
 


Software & Graphics
Fast and smooth, if plain
Similar in a lot of ways to Microgaming's Prima Network (though smaller)

The PokerClub Lobby The PokerClub Table

 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo), 5-card Stud
Micro-limits as low as $.01/$.02
Limits up to $30/$60 (though not a lot of action at the higher stakes)


 
 


Traffic
Much smaller than at the big name sites
Most of the action is at the lower limits
In fact, it's often hard to find tables at desired stakes off-peak days/hours
Their Pot Limit tables, however, are quite popular


 
 


Competition
Easy without being so wild and unpredictable as to defy all logical poker strategy and thus counter its inherent ease (as is the problem with so many "easy" sites)


 
 


Rake
Average with a $3 cap
No breaks on the rake (in other words, No Flop/Still a Drop, Micro-Limits still have a rake, and no apparent minimum pot size before rake is taken)


 
 


Customer Service
Live 24/7 chat
24/7 telephone and email support (prompt email responses at all hours.)


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - Neteller, Visa, MasterCard, InstaCash
Cashouts - Neteller or Bank Draft only


 
 


Ease of Use
Lobby stats - average pot, players/flop
Ongoing Best Hand (showing novice players best possible hand they could make at any given point in a hand)
Auto-play buttons (though poorly placed on screen)
Hand history
Site navigation could be better (links hard to read, some dead links, layout confusing)