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Victor Chandler Poker Review

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The Gibraltar-based Victor Chandler group is nothing if not a professional outfit. Their successful sports betting, casino, and Flash-based games have attracted a sizable, devoted following throughout Europe and the UK. They even have a site dedicated to gaming through your mobile telephone! Now to all you Americans reading this, I regret to inform you that this is yet another one of those sites that does not accept players from the U.S. - strange since their games are played in U.S. dollars.

Regardless, traffic is no concern at Victor Chandler Poker, nor is security and customer support (they provide a gigantic team of online table hosts to tend to your needs at any time of day). In order to make it easier for their pool of gamblers to make the crossover to their poker room, Victor Chandler has accumulated a variety of online and Flash-based interactive tutorials, a poker school, strategy articles, and a tournament player's guide. They offer a staggering selection of satellites for enough land-based tournaments to fill one's schedule for the whole year.

Possibly the broadest sweeping appeal of Victor Chandler, and its connection to the entire Victor Chandler network, is the incredible sense of community they foster. Victor Chandler Poker has an email newsletter, an online magazine (called "Big Slick"), a community forum, and a smattering of unique community events (like "Poker Bingo" and "Name that Tune") that deftly intertwine with existing poker games, making them even more enticing and rewarding to play.

 
Victor Chandler Poker OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Satellites galore
Account integration with an enormous gaming network
60 Tournaments daily, minimum, including plenty of freerolls, re-buys, and speed tourneys
Buddy list
Community features (forum, poker school, newsletter, magazine, non-poker bonus games incorporated into many poker games)
Traffic like the Metro (or a NY subway)
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
25%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$150
  Referral Bonus:
Entry into monthly draw for 200 Pounds Sterling
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
5/10
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6/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
7/10
7/10
8/10
6/10
7/10
Overall Grade 68%
 
   
 


Bonuses
25% matching bonus with $150 signup
Community bonus games such as Poker Bingo (full-house wins), The Knowledge (speed trivia contest), & Name that Tune
Referral Bonus - every referral gets you entry into a monthly drawing for 200 pounds sterling
100 pounds sterling to the Player of the Month


 
 


Promotions
ESPN World Series of Poker Circuit Tour events satellites
Satellite for World Heads-Up Championship at Barcelona Casino in Spain
Satellite for Cavendish Club Classic in Belfast, Northern Ireland
World Series of Poker Championship satellites
European Poker Classic at Victor Casino, London
Spring Festival Main Event at Grosvenor Casino in Luton
Paddy Power Irish Open at Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland
Freerolls aplenty
"Breakfast Special" - $1000 cash game lotteries every weekday, every half-hour from 7am to 11am GMT
Monthly $50,000 and $100,000 Guaranteed Tournaments
Sponsors the land-based VC Poker Cup


 
 


Software & Graphics
Classy, expertly designed Tribeca software
Upload your own avatar graphic
Large-sized cards for easy reading
Animated interface, a bit like a video game
Generally fast, smooth (slightly slowed down by the animations)

Victor Chandler Poker Lobby Victor ChandlerTable


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo)
60 tournaments per day (and then some) with prize pools from $20 to $15,000
Fixed limits from $.02/$.04 - $50/$100
No Limit/Pot Limits from $.05/$.10 - $100/$200
Buy-ins at single-table tournaments $.10 - $100, at multi-table tournaments $1 - $225
Re-buys, speed tournaments
Tournaments in Holdem only
Multi-table play
Private tables


 
 


Traffic
Lots of action, all the time, especially at fixed limit games
1,500-3,000 players at any given time


 
 


Competition
Nice blend of new and pro, loose and tight, passive and aggressive
If it leans one way or the other, I'd have to say it tends towards the softer side (good)


 
 


Rake
No flop/No drop
Average 5% up to $3
$4 cap at high stakes


 
 


Customer Service
Large base of live table hosts (w/personal, personable bios)
Telephone and toll-free in the UK telephone
Email
Categorized support links


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - Visa, MasterCard, Neteller, Firepay, Citadel, Telebuy/900Pay
Cashouts - Neteller, bank wire, bank draft


 
 


Ease of Use
Lobby stats only show average pot
Nice ongoing individual player stats (for private viewing) including games won, flops seen, games won at showdown, games won after the flop, percentages called, raised, folded
No hand history