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Virtual City Poker Review

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Hey look! Another Prima Poker Network "skin". And you thought you were running out. Sarcasm aside, Prima has an extensive network for a very good reason - people like what they have to offer, namely a ton of flow-through traffic from sites that may or not even be poker-centric, and the kind of guaranteed prize pools that can only come from such a successful and long-established venture.

So their software is a bit slow, buggy, and bland. It's also clean and easy-to-follow. With the Prima Network you take the good with the bad. What makes Virtual City Poker stand out above its kin? For one, Virtual City is one of the few Prima "skins" that participates in the Poker Rewards loyalty program (see Poker Rewards review).

Virtual City also uses "CashCheck" technology so players can easily track all deposits and withdrawals in one place, and "PlayCheck" technology for players to track their entire transaction history (including hand and betting histories).

 

 
Virtual City Poker
OVERALL GRADE
 
Featuring:
Prima Network affiliation promises security, integrity, and, sometimes, reliability
Many daily freerolls and guaranteed prize pool tournaments
PlayCheck and CashCheck technology
PokerRewards loyalty program
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
50%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$200
  Referral Bonus:
N/A
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
7/10
4/10
6/10
5/10
3/10
CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
6/10
7/10
6/10
5/10
6/10
Overall Grade 50%
 
   
 


Bonuses
50% up to $200 - you can only get one signup bonus at a Prima Network site, and this one, along with Poker Rewards, is among the juiciest
$25 Refer-A-Friend Bonus
Periodic Magic Hand Bonus - hand number and prize amount not pre-announced
Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot of $500 + $50 each day it goes unclaimed


 
 


Promotions
Pokerbowl tournament for a chance to appear on live TV in London
Participates in the Poker Rewards Program


 
 


Software & Graphics
Prima Poker's Microgaming software
Despite frequent updates, complaints still abound of slowdowns, disconnects, freezes, bugs, stats features malfunctioning, etc.
Stark graphics - no avatars
Clean, textual coverage of entire betting sequence
Software is slow to act, yet still expects players to act fast - watch out for involuntary timeouts
No frills, 2-D, utilitarian functionality - which many players prefer (personal preference)
Dual table play

Virtual_City_Lobby Virtual_City_Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Texas Hold ‘Em
Omaha
7-Card Stud
5-Card Stud
1-on-1
No hi/lo
No limit, Pot Limit


 
 


Traffic
Decent flow-through from the rest of the Prima Network
Approx. 2000 players at ring games and 2000 at tournaments at peak times


 
 


Competition
Large pots, loose action
Tight and aggressive play wins out here


 
 


Rake
Standard 5% up to $3
Low limit cap of $1.50 instead of $1 like other sites


 
 


Customer Service
24/7 email and toll-free telephone in 5 countries ( USA, UK, Canada, Denmark, Israel)
Email tends to be slow
Phone-me-back service


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Deposits - NETeller, FirePay, Visa, Mastercard, Diner's Club, Gaming Card, PaySpark, Click2Pay, Moneybookers, PrePaid ATM
Withdrawals - NETeller, FirePay, Check, Wire Transfer, ACH, PrePaid ATM, Click2Pay, ECO Card, Gaming Card, PaySpark
Potential hoops to jump through (ie showing I.D.) and unnecessarily long wait times for some withdrawals - kind of unpredictable
High fees for courier checks, wire transfers, or cancelled checks
Minimum withdrawal amount is $31


 
 


Ease of Use
You've seen one Microgaming site, you've seen them all - you either love them or hate them
Small buttons
Clear textual tracking of pot size, chip stacks, and betting sequence
Instead of a countdown clock, they just warn you when you've got "10 seconds to go"
No pre-select buttons
Lobby stats: average pot, player/flop & hands/hour
Player note-taking support
Find-a-player feature