My thoughts on Online Poker Rooms
There may have been a little confusion recently that I'd like to clear
up. I am not affiliated with, or paid by any online poker room. I
like Eric Rosenberg, think he is a straight up guy and I've agreed to
play in some celebrity events at www.fabulouspoker.com. Again, I will
not be paid for this, I'm doing it simply because I want to.
I do the majority of my play at pokerstars. In my opinion, they
have done everything right from the get go, and it is currently the
best place to play poker online hands down. Why?
1)Customer support. Unrivaled by any other online room. If you see
ANYTHING fishy they go into great detail, giving a genuine effort to
take your quiery seriously. They'll then promptly give you a detailed
reply, rather than the generic response of "We'll look into it". Then
they thank YOU for bringing it to their attention? Cool.
2)Tournaments. Need I say more? No one is even close in this
department. From sit n' go's to hourly events. The best tournament
software out there by far.
3)Variety. They have 15-30 Omaha H/L that is steady, two 30-60
hold'em's that are steady. As well as $2-$4 pot limit hold'em and
omaha games that are quite regular.
4)Rewards. They actually do give away tons of money to their players
in freerolls. No strings attached, just ask Chris Moneymaker! lol.
Having said all this, PartyPoker is now the number one site online.
Why? Marketing. They've done a better job than anyone else when it
comes to marketing their product with well thought out promotional
ideas. The first one being the PPM of course. Then, they made a good
investment by airing expensive TV spots that saw their business grow
In my opinion, there is nothing extra special about the softare.
The 15-30 games however, are simply the best anywhere right now at
that limit. Wow.
In my opinion, the 20-40 game there is... well, too tough. I don't
feel like I could beat that game unless I was willing to take the game
very seriously and give it 100%. Why bother though, when I can either
play three 15-30's at PartyPoker or two 30-60 games at PokerStars?
I feel like Paradise has dropped the ball a little bit. They have
done little in the way of marketing or adding to the site. Paradise,
as well as all the other sites for that matter should take a page from
PartyPoker(marketing) and PokerStars(product).
Remains to be seen. They seem to have some very good ideas that are
pro player which I like. The software is fine, but it's currently not
up the standards set by the top end sites. If the site continues to
grow, then you can expect to see the software improve. Having said
that, their multi table tournament software is the best I've seen
anywhere (outside of PokerStars of course).
Loaded with potential. Despite being a relatively new online
cardroom, their software seems lightning quick. Also, being
associated with Poker School Online insures that they will have a
player base. PokerPages has always been considered the #1 portal for
the poker world for good reason. That can only bode well for
Having Mark and Tina involved is a big plus for them. They've come
up with some really neat ideas for BugsyClub with the various leagues
Similar to PartyPoker, BugsyClub also has one more thing going for
them: they are already an established and trusted online casino.
Was the place to play high limit poker online but the action has
died considerably. Apparantly they've finally made improvements to
the software (it was very poor) but I'm afraid it may be a little too
late? A great concept though, having a sportsbetting/poker room. So
great, that I wouldn't count them out just yet from making a comeback.
LOL, don't get me started:-) Needless to say I don't play there and
have no plans to in the future.
So there you have it. My opinions, influenced by my TRUE feelings
and nothing else. Again, I am not paid to endorse any of these sites.
One of the things I value, is the ability to say what I want when I
feel like it. If I were to be paid for example by "PokerPlace" then
obviously I'd be somewhat forced to say, "PokerPlace is the best poker
room online". Doing that, I feel would make my opinion less valuable.
I mean, what would you expect a paid representative to say about
their bosses? Exactly.
The one thing you'll get from me, is my honest opinion. No agenda.
So in closing, I'd give thumbs up to the following:
(no opinion, never played)
(dropped the ball)
Ladbrokes (weak software)