General: Primarily known for its wildly popular daily freerolls, Poker Room has become one of the biggest online poker sites. They don't offer much in the way of low limit hold'em games, but with a website that offers a huge "poker school" full of info and tips and an online community with forums, articles and polls along with the aforementioned freerolls, Poker Room has built up a ravenously dedicated following.
The Poker Room website claims that they have over 1 million players. While I don't doubt that to be true if you include everyone who has ever played a freeroll, on an average weeknight they have between 8,000 and 11,000 people playing. These are still very respectable numbers.
The $1000 freerolls do attract an odd crowd, however, and should you partake in one, you won't believe what you're reading in the lobby while waiting for the tournament to start. The chat here is unmoderated. Violently unmoderated.
Games: Hold'em, Omaha , 7 Card Stud, Omaha High/Low, 7 Card Stud High/Low
The cheapest raked hold 'em tables at Poker Room are $0.25/$0.50 limit tables. The higher stakes range all the way up to $100/$200 no limit tables.
Poker Room has pretty heavy traffic in its tournaments, especially the biggest ones. I guess this truly is a place for the big spenders as the $50 + $4 tournament running as I write this has 225 entrants, putting the prize pool at $11,250. One lucky player in that tournament will get $3087 plus an entry into the main draw tournament worth $320. Not bad for a Monday night. They hold a $50 + $4 tournament daily. Also daily are multiple $20 + 2 tournaments all the way down to the standard $5 + $1 tourneys.
On top of that, there is a ton of traffic for the sit-n-go tournaments. The cheapest sit-n-goes are of the standard $5 +$1 variety.
As I've mentioned, the freerolls here pay well. There are two $1000 freerolls daily at 9 am and 4:00 pm. Registration for the afternoon freeroll starts at 2:30 pm and the tournament is usually full (there is a limit of 2000 players) by about 2:34 pm , so be sure to register as early as possible.
Software/Servers: The Poker Room software is not unlike the software of many of its competitors. It is of the cartoon characters sitting around the poker table variety. It does seem to run smoothly, and one perk here is that you have the option of downloading the softwares as usual, or loading it from a browser. Poker Room is windows, mac and linux accessible, which is pretty cool.
The most noteworthy thing about the software, though, may be one of the cartoon characters I just mentioned. Strangely, to me at least, one of the characters is a woman showing the cleavage of her gigantic fake breasts. Considering all online poker is basically simulating Vegas, I suppose it isn't terribly unrealistic, but it struck me as odd to see massive cartoon mammaries none the less. (The search engines are going to love this page. I suppose I should apologize in advance to the gentlemen here legitimately seeking out massive mammaries.)
Poker Room's servers seem very quick considering there are a couple thousand people trying to sign into the freerolls in a two minute span. I've never had any problems at all.
Bonus: 40% deposit bonus up to $200. These guys offer the standard $50 refer a friend program. They also have a pretty good player points program, where $1000 of bonus money is split among the top 50 players in player points every day.
Conclusion: Poker Room seems to be a perfect fit for some people. I'd suggest checking out the Pokah! community page and the forums and then maybe trying a freeroll to really get a feel for this one. It seems there is a thriving poker community here where the other poker rooms don't offer that option. The main drawback here is slightly less traffic than some of the other sites..
7. 5 out of 10
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