For a poker room that only offered play money games to its patrons, PokerRoom.com has certainly come a long way. When it first started offering real money games it fast became one of the most popular online poker rooms as the fish-pool that was created by the circumstances proved to be a huge enticement for seasoned players.
Licensed by the government if Gibraltar as well as the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Pokerrrom.com is set to provide its players a fair and safe poker experience where cheating or abuse of any sort are not tolerated.
It is a member of the Ongame network (the biggest member actually) and on its site it boats that it is maintained by people who have a genuine interest in the game of poker. It is one of the few poker rooms which offer their players an online poker school in order to prepare rookies to what’s awaiting them at the real money tables.
Pokerroom.com can currently show 35,000 players at its tournament tables as well as about 6,500 players at its cash tables. It shares traffic with the other online poker rooms on the Ongame network.
The Pokerroom.com software is available both in download and in java versions. Naturally, the downloadable client is the one that provides full functionality with a wide array of options, while the no-download Java client is a simpler version. It is playable on Macs too though so users of that platform no longer have to be locked out of the online poker fun.
The Pokerroom.com client features clean graphics, with 3D-like avatars and reasonably sized cards. It runs smoothly on almost any computer so it won’t upset the users of possibly outdated machines.
Because it’s updated frequently, the PokerRoom.com client is always in line with what the patrons want. Its statistics (viewed flop percentage, average pot size etc...) are excellent, and what’s more: its hand histories are easy to work with, both in-game and in an exported format.
Multi tabling is available too, at four tables simultaneously and because of the simple (yet pretty) nature of the graphics, it runs smooth under nearly all circumstances. The tables are not resizable though, and no mini view is yet offered.
PokerRoom Promotions and Best Bonus
Upon sign-up, Pokerroom.com patrons do not only receive a 50% match on the money they deposited up to $100, they also get three tickets to some daily real money beginners’ tournaments. The sign-up bonus offered by PokerRoom.com is not the best in the business but it’s certainly no push-over. The drawbacks linked to the bonus include the fact that it’s only released in one sum, while it’s constrained by the 60 day limit imposed upon its validity. Players need to earn poker points in order to unlock their bonus, at a rate of 0.07 points/10 cents of bonus.
Promotions-wise, PokerRoom.com hits its players with an average system: there are satellites and qualifiers for some live events, there are turbo and speed tourneys featured, but nothing overly original.
Their “refer a friend” promotion gives players the possibility to earn $50 after each of their referred friends.
Tournaments like the $500k guaranteed and the Grand Tournament XIV round up their promotions system.
Pokerroom.com is a genuine tournament heaven. They feature a wide variety of tourneys (network-wide ones as well as their own) to which the buy-ins range from a few dollars to a few hundred. Their STTs start as soon as they fill up and there’s always one that has an empty slot for you at the table. The rich traffic that the room gets will make short work of the waiting times required for the STTs to get under way.
The Grand Tournament is PokerRoom.com’s most prestigious event. It is a network-wide event, and thus its popularity is virtually guaranteed despite the apparently prohibitive $1,000+$40 buy-in. Whether this popularity is due to the small tourney fee (compared to the buy-in, of course), or the huge prize-pool is unclear, one thing is sure though: more and more people decide to put their $1,000 on the line for a seat in The Grand.
If you don’t have the $1,000 required, worry not: Pokerroom.com runs a series of satellites that can get you qualified for a mere few bucks.
The private tournaments are another interesting twist in PokerRoom.com’s promotions system. Fancy playing your friends only, undisturbed by outsiders? Now you can do just that at PokerRoom.
PokerRoom Special Offers
PokerRoom.com wouldn’t be the high-profile operation that it is unless it provided some sort of possibility for players to earn themselves a seat in a prestigious live event taking place in some exotic location. WSOP, WPT and EPT events are offered for players who become members of Team PokerRoom.com. The final qualifier is a $650+$50 event which might seem steep for most people, but he eventual winner will not only have his/her live event buy-in covered, he/she won’t have to spend a dime on airfare or on the many activities that he/she will participate in, once there.
Certainly, satellites for the final qualifier are also available, and with a ton of skill and a little bit of luck one may find him/herself rubbing elbows with poker professionals on a tropical island for as little as $7+$1.
The Big Deal is also one of the “specialties of the house” at PokerRoom.com. the $300+$20 weekly tournament with fabulous prize-pools is accessible via satellites and sub satellites or through a direct buy-in.
PokerRoom Do Not Accept US Players
Despite the fact that it is one top-notch poker room on one of the world’s biggest online poker networks, PokerRoom.com has a few drawbacks too. As said above, the software is updated often and sometimes this results in downtimes. It doesn’t accept U.S. players which is really only a drawback for the American players concerned because its belonging to the Ongame network makes PokerRoom.com somewhat immune to big fluctuations in player numbers. The lobby might seem a tad confusing at times, at least until one gets used to the way the information is displayed.
We recommend US players to play poker at Full Tilt Poker
PokerRoom.com only offers e-mail based support currently. Again, I cannot iterate the importance of some sort of live support which brings about instant solutions to peoples’ problems. Despite lacking that, PokerRoom.com’s email support is said to be one of the best in the business, with lightning-fast response times and a staff that is efficient and friendly.
Their support page prompts people to fill out a form with a few details that should make pinpointing the problem easier, and a description of the problem that they encountered.