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Hollywood Poker was established in 2004 and is a part of the Ongame network. Located in Canada and being licenced by Kahnawake Gaming Commision, it provides a safe and secure poker environment. Hollywood Pokers' software is slick and pleasant to look at with a few good features such as player statistics, an informative help section, live lobby chat support and a java-based Blackjack room.

Familiar faces associated with Hollywood Poker are among others Vince van Patten, the avid poker player and World Poker Tour commentator, actors Ronny Cox ("Deliverance", "Total Recall", "Robocop") and James Woods ("Casino", "Promise", "Salvador") but also the king of rock opera, Marvin Lee Aday!

Games & Tournaments

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Ring game traffic on Hollywood is very high. You'll find some 8,000-20,000 players here every day, most of them on the low-limit PL & NLHE tables. Games are offered from $0.10/0.10 to $50/50(PL) and $0.05/0.10 to $50/100 (NL) with hundreds of active tables up to $5/10. If you are looking for a mid-stakes game with $1/2 - $2/4 blinds, you will certainly find one here. Higher limits do run but not very often, I've only seen a few $25/50 games and very few $50/100 ones in these past 3 years. Fixed limit games are also easy to find if you play within the $0.15/0.30 - $5/10 range. Tables above that do run infrequently, often just one or two at each level. Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo traffic is pretty good, some 15-30 tables always run, mostly PL ones with $0.25/0.25 to $5/5 blinds. A handful or two of low-mid stakes 5CD and 7CS games also run day and night.

The multi-table tournament section isn't quite as busy but you will find a decent selection of NL ones in the $1 - $50 range here with lower buy-ins being by far the most popular. However, there are a couple of good $50 and $100 MTTs, look for the "Aussie" and "Chinese" daily tournaments in the lobby. Sit & Go players are more fortunate, there are tons of NL tournaments to choose from in the $1 - $100 interval, both shorthanded and full ring. NL Turbos and 2-5 table STTs are also easy to find making Hollywood Poker's SnGs department a very good one.

Promotions And Support

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Hollywood Poker has a wide variety of deposit bonuses, everything from a 200% match $200 max one to a 600% match $1500 max. They all have different requirements but are equally difficult to clear if you are a low-limit player. For example, the $200 bonus requires 1,200 Poker Points (PPs). For every 10c taken in rake, you'll recieve 0.1 PPs and you must have contributed to the pot in order to receive any PPs at all. So a whole bunch of hands must be played to release the full amount, even at the higher limit tables. No matter which alternative you choose, this is a crummy bonus. Reloads are frequent, although mostly with the same or similar requirements. If you don't play a lot the bonus will be difficult to clear - definately not one of the [best poker bonus] options!

Hollywood Poker's support and customer service is really good. Besides the email department which will answer all your questions right away, there's also live help available. That's something I think all poker rooms should provide but they don't, so thumbs up to Hollywood. Whichever method you choose, staff are generally courteous and helpful.

Banking

The following deposit methods are available; Neteller, Click2Pay. Moneybookers, VISA/MasterCard, ClickandBuy and InstaCash. Withdrawals to Neteller and Moneybookers are surpisingly slow, often 2-3 days which is way below average for the industry. Cashouts to VISA are fast, around 3-5 days.

Conclusion

A good selection of cash games and SnGs along with great customer support makes it worthwhile to join Hollywood Poker. Maybe next year, after improving cashout speed to e-wallets and presenting a decent deposit bonus, we can rank them a bit higher

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Hollywood Poker


Reviewed By: Johnny H

Poker Network: Ongame
Network Popularity: Medium
Signup Bonus: Poor
Reload Bonuses: OK
Support: Very Good
Software: Very Good

Feature Tournaments
$200K guaranteed Grand Tournament
Weekly Celebrity Classic
$30K European
Michael Woods Celebrity Inv.

Unique Selling Point
Play with the stars of Hollywood and take part in celebrity invitationals.

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