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Pokertime Review

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Pokertime is the replacement poker room for Royal Vegas, part of the Fortune Lounge Group and a member of the Microgaming Poker Network. It is located and licenced in Gibraltar and carrying eCOGRAs 'Play it Safe' seal of approval. The poker lobby itself is identical to some of the other MG rooms, like Unibet for example. It has the basic features such as a good help section, the promotion & account pages and a few flash casino games. Also, poker games can be played directly in the browser, no download necessary.

Poker Network Traffic, Games & Tournaments

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With Pokertime being a Microgaming site, you know cash game traffic is high. This goes for NLHE in particular which is the game of choice for more than half of the 10,000-15,000 players that gather here every day of the year. Some 150 tables or more, shorthanded, heads-up and full ring, between $0.02/0.05 and $50/100 are constantly in full swing. As always, low to mid stakes are the most popular, there are plenty of tables to choose from for the penny player. Overall, Pokertime' NL room is a really good one. The FL section is not nearly as busy but you will always find a table running if you play $0.05/0.10 to $3/6. Higher limit games are scarce. Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo action is limited. There's usually just a few tables running, mostly in the $0.10/0.20 to $2/4 range plus the occational $5/10 game. Other games, such as 5 card draw and Stud are virtually non-existant.

Pokertime has a great selection of Multi-table tournaments running 24/7. Everything from single dollar freezeouts to daily/weekly events with buy-ins up to $200. If you like tournaments with guaranteed prize pools, there are plenty of those here. From as little as $3($1200 guaranteed) to $25 ($40K guaranteed) and the best part is, most of these are played on a daily basis. Regular MTTs and satellites to bigger events are also easy to find. For Sit-n-Go players, a seemingly endless amount of tables are available. With buy-ins from 90c to $550 and traffic this high, you will certainly find all the action you need here. NL SnGs in the 90c-$5 range are by far the most popular but $10-$100 ones run often enough.

Pokertime Promotions And Support

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The current sign-up bonus is 100% up to $200 where 5 Poker Points (PPs) must be accumulated for every bonus dollar. This is a decent proposition if you play FL $5/10 and NL $2.50/5 or above. At these limits you will recieve 1 PP for every raked hand, ergo 5 raked hands earns you $1 and 1,000 hands the full $200. Multi-tabling players will accomplish this in half a day. Do not attempt to clear this bonus if you play the lowest stakes, the amount of raked hands required are completely unreasonable. For example, 100 raked hands at NL $0.05/0.10 earns you one lousy dollar, that's most likely 3-400 actual hands as the pot seldom reaches $5 at that level. Reloads are somewhat infrequent.

Pokertime' customer service is very good. Apart from email help here's a 24/7 freephone number as well as live support. Staff are generally helpful and responsive should you require assistance.

Banking

There's a ton of deposit methods available, how about Neteller, Click2Pay, eCheck, EZIPay, EcoCard, VISA/MasterCard/Diners Club, Moneybookers, UKash, InstaDebit, UseMyBank, FirePay, Bank Transfer, Fortune Lounge ATM Card, UseMyWallet and Debit Card (several). Note that Maestro debit cards are not always permitted by the issuing bank on online gambling sites. Cashout speed is average, around 24-48 hours to e-wallets and 3-7 days to VISA/bank account.

Conclusion

Excellent NL and STTs traffic plus a great support department. Too few active FL tables and somewhat slower than average cashouts are minor annoyances but I believe most of us can live with that. All in all, Pokertime ranks a bit above average.

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Pokertime


Reviewed By: Johnny H

Poker Network: Microgaming PN
Network Popularity: High
Signup Bonus: OK
Reload Bonuses: OK
Support: Very Good
Software: Very Good

Feature Tournaments
Amsterdam Master Classics
$175K guaranteed
Weekly $65K Extreme Stack
NBA/NHL Specials

Unique Selling Point
Nothing unique but generally good allround especially for No-Limit and Single Table Tournament players.

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