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Summary

The addition of online discussion forums and a wealth of poker articles has made Pacific Poker a poker site that players pay attention to when considering which site to adopt as their home base.  Pacific Poker shares a parent corporation with the famous casino-on-net and the cross populating between the two sites ensures that a steady stream of exceptionally soft poker talent is constantly available to play against at Pacific Poker.

Poker Games Available

Pacific Poker offers both cash game and tournament play, with decent amounts of traffic to both.  Their limit hold ‘em section contains tables with stakes from $0.05/$0.10 to $75/$150 and their no limit tables range from $0.05/$0.10 all the way up to $10/$20.  While there is a respectable amount of traffic to their cash games, limit games above $30/$60 and no limit games above $5/$10 are rarely populated and players wishing to play at higher limits should seek other poker sites to play at.  In addition to limit and no limit hold ‘em, Pacific Poker offers the following poker variants in cash game form: Omaha, Omaha/8, 7 card stud and 7 card stud/8.

The primary tournament device used by Pacific Poker is the sit and go.  Sit and go tournaments do fill up fairly quickly (especially the no limit hold ‘em ones) and for the lower buy-ins, players sometimes do not have to wait more than a few minutes to start playing.  Sit and go buy-ins range from less than a dollar all the way up to $750, ensuring a wide variety of action to be had.  Multi-table tournaments are also offered, with freeroll tournaments for the beginner and buy-ins up to $100 for the seasoned player.

Software

As far as software goes, the Pacific Poker software engine closely resembles the one utilized by Paradise Poker.  The sound effects (especially the tournament notification) can be startling if heard unexpectedly and downright annoying at times.

The lobby features a poker felt green colour scheme with all the important information enclosed in rectangular boxes with bevelled edges.  The overall effect of the lobby can make it seem a little cluttered at times and more than one player has had to contact support because of an inability to find a specific function they were searching for.

The table features a direct overhead look and an overall 2-dimensional photo scheme.  All the typical table functions (i.e. chat, settings) are supported with the major exception of session statistics, which are not accessible directly from the table window as they are in many other poker software configurations.  There are further performance issues with the table software, including choppy game play and showdowns that are jerky and fast.  This is perhaps because the software engine used is similar to the one used in their sister casino website, where the fast removal of cards is a good thing in games like blackjack and baccarat where players are looking to play as many hands as possible.  Nevertheless, many players have expressed annoyance with that feature and it is something to keep in mind when playing at Pacific Poker.

Bonus

Pacific Poker offers players a new bonus of 25% of their initial deposit up to a maximum of $100.  This bonus is released in one lump sum to a player’s account once they have satisfied all the wagering demands.  The bonus is easier than average to clear at the lower limits, but Pacific Poker’s parent company 888.com has a history of banning players for specifically going after bonuses at both Pacific Poker and casino-on-net, so players should be wary if they’re specifically playing there for the bonus.

Loyalty Programs

Pacific Pokers offers a very simple and straightforward player rewards program.  For every $10 a player wagers in hands that a rake is removed from, they earn 1 comp point (for players that also play blackjack, these points can be earned at a rate of 1 for every $10 wagered).

The only thing that can be done with comp points is to convert them into cash.  For every 100 comp points a player earns (i.e. wagering $1000), they can convert the full 100 into $1 of real money.

Support

Pacific Poker support methods aren’t as diverse as many other poker websites.  They offer three avenues of support: website help, e-mail support and phone support.

The first line of support, as with many other poker websites, is the Pacific Poker site itself.  On the website are various articles on frequent help topics that players can consult in an attempt to find answers to their questions.

For players that do not find the help they need (or simply don’t want to look), Pacific Poker offers a contact form on their website.  Filling this form out and clicking send will transmit a player’s help needs via e-mail to Pacific Poker support staff, who will reply with answers to questions.  For players that desire live support, there is also the telephone support line.  The number for this line varies from country to country, but a full list of telephone numbers, organized by country, can be found in the help section of the Pacific Poker website.

Account Funding Methods

Pacific Poker players may fund their real money account with deposits through the following methods: various credit cards, various debit cards, bank transfer, boleto, deposito refranciado, European cheque, Immediate ECheck, PayPoint Invoice, wire transfer, various online bank accounts, Click&Buy, ACTeCASH, FirePay, Moneybookers, NETeller and various prepaid cards.

Account Withdrawal Methods

Pacific Poker reserves the right to credit any amounts up to the initial deposit amount back to the same method that was used to make the deposit.  Any further amounts can be cashed out using any one of the methods listed above in the account funding methods section.

Legalities

Pacific Poker is owned and operated by Cassava Enterprises Limited, a subsidiary of 888 Holdings PLC.

Pacific Poker operates under a gaming license granted by the Government of Gibraltar.

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