One of the oldest rooms around, Poker Room has almost become synonymous with versatility and reliability. Its graphics and software have been featured in many magazines and television spots and recognition has been fast and fierce for this room, voted poker site of the year for both 2005 and 2006. It has a smaller following of players, but almost to a player they are fiercely loyal to this room and consider it better than any other on the internet.
Poker Games Available
Poker Room offers a wide variety of poker in both cash game and tournament format. They offer a lot of Texas Hold ‘Em in both formats as well, but their cash game hold ‘em numbers are very impressive. For limit games, they offer a large number of tables with limits ranging from $0.25/$0.50 to $500/$1000. It’s difficult to find a game above $10/$20 in limit, but there are a large volume of games available at that limit and below. For no limit, they offer games from $0.10/$0.25 all the way up to $50/$100. The games taper off in popularity around the same level as for the limit betting structure, but just as in limit the volume of active games at the lower limits is large. Additionally, Poker Room offers specialist turbo and heads up tables, as well as play of the following poker variants: Omaha, Omaha/8, 7 card stud, 7 card stud hi/lo and 5 card draw.
Tournaments are also offered and range over all the variants discussed above. Sit and go format tournaments have buy-ins that range from $1 to over $100 and all poker variants have sit and gos regularly running on Poker Room. In addition to the sit and gos, they also offer regularly scheduled tournaments that run frequently and feature buy-ins from $1 to well over $1000. Finally, they also offer multiple $100 freerolls in multiple poker variants on a daily basis.
Poker Room is one of the very few poker software packages that allow players to switch back and forth between a cash game lobby and a tournament lobby with the click of a button. The outlook is the same in both, except one only lists cash games and the other only lists tournaments. Another interesting aspect of the Poker Room software is that they allow you to play online or download it. The only real difference is that the online version is a bit less colourful, but overall they both provide the same information.
The lobby has a logical layout, with buttons across the top listing the various different sub-categories of games available. The main window lists all the games available in the selected sub-category and in the cash game lobby lists information about table stakes, number of players, average pot size, hands played per hour and percentage of players seeing the flop.
The table view is the same in both versions of the software, the only difference being that the online table is a bit smaller and the actions can be a bit more delayed due to the additional graphical information being downloaded directly from the server. The view of the table is a slightly diagonal overhead view, with 3-dimensionally rendered avatars representing all of the players.
A neat little feature of this software is that clicking on an avatar brings up a menu of ways to interact with that player. Players have the option to take notes on another player, classify them as one of many different colour-coded categories (this is an extremely useful feature for a player looking for a table that is predominately one player type), mute them or even vote for them to be kicked off the table!
Poker Room offers a very straightforward initial bonus plan. For a player that registers with them and opens a real money account, they normally offer a first time deposit bonus of 20% of the deposit amount up to a maximum bonus of $100. However, if you use the bonus code “phelper” when registering you will receive an exclusive 50% bonus up to a maximum of $250! In addition to the bonus, they also offer 3 free tournament entry tickets to specific tournaments, all of which offer very decent prize pools.
The loyalty program revolves around collecting points, which are then used to enter one of the three tiers of Poker Room Loyalty. The first tier is the green room tier, featuring the ability to exchange points for chips, shop for various products and play in the daily $100 freeroll tournaments.
For players who achieve the next threshold, they are granted membership into the silver room in addition to the green room. Silver room players enjoy a better exchange rate of points for chips, as well as entries into exclusive tournaments that feature small fields and large prizes.
Finally, players that achieve the final threshold become gold room members. Gold room members get the best point-to-chip exchange rate, as well as the ability to enter the most exclusive tournaments on Poker Room, featuring the smallest fields and proportionally the best prizes.
There are numerous ways to get support from Poker Room. The first line of support is the FAQ database that they maintain, which has answers to a multitude of questions on a wide variety of topics.
In the event that the FAQ is not satisfactory, then Poker Room also offers international e-mail support with a above average response speed as well as phone support for players in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, USA, UK and New Zealand. They also offer live chat support, which can be accessed from the support screen on the Poker Room website.
Account Funding Methods
Players can deposit money into their Poker Room account using the following methods: NETeller, Firepay, Prepaid ATM and Moneybookers.
Account Withdrawal Methods
Amounts up to the initial deposit amount will be credited back to the deposit method used, but additional amounts can be received through any of the following methods: Prepaid ATM, NETeller, Firepay, Moneybookers, European Visa, courier cheque and normal cheque.
Poker Room has been in existence and operating since 1999.
Poker Room operates under a license granted by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.