Payment Methods: Credit Cards, Citadel, Neteller, Click2Pay
Currency: US Dollar
I was first attracted to Poker.com by the promise of instant withdrawals which is quite a novelty amongst poker sites. A closer look at the small print found that permanent instant withdrawals were only available to players who had built up a good record of play, had undergone verification and a successful account review.
Nevertheless I was impressed by the attractiveness and professionalism of their website, so went ahead and decided to check them out.
There is no instant play option but the download was quick and painless anyway, and the interface was simple and easy to use, with tabs guiding you through the various sections. I found the lobby music a nuisance although this can be turned off in options. Poker.com offer only two variants of poker – Texas Holdem and Omaha, in Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, and no Limit options, and they also offer Blackjack with $5 - $100 limits. A quick scan of the tables found most of the players as expected in No Limit Holdem. There were plenty of low stakes tables available, but I had difficulty finding High Stakes opponents – although to be fair it was quite early in the morning. There were also an impressive amount of Tournaments available including several $100 freerolls taking place throughout the day.
I chose a $5/$10 table, and played several hands, but I found the pace a little slow, and felt that the software could time out unresponsive players a little quicker. I then tried out the blackjack, ending up ahead, so I thought I would try a cashout and see what happened. To my surprise I was allowed to cash out most of my withdrawal instantly and it was in my Neteller as soon as I logged in.
I didn't take the signup bonus option – they currently offer 50% on your first deposit although how this works is a little complex. You receive the bonus as $1 for each 150 comp points you earn – you receive between 3 and 10 points per hand played depending on the stakes.
There's lot going on at Poker.com including a forum and a poker blog, and overall there is a nice ambience to their software. One thing that perplexed me though was exactly why they were advertising their competitors Pacific Poker and Party Poker on their homepage!