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Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker, established in 2004, and due to promotional activities by the likes of Gus Hansen, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey and countless others, is probably the most well known poker site online. And for a damn good reason too. Playing on Full Tilt Poker is truly a five star experience.

It all starts with the software. And the software is excellent – no bugs or other things messing with our playing experience, different avatars to choose from, smooth navigation, an intuitive feel, great visuals; Full Tilt has it all. Sure the graphics tend to be a bit cartoonish but most players get used to that very easily.

I’ll get right to it.. Full Tilt has a SHITLOAD of tournaments. Ranging from Sit N Go’s at a buy-in of a single to tournaments with buy-in’s you could buy a car with. Both the single- and the multi table tournaments are ran very smoothly. Oh and the best part, there’s a big chance you might meet a pro poker player at the tables. They’re mostly playing at nosebleed levels but occasionally you might see them at some of the lower tables.

With all these pro’s in the room, competition is pretty high. I’m not gonna lie. But that’s mainly so at the high levels, which provide a very tough challenge indeed. The lower levels are perfectly playable. Multitable the lower stakes and you should be able to crush some of the games. Full Tilt has a reputation as a site with just a bunch of tight players, well that’s just not entirely true. The site still attracts a lot of players entirely new to the game and you’ll find them losing money at the lower levels.

Should in any case something happen to your account, fret not, Full Tilt Poker has a great support service. E-mails are answered very fast and with a good quality of answers, too. Which is a remarkable feat, considering the high amount of traffic Full Tilt gets every day.

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Bodog Poker

Maybe you’ve never heard of them, but Bodog has been around for a while. The site has been an online gambling heaven since 1994, and started offering poker in 2004. Although the site is originally based in Canada, it has always accepted US players and will continue to do so.

The software looks pretty good, the interface is clean and easy to navigate. I’ve never had disconnection problems either.. which really says something if you’ve played poker online elsewhere. Overall design and usability are just solid. Good stuff.

Like most decent poker rooms these days, Bodog has enough tournaments to choose from. There’s something for every type of player. Multi table tournaments, freerolls, sattelites, Sit N Go’s, you name it. For those with a proper bankroll I’d recommend the 100K guaranteed which is not too tough and has a great payout structure.

Competition is known to be pretty soft here. There are absolutely worse rooms with even more newbies but Bodog is a good play for easy money.. especially at the cash tables. Put some hard work in and it will definitely pay off. It’s not one of the giant sites but with a player base of around 2000 online at any given time there are more than enough people to wipe the floor with.

Support service been very fast and responsive. Support is by both email and telephone and is handled by real trained professionals, not just unmotivated college students or outsourced to some crappy firm in a faraway low-wages country. Bodog handles this part of their business well.

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Carbon Poker

CarbonPoker is not as well known as other rooms like Full Tilt and Pokerstars, but I had to include it in this review. The site started off as poker.com so you can already guess how I came in contact with online poker. I typed in poker.com, ended up there and became instantly hooked. Poker.com later changed its name to CarbonPoker but like you always remember your first love, I still remember my first poker room.

Anyway, I’m rambling. The software is one thing I always liked about CarbonPoker. It’s incredibly newbie friendly. As for graphics, it looks slick and certainly better than most poker rooms, but expect no special bells and whistles. It gets the job done and that’s enough, in my opinion. The software runs very smoothly, as a matter of fact I can say I’ve never had a single problem with it. Might just be my luck though. Things like contact details and player icons are set up in a web-based environment instead of the software. Works perfectly fine however.

The vast majority of CarbonPoker players are pretty new to online poker, which means there are a lot of tournaments with low buy-in and relatively few at a higher entrance fee. So if you’re looking to spend some serious money, CarbonPoker might not be the best place.

CarbonPoker makes up for competition what it lacks in variety of tournaments. Competition is very soft here and easy to beat. Playing styles are fast and loose. Play a normal, tight-agressive game and you should be able to take a LOT of money from the fish. However, CarbonPoker is a pretty small site. The amount of players is a lot smaller than you’d find on giant sites like Pokerstars.

Support has always been good. They are quick to reply and I’ve never had a problem with the quality of their answers. No complaints here.

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Carbon Poker Review

CarbonPoker is an interesting poker site from the Merge Gaming Network that is growing rapidly. With software packed with cool features and plenty of different poker games they have become the favorite poker room for many online poker players. US citizens are accepted to play poker for real money at Carbon Poker.

Carbonpoker.com is licensed by Kahnawake Gaming Commission and uses 128 bit encryption for secure transfers. They have also been issued a Thawte SSL certificate and trusted site seal. The software from MergeGaming is fast and easy navigated and the traffic goes up to 8,000 at peak hours compared to around 1,000 outside peak hours. This is a very fish friendly poker room, which you could take advantage of and in no time easily double your poker bankroll.

CarbonPoker offer a high variety of poker games:

Texas Holdem, Omaha (No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit)
Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, 5 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw and Razz (Pot Limit and Limit)
Triple Draw (2-7 Lowball, A-5 Lowball)
Badugi (Pot Limit and Limit).
and some cool mixed games; HORSE, HOSE, SHOE, HA, HAR, HO and RASH (Limit).

H.O.R.S.E means a mixed game where several poker games are played as one in a set of intervals.

H: Texas Hold ’em
O: Omaha Eights or better
A: Omaha Hi
R: Razz
S: Seven card Stud
E: Seven card stud Eight or better

Software

The software have been tried and tested during different times of the week. In order to test the servers we stayed online for 2 days and surprisingly there weren’t even one disconnection.

Using the features like the tag is easy and could prove vital for your poker game. You can tag an opponent with; shark, fish, bluffer, buddy, champion, on tilt, easy or just no tag. In the same window, notes of each opponent can be added, pretty simple but smart solution in having all in one place. Further, in the tag window, one could see how well you have done in previous poker tournaments. If you have won a tournament or two, you will be rewarded with a trophy, ribbon and other special accolades, which will then be visible for others when checking your tag.

Are you interested in playing multiple tables simultaneously? No problem at Carbonpoker.com. With resizable tables, mini view and 2×2 you have good options to customize the game to fit your needs. The game stats provide all the necessary statistics and the hand history function allows previously played hands to be displayed.

One cool feature is the Rabbit Hunting, which means that when a player wins a pot before the river some players would like to know if they would have won the hand if they had stayed in the hand longer. Rabbit Hunt, is to ask the dealer to expose those cards that would have come if the player would have played the hand.

Further, if you haven’t tried it, with Carbon Poker you can expose one of your hole cards. Either if you are folding a big bet or if no one called your bet, this feature adds some extra juice.

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Traffic

Carbon Poker offers decent traffic action with an average of 5,000 online players up to peak hours with 8,000. There could be poor traffic, around 1,000 online players, outside peak hours with most of the traffic on Texas Holdem games. At an average night there is actually quite good Omaha and 7 Card Stud traffic and Merge Gaming Network continue to grow.

US players are welcome to play poker for real money at Carbonpoker. Poker players from America tend to be the majority at this poker site. Continue reading

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