bet365 Poker Review
bet365 is one of the world’s largest online gaming groups with well over 3 million members in 200 countries. Bet365 is the U.K.’s 7th largest private company employing well over 1,000 people. In 2007, bet365 joined the iPoker Network with the creation of bet365 Poker, adding poker to their online gaming portfolio which includes their online casino, games and bingo rooms.
bet365 brought the international flavor of their casino, games and bingo rooms to their poker room, offering their software in 16 languages. As a result, you will find players from dozens of countries at their poker tables.
bet365 Poker provides their members with software that is graphically appealing, stable, logically designed and easy to use; which shouldn’t come as a surprise as their software is designed by Playtech. In addition, bet365 Poker offer all the perks that come with a poker room aligned with the iPoker Network; primary amongst them, is the scope of traffic and the great number of tournaments running 24/7.
With traffic slowly making its way up to 40,000 players online at peak hours, there is plenty of action to be found at bet365 Poker at all hours. At bet365 Poker, it’s not just the volume of the action but the quality. Having had well-established online casino, game and bingo rooms even before having opened their poker room, the bet365 Poker poker room has plenty of degenerate gamblers moving amongst the rooms begging for you to relieve them of the stress of their money.
bet365 Poker offers 10 seat, 8 seat, 6 seat and heads-up tables with stakes ranging from $0.01/$0.02 all the way up to $200/$400. The traffic is pretty dense at all table sizes up to about the $5/$10 stakes. At stakes of higher than $5/$10, the traffic begins to thin out except for the heads-up tables which remain fairly active all the way through the high stake levels.
bet365 Poker offers the following games:
• Texas Hold’em
• Omaha Hi/Lo
• 7 Card Stud
• 5 Card Stud
• 13 Card Poker
• Big 2
• Super Big 2
• Fight The Landlord
bet365 Poker offers its players a very solid tournament schedule with rebuys, freezeouts, satellites and turbo tournaments available with plenty of guaranteed tournaments running throughout the day. Sit & Go’s are available from the micro stakes level of $0.12 all the way up to $5,200 for the mad high rollers amongst you. The Sit & Go’s are very well trafficked at bet365 Poker with a fair amount of volume up into the $200 range. Sit & Go’s are offered in a number of different derivations; including, six max, heads-up, deep stack and turbo.
bet365 Poker has great multi table tournaments; in particular, their regularly running guarantees. They offer a daily $35,000 guaranteed tournament with a $10 rebuy, the Super Tuesday $40,000 guaranteed tournament with a $100 rebuy and their High Roller Monday $500 Super Stack tournament.
Of course, when speaking of bet365 Poker and tournaments, we cannot forget the European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP) of which bet365 Poker is amongst the hosts. ECOOP V featured 14 events and $4.5 million in guaranteed prize money.
It can’t be said that bet365 is overrun with freerolls, but they run an acceptable number of them. In addition, bet365 Poker runs qualifiers and satellites to all of the big live tournaments; including, the Irish Open, ECPokerTour Barcelona and the World Series of Poker Main Event.
For The Beginner
bet365 Poker is somewhat light with the respect to tutorial materials for the beginner. The bet365 Poker School offers no classes, video tutorials, podcasts and no audio tutorials. What the Poker School does offer is downloadable basic “how to play” articles that cover the games on offer in their poker room as well as a handful of well-written yet brief strategy articles that accompany each of the “how to play” articles. In addition to their articles, bet365 Poker’s sponsored pro, Jesper Hougaard, posts a blog on their site which is fairly brief; however, he does write about some of the more interesting games that he has played in and offers some insights into the moves that he has made.
The truly exceptional thing offered by bet365 Poker as regards beginners is their beginner games. bet365 Poker hosts low stake beginner games open to new depositors for a period of 90 days after their first deposit. In addition to beginner games, bet365 Poker has plenty of play money games, freerolls and micro stake games to keep the novice player busy.
Software Graphics and Features
bet365 Poker runs on customized iPoker software designed by Playtech and hosts a very easy to use interface with great graphics and functionality. After moments of using their software, one quickly notices that functionality and ease of navigation were a priority in its design. The bet365 Poker lobby is very logically designed and is readily filterable according to categories such as Average Pot Size and Hands/Hour.
bet365 Poker’s software runs very smoothly with animations not distracting from play and the action buttons are all fairly big and comfortably located. Information such as hand histories and other relevant in-game information is readily available.
• Clean graphics
• Smooth play
• 4 card colors
• Nice Avatars
• Attractive 3D graphics
• Supports 8 table simultaneous play
• Tournament clock
• Buddy List
• Player notes
• Last Hand feature
bet365 Poker offers it’s new players a very nice new depositors bonus meeting their initial deposit with a 100% sign-up bonus up to $500. bet365 Poker releases the sign-up bonus at a rate of $10 for every 1,200 Merit Points earned.
In addition to their sign-up bonus, bet365 Poker offers their new depositors the opportunity to play in one of their weekly 100,000 Merit Point New Depositor Freeroll tournaments with 100,000 Merit Points being equivalent to $1,350.
bet365 Poker offers their players an excellent loyalty program awarding Merit Points (MP’s) to players for playing in real money cash games and tournaments. MP’s are awarded for ring games at a staggered rate with 32 MP’s earned for up to $0.09 taken in a raked hand and 17.6 MP’s being awarded for $3.01 and more taken in a raked hand. The calculation for MP’s awarded in tournaments is more straightforward with 15 MPs being awarded for every $1 taken in tournament fees. The number of MPs that you accumulate over the course of each month determines your VIP level. VIP levels offer their members a variety of different benefits and rewards including cash and entry into exclusive VIP level freerolls. Merit Points can be exchanged for either cash or tournament entry.
In addition to Merit Points and VIP levels, bet365 Poker hosts a variety of different promotions including:
• Leaderboards- Reach the top of the bet365 Poker tournament leaderboard and win big cash prizes.
• Casino Games Freeroll- Stake $25 or more in one or more of the casino games available from the bet365 Poker lobby and earn yourself entry into the $1,500 Casino Games Freeroll.
• Outlast The Pro- Outlast bet365 Poker’s pro, Jesper Hougaard, and claim your share of the $500 prize in addition to the money you may earn according to the payout structure of the tournament..
• Play The Pro- Play bet365 Poker’s pro, Jesper Hougaard, as he drops down from his usual stakes to play the “regular man.”
• Irish Open 2010- Play for your chance to win an all expense paid trip to the Irish Open 2010 valued at $7,200.
• ECPokerTour Barcelona- Play for your chance for an all expense paid trip to Barcelona for the ECPokerTour Barcelona valued at $6,500.
• Fort Knox $50,000 Jackpot- Win in 6 consecutive six-player Fort Knox Sit & Go tournaments and walk away with the Fort Knox Jackpot. The jackpot begins at $50,000 and increases at weekly increments of $10,000 a player succeeds in claiming it.
• Maui Jackpot- Win in 5 Maui jackpot Sit & Go tournaments in a row and claim the Maui Jackpot. The jackpot begins at $15,000 and increases at weekly increments of $3,500 until the jackpot is finally claimed by a lucky player.
• Rio Jackpot- Win in 6 consecutive Rio Sit & Go tournaments and walk away with the Rio Jackpot. The jackpot starts at $25,000 and increases in weekly increments of $10,000 until a player succeeds in claiming it.
• Dirty Dozen- Win in 4 consecutive twelve player Dirty Dozen Sit & Go tournaments and walk away with the $2,000 Dirty Dozen Jackpot.
Bet365 Poker has excellent customer support with all of the possible avenues of communication open; 24/7 telephone (toll free for most countries), email, call back, fax, post and live chat support. The bet365 customer support team is very professional, friendly and extremely capable. In addition to their incredible customer service team, bet365 Poker has a very thorough and well organized system of FAQ’s.