Mansion Poker Review
Mansion Poker has one of the more dynamic histories amongst the poker rooms in the online gaming industry. Mansion Poker was originally launched in 2004 as a standalone online poker room headquartered, licensed and fully operated out of the British territory of Gibraltar. Four years later, in 2008, Mansion Poker joined the OnGame Network where they operated for a few months. Later that same year, Mansion Poker made the move to their current home, the iPoker Network, further adding to the network’s global popularity.
Joining the iPoker Network has proven an excellent move for Mansion Poker as they are now able to offer their players all of the huge bonuses and promotions that membership in a massive online poker network affords such as great guaranteed tournaments, crazy freerolls with prize pools as high as $15,000 and qualifiers to a much wider variety of the live poker events and online events such as iPoker’s multi million dollar European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP).
Mansion Poker hosts as many as 30,000 players online at peak hours. Play is very loose at the lower limits and relatively loose as compared to other sites in the middle stakes range. You will generally find the $5/$10 No Limit Texas Hold’em tables with viewed flop percentages as high as 40%. Lower limit Texas Hold’em tables will generally have viewed flop percentages well into the 50% range. As far as the high stakes games are concerned, there are no small helpless fish in that tank.
Mansion Poker offer games with stakes ranging from as low as $0.01/$0.02 to as high as $300/$600. Their table sizes include 10 seats, 8 seats, 6 seats and heads up tables. You will find the following games on offer at Mansion Poker:
• Texas Hold’em
• Omaha Hi/Lo
• 7 Card Stud
• 5 Card Stud
Mansion Poker runs a large number of tournaments of all types, including their monthly $1 million and $250K guaranteed tournaments. Mansion Poker runs Sit & Go tournaments around the clock with buy-ins from as low as $0.50 to as high as $1,000. Being affiliated with the iPoker Network, Mansion Poker offers massive Sit & Go jackpots which are truly one of a kind in the industry. Just as with their Sit & Go tournaments, Mansion Poker’s multi table tournaments are run around the clock with buy-ins starting at $0.50 and going as high as $1,000.
Mansion Poker offers daily freerolls with nice guaranteed prizes and massive weekly and monthly freerolls with prize pools as high as $15,000. As with most other poker rooms, most of the freerolls on Mansion Poker are open to everyone while some require Mansion Club Points (MCPs) for entry.
For those players interested in qualifying to live tournaments, Mansion Poker runs satellites and qualifiers to all of the major live tournaments including the World Poker Tour and World Series Of Poker events.
For The Beginner
The Mansion Poker motto as regards beginning players should be: “Serious players are welcome; beginners should get themselves an XBox.” Mansion Poker has no poker school, no video library…nothing. Mansion Poker doesn’t even try to fake it with a cruddy little “How To” page. Honestly, it is to be respected. Sometimes you see poker rooms with “Poker Schools” that are nothing more than a poorly written “How To Play Poker” page and some junk strategy articles written by some college interns and it really just makes you want to bang your head against the wall. At least Mansion Poker is honest about it.
Well, what can be said? After you go online and read a couple of articles, then Mansion Poker is a very good place for the beginner to get started…truly. Besides the usual play money games and freerolls, Mansion Poker has great beginner games which are fantastic places for the beginner to gain a little experience. The lower limit tables are also just fine for the beginning player. No matter how low paying your job might be, there just isn’t a whole lot of damage you can do to your bankroll at a $0.01/$0.02 table.
Software Graphics and Features
As with all of the members of the iPoker Network, Mansion Poker’s software is designed by one of the leading poker client developers and operators, Playtech. Mansion Poker has a great well organized and fully filterable lobby and very player friendly tables with slickly designed graphics.
The software supports all of the industry standard functions, including sound options, hand histories, player notes, a variety of in-game statistics and much more. Mansion Poker supports a massive 16 table simultaneous multi table play. In addition to offering a very easy to use navigation bar to help you find the game of your choice, they also allow you to mark games that you might want to play in when next visiting the site.
The software at Mansion Poker is sharp, the avatars are attractive and all of the graphical elements are brought together surprisingly well in an overall green visual theme.
• Clean graphics
• Smooth play
• 4 card colors
• Well designed avatars
• Supports 18 table simultaneous play
• Player statistics
• Live chat support built into software
• Convenient bet buttons
• Player notes
• Last Hand feature
Mansion Poker offers their new players an excellent sign-up bonus meeting their initial deposit with a 100% sign-up bonus up to $500 when you use our special bonus code: index500. Mansion Poker releases the sign-up bonus in relation to the number of Mansion Club Points (MCPs) the new player accrues with $10 in bonus being released for every 1000 MCPs accrued. New players have 60 days from the placement of their first bet to claim their sign-up bonus.
Mansion Poker shows their appreciation to players’ patronage with an excellent loyalty program. Mansion Poker offers Mansion Club Points (MCPs) to players participating in real money games. Players earn MCPs in both tournaments and ring games with 20 MCPs earned per dollar spent in tournament fees and between 3 and 5 MCPs per dollar raked in ring games. In addition to MCPs, Mansion Poker has their prestigious Club Mansion VIP program. As players accrue MCPs, they raise their status level in Club Mansion earning themselves a variety of awards and benefits including MCP point boosts. MCPs can be used in the Club Shop to:
• Purchase your choice of cool gear including apparel, electronics, DVDs, books and much more.
• Gain entry into exclusive MCP tournaments.
In addition to Mansion Club Points and Club Mansion VIP rewards, Mansion Poker offers a whole host of promotions including:
• Don Key’s Double Up Derby- If you like pushing all-in then the $250,000 Don Key’s Double Up Derby is for you.
• European Double Points- Play in either Euro or GBP tables and earn double the MCPs.
• Half Price Club Mansion Membership Offer- Earn membership into Mansion Poker’s exclusive Club Mansion at half the price.
• $10,000 Monthly Freeroll- Buy-in for as little as 20 MCPs and claim your share of the $10,000 prize pool.
• Cash & Carry Tournament- Join in on the Cash & Carry Tournament the last Wednesday every month and walk away with great prizes such as an LCD TV, Sony laptop and an iPod Touch.
• Fort Knox $50,000 Jackpot- Win 6 consecutive six-player Fort Knox Sit & Go’s and claim the Fort Knox Jackpot. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and increases by $10,000 per week until a lucky player claims it.
• Maui Jackpot- Win in 5 Maui jackpot Sit & Go’s in a row and claim the Maui Jackpot. The jackpot begins at $15,000 and increases by $3,500 per week until the jackpot is finally claimed.
• Rio Jackpot- Win in six consecutive Rio Sit & Go’s and claim the Rio Jackpot. The jackpot begins at $25,000 and increases by $10,000 per week until it is claimed.
• Dirty Dozen- Win in 4 consecutive 12 player Dirty Dozen Sit & Go’s and claim the $2,000 Dirty Dozen Jackpot.
• Refer-A-Friend- Get your friends to join Full Tilt Poker and make yourself $75 per friend and your friends $25 a piece.
The support offered at Mansion Poker is well above the industry standard. Their customer support department can be contacted 24/7 via telephone, fax, email and of course live chat through their software. Mansion Poker’s customer service staff is very friendly and competent and capable of dealing with any issue that might arise.