Bet365 Poker Review
Bet365 poker has become a major force in the poker industry in recent times. This popularity has a lot to do with the fact that Bet365 already had a strong reputation as a sportsbook. The company, which has been operational since 2001 is based in Gibraltar and as of now, has over 4 million customers.
The traffic is also quite healthy as there are about 3800 players at any given time in the poker room. During peak hours, it goes up to about 8000 players.
Bet365 poker is part of the iPoker network, and uses the Playtech gaming software provided by iPoker. The software is available in over 14 languages, works very smoothly and comes with a lot of very handy features. There is a feature to tell the player about the all-in odds, which can help beginners a lot. You get a lot of statistical data like the average pot, hands played per hour and the number of people seated at a table. These options can help in picking the best table. You can also play at multiple tables and resize them as well.
Games and Tournaments
The variety of games that Bet365 offers cannot be found everywhere. It offers all the major games and some lesser-known games as well. Texas Hold'em, Omaha, and Hi/lo games some of them. Apart from these common games, you can play 13 card poker, big 2, supper big2 and fight the landlord. In general, the competition at lower limit table is quite soft and good players can make some money by playing at these tables.
Bet365 has a lot of options when it comes to tournaments. It is very well known for the satellite tournament it offers. With these tournaments, you can qualify for the World Series of Poker and European championship of online poker. The sit n go tournaments at Bet365 are also very popular. There are progressive sit n go tournaments too, where a player with a certain number of consecutive wins, can win a jackpot of about $50,000. There are some big tournaments hosted by the site as well which attract some of the biggest poker players from across the globe.
Welcome bonus: Bet365 welcomes new players with a bonus of 200% up to a maximum amount of $1000. To release the bonus amount you have to earn merit points. On earning 1000 merit points, $10 of your bonus amount is released. The merit points can be earned by playing at money tables, where your contribution to the rake decides the number of points that you earn.
A contribution of over $3 to the rake will earn you 17.6 merit points. You also earn merit points when you buy into tournaments. For every dollar of tournament fee you pay, you earn 15 merit points. You have to redeem this bonus within 60 days of your first deposit.
100 EUR freeroll bonus: This is a weekly bonus that is offered on every Wednesday. The qualifying period for this bonus is from Monday to Wednesday of the previous week. In this period, players have to deposit or transfer a minimum of $10. You will then earn tickets worth 100 EUR to enter freerolls.
Security and Banking
To make deposits, you can use credit cards like Visa and MasterCard. You can use e-wallet services like Neteller, U-kash, Click2Pay, and Moneybookers. While making payouts you should remember that payout via checks can take about 4 weeks to clear. When it comes to security, the site uses SSL technology by Thawte to protect your personal information as well as financial transactions.