Aced Poker has been around for several years. However, they have not always been available to the US poker market. This has recently changed as the Aced Poker site has recently changed domains. Aced is part of the Merge poker network along with the more commonly known Carbon Poker. If you are new to the poker network concept, it means that all of the poker players in the Merge poker network will be shared among the different poker sites that use the network.
Being a part of the same network, Aced and Carbon have many similar features which will be explained below. So the obvious question would be “Why would I want to play at Aced Poker instead of Carbon?” The simple answer is that you may have already used your sign-up bonus at Carbon and playing at Aced Poker will allow you to earn a similar bonus.
Aced offers a 200% sign up bonus up to $5,000 when you use the Deposit Bonus code ACEDPK. You must enter this code in the appropriate bonus code box when you are making your deposit (not after the deposit). The amount that you deposit is directly correlated to the amount that you can earn.
Most people aren’t going to be able to afford or want to trust any site with $2500, but the option is their if you want to earn the maximum amount. More likely, you are going to want to deposit at least $100 or up to a thousand if you are a baller. You will be able to earn twice the amount that you deposit in bonus money.
So, how does the bonus work?
Unlike some of the other sites that have complicated bonus structures or levels to earn, Aced Poker makes it simple to understand. For every 1500 Reward Points that you earn, you will receive $10 into you account. You will have 90 days from the time of your deposit in order to earn your bonus money. After that, the bonus expires and the remaining money cannot be claimed.
How do you earn Reward Points
Reward Points are earned by playing at the real money poker tables. You will be contributing rake if you play at the Cash Games tables or tournament entry fees if you play in the Sit & Go’s or Tournaments. There are three reward tiers if you are a consistent player at Aced; otherwise, here is how the reward points are earned:
Ring Games: you will earn 10 Reward Points for every $1 of rake contributed. Fractional points are awarded if you play at the lower limit tables.
Sit & Go and MTTs: you will earn 10 Reward Points for every $1 paid for entry fees into the tournament.
The three reward tiers are Aced, Aced Plus and Aced Elite. These reward tiers are limited to players that earn a certain number of Reward Points in a month. The Aced Elite is invite only, so if you aren’t a diehard player, don’t ask.
The Aced level is relatively easy to receive. All you need to do is receive 500 Reward Points in the month. If you do this, you will receive a 10% Points for Cash exchange, meaning that you will only need 1000 Reward Points in order to receive the $10 cash bonus. You will also be eligible for the Reward Point tournament buy-in.
Aced Plus is more difficult and requires you to play much more often. You will need to 5,000 Reward Point in a month to be eligible for this. To put that into perspective, you will need to contribute $500 in rake or tournament entry fees combined in a month. If you do this, you will be eligible for 15% Points for Cash exchange, meaning that you will receive $150 cash bonus if you accumulate 10,000 Reward Points.
If you play at the Aced Plus level for several month in a row, you can ask to be invited into the Aced Elite level. This includes 35% Points for Cash exchange, VIP tournament buy-in, and exclusive bonuses, promotions, and tournament entry coupons. You must continue to play at this level month-to-month in order to maintain this elite level.
One note about these other promotions: you can only claim one promotion or accolade at a time. If you claim an additional promotion or accolade, it will replace the current promotion or accolade that you are using. This means that you should continue with your Initial Deposit bonus until you have collected all of the cash or the promotion expires before you accept another one of these.
Aced Poker now offers a mobile poker app for Apple, Android and Blackberry devices. You can find this by going to m.aced.ag on your mobile’s browser.
There are both Cash Games and Sit & Go’s offered on this mobile platform. If you play in one Cash Game or Sit & Go, you will receive a special mobile accolade.
If you are finished with your initial sign up bonus, you can use a monthly reload bonus. This month’s bonus code is APRIL375PK which is a 75% bonus up to $375. Each month will have a different reload bonus available to players. These bonuses expire 60 days after your deposit.
You have to opt-in to this promotion. You will receive 1.5x the Reward Points when you play between 10:00AM ET and 3:00PM ET from Monday to Friday.
Free Poker Training
Earn 10 Reward Points to receive free poker training at DragTheBar for the current month and the next month. You must opt-in to this promotion by visiting the Poker Training page at the Aced.ag website. This is a great tool for any beginner or moderate poker player that wants to improve their skills.
Screenshots of Aced Poker
For the UK visitors to the website, I’ve decided to review several of the poker rooms that are based over in England. Of those that specialise in British poker players, I find William Hill to be the top flight. You will find up to 20,000 poker players at the tables during peak hours (evenings and weekends).
Now, I know what you’re going to say; “Your not from England so how can you review these sites.” You have a good point. I can’t play at these poker rooms for real money. That doesn’t mean that I can’t play at the Play Money tables. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t watch the players at the Real Money tables and tournaments.
That just means that I can’t comment on how fast the transactions are. But, I know for a fact that depositing and withdrawing from poker accounts in the UK aren’t an issue. Unlike the U.S., England regulates the poker sites and gives a lot of different fast deposit and quick withdrawal options such as Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, PayPal, Neteller, CashDirect, Ukash, Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, and many more.
William Hill Poker Features
Getting started is easy. Simply download their free software and create your poker account. Then, log in and choose a Nickname. You will have access to the poker lobby as you can see below.
Next, click on the green Cashier button at the bottom of the screen to fund your account. Once you have done this, you will have access to enter and join any of the Cash Tables, Sit & Gos, Scheduled Tournaments, and Casino Games.
You will see all of the these options on the left side of the screen. You can filter out any of the table stakes and card games that you don’t want to see by sorting through the Choose Game section.
Above, you can see the poker room that you will enter. You can choose from Texas Hold’em, Omaha High, Omaha High Low, 7-Card Stud, Sit & Go Tournaments, Multi-Table Tournaments, Cash Games, Speed Poker and Casino Side Games.
If you have some down time, you can click on the Blackjack link to play a couple of hands while you wait for the next hand or between breaks during tournaments.
You can find a lot of promotions here including the William Hill Poker Bonus for new players who make their initial deposit at the poker room. It is a £10 Free with No Deposit Required. This way, you can give their Real Money tables a try without having to make a deposit. Use the Coupon Code WHP2000 at the Cashier.
In addition to that, there are monthly rewards, Summer Freerolls, Points Booster, Casino Refund, and the $20,000 Summer Spirit. View the Bonus Terms for more details. This winter, you can play in the Caribbean Poker Tour at Will Hill (8th to 25th November) as well as Irish Winter Festival (26th to 28th October).
There are plenty of tournaments to play at weekly and in the upcoming months. This includes the £45,000 Super Series, the Friday $40,000, the Saturday $25,000, and the Sunday $150,000 guaranteed.
There are also lots of daily poker tourneys with more modest prize pools. Check out the Sit & Gos if you want a better chance to win some money. Simply sit down at a table and wait for the one to four table poker tournament to begin. You can choose the stakes to match your bankroll. The general rule of thumb is that you should always have at least 20 buy-ins left when you are choosing a poker tournament.
Bovada has been earning their reputation as the best choice for players in the United States. You will usually find roughly 500 players in the Cash Games section even during non-peak hours (I.E. working hours and in the middle of the night). This easily goes over 2000 players during the peak hour in the evening.
The Scheduled Tournaments section offers at least 1500 players at any given time. This increases two or three fold when you play during peak hours. This lets you know that the state of online poker USA isn’t dead yet.
The number of players that are in the Sit & Go Tournaments sections can leave something to be desired, however. You may only want to play in this section during the peak playing hours. Otherwise, you may be waiting for 10 minutes or more to get one of these small one or two table tournaments started.
The state of online poker in the US has been in decline now for more than 2 years. However, there are companies that are taking steps towards the complete legalization of this game for Americans. You can find several of these companies promoting themselves in the states that have already legalized online poker rooms such as Nevada and New Jersey.
Bovada Poker Features
One of the features that some people like about Bovada Poker (and also some people hate) is that there are anonymous tables when you play. This means that the tracking software that a lot of the pros use will not work. It also means that you will not have a clue who is a great poker player until they start beating up on you.
Most of the times, this only really affects the Cash Games that are offered. It is the only time where you can sit down for hours at the same table and face the same players. People can tell based on your experience level with the numbers that they get from the trackers how they should play against you.
Most of the tournaments are played differently. Since everybody starts with the same amount of money in the tournament, you just have to be aware of which players are aggressive and which players are tight. This is just the same as if you were going into a live poker tournament against players you’ve never played before. It usually doesn’t take more than 30 hands to figure most non-pros out.
You will find most of the normal features that are found at any online poker room. However, there are a couple of nice ones that I’ll point out. For instance, you can check the box to Hide Empty Tables if you don’t want to be the first one to enter or save a table. This way you can at least start to play against someone else right away.
There are the normal check boxes that will allow you to sort between the various card games, the buy-in amount, and the table limits. You will find three sections where the Cash Games, Sit & Go Tournaments and Scheduled Tournaments can be found.
In addition to that, you can find the new Zone Poker tables. This feature mimics the Rush Poker tables that you may have encountered if you played at Full Tilt Poker. You can choose to play the hand that you are dealt or you can Fold Now and be moved to a new table where you will quickly be dealt another hand.
Since the Zone Poker is new, there isn’t a tremendous number of players that are participating yet. However, I do see one table where there are almost 100 players in action.
There is also one other option in the poker section which is the Single Player Blackjack tables. This is the one casino game that you do not need to log into the casino in order to play. You can play these blackjack games from the Poker Client while you are playing at the tables. This can be useful if you are waiting 5 or 10 minutes for the Tournament Break to finish and start play again.
Customer Support and Cashouts
Everyone that plays these online games knows that depositing and making money is only half of the battle. Many of the poker rooms or online casinos will take up to 2 weeks to get money back into your bank account. Not with Bovada! They have by far the best customer support and the fastest cashouts by far for the USA facing sites.
* Note – Citizens of the following US states should not participate at Bovada: Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington. There are specific state laws that forbid playing online poker in these states. *
Full Tilt Poker offers a wider selection of poker games and tournaments than the majority of competitors.
With traffic starting to grow at the poker site again (5000+ Players on Average) the tables are filling up quickly and there is plenty of action on the felt.
Types of Poker Games at Full Tilt
Full Tilt Poker spreads over a dozen poker games that can be played on real money tables. Full Tilt offers Holdem, Omaha (Hi/Lo), 7 Card Stud (Hi/Lo), HA, 5 Card Draw, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, 2-7 Single Draw, a-5 Triple Draw, 10-Game Mix and HORSE.
The poker games above can be played at varying limits (NL, PL & FL) and stakes ($.01/$.02 to $2000/$4000). No other poker site has as ring table games with stakes as high as Full Tilt Poker (click here for source), which is why FTP is home to many of the world’s pro players.
Watching the nosebleed tables was a popular pastime for many aspiring poker players. Action on the high stakes poker table is starting to pick up again at Full Tilt Poker with the likes of Phil Ivey, Scott Seiver, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom all playing.
From time to time Full Tilt runs promotions where their team pros play on designated low stake tables. Keep your eye out for these promos because it could be your chance to play against a player like Dwan or Blom in a real money cash game.
Full Tilt Poker spreads real money games and play money games that allow you to practice with play money chips. If you don’t know how to play one of the more exotic poker games like 10-Game Mix you can learn how on the play money tables for free.
Types of Poker Tournaments at Full Tilt
Full Tilt runs a lot of great poker tournaments with millions on the line every week. They have the common tournament formats such as re-entry, multi-entry, double/triple chance, turbo, super turbo, rebuy, knockout and shootout tournaments.
One of the unique tournament formats is the “Cashout Tournament” where you have the option to cash out your chips. You can opt to cash in 10% of your chip stack or 100% of your stack during a tournament at anytime when playing this tourney format.
There are a variety of sit and go tournaments as well at Full Tilt. You can play heads-up 4-way, 6-way, single table or multi-table sit and go tournaments 24/7. There are also steps S&G’s and Matrix S&G’s, which is a format where you play 4 S&G’s at once.
Full Tilt offers players the chance to win and purchase (FTP’s) tournament tickets (T$). T$ is basically a second currency, but it can’t be exchanged for real money. You can only use your T$ to enter tournaments at Full Tilt Poker.
Tournaments are Full Tilt Poker have synchronized 5-minute breaks, so that if you’re playing in multiple tournaments your break will be at the same time in every tournament. Some tournaments also allow you to register late in case you missed the start.
Signing Up to Full Tilt Poker
The only way you can get in on the action at Full Tilt Poker is to download the free software from FTP. Full Tilt will only work on the computer and not mobile devices currently. The software is compatible with Windows and Mac computers.
Players in the United States won’t be able to play in the poker room, but almost every other country is welcome. You need to fill out a simple registration form and make a deposit using one of the many deposit methods before you can play for real money.
It’s hard to believe that this is going to be my first poker review in 8 months; but I simply hadn’t found any new sites to play at, other than the Carbon Poker or Bovada. I tried playing at BetOnline, but I was not that impressed with their services and I’m thinking about taking their banner down.
I was looking around the internet recently and I found an interesting website about lock Poker. Even though they have been around for some years now, I had never heard of them until recently. They use the same Merge Gaming Network as Carbon Poker. One of the things that I like about Lock Poker is that they offer a lot of different poker games and the competition is a little bit easier than Carbon.
You will be able to play Texas Holdem and Omaha like normal. But, Lock also offers 5 Card Draw/Stud/Joker, 7 Card Stud/Stud Hi Lo, Omaha Hi Lo, Razz, HORSE (Holdem, Omaha Hi Lo, Razz, Stud and Stud Hi Lo), Ace to 5 Low Ball/Deuce to 7 Low Ball/Badugi Triple Draw games.
I’ve always liked Merge Gaming’s software and setup. You can play at multiple tables a lot easier than some of the other remaining poker networks (after most left the US). That will help you clear the first deposit bonus faster (150% up to $750 on a $500 deposit, use bonus code PNREPORT).
The best way to try to clear this bonus is by playing the ring games. I would suggest playing at 3 of the $1/$2 tables at the same time. You can start with a maximum of $200 when you join a table. If you deposit $600, you will be able to max out on all 3 tables. Then, you will be able to build on this total in these rooms.
You will probably be able to average between 60 and 80 raked hands at a table per hour. Multiply that by 3 tables and you will be playing between 200 and 250 hands per hour. This will help you earn the bonus money much faster than trying to earn it through tournament entry fees.
You can also opt to play at the $2/$4 tables. But I would suggest that you may need to start with more money or play at less tables if you go that route. The bonus is earned $5 at a time when you receive 375 poker points.
Lock Poker VIP Program
The VIP program at Lock Poker is one of their better features if you like to play poker really often. There are 3 separate tiers that players can achieve. Each level will require you to earn a certain number of VIP points every month. However, you will be able to receive daily cashback and the ability to exchange VIP points for money if you are a VIP player.
White VIP – This is the first tier and is relatively easy to achieve. You will need to earn a minimum of 1000 VIP points per month to earn this level. This will earn you 10% cashback daily on the rake that you paid and you will be able to exchange 1000 VIP points for $10. You will be able to participate in an exclusive $2K freeroll at the end of each month.
Silver VIP – This is the second tier and is still not that hard to reach, as long as you play poker often. You will need to earn at least 5000 VIP points per month to become Silver VIP. This will earn you 15% cashback daily and every 1000 VIP points can turn into $15 cash. You will also receive entry into the VIP $4K freeroll tournament at the end of the month.
Black VIP – This is much more difficult to attain. You will need to earn at least 10,000 VIP points per month. But, this will earn you 20% cashback on rake fees and every 1000 VIP points will be worth $20. You will also gain entry into the VIP $4K freeroll tournament.