I recently visited my brother in the Czech republic and he
was playing online
poker tournaments on Pacific
Poker I hadn't played on the site since the UIGEA and I was surpised at how different the interface was, they have recently received
a major upgrade in all aspects of its game which was long
overdue. With better detailed table options, gaming types
to and player customization, Pacific Poker should be getting a bigger share of the market.
The new table design centres around a large playing table
and equally large and colourful playing cards, complemented
by a range of innovative 3D avatars. There is a completely
redesigned lobby, for both cash and tournament games.
Limits and Rake
The limits at Pacific Poker are unified across each of the games offered;
making it easier for players to find the playing
level that best suits them. Limits start at $0.05/$0.10
and increase to $75/$150. There are 12 limit levels
all totaled. I beleive the low limit games at Pacific Poker to be a terrific value as players tend
to be loose and the rake is low. For $0.05/$0.10
games the maximum rake is 6 cents. For the $25/$50
cent game the rake is capped at $0.30 cents. Both
of these limits provide excellent value for new
poker players. For the $0.5/$1 and $1/$2 games the
rake is capped at $1.25, which is also better than
most sites. For games above $1/$2 the rake is a
standard 5 per cent capped at $3.
One of the larger internet poker rooms, Pacific
Poker is run by the hugely popular casino, Casino
on Net . Pacific Poker run their own events and
so draw in a high number of poker players from advertising
on TV and the web. There is plenty of action here
due to the high number of players and so there is
little waiting time required for your favourite
I loved playing here back when they allowed US players
the games were very soft. Pacific Poker brings in a high number of gamblers from
it's casino operation, so lots of loose action.
Navigation around Pacific Poker is easy and the tables have a good look
and feel to them. Pacific Poker also has a Quick Play, or Pacific Poker direct Flash version of the game, which
means players can log on anywhere, without the need
to download the software.
Software and Extra
The lobby at Pacific Poker is well designed, with each game type
tabbed for easy viewing. Search filters are equally
easy to apply allowing players to efficiently narrow
down the available rooms and find the room that
they're after. As for the rooms themselves, players
are greeted with a very large, uncluttered poker
table, with large and vibrant cards that are easy
to recognize. Player avatar selection options have
recently been increased, adding to the personalization
options available. Players can resize the gaming
window and the buttons are easy enough to navigate.
Pacific Poker runs smoothly, the only hold up is
usually players who are thinking about their bet.
Although, thankfully, a 30 second timer keeps things
running at an even pace. For those after an even
faster experience, turbo tables are also on offer
which is a blessing, they used to have some of the
slower tables around.
- Earn bonus points while you play, for every bet
placed into a raked hand players can earn comp points.
These points can be converted into cash and used
for more play or simply withdrawn.
- A fast way to view all your Pacific Poker transactions. Very useful for those who
keep detailed records.
- An easy to use notes facility is essential for
many players, Pacific
have come up with a good notes facility here.
Actions - If you'd rather use the keyboard
to make your playing actions, Pacific offer a complete
keyboard only package. For example, "B"
bets, "R" raises, "C" calls/checks,
"F" folds, "<-" and "->"
(arrow keys) moves the bet slider.
Pacific Poker has toll free help numbers for the UK, Germany,
Australia and 17 other countries. Support is in English only.
Live chat support and email support is also offered. All support
is generally answered swiftly and accurately. Cash out however
can take a few days to process and clear. Unfortunately thanks
to the UIGEA US players are no longer allowed; but if you're
not in the US you should definitely check them out if you
play online poker.
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