Pokerroom was one of the first online poker rooms which was offering the degenerate gamblers among us a chance to get 24 hour access to the felt.  They upgraded from play tables to the real deal in 2001.  Whilst PokerRoom certainly has tenure, it’s longivity in the poker community still bears some consideration.  Let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s.

POKERROOM REVIEW

OVERALL RATING – 8/10

FISH FACTOR – 8/10

CASH GAMES – 7/10

TOURNAMENTS – 8/10

SOFTWARE – 7/10

SUPPORT – 9/10

BONUS – 8/10

MAIN FEATURES:

Decent poker community with high volume games

Very soft low limit ring games and tournaments

Large range of SnG and daily tournament options

Short handed, full table and heads up cash games

Superb and regular deep stack tournaments

Provies satelites to major tournaments

Strong high stakes play

 

Cash Games
Whilst you can forget about super micro stakes on PokerRoom (games start at .15/.30) there’s usually a healthy selection of ring game action to keep the punters happy.  This is despite the fact that PokerRoom has been forced to turn away its U.S. players in  bid to comply with questionable but nevertheless enforceable legislative intent. 

 

Tournaments
There’s no doubt that the reduction in player numbers has had an effect on how frequently SnG’s commence at PokerRoom, they have to some degree compensated with a robust daily tournament program which includes guarantees, rebuys, the unique cannonball tournaments (with rapidly increasing blinds in the early periods leading to a more normal late period structure) and what I consider to be their major drawcard, regular deep stack tournaments that warm your heart.

 

Software
The interface at PokerRoom is impressive and sports some of the most pleasant eye candy you’ll find on the virtual felt.  You’ll eventually become accustomed to selecting one of nine available avatars each time you sit at a table (which at times necessitates playing as a male or female…irrespective of your actual gender) and for the most part adds to an enjoyable playing experience.  Multi-tabling may stress some older systems, and Steer clear during scheduled maintenance, but on the whole the software makes playing at PokerRoom a positive experience. 

 

Support
The support at PokerRoom is excellent.  I was surprised at how quickly issues were resolved using live support, and the turnaround on problem solving was top notch.  Compassion and understanding were the theme of the day.

 

Bonus
The sign up bonus is something to take advantage of, if for no other reason than it’s about the only bonus you’ll recieve.  I still can’t figure out what to do with my player points, certaintly there’s no opportunity to use them to play poker. 

 

Players
Now this is the real draw card for PokerRoom.  Whilst higher limits ($4/8 and above) provide a solid opportunity to emerse yourself in excellent play, the lower stake tables and tournaments are riddled with those who make being a donkey an artform and a way of life.  On anything below $2/4 you’ll frequently find guppies sitting down with the min buy in looking for any excuse to throw their money in the middle on a whim and a prayer.  At the microstakes you can expect to see poor play punctuated by outright suicidal tendencies, which is good news for the bank roll as long as you can withstand the odd suck out. The lack of ability translates into lower limit tournaments as well, and you’ll do well to play tight aggressive poker over the first few levels whilst the lemmings weed themselves out.  From there on in though, you’ll face competent poker, which is mirrored from the get go at higher stakes tournaments.  PokerRoom is a great place for the new player to build a bankroll.  Just watch out for the sharks floating at the top looking for fresh meat.

 

On the whole, PokerRoom offers a fairly comprehensive playing experience, and is the room of choice for many an online player.  You’ll do well to make at least one deposit (a wee minimum of $10) and deciding whether it suits your style.

 

OVERALL RATING – 8/10
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