Thursday, January 25, 2007

Beyond Table Selection #4 - The Third Candidate!

In this series of articles we are trying to address a fundamental question that has been highlighted recently by observations that the bigger poker sites (stars / full tilt etc) have seen the games get tougher... the question is this;

Why be a small shark in a big pool when you can be the only shark in a pond full of fish??

Our approach is from the bottom-up, we first set out a set of criteria that a new site should be judged on.... and only then we started the process of comparing the sites to our needs.

We already looked at 2 candiates - they can be found through the links below (will open up a new window)

Beyond Table Selection #2 - Absolute

Beyond Table Selection #3 - Titan (Not US Friendly)

The next candidate is US-Friendly, Poker.com, here is how it fares against our set of criteria:

1) Bonuses; Score a 'Good' here, new signups get a 100% match up to $100 + a free ticket to the WPT Borgata Freeroll (1st prize worth $12,500!!). There are also regular reload bonuses over the last 12 months thet were worth $1200 (ok then we change the rating to 'very good'), you need to use the bonus code WPTFREEROLL when signing up to get this ticket.

2) Game Selection; Fine fine fine, the N0-Limit and Limit Cash Tables both busy, especially at the lower levels (2/4 and below) plently of SNGs too! Less PLO tables but should be enough to choose from at the $1/2 and under limits.

3) Weak opposition; Gets a very good, this site was rated by a well known bonus website as being 'excellent' for most games in terms of the opposition... this means they are very bad. Had a quick look at some $20 and $30 SNGs - a comedy of errors no less!

4) Tools Compatible; Oh yes - software the same as 888.com (Paradise Poker) so all good here.

5) MTT Selection; Have only played a couple but seemed like a decent selection of tourneys, mostly freezouts with many freerolls (need to collect points to enter) and satellites to major events. Fair to give this a plain old 'Good'

6) Loyalty Programs; Just mentioned the points freerolls, the weekly 2000 point entry having a $20,000 prize pool so not too bad. There are also completely free-freerolls (!) with smaller prize pools every 3 hours and a daily $500 depositors freeroll which should be great for the reload bonuses.

Overall a pretty darn good site - reasonably large player base, terrible standard of play and decent incentives in terms of freeroll entries... check them out right now using the link below and don't forget the code WPTFREEROLL for your free satellite ticket!



Cheers and GL at those tables!

Mark

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