Thursday, January 18, 2007

Beyond Table Selection - The First Candidate!

First thanks to Yorkshire Puds for the suggestions on where to get info for our analysis of candidates for this series of posts. He has a great blog, you'll find the link in the list on the right hand side... if you missed the first post in this series, where the need for change and criteria were discussed then here is a link to it...

http://plan3tgongpoker.blogspot.com/2007/01/beyond-table-selection-1.html

Ok, the first room I have been checking out is AbsolutePoker.com... the question is - does it fit our criteria???

1) Bonuses? Yes and how... there is a sign-up bonus of $750 which is a 100% match on your first deposit (bonus code = AP750). The thing to note here is the almost limitless amount of reload bonuses - something daft like $37000 over the past 3 years. Realistically we would not be able to clear this amount, but has to be a positive sign.

2) Game Selection... Good, according to Bonuswhores this is the 8th to 9th most popular site and has a good player base. At a quick glance the SNGs were going off pretty fast and there were plenty of NL cash games at all levels on offer... PLO and Stud only had a few tables of each level (then again it is early morning US time at the moment so far from peak hours).

3) Weak Opposition. Give this one an 'average' score, the big bonuses apparently attract lots of 'rocks' in the limit games particularly... however the SNGs I browsed looked very soft indeed(then again I have an eye for mistakes!!). The low level (up to $2/$1) NL was a limpfest too... has to be a good sign!

4) Tools Compatibility. Fine, PokerTracker compatible and possible to download Hand Histories.

5) MTT Selection: Harder to judge without playing there for a while... looking at their website the signs look good. There is a weekly 100K gtd, Deepstack Tourneys, Rebuys and plenty of satellites... also a number of freeroll qualifiers available.

6) Loyalty Programs. Good again, a points system, refer a friend, freerolls (some regular, some satellite and others for merchandise), they also run a generous VIP program.

Overall this could be a likely candidate, very rarely see this site mentioned by the sharks in the 'big' forums such as 2+2, P5s etc which is another good sign.

Click on the link below right now to check it out for yourself - you can start clearing the $750 bonus today!!

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If anyone is already a member it would be great to see some comments and let other plan3t Gong readers know what you think.

Cheers, Mark

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