Tuesday, December 06, 2011

US Poker Update, December 2011

US Poker Site Options December 2011

Started the reviews of the year over on my satire blog, Melted Felt, already! However thought I should keep the tone a little more sober here on Plan3t Gong – covering the latest news on US sites and my recommendation for where my US friends and colleagues should head.

My main US Friendly Poker Sites page is over at SNG Planet and links out to all the reviews and the latest news, in addition to some other articles which are covering specific games.

US Poker Sites December 2011

My top rec is still Carbon Poker, on the excellent Merge Network. They get the hat-tip over Cake for being…. Well, just all round better! Their software is cool (check the animations you can trigger from the tables!), the game selection getting better each month for both cash and tournament fans – and the bonuses are better there too – starting with my exclusive 200% to $600 + $11 SNG token with bonus code SNGPLANET.

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Don’t get me wrong, Cake are OK – in fact if you are after some volume of tables to choose from then why not try both! It is just, well, Cake seem stuck in 2007 for me… just how I feel when I look at their tables, their promotions…

US Poker Site News December 2011

Bodog are the big news this month. With their new software making play anonymous. They have declared this part of their strategy to keep the grinders away, after already reducing rakeback and bonuses for winning players. The biggest effect is that people can not use software to easily determine the style of their opponents…

I can see the benefits, though I can also see how so many players are angry! For recreational players who do not want to ‘lose face’ this could be a nice touch, after the usual ‘you changed it!’ clamour dies down we will see what the effect on this site is.

Of course, Bodog have pre-announced that the brand will leave the US at the end of the year… so this is not really the best time for US players to be depositing. I expect the site to remain under a new brand name… so watch this space.

No particular news on legislation, Harry Reid’s name made the online press again this week. Though on examination that story looks more like a thin hope than anything of real substance! Nevada are going legal within their own state borders, which is some progress. Industry experts are flagging this as a chance to build some experience for their operators more than a serious attempt to re-instate online poker to its pre-UIGEA glory.

That’s all for one post – I’ll be back with a more general update of my poker network soon.

GL at the tables, Mark

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