What do you look for in a new poker room?
by Player Support, 02-18-2011 at 10:53 AM (1054 Views)
A few blogs ago, I expressed my plans to get back into playing more online poker, as well as to check out some new poker rooms and networks along the way. I'm hoping the changes in scenery and new goals will help me put more time in at the tables. While playing at these new rooms, I plan to play a multitude of poker games and formats, while taking some notes and giving my thoughts on what I like and don't like at each room in future blogs. I'm currently waiting on a cash out from my poker room of choice, and once I receive it, I begin to set my plans in motion.
The other day I was trying to come up with criterion in regards to how to review these rooms. While it may not be my “stress-free, relaxing” game of choice, NL 6-max is my strongest game. But I've also had quite a bit of experience and some success in SnG and MTT formats. And I started out playing Limit Hold 'em online, and always found the “Mixed” poker games to be challenging and fun, so there is interest for me there as well. So along with going over their game types and poker software, I also plan on taking into account the sign up process and “first deposit experience”. I think one problem that is often overlooked is the hurdles many US players need to jump over to make their first deposit. Often times it can take up to a week or two with your money in limbo before you know it's been successfully deposited to your poker account, and you can finally sit down and start playing some poker. And of course, along with “first deposit experience”, I am going to be taking into account the withdrawal process from each room. This has been a cause for much consternation among US players in recent months. My current poker room of choice should probably expedite my withdrawal from last week so I can get this project started, lest they receive a poor review from me in this department later! =)
So now I've come here, to ask anyone out there in PAS-land, if there is any particular area you would like to know more about from a player's perspective at online poker rooms. Are there any poker rooms or networks you'd like to hear more about? Do you care about the quality of the software of a poker room, or just the quality of the games? Perhaps you've heard the tournament structures are “bad” at one room and you'd like to hear another opinion or some comparison between rooms? Please let me know in the Comments section below if there are any rooms you'd be particularly interested in hearing about, or if there are specific areas you'd like me to pay special note to while I take my tour of the 2011 online poker world. Thanks.