Absolute Poker Review7 / 10
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About Absolute Poker
If you’re looking for an online poker room that sports excellent traffic and accepts US players, but you’re fed up with PokerStars, Absolute Poker is the right choice for you.
I know that their reputation has been marred by scandals lately, but that probably only means that they are the safest online poker room at the moment. They simply cannot risk another such affair.
With over 10,000 players in the room at peak hours, Absolute Poker is definitely a viable alternative to both Full Tilt and PokerStars.
Player skill level is average at AP, it’s not the fishiest but a good player can squeeze value out of most low to medium stakes/limit tables. At higher limits it’s different ballgame though.
Absolute Poker Games
Game selection is pretty good at Absolute Poker. They offer Texas Holdem, Omaha, Stud (both Hi and Hi-Lo) and Razz. Obviously, outside peak hours, traffic on non-Holdem tables is rather limited and it’s practically zero on Razz tables. In peak hours however, there are players there, even if only a few.
Absolute Poker is one of the best poker rooms for Texas Holdem tournaments though, especially low-buy-in ones. They have something starting almost every other minute and they have a multitude of freerolls to which entry is not conditioned by anything.
Absolute Poker Offers
The Absolute Poker promotions system is quite possibly the best in the industry. They offer some pretty unique and outstanding promotions like their Bad beat jackpot. To take down the huge jackpot, you need to play at special tables which take slightly more rake than regular ones, but if you happen to lose on four eights or better, you can probably quit your job. The odds for such a bad beat coming about are not exactly favorable, yet the AP bad beat jackpot had been taken down 2-3 times within a few weeks in the past.
Their Super Sunday is another great-value opportunity. They offer no less than $325,000 in prize pools spread over three weekly guaranteed tournaments.
Absolute Poker Sign up Bonus
Absolute poker’s bonus is a 100% match on players’ first deposits up to a maximum of $500, a sign-up bonus which is certainly in the upper echelon of generosity.
In order to redeem it though, you’ll probably have to take advantage of the multi-tabling option offered by their software, because you have to play 100 raked hands for every $10, and only hands on which there’s at least a 50 cent rake, count towards this end.
If you plan to play for a good while at Absolute though, unlocking the sign up bonus is not likely to be a problem.
Pros and cons: AP accepts US players, has a very decent traffic and some pretty outstanding promotions. Certainly, the sign up bonus is one for the “pro” column as well. On the other hand, AP is just a little bit under PokerStars, Full Tilt and even Bodog, in just about every respect.
Final mark: 7.5