The Competition: As it is part of the iPoker network, Bet365 has a steady amount of daily traffic. There’s plenty of action to be had at all levels; the high-stakes games aren’t overly populated, but low and medium-stakes tables are widely available. Competition is usually on the softer side.
Cash Games: The standard choice of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Draw and Five-Card Stud are available for players on the site.
Tournaments: Bet365 runs a solid schedule of poker tournaments, making it a good choice for tournament players of any experience level. Tons of daily guaranteed tournaments run around the clock and the live satellite tournaments are great. The site has satellites running for a few live tournament packages, such as the WPT and the WSOP during the year. With such a scope and variety of tournaments, any decent player should be well capable of making serious wins.
Promotions: The site offers €5 free within 48 hours of creating a new poker profile, and there is a 100% new player bonus, up to $100 (the bonus is released at a rate of US$10 for every 1,000 Merit Points you earn). A special VIP New Player Bonus rewards 50% up to £500. By collecting points, players can attain Platinum, Bronze, silver and gold VIP status, allowing them to claim rewards (15 Merit points are won for every £1 or €1 of attributed rake or tournament fees). Bet365 doesn’t offer a lot of freerolls but sometimes they have satellite freerolls into big tournaments. Bet365 Poker also runs a €100 New Depositor Freeroll that takes place every Wednesday and every player that makes their first deposit will receive a token to enter.
Software: The iPoker software used by Bet365 is smooth and fast, with good playability. Overall you get what you expect and playability is fine. You can take notes on players, the lobby shows the usual stats, and there is some limited statistical information available at the table, but only on your own play. Bet365 offers the option of re-sizing poker tables, changing layout and supports play at up to 16 tables simultaneously. They have a great in-software search function certain features can be altered to player’s taste, such as backs of cards and personal avatars.
Banking: Bet365 supports twelve different payment methods for depositing and withdrawing funds. There are no charges for depositing with any of the major debit or credit cards; the minimum amounts for deposit range from a very low €1 on Ukash, to a very high €200 through Bank Wire. All deposits are instant, bar the usual Bank Transfers and cheques. Withdrawals take 2-5 working days to clear and are available through all the same methods as deposits, but the limits and times may vary. Bank Transfers and cheques are can take up to 28 days and range from €50-150 minimum cash outs.
Customer Service: Has been known to be slightly lengthy in obtaining responses. It’s available 24/7 via telephone and online live chat (which is very friendly and knowledgable on the whole).
Why Join?: Bet365 is a widely recognisable brand, and as a result is a reliable and secure place to play online poker. Whilst the rewards aren’t sky high, the variety of games are good and the site has a great selection of tournaments to suit most stakes and levels of experience.
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