How we review poker sites

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Playing experience shared for players, by players

The first principle we have is writing everything from the player’s point of view. After all, we are here for you. Without our players all our content and reviews would be in vain. We form our reviews in a way that gives you all the necessary details to decide whether to play on a poker site. Also, we’ve removed everything that isn’t essential for that. If there’s a variable that affects the playing experience or your ability to win money on a certain poker site, you bet we’ve got that part covered!

Our reviewing process is a rigorous one. Yet, it can be summarized into a simple question: ‘Would we be happy to play on this poker site ourselves, and also recommend it to our friends?’ For a poker site to be featured in our reviews, the answer must be yes. If it’s not, well in that case we are leaving that operator out. Our editorial standards have been established to keep the players always informed of the best that online poker has to offer.

We do keep an eye though on sites that have not yet passed our criteria to be featured, as the playing conditions might change at some point. A great example of a site like this would be GGPoker, a brand that we didn’t promote at first. Their tournament series & guarantees and cash games have improved so much recently that it got featured on our site some time ago.

What are the different aspects in reviewing a poker site that we feel are important to consider? As poker players, we’ve arrived at the following factors to be evaluated during the review:

Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is perhaps the most important aspect of a poker site. You don’t want to deposit your hard-earned money onto a site that has a history of delayed withdrawals or even not paying their players. The more years the operator has been in business without major complaints, the better.

Our main criteria for evaluating trustworthiness include:

  • The track record of the site
  • Has there been any complaints of players not receiving their money
  • What measures the site has taken to prevent collusion and cheating
  • Do they operate under a license
  • Is their random number generator tested & certified by a 3rd party
  • How fast are the withdrawals

Game Formats & Player Traffic

Nobody likes to play on a poker site full of nits who don’t give action. What we want for our players here is clear: Soft games in a variety of game formats. Good player traffic translates into more profit in your pockets!

Our criteria for evaluating game formats & player traffic include:

  • How many tables are running at different stakes
  • Is there a variety of different game formats available
  • Are the games easy to beat
  • Is there good action available at different times of the day

Software & Playing Experience

Every poker player deserves a great playing experience. Therefore the features of a poker software and overall user experience play a great role in our reviews.

We evaluate the software and playing experience based on following criteria:

  • How easy the site is to use
  • Is navigating the poker client clear & smooth
  • Is the visual outlook pleasant
  • Is the user experience good on both desktop and mobile devices
  • Is it easy to register an account and make a deposit
  • Is it easy to follow your rewards like cashback and bonuses cleared
  • How much you can alter the table layout to your liking

Rakeback & Bonuses

Last but not least, it’s important to assess the value of total rewards you get by playing at an online poker room. The value of total rewards can vary greatly between different sites and a good rewards program can make a big difference in winnings.

Our criteria for rakeback & bonuses include:

  • Is there a first deposit bonus available for new players
  • Does the site offer big tournament series and guaranteed prize pools
  • Does the site have a cashback program
  • How much is the total rakeback

How We Calculate Rakeback & Bonuses

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Reviews from True Experts, not Marketers:
Our Pro Team consists of famous online players like EEE27, XD89lol<3, bustoville. They have tested all poker rooms before we publish the reviews.

Poker Site Reviews By Players, For Players:
We only promote sites we genuinely like & play on ourselves.

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Due to our vast network in the online poker industry, we are able to find you the softest games and best bonuses available at any time.