So I start out by applying to two different clubs called Breeds and Poker Hero. First, I install the poker app on my iPhone 8, and later on my PC as I thought I’d rather be able to play on Upoker whether on the move or at home. I make my first deposit through a bitcoin transfer. As a side note, my deposit is guaranteed 100% by Beasts Of Poker. This is always a great benefit when you try out a new club or mobile poker app.
I jump at the cash games tables with blinds of approx. 0.3USD/0.6$ and 0.6/1.2$. When I click to see the VPIP% of different players at the tables, I find several between 60-85% – not a bad start! I open a few more tables to get more hands per hour, as Upoker allows you to play up to 4 tables at once. There are fireworks everywhere: chips being moved back and forth, players throwing emojis around, sick bluffs being pulled off and the clock is barely past the noon time. Poker Hero is a club with origins in Thailand, so the majority of poker players at their tables come from Asia.
I continue to play the loose Hold’em games with blinds 0.3USD/0.6$, 0.6/1.2$ and 0.9/1.8$. Suddenly, I start to lose some crucial big pots. I run KK into QTo on Q86r flop for 170bb’s each and it’s a T on the turn to give my villain two pair. Then I hit middle set on KQ6cc and 3bet the flop, only to see the turn flush draw being completed with less than 40% pot-size effective stacks left. So I go broke on that one too. While this is just standard variance, in Holdem it tests your patience a bit since you’re probably facing a long stretch of bad & mediocre hands before putting your stack in again. I think to myself: ‘Why not try some Omaha on Upoker?’ And so, Omaha it is!
I jump at the first table where they have a free seat at. Oops, it’s 6-card PLO. But hey, there’s a first time for everything in poker – including Omaha with 6 cards, so let’s go! One hand later I’m one stack poorer, and play for a little while at that table. I make the transition into 5-card PLO, which I at least think I know the basics of. So, I sit on a 0.6/1.2$ table of HU PLO5 and a maniac sits down with me. At the same time, I also open a ring game table with blinds of 1.5/3.0$. This time I manage to run good. I play a few more hands of the HU before deciding to call it a day. As I’ve now tried pretty much all the cash game formats, I decide to check out the poker tournaments next weekend on Upoker!
Now what are the differentiating features (besides straddling, the table chat, the player stats being visible with 1-click which can also be found from some other apps) that made me go into a play-frenzy for 5 days on Upoker? The two most important features in my opinion are: