Taken 2 December 2016 09:58.
In-Play Texas Holdem Poker.
Bet365 Poker, launched in 2001, is one of the top destinations for players in the UK and abroad. The site is part of the iGaming network, which includes such sites as William Hill, Betfair, and Titan Poker and so there are always a huge number of players online, at a wide range of cash games, sit and gos and tournaments. Available in 17 different languages, Bet365 Poker have established themselves as an international company, although notably, players from the USA cannot access the games here due to local laws.
The games use Playtech software which provides clear graphics, is easy to download, and is suitable for new poker players. Lots of customers from the Bet365 Casino, sports betting and bingo sites migrate across to play poker here, meaning that there are numerous inexperienced players at the tables.
A good range of bonuses can be claimed, both by new and returning players, with a VIP scheme which can earn you cash rewards or tournament entries.
Anyone new to playing online poker should start at the Bet365 Poker University, which gives detailed advice on how to play the different types of the game, bankroll management, poker etiquette and more. As players progress through the University, they can take quizzes with bonuses paid for successful completion. There are several cash tables and freerolls exclusively for the use of new players during their first 90 days playing here.
Once some confidence has been gained or for anyone who already has some experience, players can participate in:
There are high speed Turbo tables, two player tables, and private games where groups of friends can compete against each other. From the lobby area, it's easy to find a huge range of cash games and tournaments, at a range of buy ins from $0.01 to $200, with several freerolls a day. Some of these tournaments are exclusive to Bet365, and not available to the rest of the iGaming network.
Before playing, the poker software will need to be downloaded, but at only 4.97 mb, should download quickly, and although it can appear a little dated, the software works very well, is nicely presented, and reliable.
Bet365 are well known for giving new players some generous welcome bonuses across all of their sites and the poker site is no exception. The actual details of the welcome bonus vary from time to time, but typically the first deposit amount will be released in the form of credits as the game is played, plus a small no deposit bonus on joining. Additionally, freeroll tournament credits can be claimed. Bonuses will also be given to players who transfer funds from another Bet365 site into a poker account.
With each game played, Merit Points are accumulated and these can be exchanged for cash, tournament tokens or loyalty rewards. Players earn Merit Points at the rate of 15 per $1 in rake generated or tournament fees. The VIP scheme has four levels from Bronze to Platinum and the higher up the VIP scheme, the better the Merit Points conversion rate gets. Players join the scheme as soon as they start playing.
Other promotions include Jackpot Sit and Gos, Steps Tournaments with guaranteed jackpots and satellite tournaments.
Funds can be paid into a Bet365 Poker account in 27 currencies, although games are played in US Dollars, Pounds or Euros. The major credit cards, debit cards, e-wallets and country specific money transfer systems are accepted. There are some minimum and maximum deposit amounts, usually £5-£10 minimum and anywhere up to £20,000 maximum. Bet365 do not charge any fees when depositing funds.
Withdrawals are processed within one working day and are also subject to similar minimum and maximum limits. The time taken for requested funds to be credited back to a players account depends on the method chosen, but range from 1 hour for certain e-wallets, 2-3 business days for credit and debit cards and up to 28 days for cheques.
The support team at Bet365 can be contacted at any time, by free phone on 08000-288-365, fax, call back form, or email via the form on the site. Unfortunately there is no live chat option.
Bet365 Poker are the biggest player in one of the biggest poker networks with thousands of players at the tables at any one time. The site may not be cutting edge in style, but it is all very clear and easy to follow, with a range of games and prices to suit all skills and budgets. There are always plenty of tournaments, with different prize pools, or guaranteed jackpots.
There are a lot of inexperienced players here, making for some easy pickings for the more skilful player, so the excellent Poker University is strongly recommended for those starting out. Bonuses and ongoing promotions are very competitive, with the VIP scheme and Merit Points system meaning that players can get hold of some decent ongoing bonuses.
Bet365 are a well established, trusted brand, licensed and regulated by the laws of Gibraltar, which ensure that games are audited for fairness and all funds are securely held.
|Supports almost all platforms.|
|Wide selection of games.|
|Beginner friendly Poker University.|
|Good range of bonuses.|
|Always lots of players online.|
|Slightly dated look.|
|No live chat support option.|
|Home page is not very informative.|
|License Number: 39563|
|Registration Number: 86|
Denise Coates founded Bet365 in 2000 and is currently joint chief executive along with her brother John Coates. Her Stoke-on-Trent based company now employs over 2100 people.
0800 7810 365