Taken 2 December 2016 10:08.
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Running on the big Microgaming Poker Network, Stan James can offer their customers access to an impressive selection of cash games, Sit and Go and scheduled tournaments, plus some generous bonuses for new registrations and regular players. The company made its name as a high street bookmakers, with around 65 shops in the UK and now have a range of online gaming sites, including a sportsbook, which pioneered in-play betting, and a casino which uses software from a number of developers for a unique mix of games.
The poker site is nicely presented, clearly displaying the current welcome bonus for new players, while below that, visitors can see information about some of the game variations, special tournament offers, bonus games, and quick links to either download the software or try a instant play mode.
All popular types of poker can be found here, including Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw and Razz. The popular and fast-paced Blaze Poker, where players change tables after every hand, is also available.
The Microgaming software is very stable, with decent graphics and, following a recent re-design, the cards are now exceptionally clear to see. Many of the larger UK-based betting companies use the network, which means that 10,000s of players can be online at peak times, including lots of recreational players who have migrated across from the casino and sportsbook sides to try the games out. A downside of this network is that residents of many countries, including the USA, cannot play here due to local laws.
The lobby area is easy to navigate, and finding a table is just a process of deciding which version of poker to play and choosing from the detailed list. The lobby shows the stakes, whether it is No Limit, Fixed Limit or Pot Limit, the number of players and Hands per Hour.
Some of the most popular games are at the anonymous tables, where players who are building up a profile, or do not want others to know what their skill level is, can just play without revealing their identity. Once sat at a game, players can view game statistics, while decision-making is done using clear, easy controls.
New customers can claim a welcome bonus, which in common with other poker sites, is released into the players account in stages as they accumulate player points. There are also a number of freeroll tournaments, just for those who have recently registered, where they can practice their skills and win real cash without using their own money. These are open for six weeks after signing up, giving new clients plenty of opportunity to gain experience.
The Poker Players Club awards loyalty points for each $1 in cash rake generated, or each $1 spent on tournament fees. There are four levels to the club, with members at the 1st Team Player level getting a 10% rake back each week, while those at the top level, Legend, get a 30% rake back plus bonus loyalty points. All players can exchange their points for cash or use them to pay for tournament entry, while there are special hidden benefits such as deposit bonuses or tournaments which are offered to all club members.
Stan James feature lots of guaranteed jackpot tournaments which can have prizes of $50,000+ and there are two daily Jackpot Tournaments, which reward the top 10 competitors extra winnings and pay out a large prize to any player who wins both on the same night. There are usually plenty of other promotions to be found, which, although will change from time to time, can include free sports bets for playing in designated tournaments and a Bad Beat progressive jackpot which pays out when a hand of four of a kind 2s or better is beaten. All players who have opted into the Bad Beat will share the prize, even if they are not currently logged in.
Funds can be paid into a Stan James Poker account using most of the common methods popular in the UK, such as credit and debit cards, pre-paid vouchers or cards, e-wallets and bank transfers. There is detailed information on each deposit and withdrawal method and how to use them on their website under the 'Help' section. Withdrawals are processed within one working day, although the funds may take 3-5 days to appear back in the customer's bank account.
Stan James are licensed and regulated in Gibraltar and as part of the requirements of this license, player's money is protected at all times and all transactions are carried out securely. An additional benefit of holding an account here is that the same funds can be used at the sports betting and casino sites, with no need to open new accounts.
Most of what Stan James do is done very well, and they are real innovators in many ways. The Microgaming network is home to many popular betting companies, especially UK-focused ones, and there are always thousands of players online. This means more games with a wider range of buy-ins, as well as an extensive selection of tournaments. All of the most popular poker variants are available, and Blaze Poker is an exciting addition to the more established types, perfect for anyone who likes fast action against numerous competitors.
Banking and Customer Support are efficient and well run, which is to be expected from a major provider like Stan James.
|Competitive bonuses and loyalty club.|
|Good range of games in a popular network.|
|Browser mode requires flash to be installed.|
|The software is not the most visually attractive.|
|License Number: 43062|
|Registration Number: 620|
Denis Kelly is the current chief executive of Stan James which employs over 600 people and has a turnover of around £1 Billion, operating in over 100 countries with a focus on the UK.