USA Poker - site
is part of the successful 'iPoker network' initiative (Noble Poker
and Titan Poker are other rooms on this network) with software
powered by PlayTech. The games are loose with lots of casino players
and there are high value promotions (especially considering the
moderate volume of players). USA Poker and the iPoker network have
been successful in quickly building a strong network, with the
strategic backing from the world's second largest casino software
provider. USA Poker's software has an innovative and good interface,
with both standard 2D view and colorful graphics. The functionality
is good and the early minor glitches in the software are now fixed.
There exists Holdem and Omaha (High and High-Low) ring games, as
well as heads-up, sit-and-go and multi-table tournaments. - June,
2005: 1,800-2,000 ring game players at peak hours, 4,000-4,500
tournament players at peak hours.
Software and Graphic:
USA Poker's software and players base is part of iPoker, which in
turn is developed by Play Tech. The graphics are nice and clear and
the functionality is good. USA Poker has a buddy list function, game
history function, player notes, lots of options for
music/sounds/graphics/etc, pot- and no-limit ring games, live floor
managers and all types of tournaments. On the negative side, there
are some small glitches making the playability less than perfect and
the playing tempo is too slow with high time allotment for players.
It is possible to play at 3 tables simultaneously.
Ring Games Traffic:
USA Poker and the iPoker network had about 1,800-2,000 ring game
players at peak hours in June, 2006.
The traffic at the tournaments is higher than at cash games when
real money traffic can reach somewhere around 4,000-4,500 players at
peak hours in June, 2006. SitandGo tournaments are heavy promoted
with jackpot offers ($2,000-$25,000 in extra cash) when you win 4-6
consecutive (number depends on what type of SitandGo tournament).
The rake at USA Poker is actually better than the average online.
The general policy is the standard 5% rake taken in increments up to
$3. But on several types of tables there are lower max rakes. On
fixed limit tables up to $1/$2 there is a $1 max rake. More
importantly all tables with 2-3 players have a max rake of $1 and
tables with 4-5 players have a $2 max rake - which also includes
no-limit and pot-limit short handed games! There is a "no flop - no
drop" policy for hands not reaching the flop.
There exists no true loyalty program at USA Poker instead they rely
completely on the sign-up bonus which is in reality a limited rake
back deal (see sign-up bonus). Also they have a Buddy-program. For
every raked hand the referral participates in they receive points
and for every 500 point $10 is released into the referrer's account.
The limit is $50 (2500 points).
Nice options with 24/7 telephone support as well as email support at
24/7 support: Yes
Website FAQ: Yes
Support Features: Email, Phone
Email confirmation/receipt: No
Avg. NETeller pay out time: 24-48 hrs
Deposit and Withdrawal options:
Deposit options: VISA, MasterCard, NETeller, Citadel, FirePay,
MoneyBookers, InstaCash, InstaDebit, EcoCard, UseMyBank, wire
transfer, bank draft and personal check.
Cash out options: NETeller, FirePay, MoneyBookers, InstaDebit,
EcoCard, bank draft express and wire transfer.
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