PlayersOnly Poker opened in 2006 on the Cake poker network and eventually moved to the Merge network, joining a small but growing group of poker sites accepting U.S. players and U.S. credit card deposits. The poker room has, in an extremely short period of time, grown very quickly and offers some of the loosest and most lucrative games available online.
The software and graphics are quite nice but thankfully not at the expense of functionality. The site was developed by a group of poker players looking to "reinvent" online poker and keep things geared towards the player, so functionality was also kept a priority. Subsequently the software offers everything poker players need - table stats, quick play, multi-table ability for over 10 tables simultaneously and lots more great support features.
Games offered are all variations of Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo. Games, as per usual, are heavily concentrated in No-Limit Hold'em, especially at the small and middle limits, but at peak hours players can be found at most limits and games.
PlayersOnly Poker also offers a decent amount of tournaments in both Omaha and Texas Hold'em. Traffic volume overall is in the middle segment of the industry but growing. Real-money player statistics as of November 2015 show 1700 ring-game players at peak hours and 6000 tournament players at peak hours.
Bonus Code and Promotions
All players who sign up from a PokerListings.com link are eligible for an exclusive up to $5,000 sign-up bonus at 200% match.
Exclusive PlayersOnly bonus code for PokerListings players: 2000PK
Bonus Clearing: When PlayersOnly Poker users play real money on the site they earn VIP Points. For every 75 VIP points, players earn $1 of their bonus. Once a player has earned $5 that money is transferred to their account. This continues until the pending bonus account reaches $0.
PlayersOnly Poker now offers the Play Aces VIP program, which offers personalized rewards for full-time grinders and casual players.
Like most VIP programs, players on PlayersOnly Poker earn points by playing at any real cash game table or any real money tournament or Sit & Go.
These points can be spent in the huge online store, which offers a variety of items and poker merchandise or traded for straight up cash.
The PlayersOnly Poker VIP program also offers five tiers of status: green, bronze, silver, gold and platinum for hefty bonuses.
Fortunately the PlayersOnly Poker rake system is also incredibly simple. Players earn one VIP point for every 10 cents of rake they contribute, whether it's in cash games or tournament fees.
Tournaments and Freerolls
PlayersOnly Poker host quite a lot of tournaments. Buy-ins can be as small as 25¢ and the largest buy-in is usually arond $200. The tournaments are faily busy and have a good structure. As opposed to most sites, PlayersOnly Poker also run a decent amount of tournaments in forms of poker other than Hold'em.
PlayersOnly Poker also runs a few guaranteed tournaments - the largest weekly tournament is the $50,000 Sunday guarantee, while the $100,000 monthly guaranteed tournament is the largest overall.
The overall spread of freerolls is pretty small, with $100 or $200 freerolls open to all players offered every now and then.
Each month a $100,000 guaranteed freeroll is played where the winner takes home $75,000 and the runners-up share $25,000. The freeroll series runs for ten months and awards a total of $1 million in free tournament prizes. Both freeroll and cash qualifiers for the monthly $100,000 finals run daily.
There are also plenty of tournaments that can be entered using PlayersOnly Poker tickets, and those multi-table and sit-and-go tournaments are usually quite large. In fact, it is not unusual for the prize pools to be in the thousands of dollars.
Software and Graphics
The PlayersOnly Poker software is fast and smooth with good functionality. All the normal functions are there including notes during play and vital table stats like viewed-flop percentage, average pot and hands played per hour in the lobby.
During play, you can also see your own stats right at the table, like how often you see the flop, your win percentage and more. On the negative side, the note-taking function is a little difficult to use (players are chosen in a scroll-down list instead of being clicked on) and the software offers no mini view or other multi-table help function.
Overall though, the software is playable, offers decent graphics and makes for a good playing experience. One particularly nice function is the hand history also saves the player chat, useful when trying to "figure out" a player.
The latest version of the PlayersOnly Poker software supports play at 10 tables simultaneously and allows you to sit at any position. Players can also view an unlimited number of tables and multi-table play is easy and smooth and works well with the stats tools.
Extra-appreciated are the in-game stats and the immediate hand-histories. The avatars are also nice with quite a few to choose from.
The traffic is busiest at the lower stakes where the games vary from relatively loose to very loose - often showing a viewed-flop percentage upwards of 50%-60% at full tables, which is pretty sick. This translates to juicy and loose games for the small- to middle-stakes player.