Sportsbook.com is a sportsbook, poker room and casino that has been in business since 1997. The poker room opened in 2006 on the Cake Poker network and eventually moved to the Merge network.
Sportsbook Poker is available to U.S., Canadian and international players. The poker room has grown very quickly and offers some of the loosest and juiciest games available online today. Most of the player base comes through the sportsbook and casino which makes a large portion of the players beginners and very easy to beat.
The software features sharp graphics and functionality as it was developed by a group of poker players looking to "re-invent" the online poker world. Game play is very good and offers basically everything most poker players need, with good table stats, fast action, 10 tables for multi-tabling and great support features. It's now on the Merge platform so it's quite solid.
Game selection is also decent with all variations of Texas Hold'em plus Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo. You can even play H.O.R.S.E., if you can find a game running. Games are definitely concentrated in No-Limit Hold'em, and especially at the small and middle limits, but at peak hours players can be found at most limits and games.
Sportsbook Poker offers a decent amount of tournaments with the traffic volume overall in the lower segment of the industry. Sportsbook Poker also offers monthly $100,000 freerolls.
Real-money player statistics as of December 2015 show 1700 ring-game players at peak hours, and 6000 tournament players at peak hours.
Bonus Code and Promotions
Exclusive $1000 first-deposit bonus at 125% match for new players who sign up at Sportsbook Poker through a Pokerlistings link.
Sportsbook Poker bonus code for PokerListings players: 2000PK
Bonus Clearing: When Sportsbook 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.
Sportsbook Poker players have access to one of the most lucrative rewards programs in online poker.
The Player's Club (TPC) program offers numerous incentives for both hardcore grinders and casual players.
The program is simple, players earn VIP points by playing real cash game tables or real money tournaments or Sit & Goes on Sportsbook Poker. VIP points can be spent in the online Sportsbook Poker store for various merchandise or straight up cash.
Players who generate a high volume of points will quickly move up the six status levels of beginner, amateur, rookie, pro, superstar and hall of famer.
The rake system on Sportsbook Poker is very simple with players earning one point for every 10 cents of rake they contribute, whether its cash games or tournaments.
Tournaments and Freerolls
Tournament buy-ins range from as little as $1 all the way to a few hundred. Tournaments are busy and fast with a decent structures. Daily tournaments usually get around 5-600 players for low stakes and around 200 for high stakes ($50 and above). Weekly tournaments get up to 3,000 players for low stakes and 1,000+ for the major Sunday tournaments.
Daily guaranteed tournaments range from the $1,500 ($1 buy-in plus rebuys) to the $20,000 ($100 buy-in). There are also usually two Pot-Limit Omaha guarantees. The cheaper one guarantees $1,500 ($5 buy-in plus rebuys) while the big one offers $3,000 ($10 buy-in plus rebuys).
Weekly tournaments include a $100,000 guaranteed and a $25,000 guaranteed.
Sportsbook Poker also offers a regular satellites to major live tournaments around the world plus unique promos like the Sit & Go leaderboard and Tourney King.
Sportsbook Poker offers relatively few freerolls on a daily basis, but the ones they do offer are usually massive. Each month a $100,000 guaranteed freeroll is played where the winner takes home $75,000 and the runners-up share $25,000. Online, it doesn't get any better than that.
The overall freeroll series runs for 10 months and awards $1 million in free tournament prizes. Both freeroll and cash qualifiers for the monthly $100,000 finals run daily.
Sportsbook Poker also runs the popular Maximus online poker series, which offers a plethora of tournaments to play.
Software and Graphics
Sportsbook Poker's software runs fast and smooth. You can also see your own playing stats right at the table - like how often you see the flop, your win percentage, etc - making it a great learning site for beginners.
Overall the graphics are simple and clean and make for fast play, often dealing 60-70 hands per hour in full ring games, typical of Merge sites.
Multi-table play is easy and smooth and works well with the stats tools available. One nice function is the hand history also saves the player chat, which is useful when trying to "figure out" a player
On the negative side, the note-taking function is a little hard to use and the software offers no mini-view or other multi-table help functionality. Occasionally the software can be a bit buggy but we've never experienced anything catastrophic.
All sounds and a lot of the graphics can be turned on and off and the amount of chat text a player wants to see can be chosen. Best special featrues are the in-game statistics and the access to hand histories without leaving the table.
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Low stakes games are packed with bad players with the games varying from relatively loose to ridiculously loose with a viewed-flop percentages up to 50%-60%.
This translates to very juicy and loose games for the small- to middle-stakes player - maybe the juiciest online.