Global Poker has been online since 2016 but if you’re only hearing about it now, you’re not alone. Self-described as “the world’s fastest growing online poker room,” Global Poker is indeed growing and coming onto the radar of more and more US and Canadian online poker players.
Sound interesting? Here’s how Global Poker works:
How is Global Poker Legal in the USA?
Global Poker operates on what it calls “a sweepstakes model,” a version of which is used by dozens of familiar mainstream companies including McDonalds, Reader’s Digest, Pepsi, Publishers Clearing House and more to run ongoing promotions.
How Does the Global Poker Sweepstakes Model Work?
Rather than offer you a poker account that you can fund with real money, Global Poker operates with a virtual coin called “Gold Coins.”
These are virtual chips (play money) you can use to play poker with for fun - but they CANNOT be redeemed for cash prizes.
When you purchase your Gold Coins, though, you are given often FREE sweepstakes prizes called “Sweeps Coins.” You can then use your FREE Sweeps Coins to enter into Sweeps Coins tournaments and ring games.
Any Sweeps Coins that you win in poker games can then be redeemed for cash prizes using an authorized payment processor.
How Can I Get Global Poker FREE Sweeps Coins?
There are 4 ways you can get FREE Sweeps Coins:
- Get 150,000 Gold Coins for $10 and 30 FREE Sweep Coins when you claim exclusive PokerListings First Purchase Offer with a Promo Code: "POKERLISTINGS"
- Often FREE Sweeps Coins when you purchase most Gold Coin offers. How much Sweeps Coins you get depends on what Gold Coin offers you purchase.
- Win FREE Sweeps Coins from Facebook giveaways
- Send a request by mail to receive FREE Sweeps Coins directly from the company (for more info, check Global Poker T&C)
Yes, you read that right. If you send a stamped, handwritten envelope to the company you will receive 5 FREE Sweeps Coins.
How Do I Play Poker Games with Sweeps Coins?
Once you’ve acquired some Sweeps Coins you can then play Sweeps Coin games on the platform.
The amount of Sweeps Coins you need to either enter the tournament or sit at the ring table will be listed clearly. For ring games you are limited to between 25x and 100x the blinds.
In a ring game, you’ll obviously be playing with set blinds with all of the Sweeps Coins you entered while sitting at the table. If you have enough Sweeps Coins for your chosen tournament, just give the amount needed for entry and you are ready to play.
The prize pool for any Gold Coin or Sweeps Coins tournament will also be listed, showing you much you can potentially share in winning.
Whatever you win in either case is rewarded out to your account in Sweeps Coins, which you can then redeem as cash prizes through Global Poker payment processors.
What Are the Global Poker Payment Processors?
Current payments processors accepted on Global Poker include:
- Visa (via Worldpay)
- Mastercard (via Worldpay)
How Do I Redeem My Sweeps Coins for Cash Prizes?
Once you request your first Sweeps Coins prize redemption you’ll need to send some verifying documents to prove you’re the rightful account holder.
Primary and secondary documents are required.
A valid primary ID (w/ photo) can be any of the following:
- Driver’s license
- National/State ID
- Other government issued ID (Veteran’s ID, etc.)
A supporting document under your name as proof of address is also required. Those can be:
- Utility Bill (electricity, telco, water, etc. not older than 3 months)
- Notarized agreement form for lease (nothing hand-written)
- Bank statements
- Medical insurance
The verification process usually takes about 5 days. You can then redeem your Sweeps Coins winnings for cash prizes via an accepted payment processor.
There is no maximum amount for redemptions although there is a SC50 minimum.
Where is Global Poker Licensed?
As for its gaming oversight, Global Poker is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, which ensures its games are fair, regulated and monitored.
Global Poker Sign-Up Offer
The exclusive PokerListings offer for new players signing up at Global Poker is:
- Get 150,000 Gold Coins for $10, plus get 30 FREE Sweeps Coins with a Promo Code: POKERLISTINGS
- 50% Off the Gold Coin on your first purchase - including Gold Coins and FREE Sweeps Coins
For their first purchase at Global Poker, new players receive a $40 Gold Coin Offer, including 200,000 Gold Coins for just $20, plus 40 FREE Sweeps Coins!
More Global Poker Promotions offered in 2023:
- Global Poker Championship Series with up to SC1m in Guaranteed prizes
- Kurt Busch Signature Series Tournament
- Daily, Weekly and Monthly Gold Rush leaderboards for Gold Coin play
- Daily and Weekly Bonanza Tournaments
- Daily Hundo tournaments where you can win 100 times your tournament entry.
Global Poker Tournaments
Global Poker has a surprisingly robust tournament schedule in both Gold Coin and Sweeps Coins formats.
Daily and weekly MTTs (multi-table tournaments) are plentiful and seemingly growing each week.
Their biggest Sunday Sweeps Coins tournaments –the SC50,000 GTD Sunday Scrimmage and the Sunday Swish SC6,000 GTD – typically see a couple hundred players.
Main events as part of their bigger tournament series, like the GOAT, see guarantees of up to SC200,000 (remember SC can be redeemed for as cash prizes or gift cards) and 400-500 players.
Overall the daily and weekly MTT lineups for both Gold Coin (play money) and Sweeps Coins events are pretty solid with decent variety (even a PLO tourney!) and lots of shots at winning.
Tournament entries range from about SC0.11 to SC33.
You can also unlock special tournament entries just by meeting challenges while you play. For example:
- Daily Hundo (10 pm ET): See 25 hands in Gold Coin Ring Games to unlock entry
- SC500 Daily Bonanza (9 pm ET): See 50 flops in any Ring Games to unlock entry
- SC5,000 Weekly Bonanza (Sunday 4 pm ET) : See 500 flops in any Ring Games to unlock entry
Global Poker S&Gs
Lots of Sit-and-Go tournaments are also up for grabs on Global Poker, either with 6 or 9 players. They run frequently at entries ranging from SC0.50 to about SC100.
Global Poker Ring Games
If you’re taking a stab at Global Poker after playing most of your hands at a standard real-money poker site in the US, you will be pleasantly surprised at the level of play across the board at Global Poker.
Read; there are lots of soft spots at virtually all of the active tables (around 120+ at peak time), although generally you’ll find them at NL20 and below.
Blinds range from SC0.02/0.04 to even as high as SC10/20. PLO games are similarly ranged.
About 2/3 of the cash-game traffic is in No-Limit Hold’em and the rest is in PLO.
Global Poker Rake
Raker at Global Poker is an even 5% across the board. At the higher stakes it’s not the best deal but at the micros it’s standard across the industry.
Global Poker Jackpot Sit & Go’s
Like every other poker site Global Poker has jumped into the Jackpot SnG game and offers 3-handed, turbo SnGs with a prize pool randomly multiplied before the tourney starts.
Multipliers run from 2x to 2,000x and entries range from SC2 to SC100.
If you hit one of the bigger multipliers you’ll be in for a substantial boost to your bankroll as the winner gets about 75% of the prize pool and the rest is split between the other two players.
If you hit a smaller multiplier the tourney plays out as the winner takes all.
Global Poker Software
The Global Poker software isn’t a world-beater but it does run smoothly, play functions are big enough to avoid missclicks and avatars are pretty standard.
As the entire platform is browser-based, you never need to download anything and you can easily play Global Poker on your smartphone or tablet. If you prefer you can also download either an iOS or Android app.
As no external software is allowed you can play worry-free from HUDs or bots.
Global Poker Customer Support
Support at Global Poker is limited to:
- Website FAQ
Global Poker email address is: Support (@) globalpoker.com. Support is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In our experience emails were returned promptly although individual experiences may vary.