Players looking for an underrated room with surprisingly soft games should take a closer look at LotosPoker. A much closer look. Originally a Russia-only poker site LotosPoker jumped to the booming GG poker network (Asia's biggest poker network) in 2016 and hasn't looked back.
It still offers games in Russian but now has a fully-serviceable English client as well that's tapped into one of the softest player bases around the world. Mix in the smooth GG network software and you've got the recipe for an up-and-coming, better-than-you-might think poker gem.
New users may initially be put off by the bare-bones website that LotosPoker offers but will be pleasantly surprised as soon as they download the poker client. All the standard features you'd expect are there including multi-table options, hand histories, customizable table views and avatars, etc plus an easy-to-use, one-click mobile app for both Android and iPhone/iPad.
Bringing it all together is that player base on the GG network that offers some very soft games if you practice even a little table selection.
Like big name ambassadors to play with? The GG Network has gone whole hog on bringing in established poker names to grow their site with David Benyamine, Bryn Kenney, Huck See, Kitty Kuo, Luke Schwartz and Todd Brunson among the many GG Ambassadors.
Up to 100% Cashback at Lotos Poker
LotosPoker doesn’t fall behind in promotions either as their sign-up bonus is big (100% up to $600) and there is a robust lineup of daily/weekly promos including:
- $100k Monthly Tournament Leaderboard
- $20k Daily GTD Main Event
- $500 Welcome freeroll
- Up to 100% cashback in rewards program
- $10k Invitational Freeroll
- 0% fee tournaments every half hour
More than you might think for a site with a lower profile. And that list is always growing.
New users should be warned, however, that the one area where LotosPoker does miss the boat slightly is its non-No-Limit Hold’em offerings. You won’t find any 2-7 Triple Draw or Razz games on the site although there are a fair number of Pot-Limit Omaha games running.
The always entertaining "All In or Fold" games are still a thing at LotosPoker, too, with a $100k AoF Festival even in September.
As mentioned the LotosPoker rewards program is solid (dubbed the 'fish buffet') and can earn you anywhere from 15%-100% cashback on your real-money play. Given how soft the player base is and how decent the promotions are, it’s easy to recommend LotosPoker to players looking for a very reasonable shot at making a profit every month.
BONUS CODE AND PROMOTIONS
Lotos Poker Welcome Bonus
All new players that create an account and make a deposit via PokerListings (just click the "Play Now" or "Get Bonus" links in review) are eligible for an exclusive welcome bonus:
- 100% match up to $600
That is the highest LotosPoker bonus available online.
Lotos Poker BonusCode
Exclusive LotosPoker bonus code for PokerListings players: pokerlistings
Be sure to enter the proper bonus code in the appropriate field on registering your account.
Lotos Poker Bonus Payout
The Lotos Poker bonus is paid out in $10 increments based on the number of status points earned through real-money games or tournaments. Players earn $1 for every 10 status points they are able to generate. After you’ve generated 100 status points, $10 of your bonus will be released into your account.
Lotos Poker Rewards Program
Ready to eat from the fish buffet? The Lotos Poker rewards program goes from Plankton up to Shark with tiers of bronze to platinum and diamond at each stage.
You start with 15% cashback at plankton level but that rises to 20% as soon as you hit Shrimp level. Get all the way up to Shark/Black level and you'll be hauling in at least 50% of your cashback plus opportunities to double it all the way up to 100%.
Weekly Missions, $10k Invitational freerolls, $250 weekly depositor freerolls, a $500 welcome freeroll and $100k monthly tournament leaderboard are also great opportunities to pad your bankroll with little risk.
TOURNAMENTS AND FREEROLLS
A recently revamped tournament schedule on the GG network has added a lot of value for tournament players highlighted by a daily $20k GTD. The daily Main Event runs at 15:00 GMT Mon-Sat with just an $88 buy-in.
If you don’t mind playing smaller stakes tournaments then you’ll have access to more tournaments than you know what to do with.
Daily guarantees were also doubled overall with dozens of events running all day with buy-ins between $5 and $150. Rebuys with $1-$6 buy-ins also run 5 times daily.
Those looking for $50k+ guaranteed tournaments will be in a bit tougher spot with fewer events than you might expect. On the plus side there is a weekly $100k guaranteed event on Sunday that is one of the softest big buy-in tournaments online.
There are also a variety of satellites into the bigger daily guaranteeds and of course the daily Main Event. Omaholics are also in luck with a wide range of daily Omaha tournaments from $1 to $25.
The Monthly $100k Leaderboard pays out a share of $100,000 to the top tournament players every month, which is no small potatoes.
LotosPoker Fortune Spin SnGs
Sit & Go specialists are also in good shape as there’s always a 6 or 9-handed table that is about to begin on the network. The Fortune Spin Jackpot SnGs are also very popular.
Fortune Spins are a bit different from the standard jackpot SnGs we've all come to know and love but they do run 3-handed. The Fortune Wheel will spin once three players have registered. Each spin will pay out:
- Fortune Cookie 50%
- x4 the Buy-in 42%
- x8 the Buy-in 8%
If the wheel stops on a Fortune Cookie, all players get a Fortune Cookie instead and no SnG will play. Inside every Fortune Cookie is a cookie card; collect all 10 cookie cards and you'll get a cash bonus.
Buy ins are $1, $5 and $15.
All In or Fold on Lotos Poker
All In or Fold tournaments are another signature for the GG network with a wide slate of events running daily plus the whole month of September dedicated to the AoF Festival.
As you might guess, in an AoF tournament you're either all in or out of the hand which makes it easy to play and fun to follow, regardless of the outcome.
The T$ Builder is another original tournament where the prize pool is paid out in T$ only and has no fees. T$ Builders run every 30 minutes with buy-in amounts of $1, $2, $4 and $8.
Lotos Poker Freerolls
As mentioned above LotosPoker players are flush with freerolls that include:
- $500 welcome freeroll
- $250 weekly depositors freeroll
- $10k Invitational freeroll
and more. Spontaneous freeroll promotions are always being added and the Daily Freeroll League, the LotosPoker Cup, pays out $50 a day with a bonus $200 weekly freeroll.
SOFTWARE AND GRAPHICS
Software is a legitimate strong point for LotosPoker as the site runs on the souped-up GG network platform. If you’ve never played on GG you’ll be happy to know that the package is stylish, intuitive and, above all else, feature rich.
The software is a step above the average poker client and that improves the entire experience. LotosPoker also gives you plenty of customization options including various table views, different backgrounds and avatars.
Of course the rest of the standard poker room features are there with four-color decks, multi-table features, hand histories and player notes. Some other unique software features worth noting:
- All In Insurance
- Straddle and No-Look All In
- Run It Three Times
- Rabbit Hunt
- Flash Jackpot
Another nice feature of the GG software is real-time language conversion so players can just click the language they want (among 10 languages offered) and the software resets without a reboot.
Lotos Poker Mobile for Android & iOS
Another nice feature of the Lotos Poker software are the downloadable Android and iOS mobile apps. Whatever your device the software is optimized for ease-of use and play.
Game selection is still plentiful and the mobile experience is optimized for one-handed gaming with a tap betting system. Multi-tabling is also a breeze with a quick swipe up or down to begin and left or right to navigate between tables.
LotosPoker offers some very soft games but you’ll want to approach the high stakes games with caution. In our experience there are a group of very skilled sharks that tend to wait in the bigger games for fresh prey.
It’s the same on any site but because the bigger games aren’t always running on LotosPoker it makes the sharks stand out even more. But who knows? If you’re feeling confident you made be able to take down a trophy fish.
Fortunately the lower-stakes games really shine on LotosPoker if you’re looking for soft competition. The site offers a casino and gets a fair amount of casino crossover, which means some of the players know very little about poker and are just looking to play around with their new score.
Stay away from the highest stakes games and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the level of competition on LotosPoker.