If you're a poker fan from the 90s and '00s you'll recognize the "Tony" in TonyBet as none other than one of the original "Bad Boys of Poker," Antanas "Tony G." Guoga.
Famed for his aggressive tone at the table and "On Your Bike" send-off to vanquished opponents, Tony G. made a name for himself around the world as one of poker's most popular antagonists.
After being elected into the European parliament Guoga has taken a step back from poker as a player but, having bought out OmniBet in 2003, jumped into the poker, sportsbetting and casino game as an operator with TonyBet.
TonyBet: From OFC to eSports
What makes TonyBet unique - and a fan favorite for a lot of punters - is its three-pronged approach to serving its customers.
On the poker side TonyBet offers the usual assortment of cash games and tournaments but where it really stands out is in its unique offerings that other poker sites don't have - namely Chinese Poker and Open-Face Chinese Poker.
TonyBet was one of the pioneers in the OFC app space and still is probably the leading purveyor of all its variants - and one of the only places online poker players can get an OFC fix.
New games like Pineapple 2-7 are also being added to make the OFC offerings even more extensive.
Meanwhile, on the sportsbetting side, players can take advantage of live in-play betting and a huge assortment of sports options from Premier League to Handball to Aussie Rules to Darts and Rugby Union.
Another nice twist you can find on TonyBet: eSports betting and Politics.
TonyBets' wide slate of betting choices is long and growing so will satisfy virtually any bettor - and open up some doors to a wider array of betting propositions and money-making opportunities.
On the casino side TonyBet also offers a wide range of table games, slots and casino favourites - including games with Live dealers - making it one of the most well-rounded gambling/poker sites online.
BONUS CODE AND PROMOTIONS
TonyBet Bonus Code for UK Players
New poker players at TonyBet are eligible for a FREE ticket to a €10 buy-in event with a €2,500 guaranteed prize pool and a 100% up to £1,500 STARTER Bonus.
TonyBet Poker Bonus Code: STARTER. Enter the Bonus Code in the required field (see below) when you register your new account or deposit.
TonyBet also offers a £100 First Deposit bonus for new sportsbook players. Players must enter code: VICTORY at sign-up to be eligible.
TonyBet Bonus Payout
To qualify for the STARTER Bonus players must make a deposit, enter the applicable Bonus code and play on any real money table within 60 (sixty) days after making the deposit.
The Bonus is released into the player’s Tonybet Poker account in increments of of €10 for every €40 the player rakes. Players have 60 days to collect the full bonus before it expires.
Players can check their pending bonus status in the TonyBet Poker client by clicking Cashier > Bonus section.
To be eligible for the bonus payout you need to make a first deposit of at least £10 and wager it 6 times within 14 days with the odds of at least 1.60. If those conditions are met you'll get your 50% sportsbook bonus up to £100.
Promotions for all aspects of TonyBet - poker, casino and sportsbook - are offered pretty regularly and the benefits can add up.
On the poker side TonyBet offers the Grinderz League, with weekly and monthly leaderboards for a share of €5,000. The free ticket to the €10 buy-in tournament with €2,500 guaranteed is also nice.
As TonyBet is an OFC specialist they can offer some nice deals there as well including things like Play Open Face Chinese Progressive Pineapple and receive up to 17 Fantasy Land Cards if you get 222+ on your top hand.
Run It Twice, the Glory Series (with €30,000 guaranteed) and the OFC Grand Prix are other recurring promotional events to take advantage of.
TOURNAMENTS AND FREEROLLS
TonyBet OFC Tournaments
TonyBet has some standard OFC poker MTTs on its schedule (Daily €15 freerolls and up to €1,000 GTD) but its star attraction is definitely its signature OFC Freerolls and SnGs.
OFC Sit & Gos (SnGs) are plentiful and come in Heads-Up, 3-handed and 4-handed formats. Buy-ins range from €1 up to €250 for a lot of different bankroll options.
Heads-Up players can also take part in the SnG HU Challenge with €1,000 in guaranteed prize pools. At the end of every week/ month the Top 18 get cash prizes.
TonyBet OFC Freerolls
Tonybet Poker has a ton of Open Face Chinese freerolls that give away cash prizes plus tickets to MTT satellites. TonyBet Freerolls run in all the most popular OFC formats including Pineapple, Progressive, Pineapple 2-7 and Turbo.
TonyBet OFC Satellites and Live Satellites
TonyBet's OFC satellites start small and run frequently to give new players starting out or those with smaller bankrolls a chance to ladder up into the bigger events.
TonyBet also offers a unique opportunity to play into their one-of-a-kind OFC Live Events (when they run). Back in 2014 TonyBet Poker ran the first-ever online OFC Poker series, the OFC Opener, with over €30,000 in guaranteed cash prizes.
It also had a go at the live poker scene in Prague in 2014 as it hosted a €1,000 Main Event and a €10,000 High Roller.
1% Rake on OFC!
TonyBet also caps its rake at 1% for all OFC games. Rake is calculated by the amount in the pot at the end of each hand. No rake is charged if there's no flop. Pot-Limit Omaha and No-Limit Hold’em cash games are raked at 5% after the flop.
SOFTWARE AND GRAPHICS
The TonyBet software is nothing spectacular but it is fast, efficient and user-friendly. All the info you need to play poker or make a bet is laid out fairly well and it's pretty easy to navigate the website to where you want to go.
The OFC software itself is quite good and, as it's the only OFC game in town really, doesn't really have to be much more than it is.
The online casino games are provided by Microgaming, NetEnt and Evolution Gaming so they are of standard, high quality. Live casino games are a nice feature.
The color scheme is a relatively pleasing purple, orange and black and all the usual functions you expect for a poker/sportsbetting/casino suite are there.
Get a free and fast TonyBet download plus our exclusive bonus by clicking the "Play Now" or "Get Bonus" buttons right on our review page!
TonyBet Mobile App
Where TonyBet excels is in the TonyBet mobile app. The app is available for both iOs and Android and is very intuitive with all sections easy to navigate.
You can download the mobile app from the Apple store or the site itself. In particular the TonyBet app makes live in-game betting very easy. Odds are easy to find and read and, once you've got your account set up properly, is a snap to make bets with just a tap.
You can follow live games and play the lottery easily on your mobile device and deposits/withdrawals are just an easy swipe.
Is the competition tough at TonyBet? Well, that depends on how good you are at Open Face Chinese or Pineapple. Those variants tend to bring out a few pros but there are also a TON of amateurs who like to punt around on the OFC games because, well, they're really fun.
As OFC strategy is a very specific skill unrelated to someone's No-Limit Holdem or PLO prowess you'll find lots of players making big mistakes setting their hands. If you know even a little about proper Pineapple or OFC strategy you'll be well ahead of the game.
As for the sportsbetting TonyBet doesn't offer the absolute best odds you can find but they're well within industry standards. Given the wide range of sporting (and other) events you can bet on you can also find very good prices for something you might not usually bet on.