The impressive Bet365 Poker is the card playing side of that famous eponymous brand. Licensed and registered in Gibraltar and running on Playtech’s iPoker network, it offers beginners a great place to learn about the most popular (and not so common) games in a newbie-friendly environment. Yet it still provides more experienced players with plenty of fish, bigger stakes and a wider range of games to keep them happy.
New Player Bonuses: Opening a new account will allow you to take advantage of some generous bonuses: 100% up to €100 plus a €5 completely free no deposit bonus. In addition all depositing players get €5 of tournament tokens.
- €5 No Deposit Bonus: This NDB applies to UK, Irish and Swedish players only. It is pretty attractive and works like a traditional ‘no deposit bonus’ might. Just register and get your table nickname and they will give you €5 to have a go with before there is any need to deposit money.
- €5 Tournament Tokens: Available to everyone who deposits, these can be used on various games, including Twister and Sit N Go tournies.
- €100 1st Deposit Bonus: If you already have an account either with the casino or sports sections then the single wallet system allows you to make a transfer so you can still get your bonus. It is released to your account as €1 after 50 Merit Points earned, then €4 after 300 Merit Points and 19 x €5 after every 450pts. Merit Points are earned by regular play and this is the system all sites use for their players to earn out their poker deposit bonuses. Although there are other firms with higher offers, none of them start paying it to you as early and quickly as Bet365 Poker.
- Freeroll: Once you’ve made your first deposit or transfer of at least €10 to the site, you’ll then be eligible to play in the €100 New Depositor Freeroll, which gives you the chance to play against other new members for a shot at some real cash for no entry fee.
- Beginners Welcome: Another fantastic perk for new players is the Beginners Welcome, which is a dedicated room open to new players only for a period of 90 days from when you open your account. It’s another great way to get some games in with other newbies while clearing your bonus before you jump into the other games the site has to offer.
Ongoing Promos and Offers: There are a number of promotions on a regular basis that include occasional free cash offers, offline poker event tickets, such as for the World Series Of Poker, and merchandise and holiday giveaways.
The best way to get something back for playing is via their VIP Scheme which gives Merit Points. This gives extra cash on a regular basis. They also have a similar Premium Money Ladder scheme that could earn you up to €1000 of cash back. If either of those interest you (and they should if you plan on playing regularly) then take a look at the detailed terms and conditions on their website.
What is the software like? Bet365 Poker’s software is via download (no instant play or mobile versions unfortunately, although that may change shortly). You can be up and running in three simple steps: download, install and register, which literally takes less than five minutes.
The software itself is powered by Playtech, the industry’s biggest and most acclaimed provider, and runs on their iPoker network. That means there’s always plenty of action to be had as you are among players from all the biggest sites in Europe. The more people that are there then the better options available at all times of day – and the volume is amazing on this network.
The main lobby is laid out quite nicely, with all your game types arranged down the left and actual games displayed in the centre. There’s a quick search feature that lets you home in on your favourite game type with ease, intuitive bet buttons that can be customised to your liking, a nice detailed game stats section that follows your moves through tournament play. There is even a nice little widget called Hand Strength, which displays your best hand, perfect for multi-tablers.
What poker games are on offer? These include the favourite, Texas Hold ’em, plus Omaha (and Hi Lo), 7 Card Stud (and Hi Lo), 5 Card Stud, Razz and other less common variations such as Big 2, Super Big 2, Fight the Landlord and 13 Card.
Stakes range from €0.01/0.02 games all the way up to €100/200 games, with plenty of players at all levels. If you’re just starting out, check out the site’s Poker School, which gives you the basics of the game. When you’re ready to take things further, there is a neat little learning centre called Poker University that actually teaches you the finer points of the game while actually rewarding you for your progress with tournament entries and extra Merit Points.
Are their poker tournaments any good? Yes, they are more than just good. Bet365 Poker boasts an impressive €20 million in monthly tournies, including several daily freerolls. There is the €200,000 guaranteed tournament, the €50,000 Jackpot Sit & Gos and so many others. You can check out the day’s tournies by clicking on the Upcoming Tournaments link.
Payments and Support: This where Bet365 really scores highly with us. The payments and withdrawals system really is fantastic. Methods include most major credit and debit cards and bank transfer plus online payment methods Neteller, Skrill (Moneybookers), Paypal, Instadebit, Click2Pay, Ukash, Paysafecard and Entropay.
If you need help at any point you can call or email the support team on a 24/7 basis or, for a faster resolution to your problem you can jump onto live chat. It is another aspect of this company that they ensure is excellent. If you ever have to call them, the staff are so helpful. There are none of the morose, clueless types that we all dread getting lumbered with on the end of the line. This firm is run properly and they realise how crucial helpful, fast, friendly and effective customer support really is.
Our Opinion: They score mega points on all aspects of their operation. Firstly they have partnered with the biggest and best network in operation. There is a huge client base, so vital for a good online experience. Payments and withdrawals are effortless, plentiful and fast. Support, for the rare occasions it might be required, is excellent. Our ultimate verdict on Bet365 Poker is that it can not be bettered by any of its rivals, the best of whom are on the same network anyway.
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Been playing poker via Bet365 for several years. Table software is so good, lots of people there. I even make a little money, as I am patient. No all-ins with AK! I dont know about the other products but the poker is impressive.
The ipoker network is the best one to play on & Bet365 Poker is the best skin to join it through. The $5 no deposit bonus is just gravy.