Absolute Poker

At a Glance

Visit Absolute Poker
Sign-up Bonus100%
Max Bonus$500.00
LocationCanada
Founded2003
Web SiteAbsolute Poker
SoftwareDownload
U.S. PlayersYes

Ratings

Software6
Competition8
Game Variety6
Cash Game Traffic5
Tournament Structure7
Tournament Traffic5
Rake Amount6
Sign-up Bonus7
Player Bonuses7
Promotions7
Support8
Cash In/Out7
Average Rating6.58

Pros

  • Frequent reload bonuses
  • Table skins
  • Loose low-stakes games
  • Private tournaments

Cons

  • Not many 9-seat cash games
  • No high-stakes games for no limit
Visit Absolute PokerSummary - Avg. 6.58  Most of the action at Absolute Poker is on low-stakes, six-max Texas Holdem tables. The cash games are usually loose with many players staying for the second round of betting. Play is fairly fast. The software's features are good but the tables' graphics could be simplified. You can download table skins to improve the graphics. Tables have a graphical replay feature that is helpful for beginners. Most tournaments are Texas Holdem, with frequent freerolls and a few qualifiers for live casino events such as the World Series of Poker. You can accumulate Absolute Reward Points to pay for tournament buy-ins. Support is by email only but responses are usually quick. The sign-up bonus and weekly reload bonuses are generous.
Visit Absolute PokerSoftware - 6  Absolute Poker's software has an informative lobby, plays with acceptable speed, and provides features commonly found in poker software. The lobby shows the average pot for a table and the hands per hour. It also shows the percentage of players seeing the flop in Holdem or taking the fourth card in Stud. Players' chat shows in a scrollable text box, as is common, and each player's remarks show temporarily over his seat. You can turn off all players' chat, observers' chat, and sound effects. You can block an individual player's chat. Game statistics and hand histories are available. At the table, the hand history can be displayed as text or a graphical replay. The original table graphics are somewhat flashy and cluttered; for instance, the 6-max tables have 9 chairs. You can download table skins to change the appearance. You can play multiple tables.
Competition - 8  Since most of Absolute Poker's games are low stakes, you will not find many sharks in these waters. See-the-flop percentages for the predominant 6-seat tables typically range from 50% to 80%. Tournament competition is relatively soft. You do not find the online tournament pros here that you find in abundance on some sites.
Game Variety - 6  The games played are Texas Holdem, Omaha Holdem, 7 Card Stud, and 7 Card Stud HiLow. Most of the Holdem cash games are 6-max tables. In no limit and pot limit Holdem, there are no games higher than $5/$10. There are some heads-up tables for limit play. Almost all tournaments are Texas Holdem.
Cash Game Traffic - 5  The cash game traffic runs between 1,500 and 2,500 players, mostly in Texas Holdem. Almost all of the traffic is for low-limit, 6-seat Texas Holdem.
Tournament Structure - 7  The tournament structure is fairly good. Lower buy-ins have $1,500 in starting chips, higher have $2,500. Blinds go up every 10 minutes but there are a few more intermediate levels, e.g., 40/80, 60/120, than some sites have.
Tournament Traffic - 5  Absolute Poker's tournament traffic peaks between 3,000 and 4,000 players in real-money tournaments. Sit-&-go tournaments fill slowly in off hours.
Rake Amount - 6  The rake is the standard 5%. In fixed limits, the maximum is $1 for 2 players, $2 for 3 players, and $3 for 4 or more players. In no limit and pot limit, the maximum is $1 for 2 to 3 players, $2 for 4 to 5 players, and $3 for 6 or more. Tournament fees average 10%.
Sign-up Bonus - 7  The sign-up bonus is 100% up to $200. Bonus money is released $10 at a time for 100 accumulated points. Points are awarded for cash games and tournaments. For cash games, 1 point is given for each hand you play that has a minimum rake of 50 cents. For tournaments, 1 point is given for each $1 of tournament fee paid.
Player Bonuses - 7  Absolute Rewards Points (ARP) are awarded for hands played at real money ring games and for tournament buy-in fees. For cash games, 1 point is given in $2/$4 games or lower and 2 points are given in $3/$6 or higher when the rake is 25 cents or more. For tournaments, 4 points are given for every dollar of tournament buy-in fee. You can redeem your points for ARP tourney entries. You can use the points in the ARP store to purchase apparel, books, and magazines.
Promotions - 7  Absolute Poker offers frequent freeroll tournaments and special private tournaments. The 'Win Your Tuition' tournament awards a semester's tuition to the winner. There are some promotions for live casino events but not many. The biggest promotions for live events are qualifiers for the World Series of Poker.
Support - 8  Support is by email only. It helps a little that there are several email addresses corresponding to different issues. Responses are usually quick.
Cash In/Out - 7  Deposit via Neteller, Fast Bank Transfer, Moneybookers, Mastercard, Visa, Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, paysafecard, UKash, UK Debit Cards, check by mail, and bank wires. Withdrawals are made via the deposit method used. If a credit card was used to deposit, any withdrawal method may be chosen. Minimum withdrawal is $50. Withdrawals of $3,000 USD or more require proof of identity.


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