Only Poker is a bold new online poker room with a motto of "No Bullsh*t, Only Poker." With over $20 million of cash passing through the site monthly across its tournaments, Only Poker is set to become an important new venue in the coming years. Offering one of the best deposit bonuses in the business, Only Poker is a fresh face that is very welcoming to players who are new to poker.
It's early days yet for this room, so the selection of promotions offered is somewhat limited. Nevertheless, the site has come out swinging with plans to take teams to several live poker events like the Irish Open, and the Freeroll into Millions satellite series provides players with entries into events with prize pools adding up to more than $1 million. It's an impressive beginning that looks to get even better in the future.
The welcome bonus at Only Poker is 110% worth up to $600. That's one of the best basic welcome bonuses to be found online, and it's available to any new Only Poker player. It is credited automatically on your first deposit, and you unlock the bonus in $10 increments by earning Frequent Player Points in your first few months of play. The conversion rate is pretty good, so a regular player should earn their bonus quickly.
The games available at Only Poker are Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, and Omaha Hi Lo. They also have a space for 7 Card Stud games, but haven't begun hosting them yet. It wouldn't be surprising to see Only Poker add a few more games in the future, but we'll have to wait and see.
The Only Poker software is nicely laid out, and very easy to use. You should easily be able to find the games you'd like to play, as the tabs are clearly labeled and the game filter has many advanced options for finding exactly the kind of game you'd like to play.
You can customize your game exactly to your tastes in the options, with a huge range of avatars to choose from, options for seat position, deck colors, as well as auto buy-in and re-buy options. It's nice to see that some imagination has gone into the appearance of the software used by Only Poker. It's more than just blank tabletops and cards, which is a nice change from what some sites offer.
Only Poker doesn't accept players from Curacao, Panama or Canada. Players from other countries and jurisdictions are welcome to play.
If there is one thing that Only Poker seems to be specializing in, it's tournaments. Not just day-to-day Sit and Go tourneys, either, like you might expect of a new operation. No, Only Poker already hosts tourneys with bounty rewards and shoot-out conditions, as well as big guaranteed prize pools on the biggest events.
A weekly $125,000 guaranteed tourney that runs each Sunday at 5PM ET, and the $250,000 guarantee held on the last Sunday of each month are both already major Only Poker events. These aren't the biggest guaranteed tournament prizes online, but you'd normally have to face much tougher competition at one of the biggest online poker rooms to play for prize pools that are this big.
Only Poker has the Gold Card and Gold Chip systems for giving out player rewards. These rewards include a daily lottery, a $50,000 monthly prize pool, and the Gold Stack levels that offer instant rewards once enough Gold Chips are collected to complete a stack. Gold Stack rewards include pending bonuses at lower levels, and direct bonus paid at the highest Gold Stack levels. Gold Chips are earned with Frequent Player Points, and they can be used to pay for entry into tournaments. Seems a little more complex than necessary if you ask me, but it's a very generous reward program.
Only Poker has the following deposit options:
Withdrawals can be made by check and usually take between 10 to 15 business days. Non-US players can also make withdrawals via Moneybookers. There is a minimum withdrawal of $50 from Only Poker, and a processing fee of $15 applies to cashout requests for checks.
Hopefully, Only Poker will get more deposit and cashout options as it grows, but it'll have to drop the cashout fee eventually if it wants to keep players.
Only Poker has a customer service hotline at 1-866-321-4623 and a support email address at [email protected] which is available around-the-clock. Email and phone support is a good combination, as not everyone needs to make a call to deal with their problem, while some problems require more urgency than an email.
Only Poker is licensed in Curacao, operating under Cyberluck, a Gaming Licensing & Hosting provider. Credit card transactions are processed by Veneelco Ltd in Cyprus, a detail that can be found on the About Us page at the Only Poker site. This poker room actually looks to be quite open about its operations overall, which is a good sign of its integrity.
Most of what Only Poker needs to improve will get better as a natural part of the growth process. More game types are always welcome, but they often aren't successful until the site has become one of the big players. More promotions require more players to cover costs. Only Poker just needs more of the best things it has, as well as more deposit methods and no cashout fee.
Only Poker can't yet compete with the biggest poker rooms on every single front. Nevertheless, it does have a lot of strengths, with the generous welcome bonus and reward program making up for anything that needs improvement. Everything about Only Poker screams professionalism, and this is a site that already offers a great experience in its early days of operation, so how much better do you think the future will be?
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