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Pacific Poker

Poker Stars Weak opponents
Lots of soft games
Superb sortware
Great promotions

888 Poker, previously Pacific Poker,  is part of the massive 888 casino group which has been around since 1997, who launched Pacific Poker in 2002 making it a well established brand. Their marketing is very aggressive so they have a high traffic volume, and are well known for always having large numbers of weak players making for great pickings for the experienced poker player. Since 888 Poker is part of the 888 Casino group there are always fresh casino players coming to the site to gamble.

The usual poker games of Texas Holdem, Omaha and 7 Stud are offered, though most of the tables are hold’em. The software was often criticised for a long time, but the recent versions are massively improved with good multi-tabling features, and there is also a non-download version available which is great for non-Windows users.  A massive update in July 2010 has seen a ton of improvements to the software.  With over 100 new features, it is now on par with the other big name sites.

While Pacific Poker originally offered only limit games, you’ll now find tables at all limits including pot and no limit. Tournaments are frequent including the daily $20K guaranteed, and the Sunday $100K deep stack, as well as plenty of Sit and Gos in a head’s up format.

Frequent player points and bonus points ar earned based on the number of hands and tournaments you enter, and these can be redeemd for prizes or cash. Customer support is good (offering email, live chat and phone support – other poker sites take note!), and with the backing of such a big casino you can be assured of tight security and play with peace of mind.

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Pacific Poker lobby

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  • Free $8 (or £5) just for joining – no deposit needed!
  • Soft holdem games with lots of weak opponents
  • Really good software
  • Animated hand replayer
  • Good range of tournaments
  • Great FFP rewards
  • US players not accepted
  • Some people find the software hard to use (UPDATE – a major update in July 2010 has over 100 improvements to the software!)
  • A few game variations, but mostly all hold’em
 
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