Bonus and Promotions:
For being one of the smaller online poker rooms I've been very
impressed with the recent additions
has made to the cashier. US players are now able to use what
calls iCheck, which is essentially a direct checking account
deposit. With virtually everyone having a personal checking accounts
this will be the first option for most players. You fill your
checking account information into a virtual check and the funds are
then immediately able to be used for gameplay. The process takes
about 5 minutes and I greatly appreciate the minimal personal
Secondary e-wallet options include the
eWalletXpress service and the growing PIC-Club service. Existing
users of these services should find the process pain-free. Of
course, True Poker
does accept major credit cards and while it is one of the most
convenient deposit methods you should be prepared for the possible
declined transaction from your bank. Finally, players can mail paper
checks directly to
for credit to their account or request a cash transfer, which is a
ubiquitous service in grocery and convenience stores.
While what once seemed like a
state-of-the-art way to play online poker now feels more than a bit
dated, the 3D view supported in the
software is still the only way for US players to experience a
first-person view at the table.
If one of your priorities in online poker is the visual
software experience, the 3-D graphics and actual avatar movements at
do provide a unique experience and a nice break from the monotony of
the typical software standard. Another big positive is the US
cashier, which is surprisingly robust and even offers direct eCheck
If you look beyond the claim-to-fame
software you'll find a poker room with a small-community feel and
friendly players that lacks the essential ingredient of the most
successful poker rooms: traffic. At least players can find an active
game or two up to the $2/4 or sometimes $5/10 NL level.
does also have a strong 100% bonus if you play at fair stakes and
the players, encouraged by the relaxed pace of the poker room, are
generally soft. While you won't find a large amount of active games
or big guaranteed tournaments,
serves its purpose well as a friendly niche site with a unique
up to $200) and Promotions:
The promotional offerings are somewhat
slim at True Poker,
but they've made a recent improvement in their 100% bonus.
Through our site, it's a 100% bonus good up to $200. You'll convert
each $10 of the bonus to cash for playing each 100 raked hands.
Unfortunately, a raked hand only qualifies if it has been raked at
least $1. Half points are given if the rake is more than 50 cents.
With game speed a bit slower than average at True Poker
bonuses will take numerous playing sessions to work off. Micro-limit players
will have a
difficult time seeing a lot of the bonus.
promotions include tournaments based around the current major sports
season as well as a complicated VIP system. The VIP system is great
in theory as it allows players to earn cash back on their play. The
difficulty comes in the 2,000 monthly raked hand requirement and the
vague requirement to play more raked hands the following month to
maintain VIP status. The more hands that players see the greater
percentage cash back they receive. For regular middle or higher
stakes players this can be a great system to earn back rake
contributed at the tables but casual players will probably see
True Poker hasn't traditionally
offered micro-limit tables, they've recently added $10, $25 and $50
no-limit full ring games. This is a nice option for low-limit players
or those who just want to take a break and not risk very much of a
buy-in. While the skill level seems to range from table to table,
generally the competition is quite weak but still aggressive. Flop
percentages for full no-limit ring games can easily reach 35% and
sometimes climb as high as 45%.
The most traffic tends to follow the
smallest games and your opponents at this level are pretty
beatable. What I tend to find at
True Poker is that pots reach
incredible amounts very quickly. Full ring games often have
average pots of 40-50 times the big blind, which is quite large. I
recommend that you only play your premium cards, as these players
won't let you in to see a cheap flop very often. Expect loose and
aggressive (i.e. maniacal) players at
True Poker tournament
schedule is fairly sparse
due to lack of overall traffic. Currently, they're hosting
some interesting tournament promotions such as sports-themed
as well as a $5,000 freeroll tournaments for the month's top
players. Their largest weekly event is a
weekly $6,000 guaranteed tournament on Sundays. While that isn't an
enormous prize pool, it also means that you're up against less
hosts a tournament every hour or so with buy-ins
usually in the $10-30 range. Guaranteed events take place 2 or 3
times daily with prize pools between $500-$1,200. The number of
players is usually under 60-70 making them essentially large Sit and
Gos that can be completed in a short amount of time.
launched several years ago, the unique 3-D table graphics were on
the same advanced level as the current generation of video games. It
was pretty amazing to play real money poker from seemingly within a
video game. While the HD era made the
graphics look a bit
dated I still appreciated the novelty of playing from a first-person
perspective. It's surprising that over the last decade only
and a couple of non-US poker rooms have tried to implement this
The animations were a bit stiff and you actually have to
click to flip up the sides of your hole cards but it was just a bit
more realistic and fun to see the table from a brick-and-mortar
point of view. Unfortunately, the entire
3D mode has now been disabled in favor of a more updated 2D
view. I understand the rationale behind the update but I still would
have preferred to be able to launch up the old 3D relic for fun once
in a while.
2D software is perfectly serviceable and, in fact, probably looks
sharper than larger rooms with larger budgets. The color scheme,
animations, and card graphics are all extremely sharp and makes the
overall gameplay feel smooth. I don't mind the lack of customizable
avatars, which keeps the tables clean and free of clutter. The
Poker table size is nice and large, although they're finally
catching up to their peers and allowing resizable tables. Average
game speed for full 9-handed tables is also above-average at a
comfortable 60-70 hands per hour.
While True Poker
has recently added the direct checking account option for both
deposits and payouts I've used paper checks for the past couple of
years. The turnaround time certainly isn't as fast as the major
sites with most checks arriving in about 3-4 weeks. Fortunately, I
can depend on the check to always eventually arrive and it the
processor seems to work fine with US banks.
Customer service has been slower than
average at True Poker
as they're a small operation that handles support primarily through e-mail.
When I've had to contact support via e-mail they've always been
friendly and competent with a wait-time of about 12-24 hours.
Recently, they've added a telephone number that is open almost all
day, although it isn't toll-free.
With the introduction of low limit
Poker has increased their ring game traffic. It still isn't
enormous, but it does usually have a handful of games up to about
the $5/10 NL level going around
the clock. They don't typically offer many tournaments but their top
guaranteed events draw about 60-70 players.
Loose cash games. The recent boost in traffic hasn't changed the
high flops percentages and large average flops at True
Easy to earn bonus. The bonus is a
standard amount but I find that it cashes out pretty quickly.
Smaller tournaments. Skilled players
stand a greater chance of winning against fewer opponents.
Game Selection: Hold'em,
Omaha, Stud, Draw
Limits: Limit: 5c/10c up
to $5/$10 No-Limit: 5c/10c up to $5/$10
Deposit Methods: NETeller,
Citadel, UseMyBank, and major credit cards.
True Poker has mostly soft action, especially at the no-limit
levels. At a weak-tight table with lots of calling stations, I would
recommend limping with more of your marginal hands as you are
usually getting the proper odds to do so. When you do pick up a
premium or even above-average hand, I would fire in a raise to make
it expensive for bad hands to hit a good flop. If your table is full
of tight-aggressive players and you've established a strong table
image, I would try to pick up more pots by raising from late
position with hands like suited connectors. If you know the players
at your table to be be playing solid cards, be careful if someone
plays back at you.