Sportingbet.ag Poker is owned and operated by the same parent entity, Sportsbetting.ag, a site that has historically specialized in sports betting. Whilst Sportbetting has been around since 1998, their poker arm has been going for over a decade, so their no newcomer to the business. Before we look at the quality of the room, there are two key feathers in the cap. Firstly, the site is one of the few sites that accepts players from the US. Secondly, as with any poker room that is intertwined with a casino or sportsbook, there are a large proportion of poor players across the site, making for easy pickings.
The vast majority of the action is towards the lower stakes however the site is perfectly functional and comes with a pretty decent loyalty program, given it's size. The last few years have seen the biggest increase in numbers at the site and with the site accepting US players, this is sure to continue to increase.
The software is pretty bare bones - there's nothing too fancy in the lobby or at the tables. The old school aesthetics are still favored by many who prefer bare bones to over crammed. In terms of software offerings - it's right up there. Games are very easy to find, helped by the simplicity of the lobby and the fact that the software only supports Hold'em and Omaha (High and High/Low).
In terms of functionality, you'll have all the standard trimmings such as hand histories, session states, player notes and the ability to change your table layout. You also get access to their integrated casino and can even bet on the horses via the lobby. The lobby also provides view flop percentages, which is key for a site littered with crappy players. The client is available for both Windows and MAC users.
Poker rooms that don't belong to a network are definitely becoming more scarce. It is very difficult to compete with sites that have a large number of players collectively. Sportsbetting are in the unique position where they have a BIG parent company and so don't have many of the same financial restrictions that many of the smaller independent sites have. Traffic is on the increase however currently you will find up to 5000 players during peak hours.
One of the benefits of only offering two games is that the traffic is good on each game.
The platform currently only offers Hold'em and Omaha. Hold'em can be played as no limit, pot limit, fixed limit and heads up. If Omaha is your preference, you can play Omaha High or Omaha High/Low in no limit, pot limit or fixed limit. They also have 18 player Sit'N'Go tournaments and steps tournaments
In terms of tournaments there's no million dollar tournaments. If that's your pleasure, this isn't the site for you. There are some great value tournaments such as their weekly 10K tournament of their sunday 25K ($55 buy in).
Customer service is pretty good. Similar to customer service at Betonline Poker (same company)- not the best service out there but certainly not the worst. Live chat is available 24/7 and they also offer email support round the clock.
200% up to a massive $1,000 bonus for all new players
$250,000 in guaranteed prizes each month
High volumes of casino and gamblers at table - super soft!!
This room is open to US players. Contrary to belief, online poker isn't actually illegal to play if your a US resident. There are very few states that have any restrictions whatsoever in their books. Neither are there any federal laws that prohibit players playing online poker. On the back of the happenings of Black Friday back in 2011, the federal restrictions were aimed at the banking side of things - not the act itself of playing online poker. In terms of restrictions that do exist - Americans can't own online poker sites for one.
Secondly, payment processors have certain rules that are in place to prevent money laundering and fraud. Before playing any game associated in any way to online gambling (which is a gray area where online poker is concerned) - do your homework for whichever state you are in. It's your responsibility to ensure compliance with any state specific regulations that might exist.