Blackchip Poker Review

Blackchip Poker is a US-friendly poker room that opened its doors in 2008. Launched on the Merge Gaming Network, the skin is now part of the Winning Poker Network (WPN) and hasn’t looked back.

Bonuses and Promotions

Players that create a new account at Black Chip Poker will get to take advantage of a first time deposit bonus of 100% up to $1000, which is one of the best sign up bonuses in the industry. So the more you deposit the more bonus dollars you can expect to receive to boost to your bankroll.

Clearing the bonus money is straightforward. You will be able to release $1 of the bonus every time you accumulate 27.5 Award Points by playing in real money poker games. Just keep in mind you have 60 days to clear your bonus.

Not only do new players get to receive the first deposit bonus, they will also be automatically enrolled in a $250 New Depositors Freeroll. You’ll get to play in the upcoming freeroll, plus all the remaining depositor freerolls for the rest of the month.

The Beast Promotion

This promotion is one of the more popular promotions on this site. Players earn points for playing at the real money “Jackpot” tables. It is a bi-monthly promotion, making it easier for recreational players to do well in this promotion.

At the moment, The Beast jackpot is currently $17,000, but the prize pool for this promotion has reached in excess of $100,000. The Beast gets increased by a premium that is put on the rake whenever there are four or more players that see the flop in a cash game at a “Jackpot” table.

Tournaments

Speaking of big prize pools, you will not want to ignore the good selection of tournaments and sit n go’s on this site. Black Chip Poker’s flagship event is their $100,000 Guarantee, which takes place on Sundays. It’s a weekly event that has doubled the size of its guaranteed prize pool. The good news for tourney players with limited bankrolls is that there are satellites and super satellites to qualify for this event.

There are a variety of smaller buy-in tournaments in their schedule which either run on a daily or weekly basis. Additionally, there are lots of freerolls and satellites into bigger tourneys, making it possible for novices to build up a sizeable bankroll from scratch. If you want to participate in a poker tournament at BlackChipPoker.eu simply go to the “Tournament” lobby, where a list of all the available tournaments you can play in are displayed.

Games

At Black Chip Poker you can expect to find all the classic poker games such as Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo, and the more unique 32 Card Draw and Telesina poker variants, which are popular in Europe.

The Winning Poker Network is a smaller network so you can’t expect to find action across all games and stakes 24/7 around the clock. Most of the traffic on the site is centered around the No Limit Hold’em cash tables and tournaments.

With that being said, the traffic is slowly and steadily growing, with the bulk of the player traffic located from the United States and South America, plus a handful of players residing in European countries.

Cash game stakes start from as little as $.01/$.02 to cater to the micro stakes players all the way through to $10/$20 with tables spread at active times of the day.

Banking

Deposits at Blackchip Poker can be done through credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Prepaid cards), Western Union, Money Gram, and Bank Wire Transfers are all accepted. There are no fees incurred for Western Union deposits over $300 and Money Gram payments over $100. Non-US players will have more options available to them in the Black Chip Poker “Cashier” including Neteller, Skrill (Moneybookers), EcoCard, and Instadebit, just to name a few.

In terms of withdrawals, for American players, you are allowed to request one free check per month, and then any addition check withdrawal requests will incur a fee. You can also use Western Union and Money Gram to cash out your winnings, and using these methods, it will generally take 3 to 5 days to receive your money.

Support

The customer support service at Black Chip is very good. You can get in touch with one of the custom support reps via e-mail, and live chat support on their official website, which is available 24/7 to answer any of your questions.

Overall

This is a great option for US players. There is plenty of action for both cash games and tournaments, and there are plenty of ways to turn a small investment or nothing at all into something much more. The poker site is licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Canada.