With the option to either download the online poker software or opt for instant play, potential players at Winner Poker can find themselves at the felt in minutes. The gaming interface is in well-detailed 3-D, and although avatars do not move or interact with the virtual world around them, graphics are of an overall high standard. The voice of the dealer is a good twist too, whereby she will tell you and other players when it is your time to bet, and when you win she will say with what poker hand. This is a particularly good feature for beginners who may be coming to grips with the intricacies of online poker rules. But the voice does sound rather digital, and advanced users may well find themselves turning it off after a while.
Games and tournaments
Stakes at winner Poker begin as low as $0.01/$0.02, and progress up to $100/$200. Micro to medium stakes tables are the most highly populated by Canadian players, and players wishing to commence their playing-time immediately would be best advised to stick to these. High stakes tables are available, but be advised that with fewer tables on offer the competition there is extremely tough. All the most popular tournament formats are present at Winner Poker, including freeze outs, re-buys, short-handed, shootouts, turbos and double-stack events. Winner Poker also offers round-the-clock freerolls.
Bonus and promotion information
For new players and first-time depositors in Canada, Winner Poker will double your initial deposit, giving you a bonus of 100%. Players are eligible to receive up to $200 in bonus funds, and must earn it by competing at rake tables for Winner Points. For every 18 Winner Points earned, $1 of bonus money will be awarded. Players will earn more points the higher the table rake. In non-tournament Texas Hold’em play, if you hold a hand or four kings or above and are beaten, you can still earn $250 with the Bad Beat Bonus, providing you email the support line within 24 hours. Winner Poker also awards a bonus of $100 to the top hand each day, providing it is four kings and above. If you refer a friend, Winner Poker will award you $100 for every friend who signs up. Refer more than three, and you will receive a complimentary $150 for each one.
Being a part of the widely popular iPoker network ensures good player numbers both from within Canada as well as the rest of the world, particularly since all online poker rooms on the iPoker network offer in excess of 16 languages. Most come from around Europe, and as such peak times occur around European evening time, though there is still significant traffic during North American evening hours as well. During these times cash-game players can run to around 8,000, with tournament players reaching nearly double that at 15,000.
Further useful features included in the Winner Poker software package includes the ability to make notes on other players, compile friend lists, review session statistics, search for fellow players, all-in odds and a personalized upcoming tournament calendar. Players can also enjoy multi-table play of up to 16 gaming tables at once (eight cash games and eight tournaments).
Licensed: Antigua and Barbuda Offshore Gaming
Games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud and Five-Card Stud.
Deposit options: Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Maestro, Visa Electron, Delta, Moneybookers, NETELLER, Instadebit, Internet Banking, Bank transfer, Entropay, UseMyBank, Paysafecard, iDeal, Click2Pay, Ukash, WebMoney, Instant Bank , Giropay, POLi, ClickandBuy, Eco, My Citadel Wallet, Euteller, Ewire, Multibanco, DineroMail, Neosurf, Santander, Eps, eKonto