Pro Poker Guide's Empire Poker's Review
EmpirePoker has decent traffic and an user friendly software. Their software is the same one being used by PartyPoker.com, which is why you will see a similar review between the two poker site. Don't let that fool you through. Party Poker beats Empire Poker in a number of ways. Empire Poker has been up since 2001, and has no reported security problems so far. A nice site to play on with satellite tournaments for the WPT and WSOP. Read our full review of EmpirePoker.com below. We will update the review and bonus codes if there is any changes to Empire Poker.
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EmpirePoker's Traffic (6):
Empire Poker has ok traffic with 8000+ players playing online when we did our review. Don't let their advertised 70,000 members fool you. Empire Poker shares the same database with Party Poker. Most of the traffic belongs to PartyPoker.com. Having one account at either site does not mean you can sign onto both. The tournaments games are different on both site. On the other hand, the cash games are the same on both site. You will be playing against PartyPoker players in cash games, and vice versa.
EmpirePoker's Game Variety (7):
EmpirePoker.com offers a variety of poker games such as Omaha, 7 cards stud, texas hold em, etc. You can play for free or play real money. Each one has various pot limit and no limit tables for you to play in. Big Blinds are as low as $0.25. EmpirePoker also offers various tournaments for you to join. Buyin starts at a very friendly $1. They offer everything from Turbo Poker, to tournaments with rebuy-in and add-on. The variety of poker tournament is constantly growing.
EmpirePoker's Rake (5):
EmpirePoker's rake highly disfavors the low limit games. The higher limit games have a more comparably low rake. The rake runs as high as 10% in $0.50/$1 and $1/$2 games. This holds true also for the tournaments, where the best value can be found at the higher stakes. $1(20%) fee for the $5 games and $9(9%) fee for the $100 games.
EmpirePoker's software is very user-friendly compare to most of it's competitor. The software runs smoothly here compare to partypoker, but it's probably due to Empire Poker having less traffic than Party Poker. One thing that is annoying is that they force a small advertisement (usually promoting their other sites) when you quit the software.Graphic for EmpirePoker is very plain and simple. You get a random character when you sit down, and it's usually the same character depending if you're male or female, and where you sit at the table. The bet, call, and fold buttons are a nice size. You wouldn't make a mistake of calling when you really want to fold.
EmpirePoker's Support (5):
EmpirePoker.com only offers email support at this time.
EmpirePoker's Loyalty Bonus (4):
Empire Poker's loyalty program is lacking. There doesn't seem to be a points system that rewards players. Their affiliate program is very limited.
EmpirePoker's Deposit & Withdrawal Options (8):
We tested the EmpirePoker deposit methods using eCheck as well as their Phone Connect Card option. Both options deposited money into our EmpirePoker account within minutes.
EmpirePoker Deposit options: VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, NETeller, FirePay, Moneybookers, Citadel (US only), eChecks (by iGM-Pay), FPS-ePassport, and Phone Connect Card.
EmpirePoker.com Cash out options: NETeller, FPS-ePassport, wire transfer, check by mail, eChecks (by iGM-Pay), and Moneybookers.
In this screenshot, you can see a sit and go tournament being played. That's our own PPG player "MCPPG" winning a hand (ended up being 1st place).
This is how EmpirePoker.com's lobby looks like.
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