Reviewed By Roy Brindley
You may have already heard the ‘GG’ name mentioned in reference to poker: the Good Game network is one of the most popular in the community and rated fifth on Poker Scout in terms of traffic. The flagship site of the network is GGPoker, whose fun slogan ‘make poker great again’ is a sly dig at the US President.
You should have no doubts as to whether GG is a reputable platform. In June 2019, it announced a staggering promotion in which $500,000 of cash and prizes were given away
What a way to get started at GGPoker. The site will reward you with a 200% first deposit bonus worth up to £1,000, with your funds released in £10 increments across a period of up to 90 days. Any unused cash is taken from your account at the end of this time.
You’ll need to add a minimum of £10 to your account, although there aren’t any further wagering requirements to satisfy.
As mentioned, GGPoker runs on the purpose-built Good Game network, which is widely regarded as one of the most reliable and popular around. You’ll usually find around 2,000 or more players online at peak times, which helps to keep tournaments well-funded and the tables busy.
The focus at GGPoker is on Hold’em and Omaha cash games and tournaments, with stacks of different options available every hour throughout the day and night. Stakes range from 0.05 to 50.00 per hand, with buy-ins at all levels suited to budget players and high rollers. There’s some pretty low rakes too, at 3% and 5% for Omaha and Texas Hold’em respectively.
As for guaranteed tournaments, this is where GGPoker really ups its game. It offers £100,000 in guarantees each and every day and these are doubled on a Sunday.
The registration process at GGPoker is the standard you would expect from any site of this nature. It’s a two-step process, the first of which requires you to enter personal information such as your country and date of birth.
The second step refers to your payment method, of which many different options are accepted (more on that in a moment).
It is quick and easy, and even verifying your account – achieved by uploading a form of ID via the website’s software – is a doddle.
There’s a good mix of players at GGPoker and that means you can find a competition level to suit you.
The sharks and big fish are attracted to the site thanks to its big cash pots and variety of tournaments, but with such a handsome welcome bonus you can be sure there are plenty of players who are new to online poker frequenting the felt. Either way, you are sure to feel right at home.
Most players from across the world have the opportunity to deposit and withdraw funds using their VISA debit and Maestoro cards, and the usual suspects as far as e-wallets are concerned – PayPal, Skrill, Neteller and paysafecard – are present.
Those with the appropriate funds can even deposit and withdraw using their bitcoin stash! You will find that deposits are processed instantaneously, while withdrawals can take up to 24 hours to be processed – how long it takes for your funds to hit your account depends on the individual payment provider.
As a poker site that has been around for more than five years now, GGPoker has had the opportunity to refine the platform down to a fine art. The website is easy to navigate and contains all of the information you need about games, promotions, tournaments and much more besides.
But the main attraction is the desktop software, which we have found to be one of the most efficient around. Finding tournaments is a breeze; you can get a seat at a table without any fuss whatsoever. What’s more, you’ll enjoy the layout and visuals in-game, which help to make the experience all the more immersive.
The mobile site is simply a re-jigged version of the desktop browser version – and there’s no dedicated app available as yet.
The rewards program at GGPoker has a fantastic name: Fish Buffet. You can climb through the ranks from Plankton to Black Shark, earning points based on your activity. The higher you climb, the more tournament tickets and cash prizes you will enjoy.
You don’t have to try too hard to make contact with the GGPoker team: simply hit the ‘contact us’ button in the top right-hand corner. Live chat and emails are monitored 24/7, so you will usually get a rapid response to your query. There are social media channels too, although sadly no phone support is currently available.
The focus of the responsible gaming mantra at GGPoker is on preventing minors from accessing the site – there is a lengthy ‘help’ page to inform parents and guardians of the dangers. Players also have the option of self-excluding, from cooling-off periods to lengthy time outs and permanent exclusion.
There are plenty of reasons why GGPoker is one of the most popular poker platforms in the business – hopefully we have outlined just a few of them here. If you are a Hold’em or Omaha fanatic, we are confident you will find stacks of games and tournaments to enjoy no matter your budget or preference.
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