Living near a casino is no longer the only way to spend an hour or two playing some poker. Americans can scratch that poker itch with Global Poker.
Launched in 2017, Global now offers those in American a chance to bet, bluff, and have some fun. The innovative online poker room is licensed by Malta’s Gaming Authority, and features a social poker platform which allows players to redeem their winnings as real cash prizes.
Creating a new Global Poker account is significantly easier than signing up with a typical real-money poker platform. In fact, you can even use your Facebook account during the registration process.
It boils down to filling out a simple form and confirming your email address. You’ll be required to provide some basic personal information, including your name, address, and date of birth. You’ll only be asked to verify your account when you first try to redeem $weeps Cash winnings as real cash prizes.
What’s more, Global Poker doesn’t require customers to download any poker software because the client app is 100 percent browser-based. All in all, the unique legal status of Global Poker makes it the most accessible platform available to Americans these days.
Global Poker doesn’t require players to download any software. The game is 100 percent browser-based.
Getting in on the action is as simple as opening a new tab or window in Chrome, Safari, or any other commonly-used browser. Because of this ease, Global Poker is the most accessible platform available to Americans.
Creating a new account at Global Poker is pretty simple. Players must fill in their name, address, and date of birth. They can even use their Facebook accounts to speed up the process.
Global Poker will not ask players to verify their accounts until they first try to redeem $weeps Cash winnings as real cash prizes. So, getting started on Global Poker is a rather painless affair.
Global Poker operates on a unique two-currency system. The two currencies are known as Gold Coins and $weeps Cash.
Gold Coins are available for purchase from the site in various increments. Players around the world can take part in the social gaming aspects of the site through Gold Coin play.
Playing with Gold Coins is a fun way to brush up on skills and work on strategy for those new to the game. However, Global Poker also offers players from the United States and Canada (except Quebec) the chance to play for $weeps Cash.
What is $weeps Cash? It’s a currency players can use to play additional tournaments. Global Poker rewards players with $weeps Cash as a bonus for those who purchase Gold Coins.
Players can also earn $weeps Cash in certain tournaments. The two currencies are kept separate on the site and never cross paths.
However, winners can exchange $weeps Cash for real money. In this way, Global Poker operates in a manner similar to sweepstakes promotions offered by numerous companies around the world.
Purchasing Gold Coins on Global Poker is similar to using a cashier at any other poker site. The Gold Coins purchased come with an equivalent amount of free $weeps Cash.
Players can use a variety of methods to transfer money back and forth. Those methods include:
In terms of game selection, there are four games that Global Poker offers to players. The following games appear on Global Poker:
There are games, SnGs, or tournaments for every interest, skill level, and bankroll. On the $weeps Cash side, buy-ins range from $SC1 to $SC1000, and everyone who sits must be between 25x and 100x the big blind amount.
Needless to say, Gold Coin play has its own magnitudes, with minimum buy-ins at the highest tables reaching into the millions. Nevertheless, the 25x to 100x ratio for buy-ins remains consistent across the site.
Global Poker recently added a new wrinkle to its game portfolio. The site is now offering Jackpot Sit’n’Gos (JPs)
Essentially, JPs are three-person hyperturbos. The prizepool for each JP is randomly chosen prior to the beginning of the match.
The prizepools are multiples of the players’ buy-ins. They range from 2x to 2000x, the latter of which is known as the “jackpot level.”
Except for the jackpot level, each JP is a winner-take-all match. However, for the jackpot level, each player will receive either 75 percent, 15 percent, or 10 percent of the pool, based upon their finishing position.
Needless to say, it is far more likely that the random prizepool will be on the lower end of the spectrum. Only 2 out of every 100,000 games will be at the jackpot level.
Still, it’s a cheap chance at big money. Considering that blind levels are only 3 minutes, it could boost a player’s bankroll by leaps and bounds in less than 10 minutes.
Global Poker’s rake is 5 percent across both types of its currency.
Each blind level maintains its own series of rake caps. The number of players seated at a table determines the amount of the cap.
The caps start at SC$1 for the smallest limits available on the site. At most, Global Poker will rake SC$5.50 out of any game.
While detailed traffic data is unavailable, a brief inspection of the poker room tells us Global Poker is a medium-sized platform when it comes to $weeps ring games.
Unlike many other poker rooms, Global Poker is also consistently expanding its player base. So, there should be even better traffic in 2019.
The average number of ring game tables exceeds 120 throughout most of the day and rises considerably during peak traffic hours.
Most of them are six-max tables, but finding a full nine-max game shouldn’t be much of an issue, even during odd hours. Texas Hold’em makes up about two thirds of the overall ring game traffic on Global Poker, and Pot-Limit Omaha accounts for the rest.
As one might expect from a predominantly social platform, the level of competition is very soft. If you’re a PokerStars veteran, you’ll be surprised by the number of fish sitting at most tables.
Global Poker is still undergoing rapid expansion, so any new major tournament tends to attract more players than the previous one. For example, the March 2018 Global Poker Madness drew a field of 419 players, who put up the SC$540 buy-in. This created a final prize pool of SC$209,500, exceeding the $200,000 guarantee. The winner went home with SC$40,194, which corresponds to the same number of real US dollars.
Standard weekly tournaments are significantly less popular, but you should still expect about 200 players for tournaments like the Sunday Teaser or Sunday Scrimmage.
Global Poker’s software isn’t as polished as the client packages offered by well-established poker rooms, such as PokerStars, 888, or even PartyPoker. However, it’s definitely serviceable, and the table interface is as convenient as any.
The site does support multi-tabling, but because the client is browser-based, there is no use of professional tracking software such as PokerTracker or Hold’em Manager.
As mentioned earlier, ring games on Global Poker are all about Hold’em and Omaha. The software also supports Crazy Pineapple poker, but this variant isn’t available for $weeps Cash play and can be accessed only in play money (Gold Coins) mode.
Both No-Limit and Fixed-Limit tables are available, with stakes ranging from SC$0.02/SC$0.04 to SC$10/SC$20. Full-ring play is supported, but players tend to congregate around six-max tables because they offer faster gameplay. The competition is very soft, and all stakes are populated most of the time.
You won’t have problems finding SC$10/SC$20 NLHE tables here, which is a big advantage Global Poker holds over local, state-regulated poker rooms, such as 888 NJ or WSOP NV. Fixed-Limit games are a different story, as the number of active tables rarely exceeds 10, even during peak traffic hours.
PLO is the only Omaha variant offered by Global Poker, and the player base is big enough to sustain 24/7 action. Just like in the case of Hold’em, the stakes range from SC$0.02/SC$0.04 to SC$10/SC$20.
Finding a table during peak traffic hours shouldn’t be an issue regardless of your preferred stakes, especially on the weekends. It should be noted that Omaha players seem to have an even stronger preference for six-max tables on Global Poker, as finding a full nine-max game is borderline impossible for anything beyond the micros.
Global Poker doesn’t host massive tournament series constantly, but it does host a few big events throughout the year. These events generally have smaller buy-ins, ranging SC$0.11 to SC$33.
For example, the Grizzly Games featured three levels of buy-ins, with guaranteed prize pools ranging from SC$15,000 to SC$100,000 guaranteed.
On the weekends, you’ll get to play a few bigger events, such as the aforementioned SC$218 Sunday Scrimmage (SC$50,000 guaranteed) or SC$110 Sunday Teaser (SC$20,000 guaranteed). It is possible to win a seat in one of those tournaments via satellite qualifiers, but the tickets aren’t cheap. They range from SC$22 to SC$33.
Most of the tournament action on Global Poker is all about No-Limit Hold’em, but Pot-Limit Omaha and Fixed-Limit Omaha fans get to enjoy a few smaller events each week.
Aside from ring games and MTTs, Global Poker also gives you access to classic single-table tournaments for both NLHE and PLO.
NLHE S&Gs are available in both six-max and nine-max formats, and some support up to 27 players. Ticket prices start at SC$0.5+SC$0.05 and go all the way up to SC$200+SC$18. Turbo and Hyper-Turbo games are also available, and tournaments with the lower ticket prices tend to start quickly.
PLO S&Gs are always played in a six-max format. Ticket prices range from SC$1+SC$0.1 to SC$6+SC$0.6. Omaha S&Gs aren’t popular on Global Poker, so we recommend playing them exclusively during peak traffic hours.
Global Poker offers a generous $20 in free sweeps cash to new signups. When a new player verifies their account via SMS the money will be deposited in their account. In addition, players have access to challenges and leaderboards, which allow the best performers to earn additional $weeps Cash and other awards.
Global Poker support is always available and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, usually with a response within 12 hours.
New players should check out the “How to Play” section to learn more about the rules of Hold’em, Omaha, and Crazy Pineapple.
Global Poker is a great alternative for U.S.-based poker players who want work on their skills, have some fun, and hopefully $weep in some extra cash. The player pool is significantly larger than local poker sites licensed in Nevada or New Jersey, which guarantees a better experience for mid- and high-stakes players. There may not be welcome bonuses, but it’s an easy and fun experience. The browser-based client makes playing easy – including using a browser via mobile device.
If the cards are calling and you’re craving a little action, sign up and give Global Poker a try.
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