Playboy Poker Overview
is a part of the Cryptologic network. It is important to note that due to the legislation in the United States they currently do NOT accept US customers.
If you are outside of the United States you do not gain much in terms of traffic, but you can partake in a very well run site with great graphics, action, and support. There is no question that Playboy Gaming is using its trusted brand name to promote the "sex sells" approach to online poker. They have various "Partying with Hef" and "Lunching with the Playmates at the Mansion" prizes along with their typical poker tournaments.
Playboy Poker offers the standard, and a couple unique, games. You can play Texas Hold'em (Fixed, Pot, and No Limit), Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud, HBJ, BlackJack, and click a tab to visit their Casino. Unfortunately there is simply not a lot of action on Playboy Gaming anymore. The players do seem quite skilled, so it has that private club for pros kind of feel. During the evening on a weekend I noted that there was not one table of Omaha or Omaha Hi/Lo running, and only one 7 Card Stud up. No Limit Hold'em has the most traffic for regular games. When I visited it had one 10 player table with 7 people on it, and about 20 shorthanded tables that were full. And that was about all the action on the regular tables!
The most unique game I noticed on Playboy Poker was HBJ (Hold'em Black Jack). This is a game that has found a home on a few sites, but you do not often see very many people playing it. When I looked on Playboy, it was empty. This is not a new game anymore, but a very unique one as it combines Hold'em with Black Jack. Details about this game can be found on the website for Playboy Gaming.
Playboy Poker as has various Sit & Go and Multi-Table Tournaments running everyday. Ironically (usually it's the other way around), they have far more players in their tournaments than on their Hold'em ring tables. While at the tables, I only saw a few SnGs over $22 being played, so I wouldn't expect much traffic for high stakes. One thing I noticed that I did not like was their SnG structure. The starting chips are 1,500 like most sites, however blinds go up based on hands (every 10-12) not timed. The jump in limits also starts a very high increase after the 4th level, with no antes. I saw one regular tournament for $5,000, and surprisingly it had 5 players registered; you would typically expect to see none. Their minimum tournament buyin was $3 + $.30. The majority of players were playing within this type of low buyin range.
Playboy Poker has a few weekly Freerolls, mainly on Saturday and Sunday. These get, by far, the most players Playboy Poker sees. If you check in on the weekend and see several thousand people online; they must have a Freeroll going. The majority of these have a pot of $250, but one was a special for 40k!
had the fewest number of deposit methods I have seen, but I am assuming it is because they do not need to provide for US players. The methods they offer are; Neteller, Visa/Mastercard, Bank Wire, Click2Pay, eCash, eCheck.