is a member of Merge Gaming, one of the top 20 poker networks, so it receives a fair amount of traffic. Plus, as a member of Merge Gaming, they do indeed allow U.S. players!
Walker Poker has a range of stakes from $.02 all the way up to $1040, so every type of player should be able to find something. They have a wonderful array of games to wet your appetite, featuring the ever popular Texas Hold’em (Limit, No-limit, and Pot-limit), Omaha (Limit, Pot-limit, and Hi/Lo), and Stud (7 card, 7 card Hi/Lo, Razz, and 5 card). Less popular games in the “Draw & Other” category include 5 Card Draw, Triple Draw, and Badugi. During the afternoon (EST) the average number of players connected is around 1500. About 99% of them are playing Hold’em. Walker Poker puts a lot of focus in the micro/low stakes tables to make sure you have a limit suitable for your bankroll. We even saw one micro stakes Omaha table running. Most of the players on the site stick to $100nl or lower.
Sit & Go tournaments at Walker Poker have decent traffic with about a quarter of the game listings running at any time (the others are either finished or registering). Finding an S & G game for a small bankroll might pose a problem since these don’t have micro-stakes. The lowest buy-in is at $2.20 and they go up to $1040. Furthermore, depending on the time of day you might have trouble finding people to play with. Nearly half the tables in the room are restricted and there are rarely any tournaments higher than $20 running at all.
Satellite tournaments at Walker Poker look a little disappointing. The entries range between $5.50 and $11. They boast huge numbers of potential players but only offer a few games and as of this review all said “Announced” or “Finished.” Despite having capacities of up to 2000 players, they generally range from 12-70.
Scheduled tournaments have the most traffic by far, with entries ranging from $.06 to $109. With the addition of more guaranteed and freeroll tournaments their base is starting to grow. You will find a fair number of $50 freeroll tournaments (free entry with a $50 prize pool).
Freeroll tournaments at at the time of this writing included:
$50,000 (once a month – entry requires 5000 comp points accumulated in a month);
$10,000 (every Sunday except the last - requires 2500 comp points in 7 days);
$2,000 (every Sunday - requires 1000 comp points in 3 days);
$1,000 (Mon. thru Fri. - requires 1000 comp points in 3 days);
$500 (daily with valid coupon after making initial deposit, must use within seven days);
$50 (every two hours - open to all).
A player earns comp points by playing eligible tournaments and real money ring games. These points can then be used to track eligibility for sign-up bonuses, reload bonuses, and freeroll tournament coupons. Also, they provide eligibility for exclusive offers and a VIP Players club. Earning comp points is relatively simple. They have a long table explaining it all on their website under “Promotions” but essentially the way it breaks down is this: the highest hands in $25/$50 in No-limit Hold’em give you 10 points per hand and this trickles down to 5 points for $1/$2 hands to a low of 1 to 3 points for micro-stakes depending on various conditions. Unfortunately, accumulating these points does not result in a change in status such as VIP levels.
For the time being the player base is a bit on the smaller side due to the fact that the Merge Gaming Network is just over a year old. It will likely attract more players over time. One current gripe, however, is their extremely limited tournament schedule. Hopefully it will increase but if it doesn’t Walker Poker will have a lot of trouble attracting players that prefer tourney contests. Their biggest weekly tournament at the moment is only $20k guaranteed.