Poker Time Poker Update
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Poker Time is one of the many skins of the Prima Poker Network. Now, Prima Poker Network is known as the Microgaming Network. While the sites apparently shares traffic, it seems Poker Time is hurting quite a bit during peak US times. This is more than likely due to the fact that Poker Time does not accept US players since the passing of the UIGEA. The site seems to have removed a lot of their non-Hold’em games and now only runs Limit, Pot-Limit, and NL Hold’em as well as Pot-Limit Omaha Hi.
Their SNG and Multi-table Tournament schedule is also quite lacking. The highest traffic can be found at their low stakes SNGs which start as low as $.50 + $.10. Action at the highest stakes is almost non-existent, with only heads-up SNGs running over $50. They have freerolls starting every few hours. You can play for as little as $.09 up to $1,000 + $90, although not all stakes have games running. The most common payouts for the freerolls are $200 and $500. Poker Time’s regular tournaments do not seem that busy, with the greatest concentration of players on the turbos with small buy-ins of around $3. Their satellite tournaments look interesting with names like Sunday Showdown, Saturday Extreme Stack and the APT Macau, but a precursory look showed no more than 50 registered players spread out over these three, which is a little disappointing. They have a section called “Special” which features differing games from each category. There the busiest tournament was the WPP Freeroll with 122 players signed up, the highest registration level observed at the site.
PokerTime offers many different means of depositing: Visa/Mastercard, Diners Club International, Solo Debit, EcoCard, Click2Pay, Neteller, eCheck, EZIPay, Instadebit, UseMyBank, MoneyBookers, FirePay, Bank Wire.
PokerTime has a Real Rewards system that operates similar to the points systems at other online poker rooms. There are very few rules for receiving points. Ring game players will earn 3 Rewards for every dollar they rake. Tournament enthusiasts will accumulate 3 Rewards for every dollar they spend in multi-table and Sit & Go tournament fees. As with so many sites, this point structure rewards you for betting more money, as opposed to playing micro-stakes.
The lobby for Poker Time is the same as many other skins of the Prima Network. These lobbies are pretty user friendly for anyone familiar with the “Folders” button in Windows. The options here drop down the same way with +’s and -‘s to expand and collapse tabs. These skins also have more than one view selection. You can hit “Change Lobby” and choose among three different views: collapsible files, check boxes, and large clickable icons. The collapsible tabs, for example, allow all of your options to just drop down right in front of you. Click boxes allow you to hide full and empty tables, only showing you the ones with available seats on them.
PokerTime has a slightly different type of table than many other sites. You have a time limit to decide but no time bank; rather, it displays how many seconds you have left in the chat box. This proved awkward because the chat box says you have 15 seconds left, but it doesn’t count down so if you notice it 10 seconds late it might mess up your play. Hopefully they will upgrade that to a visible icon ticking down. The rate of play seems fast compared to other sites, which creates a greater need for a time bank. After a while you will get accustomed to the difference. The tables have a lot of different options to customize such as: table size; game markers (displays how much money was in the pot on every street); color decks; and a seating preference to put you in the same seat at every table (great for multi-tabling).
You can store hand histories on your computer (necessary for use in programs like Poker Tracker). One drawback about their hand history format is that you can not instantly scroll through previous hands like you can at other poker sites. You have to request the last number and it will save it to a txt file. This is highly inconvenient. Also, it does not reveal the other player’s mucked cards if it goes to showdown, something often found at other online poker sites.
Poker Room Action
It seems traffic at Poker Time has been dropping as of late. Even at the lowest stakes only 8-10 tables seem to be running, much lower than other major poker rooms. While the room is part of the Prima/Microgaming Network it seems they are not sharing traffic with other skins, which is hurting their business. When Full Tilt Poker shut down in 2012, the traffic at PokerTime experienced a slight bump. They offer Omaha, but there are usually no players at the tables.
Finding a decent amount of action at mid-stakes is difficult, which can make clearing bonuses difficult. This site is pretty dead.
Ease of Game, Ease of Making Money, Fish Rating
While there is not a lot of action at Poker Time, the players who are there are quite fishy. Because of their initial $5 offer and a lower 100% deposit bonus the site tends to recruit more recreational players, which is great for those looking to clean up and build their bankroll. Be careful if you play higher stakes, as there tend to only be other solid players looking for fish.
Promotion Code & Bonus
Poker Time offers some great bonuses for you to take advantage of. On your first deposit, you can receive 100% up to $300 plus $5 free by using the links on our page and entering the Poker Time promo code FTRBONUS when creating your account.
In order to clear the $300 bonus you have to make a deposit and then they will give you $1 for every 6 Real Rewards you earn! This must be completed within the first 30 days. This is a very exciting bonus because it essentially pays you twice. You earn money for getting points and with points you can earn great cashback!
Besides a great bonus, players can also take advantage of 30% PokerTime Rakeback. There are no VIP Levels to climb or points to earn; from your first hand, you will earn Real Rewards. You can exchange your Real Reward Points for 30% cashback. Check out PokerTime’s Real Rewards page for all the details.
For a small site, PokerTime boasts a hefty share of freerolls. From their Facebook Freeroll to their Speed Freerolls, that run each Thursday, PokerTime has you covered. Some of their freerolls require a minimal number of points so they aren’t truly ‘free’.
Players who enjoy freerolls might also want to look into their $5 No Deposit Bonus which awards a player $5 just for signing up through our links. Once your account is set up, just claim your bonus using your account number and the promo code 5FREEPT.
PokerTime promotions change frequently, so things never get dull. Be sure to check out the PokerTime Promotions Page each month to see the latest.
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Customer and Technical Support
In our registration experience with this site we discovered a fairly major problem. Instead of a registrant choosing a username to log-in with, Poker Time gives a long string of numbers and letters. One would expect to immediately get an email that would contain it, but that did not come for several hours. If you do not keep the PokerTime generated username on the screen or write it down, you will be locked out of the site until the email comes. (Just for the record, every other online casino on the net sends a welcome email with your username within seconds or minutes). An attempt to go back to the room and register again met with a lockout. No dice; it knew we’d had already registered. We were stuck. Needless to say, we were not impressed with this.
Fortunately, PokerTime has one of the best support desks. They have many different options to choose in contacting them: live chat, telephone, or e-mail. An e-mail concerning the lockout received a reply within a few hours. Could it have been a unique experience that the welcome email only arrived after their customer service replied to us? Perhaps their server had a temporary problem. A test of the live chat help took only minutes to connect with a representative for assistance. Contact information is below:
They also have international numbers available.