Absolute Poker Bonus
Absolute Poker welcomes new players with a 150% poker bonus on their first deposit. Players can earn up to a maximum of $500 for free by following five steps: download the AP poker software, create an account, click “deposit” in the cashier section, enter deposit code AP500, and buy chips. The cash reward will be added to the associated Bonus Dollars account automatically and held there for transfer to the player’s Cash Account in $5 increments as Status Points are earned. Also awarded is a free entry in the weekly $1,000 New Depositors Freeroll, which takes place every Monday evening at 8pm Eastern Time.
Absolute Poker - Speed Games and Bonus Dollars
Owned by Blanca Games Inc. of Antigua and Barbuda, Absolute Poker is operated out of Canada under license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. The proprietary software upon which its multi-player poker rooms run is linked to the Cereus poker network, thus allowing online access to card games 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any PC or Mac. Both Instant Play and Download versions of the poker application are available. English is the web site’s primary language and play is conducted in U.S. dollars.
Games to Play
Absolute Poker offers a wealth of scheduled multi-table tournaments as well as continuous sit-and-go events and non-stop cash games. Private tournaments can be organised, too. The real-money online poker games feature limits ranging from $0.02/$0.04 to $200/$400. Also available are ring games for play-money that can be used as a learning tool for beginners or as a risk-free introduction to the web site.
Among the various types of poker games offered here are Texas Hold’em, 7-Deuce Hold’em, Omaha High, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Razz. Rounds of H.O.R.S.E. can be played, too. Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit versions of each game may be selected, and minimum buy-ins are clearly posted.
For fixed-limit games at regular tables, players are allotted 25 seconds to act, and warning messages are displayed in the room’s chat box when 15 seconds remain. Failure to act within the allotted time results in the hand being folded by the system.
Special Turbo/Ultra Turbo Poker Tables are also available for fixed limit ring games. These tables cater to players who seek a fast-paced game, with just 15 seconds to act, only 1 second to decide to show/muck cards instead of 3 seconds, and faster delivery of the pot to winners. For these games, auto-posting of blinds is mandatory.
Bonuses to Claim
Status Points are Absolute Poker’s way of recognising loyal players. They are awarded based upon play in cash games and for paying tournament entry fees. As a player gains Status Points, his/her ranking increases within the site’s rewards programme called FAME. Players also accumulate Absolute Points for cash play, which can be redeemed for more Bonus Dollars, to unlock exclusive cash tournaments, or used to purchase gadgets, goodies, and bling in the Absolute Rewards Store.
Thanks to FAME, poker players can also earn up to 31% rewards for adding to their accounts, as a mix of reload and deposit bonuses. It should be noted, however, that all pending Bonus Dollars expire 60 days from the date of issue. They are forfeited if not released.
Other popular promotions at Absolute Poker include one of the industry’s richest Bad Beat Jackpots, recently topping $187,900, a progressive Royal Flush Jackpot, and the weekly $50,000 Guaranteed Deepstack Tournament. There are special charity events on the second Sunday of each month, $10,000 Guaranteed Tournaments on Tuesday evenings, and leader boards paving the way to over $1 million in prizes.