Name: bet365
Network: iPoker
Peak Traffic: 50,000+
U.S. Players: NO
Established: 2004
Country: Gibraltar
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Full Review

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In the huge iPoker network, bet365 is one of the most popular poker rooms. The software is decent, the poker bonuses are excellent, and the traffic volume in the tournaments and cash games is good.

bet365 brings poker players from literally all across the globe to the tables to play together; the software is available in 14 languages. The play quality in this international poker room exceeds the average site in Europe, although it is still beatable.

Both neophytes and old hands will find something to suit them, as bet365 offers a variety of poker games. Is Five-Card Stud leaving you bored? Then switch to No-Limit Hold'em. How about Limit Hold'em? Not having any luck? Try giving your brain a workout with some Omaha Hi/Lo and reach for some of the best poker offers around.

Being part of the iPoker network gives bet365 a good spot in online poker reviews and high volume of traffic, which means that if you want some action, you will find it. Micro-stakes and medium-stakes tables are usually around in high numbers, although the high-stakes games aren't always full.

Tournament players, whether looking for a fairly easy ride or stiff competition, are sure to find something for them at bet365, due to the room's excellent tournament schedule. There are plenty of live satellite tourneys, and there are guaranteed daily tournaments 24/7.

bet365 offers Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Texas Hold'em, Seven-Card Stud, Five-Card Stud, and Five-Card Draw. As of August 2010, real-money players show up to the tune of 10,000 in ring games during peak hours, and 55,000 players in the tournaments during peak hours.

Promotions and Bonus Codes

PokerRating now has an exclusive offer of a first deposit bonus match of 100% up to $500.

Exclusive Bonus code for PokerRating players: RATE100

Bonus Payout: For every 1,200 merit points garnered by the player, a payout is made in $10 chunks. Merit points are obtained depending on the rake at cash tables. 9.6 merit points, for example, will be earned from a $2.25 rake.

15 merit points are earned for each $1 in tournament fees. The bonus clearing time is 60 days.

Promotions and Loyalty Programs

Real-money cash games and tournaments both offer players the chance to earn points in bet365's Merit Program. More Merit Points are eared the higher the rake. The higher your ranking in the program, the more points you will garner. Merit levels are at 1,000, 10,000, and 25,000 and are called Silver, Gold, and Platinum, respectively.

As you go higher in the ranks, you will find that some of the poker bonuses include cash rewards, a holiday lottery, and freerolls, among other things. Many consistent and good-quality promotions are made available to bet365 members. Sit-and-go jackpots reach as high as $120,000 for climbing over six SNGs in a row.

Players are given opportunities for receiving poker bonuses each week with the tournament and SNG leaderboard challenges.

Sign up through a PokerRating link and receive a $500 bonus at 100% deposit match.

Freerolls and Tournaments

bet365 offers a solid tournament schedule with a lot of guaranteed tournaments throughout the day and usually satellites running for a few live tournament packages, such as the WPT and the WSOP.

Live tournament packages leading to events like the WSOP and the WPT are offered through satellites at bet365 and they also offer a good tournament schedule with guaranteed tourneys throughout the day.

The tournaments don't usually have much of an overlay and the field sizes are around 300-600 players for the regular weekly tournaments, making bet365 one of the best online poker sites.

Players usually don't have to wait for very long for the tournaments and in the weekly tourneys, there are usually between 300-600 players.

Tournament players at bet365 are pretty bad in general, but not as abysmal as some other sites. There will be some competition, but not unbeatable. With the large number of tournaments, getting deep into the money shouldn't be a problem for any decent tournament player.

There are sites out there where the tournament players are unbelievably bad, and fortunately, in the online poker rankings, tourney players at bet365 aren't that bad, but they aren't great, either. Racking up some nice wins shouldn't be too difficult for any tournament player who isn't too bad, given so many tournaments happening so often.

Although bet365 does not have too many freerolls, they do often offer satellite freerolls that allow you to play poker online in larger tournaments.

Graphics and Software

PlayTech is the developer of the customized iPoker software the bet365 uses. The playability is good, and there are no suprises for those who regularly play poker online. In the lobby, you can find the statistics that you would normally expect, you can keep your notes on the players, and there is some infomration available at the table, but it is limited and only at your play.

The My Account section is nice because you can view and clear bonus amounts and keep track of Merit Points that you have earned.

bet365 offers fully re-sizable tables and supports play at up to 16 tables simultaneously. All-in odds are shown directly at the table, and there's a great in-software search function and a "Buddy list". There's also a calendar function for players to mark important upcoming tournaments into their diary.

The site allows for 16 tables to be played simultaneously, and the tables are fully re-sizable. At bet365, there is a Buddy List, a very good search function that is built into the software, and the all-in odds viewable at the game. Upcoming tournaments can be kept track of using individual calendars built into the software. This is one of the U.S. friendly poker sites, and it helps to be able to keep track of the tourneys that are happening in both the States and internationally.

Direct downloads of bet365 are available.

Support

The support offered at bet365 is excellent. The staff is quick, friendly, and knowledgeable, and you can communicate with them through email, phone, or live-chat 24/7.

Deposit Withdrawal Options

Deposit options: Visa, Mastercard, Laser, Maestro, Visa Electron, Moneybookers, Cheque, Bank Wire, MoneyTT, EntroPay, Neteller, Click2Pay and Instadebit.

Withdrawal options: Visa, Mastercard, Cheque, Maestro, Visa Electron, Laser, Bank Wire, Click2Pay, Moneybookers and Neteller.