Spin Palace Poker Review

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Spin Palace Poker:

The Palace Group first found their feet in the world of online casinos with Spin Palace Casino, but, like many competitor sites, the group has now branched out to offer players the opportunity to play poker via the Spin Palace Poker website. Being a big poker fan I decided to check out the attraction of this Prima Poker-powered site and to write a review of my findings.

As with all Prima Poker sites in the network, a player must firstly download the required software - unlike the Microgaming-powered casinos, there are no flash alternatives available. Unfortunately, this does take time for players on a dial-up connection, although with the software being 5.46mb in size, this should take no longer than 30-40 minutes or so, even on the slowest of connections.

Thankfully - my broadband connection meant the software was downloaded within seconds and, as I would expect from a site of Spin Palace's standing, was installed successfully with no problems. Although I was a new player at Spin Palace Poker, I had played at the Spin Palace Casino before and as such simply had to enter my old username and password to login. For brand new players, a form must be completed to register as a new player.

Depositing at Spin Palace Poker is easy, with the minimum deposit amount being just $20. I deposited via NETeller, but a variety of deposit options are available; including credit cards, Firepay, Eco Card, Moneybookers and more. That $20 deposit also entitled me to a $50 bonus, although before it is added to a player's account a certain number of welcome points must be earned through playing poker - unfortunately even after a good few hundred hands of playing I only had 158 of the 1000 welcome points needed! Nevertheless, for long-term players this bonus is nice as it is extra money for simply doing what players want to do anyway - play poker!

At Spin Palace Poker, Texas Hold 'Em is by far the most popular game, just as it is in the 'real world'. However, as you would expect online, a player is still offered the choice of playing at other tables including 5 and 7 Card Stud as well as Omaha and Omaha High / Low. There are a huge range of tables available too, with limits starting as low as $0.05 / $0.10 and ranging up to $100 / $200 no limit tables for the really big gamblers!

Accessing tables at Spin Palace Poker is easy, with each table grouped by type (ring game or tournament, type of game etc.) To help a player choose a table that suits their play, a handy summary box is also viewable that shows the number of seats available, the maximum number of seats available, the average pot size and even the players per flop percentage! It is great to see how loose or tight a table is likely to be, and means a player can sit down at a place that suits them.

For me, however, I am happy to play at any table and as such sat down at a $2 / $4 fixed limit table. I started off with some pretty poor cards but soon found my feet and pulled in a few nice pots. I found that playing poker at Spin Palace really is easy thanks to the hand status indicator that shows the hand you currently have. Even a seasoned player like me sometimes misses the flush or straight I am holding! When winning hands are revealed, another nice touch is the highlighting of the winning hand by shading out the non-played cards. Again, this is great - and I am sure is a feature appreciated by new players and long timers alike.

I have to say that the speed of the game was also to my liking. Of course, you get some slow players occasionally but the actual software itself was very fast indeed. Couple this with the great graphics, which is to be expected of anything developed by Microgaming, and it becomes clear why Spin Palace Poker attracts players. There are even background sound effects to add to the realism. The only thing maybe missing is a dealer voiceover which I have seen elsewhere, but to be honest I think this minor point is definitely out-weighed by the positives.

In terms of 'luck' (or skill as it is supposed to be at poker!), I did reasonably well - although a couple of losing hands made me think the $2 / $4 limit was maybe too big for my bankroll. A lucky straight really helped me towards the end of my session on this table though - the $25 winner was much appreciated with me having just $6 on the table at this point!

As well as playing at the fixed limit table, I also tried out the $1 / $2 No-limit Hold 'Em table. No limit really is a great game as a player can move in as many chips as they like with good hands. Of course, if they lose though - it can mean a big loss has to be absorbed. In terms of player quality, I found the usual mix of poor players as well as very good players. Similarly, from what I could see the higher limit players were also of a better quality than those on the lower limit tables. I still found a few wild callers though!

As well as playing on the Hold 'Em tables, I also checked out a 7-Card Stud ring game. I am not much of a player at this game, but for the sake of a review I decided to have a gamble! Although I didn't do too well, it was still fun to play something different. Of course, the game quality was again excellent.

I think one thing that made me realize Spin Palace Poker is a good poker option, is the number of players connected to the network at any one time - over 12,000 players were online at one point. Of course, it could be the progressive bad beat jackpot of over $90,000 that was attracting people! Unfortunately, you have to sit at special tables to be eligible for this - but for those jackpot seekers, it doesn't come better than that!

Before completing my Spin Palace Poker review I decided to check out the tournament section of the software. A number of different tournaments are available, ranging from low-level single table tournaments to high level multi-table tournaments. Players can even take part in the numerous free roll tournaments available where people can compete for a prize without having to pay a penny to take part!

Although on this occasion my bankroll hit zero and I wasn't able to cash in (mostly because of my bad play as opposed to bad luck), I have experienced Spin Palace's cash-in processing before and it is generally very good. Withdrawals sit in pending for a very short amount of time, and pay outs are generally processed in total within about 48 hours.

Similarly, I had no reason to call support on this occasion. However, a number of support options are available including email, telephone and live chat. Support at Spin Palace is very responsive, with emails usually receiving a response within an hour or so. Similarly, telephone support delivers instant help if required, although it is a shame toll free numbers are listed for only 3 countries.

All in all I have to say I was very impressed with the Spin Palace Poker proposition, even though I wasn't a winner. A good number of connected players means there's always a good game going on, although players looking for something other than Texas Hold 'Em may have more difficulty in finding an active game to suit them. As well as the ring games available, the tournaments are also a great way to play for a fixed amount of money. Couple the excellent game play with the great banking and support functions and it's clear to see that Spin Palace is a great poker destination.

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The Spin Palace Poker lobby displays the various ring and tournament games that can be played

Spin Palace Poker Lobby

I raise hoping the flop will being my a diamond flush

Raising

My persistence pays off as a straight wins the hand on the river

I WIn On The River

I try and take down the pot early by betting big with my pair of 4's

Betting Big On A Pair of 4s

The popular freeroll tournaments are free to enter but pay out real money!

Less popular poker games such as 7-card stud are also playable at Spin Palace

Sit and go tournaments are a great way to get a lot of play for a fixed buy-in amount

Spin Palace Poker Strong Points:
  • Huge number of games available
  • $50 free for simply playing poker
  • Good finance processing
  • High quality and easy to contact customer support representatives
Things Spin Palace Poker Could Improve:
  • Non-Hold 'Em games less popular
  • Large number of hands need to be played to receive sign-up bonus
  • Toll free numbers limited in terms of geography

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