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Bwin Poker was established in 1999 and operates under licenses issued in Kahnawake (Canada), Germany, Italy, Gibraltar, Argentina, Mexico and Austria.
bwin Poker is hosted on the Ongame Network, one of the industry's leading online poker client networks. Ongame's servers are located in Kahnawake, Canada; headquarters are located in Vienna, Austria.
Limits and Rake
The limits at the No Limit Texas Holdem tables are spread to suit the bankroll and skill of all players - from beginner to advanced.
Starting at the micro limits, $0.05/$0.10, the limits increase progressively through $50/$100.
The limit tables begin at a comparatively higher limit level of $0.15/$0.30, and increase all the way up to $500/$1,000 - the nosebleed level.
Pot Limit Holdem begins at the same level as the No Limit Hold'em tables, but the tables finish at $5/$10.
The Stud and Omaha tables focus on micro limit play and max out at $50/$100 and $25/$50, respectively.
Bwin Poker applies a rake that is generally measured at 5% of the pot and capped at $3. This cap can be as low as $1, depending on factors such as pot size, the number of players involved and the limit level.
Player traffic generally peaks close to 5,000 players in a given 24-hour period and, as is generally the case across all the major online poker rooms, the players at bwin tend to migrate to the No Limit Texas Holdem tables.
Action can also be found at the Stud, Omaha, and Draw tables, although the number of players is comparatively much smaller. In general, if players are eager to compete at the Texas Holdem tables, they have little trouble finding their preferred limit level.
Bwin Poker offers a clean and well designed lobby, courtesy of the Ongame Network. Tabbed browsing makes selecting a game type, table, and limit a breeze. The table/tournament description on the right hand side of the lobby is detailed and thorough, including such statistics as players per flop, average pot size, and hands played per hour. The lobby chat box allows players to talk to each other while searching or waiting for a table.
As for the tables themselves, running hand details are displayed below the community cards, meaning that players can keep up with their hand strength, quickly and easily.
Hot keys and check boxes help speed up game play. The running totals of the pot sizes are welcome but sometimes a little hard to see. Games move quickly and are slowed down or stalled by lengthy animations. The instant play feature allows play on any computer, be it Mac, Linux or Windows.
Visa, MasterCard, Wire Transfer, Diners Club, or a prepaid card.
Software and Extra Features
Since Bwin Poker operates on the Ongame Network, players can make use of a number of beneficial and helpful features. These include:
- Quick Seating – Simply select the game type, limit, and stakes, and choose to be seated automatically.
- Private Tables – Settle scores, or play a personal home game online with your friends!
- Multi Table – Players can compete in up to 12 tables simultaneously.
- Player Notes – Tag your enemies, fish, sharks, and everyone in between.
- Real-Time Odds – Move all-in and receive your chances of winning – in real time!
- Statistics – Detailed hand histories can be generated, potentially giving you the statistical edge.
A comprehensive FAQ awaits players online, complemented by phone and fax numbers.
An email contact form is also available should players encounter any problems that are not immediately resolved through the online FAQ. Customer service responses are professional, concise, and helpful.