The major online poker sites have been around for a long time. They’ve ranged from Full Tilt and Poker Stars (both sending their top players to the WSOP) to major sites belonging either to big casinos or major players. Sports Book has been around for a while as a betting locale for sports events and races, but it recently stepped up its game in the poker arena. What exactly is the site offering, what is the usual table like, and will it be enough to attract players?
When you log onto Sports Book, you’ll notice several things right off the bat. First, assuming that you did your research beforehand, you’ll notice that this group offers bigger sign-up bonuses than almost any of the other sites. There are “permanent bonuses” that allow you to get more in chips than what you deposit, from the day you register. The site offers “instant double-ups,” allowing you to immediately get some additional playing money. (Other sites do double-ups as well, but require that you earn a specific number of “player points” prior to redeeming the additional money.) In brief, Spots Book is not above bribing you to play. But what is the playing experience like?
If you’re a tournament player, there are two things that you’ll want to be aware of. First, Sports Book has fewer tournaments, especially in the Sit & Go area, than other major websites, so you won’t be able to get involved in as many tourneys. However, the player selection also tends to be of a lower caliber, so experienced players should see a notable difference in their earnings.
If you’re a table player, you should really give strong consideration to playing at the Sports Book site. The innovative “gold card” and “gold chip” systems reward players for their participation in table play. This is a unique concept that definitely spices up online table play.