Friday, October 15, 2004

Absolute Poker Site Review

Absolute Poker Site Review

What to say about Overall it's pretty standard fare, as far as online poker sites go. You'll find all the games you know and love (limit and NL hold 'em, Omaha, Stud, etc.) and the site has a decent number players. They offer single and multi-table tournaments at a variety of levels and limits, as well as 1 on 1 tables for heads-up play.

Absolute has two main things going for it. They offer one of the best signup bonuses (35% on your initial deposit) and their cashouts are lightning quick. I normally have my cashouts in my Neteller account in less than an hour. They also offer a ton of reload bonuses, so it's easy to build up a huge bank of bonuses, which don't seem to expire.

That said, Absolute definitely has some drawbacks. While the bonuses are plentiful, they're pretty slow to clear, and you have to play more hands than on sites such as Party, Empire, etc. While not impossibly slow to clear like FullTilt and UltimateBet bonuses, they clear fairly slowly.

Another drawback is their software interface. While that usually boils down to a matter of taste (liking blue backgrounds versus red, etc.) the biggest problem is that Absolute's software is pretty resource-intensive. It brought my older desktop crying to its knees. Which isn't hard, but still, not what you want to see. It plays reasonably fast, not quite as fast as Party but faster than Crypto sites.

Many people complain about the rock garden nature of players on Absolute. I honestly haven't found that to be the case, and would rate the limit games (3/6 and below) as medium on the fish scale. I see a decent amount of pretty atrocious play there. Perhaps not all out horrible play, as you see regularly on Party, but pretty dang fishy at times.

On a scale of 10, I'd give it a 7. If you like to chase bonuses, I'd definitely add it to your list, due to all the reloads and initial signup bonus they offer, but I'd only clear the bonus when you were out of other juicier ones. One fairly common tactic amongst bonus whores is to build up a bank of bonuses at Absolute (sometimes accumulating $2,000-3,000 in pending bonuses) through all of the reloads and use it as insurance if other bonsues dry up. Their cashouts are so quick that it doesn't tie your money up and you can cash in and out to take advantage of all the reloads.

If you haven't, overall it's probably worth giving Absolute a whirl. The initial signup bonus is good and the games are definitely beatable. Not the greatest site but far from the worst.

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