Black Chip Poker
- 10% INSTANT bonus on your first deposit, up to an amount of $30
- 100% match up to $1000 welcome bonus
- All players accepted, including people from the U.S.
- Established poker site on the Winning Poker network
- Our rating: 8 out of 10
Black Chip Poker Review 2014
The online poker room Black Chip Poker gives tournament players a lot of value in many ways. Reasonable and often reduced tournament fees, tournament related giveaways and promotions and leaderboards are all a part of the mix. If you’re a cash player don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed with this site. There are plenty of active tables, a solid selection of stakes and games and because Black Chip Poker is part of the Winning Poker Network, a Bad Beat Jackpot for those playing at cash tables.
There are a lot of American players at Black Chip Poker. In fact, the majority of those at the tables are from the U.S. Although overall the numbers are healthy, they are not huge. Also, depending on when you play they can run on the low side. At peak hours, evenings in the U.S. and weekends, you’ll see around 9,000 members online, while at an off-peak time such as Sunday morning the numbers can be in the 3,000 to 4,000-range. Still, you’ll be able to enjoy cash games of Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo, Stud and Draw anytime and tournaments, though less plentiful when the number of players ebb, are certainly available.
Deposit Bonus at Black Chip Poker
Please note: Since the move from Merge Poker to the Winning Poker network all bonus codes expired. Make sure to use our Black Chip Poker bonus code PNREPORT to make sure you are using a verified and working code to get the complete welcome bonus.
Black Chip provides new members with a hefty deposit bonus and some extra upfront free cash with their special $30 Boost (10% on up to $300). A first time deposit earns players a 100% bonus on up to $1000. If you bank the full amount allowed, you’ll have the chance to clear $1,075 in extra cash. You’ll need to use the 2014 Black Chip bonus code PNREPORT when making that initial deposit. If you don’t, and please be aware of this, you will not receive credit for the bonus.
To get Black Chip Poker’s $30.00 Boost, simply make your first deposit and you’ll automatically receive a 10% bonus, which will be reflected in your balance. To receive the full $30.00 amount, you’ll need to deposit $300. Please be aware that this extra bonus is not available on credit card deposits.
The Black Chip Bonus Code
You’ll use the Black Chip Poker bonus code PNREPORT after you have completed the download, registered at the site and confirmed your registration. Once you’re on-site, you’ll see a blue deposit button in the upper right hand corner of the room. After selecting that button, you’ll be taken to the secure deposit page.
Once on the deposit page, you’ll be asked to select a method of deposit. If you have not set up a method of deposit, you’ll need to do so. Once that occurs, you can make your first deposit, using bonus code PNREPORT. The code is required in order to be eligible for the 150% bonus.
Deposit Methods for Black Chip Poker
Players outside the U.S. will find that there’s an array of deposit options available. You may use MasterCard or Visa, however these will make you ineligible for the 10% Boost offer, or a variety of eWallets or prepaid cash cards. All of these methods will allow you to get your 150% first deposit bonus.
If you’re a U.S. player, your easiest choice will be Western Union. If you use this method, Black Chip Poker will ask you for the amount (there’s a $100 minimum on Western Union deposits) and they will give you a name to whom you’ll send the cash and a location. It is important that you record this information accurately.
You’ll then go to a local Western Union location, which you’ll find at many pharmacies, super markets and larger retail stores, fill out a cash transfer slip and submit it. (Note: Western Union deposits may only be made once a week at Black Chip Poker, so plan accordingly.) When the agent makes the transfer you will be given a receipt, which includes a Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN). Log back into Black Chip Poker, go to your deposit page and in-put the MTCN where requested. Because wire transfers take just minutes chances are your cash will be confirmed as being in your account almost immediately.
You’ll find that minimums and maximums for deposits vary considerably depending upon the deposit methods used. Also, some methods are free, others involve fees and some will actually earn you a little extra cash back or other benefits. Take time to read through the banking information carefully and try to take advantage of the type of deposit that will best benefit your Black Chip Poker account.
Clearing Your Deposit Bonus
In order to clear your extra cash, you’re required to play in cash games, sit-n-goes and/or tournaments and accumulate VIP Points. Cash that you contribute to the rake in cash games or in tournament fees is credited towards your points. Players receive 5 points for every $1.00 in rake/ tournament fees paid. After a player accumulates 375 VIP Points by paying $75.00 in rake/tournament fees, they are eligible to receive $5.00.
Bonuses are awarded in $5.00 lots and must be cleared within 90 days. How long will it take a player to earn 375 VIP Points and clear $5.00 of their bonus? If you played 15 hands in a cash game over one hour averaging $1.00 in rake per hand, you’d need to play about five hours total. Obviously, the more hands you play or the higher the stakes and the rake, the faster you’ll accumulate points.
If you play in tournaments or sit-n-goes, you’ll find that fees range from 6% to 10% of the buy-in amount, which is a very reasonable and fair fee structure. If you play in a tournament with a $10 buy-in, it will have a $1.00 fee associated with it, which will earn you 5 VIP Points. Playing in tournaments and sit-n-goes rather than cash games means it will take you longer to accumulate VIP Points. One other thing to note is that the fee percentage goes down in games with higher buy-ins. Thus, you’ll pay a 10% fee on a $10 tournament but 7.5% on a $200 event and 6% on a $500 buy-in. You have 90 days to clear your first deposit bonus.
Downloading Black Chip Poker
The Black Chip Poker download is fast and easy. It took me about two minutes using a standard digital cable connection. The site unfortunately only offers a PC version. Because they are part of the Winning Poker Network the platform and software are very stable.
To find a game, you use a series of tabs located at the room’s header. You may first choose the kind of game you’d like to play, such as tournament, sit-n-go, cash, play money or custom and then select the specific game, such as Hold’em, Omaha Hi Lo or Stud. After that you may also select the stakes or buy-in as well as game aspects such limit and no limit. This really makes finding a game that fits all of your desires and needs easy. There’s very little random scrolling involved. What a time saver!
Here are the basic system requirements for Black Chip Poker, which you will find are fairly standard. I like this room because it is one of the most friendly online sites I’ve found for Mac users (of which I am one).
|Operating System||Windows XP||Windows 7|
|Processor||400MHz Pentium||1GHz Pentium|
|Memory||128MB RAM||512MB RAM|
Black Chip Poker Promotions
Although it’s part of the Winning Poker Network, Black Chip Poker has made a concerted effort to differentiate itself from other rooms. One way in which they have done this is through the numerous promotions they offer. Many of these are unique to Black Chip and all add a little twist or incentive when it comes to playing on the site. It’s important to realize that promotions change throughout the year and often have specified time limits.
As an example, this summer Black Chip Poker is featuring their Punta Cana $30K Giveaway. The promotion provides a range of great prizes. The event started on May 18th and runs until September 30th. There are two ways that members of Black Chip Poker can qualify for the giveaway and win. Everyone is eligible to participate.
You may qualify for a ticket to one of three prize drawings by either playing 1,000 hands in cash games or in 50 tournaments. The other way to participate is by playing in one of two weekly freerolls. Each of the top two finishers in each freeroll qualifies for an entry into the September 30, 2012 tournament. This tournament offers the same prizes as each of the three random drawings.
Each drawing and the tournament provide a grand prize that is a trip to and entry into the Punta Cana Poker Classic in the Dominican Republic. This is a massive prize. Winners receive six-nights at the five star Hard Rock Hotel, free entry into the main tournament at the Punta Cana Poker Classic and a lot more. Other prizes, which are offered in each drawing and the September Black Chip Poker tournament, include two iPads and four iPhones. Thus the Punta Cana $30K Giveaway is offering four trips, eight iPads and 16 iPhones total.
Other promotions at Black Chip Poker include their new Weekly 7 Series, where players compete in one daily event each day of the week with buy-ins ranging from $60.00 to $215.00. There’s a mix of turbo, head-to-head and nine-player table games with No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha and HORSE being featured. Black Chip Poker includes a Weekly Tournament Leaderboard for this new, exciting series.
Plus, there are various guaranteed events, such as the $125K Guaranteed Tournament held on Sundays at 17:00 ET. Black Chip Poker gives you various ways to enter. You can get in by paying the $109 buy-in, cashing in 10,900 VIP Points or using a coupon that was won in a satellite tourney. 125K qualifying satellites ($10 buy-in + $1.00) are held throughout the week at various times. The top two finishers in each satellite receive an entry coupon to the big event. Each qualifying satellite has a maximum of 2,000 players.
Black Chip also offers a solid reload bonus of 75%. Once again, you’ll need to use a special bonus code to secure the extra cash. When reloading go to Black Chip Poker and use the following reload bonus code to qualify: BCP375. The same regulations and requirements regarding the first deposit bonus pertain to the reload.
It is essential to note that you cannot qualify for two different bonus offers simultaneously. Thus, if you reload and opt to use the reload bonus code and have not cleared your first deposit bonus, what remains of your first deposit bonus will be void and the reload bonus will take its place. You can retain the first deposit bonus by simply reloading your account without using the reload bonus code. Once again, remember that you have a total of 90 days to clear all bonuses.
Merge Network’s Bad Beat
Black Chip Poker as part of the Merge Gaming Network offers a Bad Beat Jackpot that can top $1 million. This is only available when playing in cash games with a minimum rake of $0.50. To qualify the minimum number of players dealt into the hand must be four and at the end of the hand only two players may be active and the hand must result in a showdown. (No mucking!)
To qualify, the losing hand must be comprised of at least four 7s with a 2 or better as a kicker and the winning hand must be four 8s with a 2 or better as a kicker. Both hole cards held by each player must be used when completing each hand.
After deducting expenses and the rollover for the next bad beat from the jackpot, the losing hand receives 50% of the jackpot, the winning 30% and all other players who were dealt into the hand divide up the remaining 20%. Not a bad payday when you consider the Bad Beat Jackpot can top over one-half million dollars. If you’re wondering how much the Bad Beat Jackpot is all you need to do is log onto Black Chip Poker and look in the upper right hand corner of the site where the current total is posted.
Black Chip Poker Freerolls
There are three different types of freerolls available at Black Chip Poker, including five daily $200.00 free events that are open to each and every member who has accumulated 100 lifetime VIP Points There are also free rolls for those who have made their first deposit and free VIP games. Freerolls either top out at 2,000 or 5,000 seats, depending upon the event. Players start with $1,000 in chips and play 10-minute blinds that start at $25/$50.
Of the five $200 daily freerolls, three are NL Hold’em (01:00 ET, 07:00 ET and 21:00 ET), one H.O.R.S.E. (13:00 ET) and one Pot Limit Omaha (19:00 ET). Each tournament offers 24 prizes most of which are entries into other tournaments with the top three winning cash and tournament entries. If you’ve just joined the site and made a deposit, you’ll be able to compete in the Daily $500 New Depositor Freerolls for the following two weeks. Unlike the daily freerolls that are open to everyone and often fill up, these rarely reach capacity and often have just a few hundred players, which means you have a much better shot at winning a prize.
Finally, depending on how many lifetime VIP Points you’ve accumulated, you’ll be able to enter freerolls that offer much larger prizes. As an example, those with 10,000 VIP Points get entry into the $2,000 monthly freeroll while anyone with 300,000 points gets to participate in the $8,000 event.
Cash, Sit-n-Goes & Tournaments
One of the best things about Black Chip Poker is the range of stakes and buy-ins and types of games available. No matter what your budget may be, you’ll find a game at this poker room. Along with the various money games outlined below, remember that the site also has a very active play money area where you can simply sit and enjoy as many hands as you’d like with no risk at all.
Cash games start with micro stakes ($0.02/$0.04) and top out with high stakes ($30.00/$60.00). You can play at five-, six- and nine-seat tables and enjoy head-to-head play also. Popular cash games at Black Chip Poker include Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo and Stud, which are offered in Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit versions.
The sit-n-go area is very popular at Black Chip Poker due to the fact that you can play for as little as $2.00 or post a big buy-in of $500.00. Just about every game on the site has some sort of sit-n-go offering with the most popular being Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Lo and Stud. These are available in Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit versions.
As mentioned earlier, the tournament fees are very competitive, ranging from 6% to 10% of the buy-in. Black Chip Poker offers Hold’em as the primary tournament game. Also, Omaha and Omaha Hi Lo are prominent in the weekly listings. Additionally, you’ll find lower numbers of Stud, 7-Card Hi Lo and Draw events. If you enjoy the challenge of a mixed event, such as HORSE, then you’ll like this poker room. Other tournament games include Razz, Badugi and Triple Draw.
Progressive VIP Program
It’s easy to qualify for the Ace-High VIP Program at Black Chip Poker, as all you need is 100 points. Those points can be earned in the matter of a few hours. As you play more you accumulate more lifetime VIP Points and your status rises. The program starts at the 2-High level and works through the numbered and face cards until you reach the pinnacle level Ace-High. The higher your level the more value your points have.
As an example, at the 9-High level, which requires 5,000 points you may cash in 1,000 points for $20.00, while at the King-High level, which requires 200,000, you may cash in 15,000 points for $600.00. At the King-High level 15,000 points have double the buying power they do at the 9-High level. At the 9-High level is would take 30,000 points and not 15,000 to receive $600.00
At Black Chip Poker, players who have earned 300,000 VIP Points attain the Ace-High level. This level has the best value by far as you may exchange 20,000 points for $900 three times per month and play in the monthly $8,000 freeroll. By the way points do decay if you’re not active on the site for 60 days. At the top level, a player can lose 100,000 points if they are inactive for 60 consecutive days.
The Ace-High VIP Program is versatile as players may cash points in or use them to pay tournament fees in specified events. As long as you remain active, once you reach a certain level, you retain it no matter how many points you presently have. That’s because your lifetime points and not your current balance determine your VIP status. The only way to lose a level is to allow points to decay.
Level of Play at Black Chip
There’s good news and bad news here. Overall, the level is average but good players or players looking to improve their game may be frustrated by the donk play at some tables. The lower the stakes or buy-in the more likely you’ll be victimized by this type of behavior that includes players holding and raising the worst hands and rivering you. Also, as it is with so many online sites, the maturity level of players varies too. If you’re used to playing at a land-based poker room that observes basic rules of conduct, the lack of rules online can be disturbing and distracting. However, the poor level of play also means that there’s a decent amount of fish for sharks to enjoy. Just take some time and survey the situation, choosing your cash table and tournaments carefully.
Black Chip Poker Review Summary
Review by: PokerNewsReport.com