True Poker is the flagship of the Winning Poker Network, the second largest online poker room that accepts US players and a part of the Bookmaker group of sports books - a company with one of the best reputations in the internet gaming industry.
True Poker has slowly become a top-level poker site for US players.
True Poker may be an unfamiliar name to many but it has operated since 2001 and was the first site to offer 3D online poker software.
After the UIGEA, True Poker joined forces with major sports books like Betcris, Bookmaker and 5 Dimes and created the Yatahay Network. The network was later renamed to Winning Poker and the dated 3D software was eventually replaced with a revamped Dobrosoft platform.
Here's my True Poker review.
True Poker's software was upgraded and improved a while ago but still has work to do to compete with the quality of the biggest poker sites.
I typically play non-Texas Hold'em games - at True Poker, this leaves me with a handful of Pot Limit Omaha games and a table or two of Pot Limit Omaha High/Low. (So I usually have to resort to No Limit Texas Hold'em games anyway.)
Most No Limit Texas Hold'em tables are TheBeast tables - they're basically a prop program for everyone and rewards the players with time to play 16 hours a day. (I don't have time to do that.)
This means that I pay an additional $.25 of rake for every pot that I win in TheBeast tables; they do have non-TheBeast tables as well but those usually play slower and rarely run even at peak times. If you're not going to play long hours and there are other options available, you should stay away from TheBeast tables in order to pay less rake.
If you like to play tournaments, you'll be disappointed since there are no sizeable tourneys available except for the sunday tournaments with large prize pools.
You can play sit and gos with extended buy-in periods (so they're more like regular multi-table tournaments). I'd like to play standard sit and gos but they hardly ever run at True Poker.
True Poker First Deposit Bonus
True Poker offers all new players a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus. The bonus is paid at a rate of 27.5 Benefit Points for every $1 in bonus and must be cleared in 60 days. It has a minimum deposit of $50 and is equivalent to 20% rakeback.
How to Earn Benefit Points
You can earn Benefit Points by playing in real-money cash games or tournaments. True Poker uses the "dealt rake" method - in other words, the amount of rake is divided by the number of players dealt in the hand. The amount a player contributes to the pot is not relevant when using this formula since all players that were dealt in will receive an equal number of Benefit Points in the hand.
Cash game players earn 5.5 Benefit Points for every $1 in rake attributed to them while sit and go and multi table tournament players earn 5.5 Benefit Points for every $1 in house fees paid.
True Poker Deposits
You have three ways to deposit at True Poker if you're from the USA: Visa, Mastercard and Western Union. Most US bank issued cards don't work so the best option is to use prepaid debit cards. (You can find pre-paid cards at grocery stores and major retailers - Netspend and Green Dot are among the most popular ones).
Western Union is a cash transfer service that you can use at many check cashing services and grocery stores. (Read more about depositing with WU by clicking the link above.)
Players outside the US can deposit using Neteller, Skrill, Instadebit, Click2Pay, UseMyBank, Visa and Mastercard.
True Poker also allows player-to-player transfers.
True Poker Withdrawals
True Poker has several withdrawal options for US players, the most popular of which is the debit card (which you can request from the cashier).
The fee to receive a debit card is $25 and there's a $2 fee each time True Poker loads the card with a withdrawal request. A fee of $4.95 is charged for each ATM transaction and there is a $5.95 monthly maintenance fee. Debit card withdrawals are processed in 1-4 days. The maximum weekly withdrawal is $2,500, while the monthly cap is $10,000. Players may only request one debit card cashout per week.
Western Union withdrawals are processed in 1-4 days with following limits and fees:
$100 - $299 Fee: $60
$300 - $499 Fee: $70
$500 - $749 Fee: $85
$750 - $999 Fee: $95
$1,000 - $1,500 Fee: $110
Checks are delivered by courier in 2-3 weeks. True Poker offers one free check withdrawal per month (additional checks during the month have a $65 fee). The maximum check withdrawal is $2,995.
Players outside the US may cashout by Neteller, Skrill, Instadebit, Click2Pay and UseMyBank.
True Poker Game Selection
Most True Poker cash games and tournaments are No Limit Texas Hold'em. Full ring tables run up to $.25/$.50 regularly. Six-max tables are often available up to $2/$4 blinds.
They have a few Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha High/Low tables spread during peak hours (generally low limit games). There are a few Limit Hold'em and Seven Card Stud games usually running as well.
Sit and go traffic is almost nonexistent (the ones that exist are mostly Double or Nothing). They tried to get more people into sit & gos by creating On-Demand Sit and Gos which are more like unscheduled multi-table tournaments. They're a nice change for players looking to get into mult-table tournaments without wanting to wait for a scheduled event to start.
True Poker offers many guaranteed tournaments each day. Prize pools start at just a few hundred dollars, but there is a $1,000, $4,000 and $10,000 guaranteed event each day, and a $215 buy-in tournament every Sunday that offers a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool.
TheBeast is a points race that rewards the most loyal players on the site. There are two races each month - one race starts on the first of the month and runs through the 15th and the other one starts on the 16th and runs through the end of the month.
Most Texas Hold'em games are spread on TheBeast tables. These tables take an additional $.25 rake with $.18 going to the cash game and $.07 going to the tournament version.
True Poker Traffic
Winning Poker Network is one of the few networks that has been able to increase its player traffic lately. It's now the second largest poker networks that accepts players from the USA. It averages about 450 players at any given time and peaks between 800 and 900 cash game players most days. (That's still only 50% of Bovada's traffic, which I had to mention in this True Poker review.)
True Poker VIPs
True Poker's VIP program is called Elite Benefits and uses the "dealt" method, which means players climb the tiers of the program without having to put money into the pot.
There are six tiers that allow players to earn multipliers for Player Points, which can be exchanged into cash and prizes. There are also achievement rewards and "legendary" bonuses for players that put in serious hours at True Poker.
So to conclude this True Poker review: it's a good poker site for USA players especially if you like to play a lot of poker (you'll get more benefits out of the site).