Full Flush Poker - In the U.S. ? Then you're welcome here!
If you've already read a few reviews on this site then you will know all about Playtech's iPoker network, which links together over 30 of the best poker rooms available on the net, including Bet365, Titan Poker and Mansion Poker. Another network of poker rooms is beginning to gather momentum on the web - the Equity poker network, and has Full Flush Poker as one of its flagship rooms. The question is: How does Full Flush Poker stand up when compared to the best of iPoker's poker sites? As part of the answer, Full Flush Poker already has one thing going for it - it accepts US players! If you're a US player (or you're looking to experience something a little different when it comes to the typical poker room you find everyone on the net) then read on to see how I feel Full Flush Poker stands up against the rest!
Full Flush Poker is a real baby when it comes to poker rooms as it was only established in September 2013 with an under-the-radar launch. It began to make more serious noises a couple of months later as it made moves to recruit more players. Full Flush Poker is licensed in Curaçao and its software is provided by the Norwegian software company, Playsafe Holdings AS.
The Full Flush Poker web-site is certainly very contemporary in design, and instantly brags about the 150 percent bonus it offers (up to $600) and the 20 percent cashback you can claim on all deposits that are over $50. To kick off your career at Full Flush Poker you first need to download the software. Again, sadly there is no in-browser option, but there is a dedicated version of the software for Mac users. The poker client software is around 20Mb in size, so won't take too long to download. The great news for Linux users is that the poker client software runs as smooth as silk under Wine!
Once everything has downloaded and installed, just start the client up. You will see the button you need to press to create your account - just press it and fill in the personal info that's required and you're all set!
First Deposit Bonus
Of course being a relatively new site, Full Flush Poker is keen to attract new players, so its initial bonus conditions are excellent for newbies. You will receive a 150 percent First Deposit Bonus up to a maximum of $600 when you join. This means that if you deposit $400, you'll find that potentially you will have $1,000 to play with. You will also be given ten "Copper Coins" which you can use to enter Full Flush Poker's First Depositor's $1,000 Freeroll tournament which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. In addtion, for any first deposit that's in excess of $50 you'll receive a 20 percent instant cash-back bonus, plus 1000 "Promo Bucks" which you use to enter tournaments at Full Flush Poker.
Of course, that nice and tasty First Deposit Bonus does not come without conditions. To have the bonus released, you have to earn Player Options Points (or POPs). You will need to earn 20 POPs for every $1 of bonus cash you are eligible for - for example if you go for the maximum $600 bonus you will need to earn 12,000 POPS. POPs are earned by playing in cash games and tournaments. Every $1 of rake generated or entry fees paid will earn you 10 POPs, so for the full bonus amount you will need to generate $1,200. This makes the Full Flush Poker First Deposit Bonus one of the easiest bonuses to redeem. You have 45 days from the day of your initial deposit to claim the bonus.
I loved the Full Flush Poker room client immediately - except for a spelling mistake in the menu (surely it's "Heads Up" and not "Head's Up" ?), but that's just a minor quibble. There was the odd banner ad but nothing too intrusive. The main menu is split into four sections - Hold'em, Omaha, Tournaments and Casino. As you will notice with those selections, only Hold'em and Omaha are covered, so fans of Draw, Stud or Razz will have to look elsewhere. There's no "Speed Poker" either - but as I don't consider "Speed Poker" to be an acceptable form of poker (how can you learn to play in position if your position is randomly set each hand?) I wasn't going to lose any sleep over this. The casino button takes you to slots, video poker or table games such as roulette and blackjack.
Despite Full Flush Poker's relative newness there certainly seemed to be plenty of players available. I'd hazard a guess that most of them were happy US-based players!
- Cash Tables
- Sit and Go Tournaments
- Scheduled Tournaments, single and multi-table
- Texas Hold'em
- Omaha Hi-Lo
- No Limit
- Pot Limit
- $0.01/$0.02 to $5/$10.
Sit and Go Tournaments
- Heads-up, 6max, 10max. Buy-ins: $0.50+$0.05 through to $20+$2.
- Freerolls through to $50+$5.
- No combined tournaments (i.e. HORSE, etc)
At the Table
As usual, I wanted to try out the poker table software before I decided whether I wanted to give up any of my own cash. There was a large buttom towards the bottom of the room client marked "Go To Play Money" which I clicked. However, all I could find were 10max tables in Holdem and Omaha, and all of them were completely empty. There were no SnGs or MTTs for Play Money whatsoever.
So, I headed back to the Real Money tables and found a nice $100 freeroll to enter. The top prize was $20, and anyone who finished in the top 20 was guaranteed a cash prize of at least $2. I registered, but a screen popped up telling me I had to validate my email address. I checked my email and found the validation code and entered it, and then was all set.
There were over 600 players in the freeroll tournament, which I guess means you'll always find plenty of decent opposition at Full Flush Poker. The table client itself I did not find all that appealing, to be honest, and I couldn't find any way of configuring it. The controls were okay, aside from the slider which is difficult to use unless you don't mind betting odd amounts like $54.37 and such. In the end I ended up typing in most of my pre-flop amounts - the controls are better once the flop has been dealt.
Languages and Players
- Chinese (Traditonal)
Full Flush Poker does not accept players from Turkey, France, Italy, Curacao or Costa Rica.
Promotions & VIP Status
Naturally, being a relatively new site means Full Flush Poker is going to be keen to do as much as it can to attract new players. As well as the generous Welcome Bonus offers, the site has plenty of promotions that are likely to keep regular players coming back for more. There are regular reload bonuses, cashback deals, special tournaments (including freerolls) and step tournaments that act as entries to more lucrative competitions.
The Full Flush Poker VIP scheme is called "Player Option Points" or POPs. For every $1 of rake generated or tournament fees paid you will received 10 POPs. You can then exchange POPs for real cash at the rate of $1 for every 200 POPs you cash in.
There are no options to play on mobile devices.
Help and Support
There are a number of help options on the site, including FAQs, and you can avail yourself of the 24/7 online chat window via the poker room client. I used the chat applet and the responses were timely and very helpful, with no pressure to add funds to my account.
Pros and Cons
✔ - Accepts US-based players
✔ - Versions of the poker room client for both Windows and Mac, and client runs under Wine in Linux
✔ - Excellent Welcome Bonus and additional benefits for both new and established players
✔ - Great poker room client with excellent support with 24/7 online chat
✘ - Only Hold'em and Omaha available to play - No Stud, Draw or Razz
✘ - Seems to be a lack of players at the moment - no doubt will pick up in time
There's no doubt that Full Flush Poker does have some drawbacks, but the majority of the site is excellent, and if you become a full-time Full Flush Poker player then there are plenty of excellent promotions and potential cash bonuses that are likely to be heading your way. The only downsides for me are the lack of games beyond Hold'em and Omaha (although as the site grows I'm sure Full Flush Poker will add more games as they see fit), the lack of deposit methods and the mundane quality of the table software. It must remembered that Full Flush Poker is still a young site, so there is plenty of time for the site to improve. The most attractive aspect of the site is of course the fact that it will accept US-based players - along with some decidedly delicious welcome bonuses!