Mansion Poker - Extra Benefits for Omaha lovers!
With there being so many poker rooms on the internet these days, it must be hard for the "smaller" sites to find an angle at which they can challenge the stranglehood of "The Big Three" in PokerStars, PartyPoker and Full Tilt Poker, or the number of players in the Playtech/iPoker networks, including sites such as William Hill Poker, Winner Poker and this poker site Mansion Poker. Well, it seems that Mansion Poker are trying to find a different angle, as this site really pushes Omaha (High) poker, even over the established favorite online poker game of Texas Hold'Em. So, what does this site hold that's special for Omaha players? Read on to find out ...
As you may know by now, as Mansion Poker is a Playtech casino, it uses the standard Playtech/iPoker client. This means that there is no in-browser option, or separate versions for Mac or Linux. Mac users may have some success in getting the client to work by using Parallels, but I can state for a fact that the Playtech poker software will not run in any form of Linux, even when using Wine.
To kick things off, you will need to visit the Mansion Poker web-site and download the initial poker program. You will see a download link in the menu near the top of the screen. There are also other buttons you can press in order to begin the download process. One thing you will need to know - whatever language you set when you begin the download process, that will be the language that the client will start up in. The only way you can change language after that is to deinstall and then reinstall the software. Select your chosen language then agree to the site's T&Cs. The full poker client will then install.
When the installation has completed, you can register your account - after the poker client has completed a few more uploads. If you've played at an iPoker/Playtech casino before then you'll be familiar with the registration process - just click the "create account" button at the bottom of the login screen. Just fill in the personal info that's requested, and you're all set. You'll be given a random username but don't worry - you'll be given the chance to create a more memorable nickname when you first log in.
First Deposit Bonus
Mansion Poker would hardly be a poker room worthy of the name if it didn't offer a First Deposit Bonus. At Mansion Poker as a newbie your first deposit will be matched 200 percent, up to a hefty maximum of $2,000. The bonus is then released in $5 increments for every 500 Mansion Poker Points that you manage to earn. You earn points by playing in real cash games - either ring games or sit'n'go or scheduled tournaments - at a rate of 15 points for every $1 or rake raised or tournament fees paid at Texas Hold'em, or 20 points for the same at Omaha (I told you this site pushed Omaha poker!). This means that to release the whole bonus you would need to generate 200,000 points - or $10,000 worth of rake if you're playing Omaha. You have 30 days from your first deposit to claim as much of this bonus as you can.
Please note the exchange rates given above are only valid if you choose dollars as your currency. If you choose pounds or euros the rates are different - check the site's T&Cs for details.
The Mansion poker client is the same as any other site's poker client on the iPoker network - just with the Mansion Poker branding. If you've played at a Playtech casino before, then when it comes to the poker client, you'll know what to expect. Navigating is a breeze, and finding a table for your favorite game will never be a laborious process. You can also attend to all your needs when it comes to your account, such as depositing and withdrawing funds. In short - with the Mansion poker client you'll easily find everything you need at get the job done, and only ever within a few clicks of your mouse.
- Cash Tables
- Speed Poker
- Sit and Go Tournaments
- Scheduled Tournaments, single and multi-table
- Texas Hold'em
- Omaha Hi-Lo
- 5-Card Stud
- 7-Card Stud
- No Limit
- Pot Limit
- €0.02/€0.04 to €50/€100.
Sit and Go Tournaments
- Freerolls (new players only) to €5,000; Heads-up to multi-table tournaments.
- Freerolls to €375.
- No combined tournaments (i.e. HORSE, etc)
At the Table
At Mansion poker I decided to enter into the spirit of things and play Omaha for a change. I'm not the most seasoned Omaha player, but I thought I knew enough to hold my own. Luckily, one of the Mansion poker new player freerolls was about to start, so I signed up for a bit of a challenge. The first prize was $10, and there were prizes for the first four places. There were only 24 entrants, so I really fancied my chances of grabbing some free cash.
As I have said in reviews before, there are things I like and things I don't like about Playtech's table software. I don't like the cartoon-ish look, but I can see how such a look would appeal to new and casual players. I thought there being four cards in your pocket would make the table more cluttered than usual, but that wasn't the case. What I do like about the Playtech client is the controls, which are set up just the way I like them, and can be configured anyway.
As for the tourney - well I didn't win although I was extremely unlucky. In one hand I went all-in when my ace-high flush was completed on the flop, only to be beaten on the turn by four nines!
Languages and Players
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
Promotions & VIP Status
Mansion Poker does seem to have some pretty tasty promotions. New players have that new deposit bonus to keep them happy, plus they are allowed entry into a daily $250 freeroll and a weekly $2,500 freeroll poker tournament, both in Hold'em and Omaha. There were also several special tournaments during the week with some excellent prizes all for a minimum outlay. For the higher rollers, there's the weekly €150,000 tournament that has a €150 buy in.
The Mansion Poker VIP scheme is called "Club Mansion". It's run on a "Mansion Points" basis, and you gain Mansion Points at a rate of 15 for every $1 of rake you generate (or 20 for €1, or 24 for £1). These rates are for Texas Hold'em - the rates are better if you play Omaha. As you earn more points, you obtain higher levels via the Club Mansion scheme, and the higher your level, the better the exchange rate becomes. Again, Omaha players earn better rates. These Mansion Points can be exchanged for cash to use in ring games, tournament fees or merchandise that is available in the Mansion Poker store.
As with most iPoker/Playtech casinos, there is no mobile option at Mansion Poker. Even for Omaha Players!
Help and Support
This was my one big surprise at Mansion Poker. The iPoker network does offer a great online help service (as well as excellent FAQs on the site), but when I tried to use the online help applet, my queries went unanswered, even though I left the applet open for half an hour. Eventually someone did respond, and they were very apologetic for the delay.
Mansion Poker accepts well over forty different deposit methods, including the following:
- Visa Debit/Credit
- Diners Club
Pros and Cons
✔ - Lots of nice little extras if you prefer Omaha over Hold'em
✔ - A hefty $2,000 first deposit bonus, although you only have 30 days to generate enough points to earn it all
✔ - Playtech/iPoker software, so secure and reliable and plenty of players
✔ - Nice tournaments and some generous freerolls
✘ - Help was lacking
✘ - Only 30 days to generate enough rake/fees for the bonus
Naturally the best thing that Mansion Poker has going for it is if you're one of the rare breed who prefers Omaha over Hold'em (and you'll never count me in as a member of that club - Omaha is just too brain-scrambling a game for me), then you are going to really appreciate all the little extras you'll receive at Mansion Poker as an Omaha player, including better bonus points rates and Omaha-only freerolls.
For the rest of us mere mortals, Mansion Poker is definitely one of the better iPoker sites you are likely to find on the internet, with that substantial poker bonus and other significant extras.