Gaming Club Poker is one of around eighty poker rooms operating on the PrimaPoker Network of card rooms, a network which includes Crazy Poker and 32Red Poker. The Gaming Club provides poker, a casino and a sportsbook; their poker operation is based on the PrimaPoker Network, a network which is for some reason underrated by online poker guides similar to this one. One of the reasons put forth is that ‘the software is not reliable.’ Indeed, this may well have been the case in the dim and distant past, but since the inception of pokerppl.com in October 2005, our team have played literally tens of thousands of hands on tables of all descriptions at several of the PrimaPoker member cardrooms and experienced not a single hitch.

The software is clean, the gameplay is top class, and while some of the operators fall short in the customer service department, most of those featured on this site offer top-notch customer care. A warning about Gaming Club Poker at this point: only open an account with them if you are serious about playing there. The amount of emails they send in an attempt to persuade a registrant to play is excessive – and, more infuriatingly, the ‘unsubscribe’ link does not appear to work.

Features

Gaming Club Poker has all the usual PrimaPoker features, some of which are outlined above. A quick rundown:

  • Reduce table size to incorporate play at up to four tables simultaneously
  • In-play stats
  • Create a profile
  • ‘Find a player’ facility
  • ‘Quickseat’ option (enter stakes limit etc to be taken to the first available table meeting your preferences)
  • Auto-login on startup facility
  • Number of raked hands played always displayed in the lobby
  • Option to implement an enlarged ‘chat’ box

Stakes

The stake-range at Gaming Club Poker accomodates players of all budgets, with tourneys ranging from $0.75 + $0.25 to (at the time of writing) to the maxi rounder $2200 + $220 and ring games from $0.02 / $0.04 (PL) and 0.05/0.10 (Lim) to $100 / $200

Freerolls

Gaming Club Poker freerolls run on a daily basis and consist of three $1,000 freerolls for which there is a play requirement of 100 raked hands during the 24 hours prior to the event, one $1,000 no-obligation freeroll and one $200 no-obligation freeroll.

Gaming Club Poker Bonus

Gaming Club Poker offers a 100% bonus up to $50.

Player Numbers and Growth

Gaming Club Poker is part of the PrimaPoker network and shares a large pool of players with around eighty other online poker rooms. PrimaPoker’s website reports growth as ‘steady.’

Gaming Club Poker Promotions

Gaming Club Poker is currently running qualifying tournaments to win packages to the following July 2006 WSOP events: Multi Event, Main Event, Shorthanded, Ladies Hold ’em Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud and Limit Hold ’em.

FAQ:

1. How easy is the Gaming Club Poker bonus to clear?
2. What are the negative points, if any?

ANS 1:

The Gaming Club Poker bonus is both skinny and tough. 350 raked hands, played at tables with minimum limits of $2/$4 (limit) and and $0.50/$1 (pot and no limit) makes this an unappealing bonus, especially for low-limit players. There is also a $5k freeroll.
ANS 2:

The negative points pertain to the lack of promos and the difficult bonus. There are several PrimaPoker cardrooms which offer much more, such as 7Sultans Poker.

Rake

Industry standard 5% to a max $3 no flop no drop.

Deposit options

NETeller, Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Click2Pay, PaySpark, UseMyBank, InstaDebit, Firepay, eCheck, Moneybookers

Security

128 bit SSL encryption

Customer Services

Gaming Club Poker provides 24/7 support via phone and email.

Conclusion: How does Gaming Club Poker Shape-Up?

Gaming Club Poker offers nowhere near the amount of promos as some of its competitors on the Prima Network. 7Sultans Poker, 32Red Poker, Crazy Poker and Bet365Poker are way ahead in this respect. Hard to recommend at this moment in time.