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We have awarded Bwin our prestigious Silver Award in this category, having reviewed 27 UK Poker Websites. Read our review below to find out why...
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Bwin Poker is a top notch online poker site that only narrowly missed out on the number one spot in this category. It offers almost everything that the number one in our online poker category offers which earns it the maximum 5 stars in each of the criteria we rated it on so really only missed out on the number one spot by a tiny margin. As well as providing an excellent online poker experience Bwin Poker also allows you to play on the move on a smartphone and has one of the best mobile apps we have seen. Of course it's also possible to enter the multitude of high value tournaments from your mobile too so it's a great way to never miss out on any of the action!
Getting started on Bwin poker is an absolute breeze whether you have played online poker before or not. Even if you have never played poker at all you will be good to go after watching the five minute introductory video that teaches you the basics. The great thing about Bwin poker compared to many other online poker sites is that it allows you to try out a free game from your browser before even signing up. This is a great way to see if you fancy the world of online poker at all, but doesn't demonstrate the full extent of the downloadable client. If you sign up for an account you will have to download the client to play properly, but this is well worth it as it provides a much richer experience than playing within your browser. It's easily one of the best clients we have seen design-wise and runs very well even on low-spec computers, like a netbook.
Bwin Poker doesn't have quite so many poker styles on offer as some of its competitors, but we haven't marked it down too much for this because most people are only interested in Texas Hold'em anyway. Aside from this old favourite, it's also possible to have a go at Omaha style too. Another reason we haven't marked Bwin Poker down too much for this is that clearly they have focused on doing one thing perfectly and that's what you will find with Texas Hold'em. There are plenty of different table types to choose from and stakes start from as low as 1 cent so you don't stand to lose a lot of money if it all goes wrong. However, if you are feeling more confident there are plenty of high stakes tables where the blinds are $1000 and $2000.
As well as being able to play at these sit and go tables, Poker of course offers a sufficient number of tournaments to be in with the chance of winning huge cash prizes. There is a $200,000 guaranteed prize tournament once a week and daily tournaments with prizes of up to $10,000. You will need to earn some player points by playing in a lot of real money games though before you will qualify to enter some of the larger tournaments. Player points are built up even if you don't win a hand and the amount you receive is based around the value of the rake for that hand. This way it means that even if you are a terrible player you will eventually build up player points which can also be exchanged for real world prizes.
Like most good online poker sites Bwin Poker offers some great bonuses for signing up. You are free to choose the value of the bonus you are eligible to receive, but it pays to choose carefully because the larger the bonus you choose the more you have to play to earn it. Of course it also helps if you know how to win and if you think your skills are lacking you will be glad to hear that there is a huge tips and strategies section to the site where you can learn how to improve your game.
By now you should have some idea of why we think Bwin Poker is one of the best online poker sites out there. As we mentioned there is little to choose between some of the sites in the upper echelons of our top ten so it pays to check them all out. However, if you have already decided Bwin Poker is for you then we would highly recommend signing up for an account. Membership is free and you can deposit as much as you want whenever you want, but remember to build your skills up on the small stakes tables first!
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