Prime Poker is a member of the large Ongame network, which lately has become a popular place for small-stakes cash games. Their software comes in both downloadable and Java formats, thus making this an attractive site for players using a Mac or those who wish to avoid downloading software. Note that the rake structure on this site is a bit higher than most other online poker rooms. This is especially evident in heads-up cash games, where the rake is capped at $1 as opposed to the customary $.50.
Prime Poker offers a signup bonus of 100% up to $600. To claim this bonus, use bonus code PT600. This bonus takes a long time to clear. Details can be found in our Prime Poker Bonus Review.
Since this is a new skin on the Ongame network, Prime Poker has not yet launched any significant promotions. They do offer reload bonuses from time to time sent out via e-mail in their newsletter.
Weak competition and a wide selection of events make this site one of the best places to enjoy online tournaments. Scheduled multi-table tournaments launch constantly and offer a nice blend of different variants and buy-in levels. Most of their tournaments attract between 100 and 500 participants.
Each Sunday this site hosts a $300+$20 tournament with a $75,000 guaranteed prize pool. Occasionally they hold a $1000+$40 tournament dubbed a "Grand" tournament that is spread over the course of two days. This is about the only place online where you can find a tournament which is spread over the course of multiple days. The sit-n-gos on this site are also quite popular.
Prime Poker has pleasant, efficient software. The gameplay is among the fastest of any online poker room. One thing that annoys me about this software is the way in which they display their no-limit stakes in the lobby. They list the big blind twice, such as $2-$2, when, in reality, the game has a small blind of $1 and a big blind of $2. This is the case for every no-limit game displayed on the lobby.
The site displays the flop percentage, average pot size, and hands per hour for each table. This allows users to make a good estimation of how loose and aggressive a table is.
The competition at Prime Poker is pretty representative of an average online cardroom. The small-stakes games are very beatable, but as you move up the ladder, the games become tougher. The shorthanded no-limit games are plentiful and generally pretty beatable at low stakes.
Most of Prime Poker's customer service is conducted through e-mail. They also offer phone service, but anyone living outside of the UK might have to pay hefty long distance charges to speak with a representative. Their Frequently Asked Questions section is very extensive and helpful.
Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha, 7-Stud, 7-Stud Hi-Lo, 5-Card Draw
Fixed Limits: $.15-$.30 to $500-$1,000
NL & PL Blinds: $.05-$.10 to $50-$100
Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, 5-Card Draw
Single-Table: $1 to $500
Multi-Table: $1 to $1,000