32Red Poker Review Continued...
Games and Tournaments
The site offers a staggering variety of games including Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 5-Card Stud and 7-Card Stud. You can play for free to get used to the place, then choose to play cash games, sit and go tournaments, multi-table tournaments, satellites, freerolls, heads-up or progressive bad beat tables.
The visuals are clean and simple, with the emphasis on the game rather than fancy avatars and graphics. Cards and chips are bold and simple, and the game runs smoothly and quickly without ever blowing you away. Unfortunately the sound effects can be a little grating, particularly when you are prompted to take your turn, but these can be turned down in the Settings tab where you can also alter preferences on the appearance and make other tweaks. The play interface is simple to use, with clearly labelled action buttons, and the amount of time left for a player’s current turn is represented by a blue bar beneath their name. You’ll have enough time to make a decision without others at the table thinking that you’re tanking.
Your best hand is displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen, which, while it may be patronising for experienced players, is a handy tool for those newer to the game. The lobby is clearly laid out with a number of interactive elements and graphics to keep you informed of the latest promotions and tournaments.
Functionality and Features
32Red Poker provides a Flash platform thatoffers players the chance to try the poker software before making a deposit or downloading the full version, which offers more features. For troubleshooting, a live chat application is a useful addition for new players or anyone experiencing problems and the response is quick and helpful.
32Red also has its own poker school, providing tips and techniques on Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 5 Card Stud, and 7 Card Stud. While the poker school is far more detailed than most, it is particularly text-heavy and offers very little interaction. It could really benefit from some visuals – even a table showing the various hand rankings in Texas Hold’em or in Omaha would be a welcome sight.
One of the coolest features on the 32Red Poker site is the Anonymous Tables option, which disables the use of tracking software to enable you to play under a temporary avatar. This provides you with a fresh and even playing field, where players are unable to track or keep notes on your gameplay. Anonymous tables are marked with an ‘A’ icon and can be found under the Cash Tables tab.
A huge advantage to 32Red Poker is that they take the time to explain the ins and outs of their online poker rooms, covering topics from card shuffling to collusion. It’s stuffed away at the bottom of the page but it is well worth a read.
32Red Poker Bonuses and Promotions
New players are rewarded with a rakeback bonus of up to $1,000, which can be earned in increments by collecting loyalty points, known as Redbacks, on 32Red's cash games, Sit & Gos and scheduled tournaments. You’ll also receive exclusive tournament invites, including the chance to play in six weekly '€500 guaranteed' freerolls. There is also a generous 30% rakeback scheme which is open to all players and rewards you with cash deposits based on how frequently you play. The 32Red Promotions page is constantly updated with new bonus offers and special tournaments, so you will never be left feeling underwhelmed.
32Red Poker also offers a number of satellite games, either for entry to bigger online tournaments or seats at the prestigious Microgaming Poker Network Poker Tour (MPNPT).
The choice of games is extensive, the traffic is high and the poker experience is excellent. Add to the mix some valuable promotions for new accounts and you can't go wrong with 32Red Poker.