While non-US players have a lot of choice when it comes to choosing an online poker room to play at, since the UIGEA and Black Friday poker indictments, it became much more difficult for poker sites to service American players. As a result, there were much fewer rooms that still accept US players.
Fortunately, however, there are still some good options for US-based online poker players. With PokerStars and Full Tilt exiting the U.S. poker market, Carbon Poker quickly stepped in and became a leading poker site for US players.
Carbon Poker resides on the Merge Gaming Network, which according to Pokerscout.com, is currently the 4th biggest US-friendly poker network. The software of a poker room is equally as important as the selection of games, and it’s a pleasure to play on Carbon, regardless of whether you choose the ‘download’ or ‘instant play’ option.
Opening a real money account at Carbon Poker is hassle-free, although there are some restrictions. The poker room has banned players from the regulated states (Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey), and there are some states where online poker is not allowed at all.
Carbon Poker Games
They cover the largest selection of poker games, besides common poker variants such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha, you can also play 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Razz, Badugi, and many other less commonly played games, including mixed games. Well rounded players will truly capitalize on the great variety of games offered at this online poker room.
The low stakes ring game tables run from as little as $0.01/$0.02 up to $50/$100, although you won’t find much action higher than $5/$10. Most of the site’s traffic is centered on the NLH tables. Heads up, 6-max and full ring games can be found in Carbon Poker’s Ring Game lobby.
There is also a wide range of SNGs and MTTs running 24/7 around the clock. Sit and Go tournaments are usually single table tourneys. You can choose from heads-up, 4, 6, 9 or 10-handed tables that can be played at Regular, Turbo or Hyper-Turbo speeds, depending on how much time you can dedicate to playing a tournament.
They also run some of the most competitive and best value guaranteed tournaments, with over $6 million in guarantees given away each month. The Sunday lineup of tournaments is action packed and the big Sunday tournament that every tournament grinder aspires to winning one day is the Sunday Big Ticket, which comes with a $100,000 Gtd. Late registration is allowed, and most tournaments in their schedule have re-buys if you’re knocked out but feeling lucky.
Carbon Poker also provides freerolls and there is no deposit needed to play many of the freeroll tournaments in their schedule, which can be a great way to get a bankroll started without any risk.
Carbon Poker Bonuses and Promotions
Welcome Bonus – Carbon Poker is offering a 100% first deposit bonus up to $1,000. New players may deposit a little as $10 to be eligible for the sign up bonus. The also regularly offer a reload bonus should you be looking to make another deposit.
Carbon Grand Prix – Carbon Poker is hosting Grand Prix Leaderboards which runs over 90 days between June 1st and August 30th. Over $125,000 will be given away before it all ends. In order to be eligible for you share of $1,500 in daily cash prizes, all you have to do is play No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha cash games. Raked hands will be tracked for seven different stakes levels, and the top three of each leaderboard win.
Bad Beat Jackpot – The Bad Beat Jackpot is back at Carbon Poker. The BBJ is distributed as follows: Loser of the hand gets 38% of the Jackpot. The winner of the hand gets 20.5%. Other players at the table also get 20.5% of the Jackpot shared amongst them. And the remaining 21% is used to reseed the Jackpot.
While Carbon Poker isn’t one of the busiest online poker rooms, there is still enough action and game variety in both ring games and tournaments to satisfy even the most discerning players.
If for whatever reason, you’re not entirely sure if you should make a deposit into Carbon Poker, the great news is that you can test out the site’s games and software for free with no deposit being needed using the play money tables, just until you’re comfortable taking on bigger fish in the real money Carbon Poker games. You never know, you may become good enough at poker that you make a big score in an online tournament or grinding cash games.
Unfortunately, however, players in Australia, France and Singapore will not be allowed to register and play at Carbon Poker.