- Player Traffic: 8
- Software and Graphics: 8
- Bonuses and Promotions: 8
- Soft Competition: 9
- Customer Support: 9
- Game Variety: 7
- Web site: Absolutepoker.com
- Established: 2003
- Country: Costa Rica
- Network: Cereus
- Download Size: 25.7 MB
- E-Mail support: [email protected]
- Mac download: Yes
- Flash (no download): Yes
- First deposit bonus: 150% deposit bonus up to $500. Once you receive your bonus you’ll be entered into a $1,000 New Depositors Freeroll that takes place on Mondays at 8:00 pm ET.
- Other bonuses: See current and ongoing promotions
- Texas Hold’em
- Omaha Hi/Lo
- 7 Card Stud
- 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
- Mixed Games:
H.O.R.S.E (Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
History & Overview
Along with Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker (AP) is part of the Cereus Network, ergo their software and features are nearly identical and are two of the top ten poker sites in player traffic.
Like it’s sister-site, AP was also involved in a cheating scandal. In 2007 a former employee took players to the tune of $1.6 million. He wasn’t so sneaky about his play, as you can see in this video. AP later refunded the $1.6 million to affected players. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission levied consequences on AP, including a $500,000 fine. No similar instances have occurred since.
AP has a fine game selection and a clean interface with the option to jump into tournament blackjack or casino games anytime. Best of all, AP is endorsed by former Real World Las Vegas cast member Trichelle Cannatella.
Deposit & Cashout Methods for US Players
AP offers some very unique deposit options. Phone One allows you to use your Visa to purchase pre-paid long distance phone time that you can redeem for credit. If you purchase any EBook bundle from PerEBook.com, they will credit your account with the full purchase price. Use GoldChips.com where you can instantly buy & sell gold based on market prices. Absolute Poker accepts the digital value of your gold account as redemption of funds into your gaming account. Yes, you read all that right.
- Quick Deposit by Instant eChecks
- Phone One
- Western Union
- MG Money Transfer
- Check by Mail
- Gold Chips
- Bank Transfer
- Check by mail
- Courier check
- Premium Wire
Software and graphics
Along with UB, Absolute Poker is part of the Cereus network. The lobbies, features and options are almost identical, minus the color scheme.
Absolute Poker has a clean, intuitive interface. It’s very easy on the eyes and everything is laid out quite nicely. Downloadable poker skins keep you occupied and perhaps very superstitious if you think they might be lucky.
If you like kicking yourself in the pants after you fold a hand, AP has an option for a rabbit cam, that is, showing the next card after the hand is over. Since AP is essentially UB, it has all the standard poker room features like player notes, statistics, multi-table options, hand histories and that sweet hand replayer feature to relive that glorious win or to figure out what cards your opponent mucked.
Add your UB poker and blackjack contacts with Absolute Buddy. Open Absolute Buddy from the main lobby and see what tables your friends (or your favorite fish) are currently playing. You can add notes and even be taken directly to a table from the buddy client.
And of course what would poker be without the temptation to waste your last precious dollars on a hand of blackjack? You have that luxury at AP. I strongly suggest playing Tournament Blackjack as opposed to clicking the “Blackjack” button above the Cashier button and going solo. I can offer no such suggestion on their casino games, as I’m not curious enough to lose money just to prove a point. 😉
Competition at the micro- and low-limits is quite loose, while the higher stakes feature good competition, although you might have to wait a short while to play. Overall, cash game traffic is good and growing.
Absolute Poker is known as a poker room where the fish swim in swarms. If you’re trolling for beginners, you might just land a net full of them. You’ll find plenty of 6-player tables with 45% or more players per flop at the $1/$2 limit.
Scared about taking a bad beat at AP? You’ll be hoping for one if you hold a good enough hand! One of the great features of AP and UB is their Bad Beat Jackpot. It goes like this: If you lose a hand holding four eights (8888) or better, you win 50% of the Bad Beat Jackpot! The payout is like this:
- 25% rolls over to the next Bad Beat Jackpot
- 10% goes to the house
- Of the remaining 65%:
- 50% goes to the Bad Beat victim
- 25% goes to the winner of the hand
- $1000 goes to every other player at the Bad Beat table
- The rest is divided among everyone playing the same game type and stakes when the Bad Beat takes place, provided they meet the requirements of qualification.
Tournaments and Freerolls
If you’re a tournament poker player, no matter what your bankroll, AP has something for you. Most famous are its $150,000 and $75,000 guaranteed tournaments. You’ll find plenty of loose players in these tournaments. Getting to the latter stages shouldn’t be too difficult as long as you don’t succumb to the bad play of others.
AP runs a tournament on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 14:30 ET called The Donkament. The Donkament has become a big hit, as it offers $50,000 of guaranteed cash in exchange for AbsolutePoints and AbsolutePoints alone. That’s right; you can’t buy into the tournament with cash and there are no cash satellites, only points qualifiers.
Like other online poker rooms, AP offers the option of making deals with other players at the final table. Everyone must agree to the deal before you split the money.
Since joining the Cereus network, AP has bucked up to the tune of over $500,000 in guaranteed tournament prize pool money, the majority of which is spread over the Sunday $200,000 Guaranteed and the $100,000 Guaranteed. If you dream of going from rags to riches, or at least turning your finances around in a hurry, you have plenty of chances at AP. Keep track of all the scheduled tournaments here.
They do offer some freerolls as well, like the $1,000 New Depositors Freeroll, but not as many as the other major poker rooms.
AP’s loyalty program is called FAME. There are five rungs on the FAME status ladder: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum VIP and Diamond Elite. AbsolutePoints and Status Points are earned simultaneously. AbsolutePoints are redeemable for cash, tournaments, poker concierge services, store items and experiences. The higher you climb in our FAME program, the more AbsolutePoints you will receive for every Status Point earned.
Players earn Status Points in real money cash games and tournaments. To stay at your current Status Level you must earn a minimum amount of points in one month, or you will drop down a level.
AP offers some of the best support out there. They respond quickly to emails and are prompt in processing withdrawals. On multiple occasions I’ve found $10 in my AP account, along with an email inviting me to come back to their tables. It’s a great gesture that makes them stand out from the rest.