9poker – ninePoker – whatever…
Thursday August 31st 2006, 2:27 am
Filed under: Bonus hunt,nine,No-Limit Hold'em,Poker Stuff,PokerSavvy

Hehe, I’m not sure about their official spelling, but I guess it’s 9poker, not that it mattered as both domains (.com) are connected. So, why am I even talking about that? Because I selected nine to be my next bonus hunt “victim”. After finishing bodog within such a short time (points still pending, I hope I’ll get them soonish) I was on the lookout for another good promotion. The nine promotion at PokerSavvy sounded good: the usual 50 deposit and you’ll need to get 250 Points with nine to get 700 points. Fair enough, so I got to it yesterday.

Quick review of my experience so far:

1. Signup was mostly painless, there were numerous inconsistencies and inconveniences though:

– the sign up is done via the secure part of their website, so far so good, the only thing they should explain to me is why I can use all letters, numbers and symbols on their website, but not in the poker client. I had the feeling that this was the reason I couldn’t login in the poker client. So I fired up Live Chat support and got the answer and the password changed right away. Fine, I still told the support guy to bitchslap the designers and that they should get this fixed…this is ridiculous..a simple character check in the sign up form shouldn’t be hard to implement *cough* 😉

– I deposited via the signup and once I was able to login I was facing the next problem: where’s my money? So I fire up the cashier, nothing, I fire up the FAQ, nothing, I fire up the account info, money there, but how to transfer it? Cashier, nothing. I fire up support yet again…aaaaah there’s another cashier, which is a symbol in the poker client. Error #1: I clicked on “deposit to poker” during signup, money still went to “normal” (sports betting) wallet. Error #2: Why would the “transfer funds from (other) wallet” be only a symbol, but the same functionality isn’t available via the cashier menu???

– The points you grind out are only updated once a day as far as I’ve seen so far…this sucks!

So after that little headshaking and laughing at the messy system I fired up some poker games and played for a while. As it was approaching early morning, yet again, I decided to quit though and so I pause my play until this afternoon. Impressions so far: the games are good, the sidegames (Chinese Poker, Guts, etc) are addictive, the traffic seems to be 98% from Canada (at least 90-99% of the players I’ve met so far were from Canada), the UI is not the best I’ve seen…I mean it’s pretty looking…

nine poker UI

…but some features are just a big PITA, e.g. the raise function – the standard raise function is a min raise, so far so good, if you want to raise more though you don’t have a bar to pull right away, but you have to click on “raise other” first and then adjust the bar (or type in the amount) and then click the raise button…not really good.

So…so far I would rate the room with a two thumbs up for their quick and easy support (via live chat), two thumbs down for their inconsistent stuff all over the place, one thumb down for their poker client. Let’s see how long it’ll take for me to grind out the 250 Points…

On another note: Did you know that Matt from PokerSavvy added a nice little item to the shop? For every 450 points you can order a money transfer of 45$ to either paypal or Neteller. This really rocks! Now I don’t say that Gift Certificates are bad, but they’re limited in use (e.g. only for Amazon.com) and the other stuff is basically out of reach for international customers like me (shipping&handling is not worth it)…so instead of going a route like PP gift certificate -> PP acount -> withdrawal to Neteller, you can now go the direct way PokerSavvy -> Neteller/Paypal, this clearly puts PokerSavvy ahead of the competition, so I’ll probably focus my search on their partners once I’m done with nine.




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I am in the middle of this promotion now. The points update every day at 2pm for me. They accumulate slowly, but the players there are awful. Just push your big hands to the limits and they will pay you off with overcards damn near every time. You are right on about the side games, I’ve been playing Big 2 with some success. Its basically a version of the game ‘asshole’, if you’ve ever played that. Have a great day.

Comment by President Dave Lee 08.31.06 @ 1:40 pm

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Hey there, well, the POP report shows that they update it once a day around 00:15-00:20 for me. It’s fine, after all you’re not going to accumulate hundreds a day anyway, so I guess I’ll have to live with it. Sidenote: I got 40 points for playing some hold’em + lots of guts + some chinese poker yesterday, not bad.

About the “normal” poker: yup, it’s almost do good to believe. I’ve come across so many players who are acting like they’re a living atm. Top Pair Shit Kicker, weeeee, it’s gold, wait, I got stacked, lol. What worked even better for me this far is playing “Waffles style” – limp in (or call a small preflop raise) with marginal hands (“garbage hands”, e.g. 35o, Q2o, etc) and if you flop a monster there’s almost no way that the original raiser (along with some guys catching a piece of the flop will fold) – example: I’ve got Q3o on the button, EP raises it up to 4xBB, 3 others smooth-call, so do I on the button, blinds fold. Flop comes down a beautiful 10-3-3, original raiser in EP fires at the pot (I put him on either a big pair or more likely a medium to strong Ace), two of the three others call again, I raise, all call. Turn is a blank (6 or 7), EP bets again, the two others call again, I reraise all-in…two of the remaining three call…river is a queen. Showdown: me – trip treys, original raiser: A10, first other dude: AQ, second other dude 99…lol…I stack three people in one hand.

As for the sidegames: I’m hooked on guts, lol, it’s really a nice game, although the swings can be huge, especially if you’ve got one of the resident luckboxes at the table – who always (note: exaggeration) have the nuts when a huge pot is decided.

Comment by Ingoal 08.31.06 @ 2:57 pm

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Now I remember guts, I did play that the first day but lost $10 quick before getting it all back a couple hands later.

Yeah, the waffles approach is gold on that site. TPTK or an overpair is gold. Good luck getting the rest of your points. I am at 180 without trying very hard. Oh, and I posted on my website about the beginners freeroll that I played in for their site, it was easy money with 38 (awful) players and 10 getting paid.

Comment by President Dave Lee 08.31.06 @ 5:24 pm

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Ah, nice, how can I get into the beginner freerolls? One other thing that makes me wonder: did you receive the 150% bonus and if so, how did you deposit? Because the message keeps popping up that I can receive 150% with my first deposit, but I already deposited (d’oh, how else would I be playing?)…

Comment by Ingoal 08.31.06 @ 5:36 pm

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I was wondering the same thing about the deposit bonus. I have clicked on their bonus section and it still comes up with no bonuses. I may have to contact support (who have been great so far) and figure out what to do. I think I used firepay to deposit, almost certain.

For the freerolls, they sent me an email telling me I had two free “Promo” dollars waiting for me to use on their beginners freerolls. I got the email on either Thursday or Friday of last week and the tournament was this past Monday at 9pm (Est time). One of the guys online was saying they weren’t doing them anymore, but that could have just been a rumor. I would write support and ask them when the next one is, and how you get into it. If you figure out anything with the bonus, let me know, cause I’ll have to do the same thing. I think PokerSavvy said to not enter a bonus code so it would be tracked through them. Hopefully that is still the case.

Comment by President Dave Lee 08.31.06 @ 6:35 pm

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Alright, so it’s not just me. Well, I guess I’ll get in touch with support guys later on and ask them what’s cookin…

Comment by Ingoal 08.31.06 @ 6:54 pm

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So, I just talked to service via live chat and it goes like this:

He said that the bonus will only be added automatically if you deposit directly to the poker room – which is basically impossible when you deposit directly during signup, as far as I know: i tried and it still went into the sportsbook wallet. So I’m guessing that you would have to deposit AFTER signup by clicking the cashier symbol (bottom right in the poker client).

Long story short: Just contact support and tell them to add you and they’ll do that…then you’ve got 60 days to get the bonus – to clear it you will have to get your hands on 15 POP per dollar…the good thing is that you can check your status via the poker client (My Bonuses -> Pending Bonuses) 🙂

Comment by Ingoal 08.31.06 @ 11:08 pm

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Very cool, thanks for the info.

Comment by President Dave Lee 09.01.06 @ 1:24 pm