As a web-based poker site created for those who want to play using bitcoins, there’s no need to download anything with BitsPoker. Except for the account registration, there’s nothing much you need to do to be able to play. It provides all of the benefits and conveniences of bitcoin betting.
BitsPoker was launched in the early part of 2013, initially offering No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. When it started, it bragged of offering low rake, freerolls every hour, not having a minimum deposit limit, and instant deposit and withdrawal transactions. Being micro-stakes-friendly was also one of its highlights. However, as the years passed, issues have emerged. Know what these are while learning about the different aspects of this bitcoin poker site through our BitsPoker review.
Before going into details with the games on BitsPoker, we want to highlight the apparent intention of the site in offering its games. As written on its About Us page, BitsPoker wants to be a good alternative for those who seek to avoid the common issues associated with poker sites such as tables that are often empty and the hassle of transferring money back and forth. It aims to provide the the simple and high traffic bitcoin poker rooms players want. It serves players in different parts of the world.
BitsPoker offers the following games:
- No Limit Texas Hold’em
- Pot Limit Omaha
- Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo.
It’s great to see a bitcoin poker site that offers a variety of games. They may not necessarily make the site outstanding but we are inclined to offer favorable words for the variety this poker site is offering. If you are into these games, you will likely enjoy playing them on BitsPoker.
Even without logging in, the BitsPoker website readily tells you how many players there are on the site at the moment, and how many tables are being played. This is a basic feature for a poker site but we really like how clearly and conspicuously this is being presented on BitsPoker. Once you enter the poker room, you just have to click on the greyed out seats or circles to join a game.
The game interface looks okay, although many may say it’s just mediocre and dull. What you’ll see on the site are just the plain green oval table with circles around it and icons for players (greyed out circle if there is no player), player name, balances, and cards. To promote some engagement among players, there’s a chat function but it seems not many are making use of it.
The game interface occupies only a small portion of the Poker Room page by default but there’s a button to switch them to fullscreen mode.
The only currency used on BitsPoker is bitcoin. We have no reason to complain about this although some other sites accept the depositing of amounts in other currencies because they support multiple payment methods. The bets, however, are not stated in BTC or bitcoins on the games. Instead, you need to obtain chips that will be used in the games.
To obtain chips, you need to make a deposit into the bitcoin wallet address indicated in your account (the Cashier page). There is no minimum or maximum limit for the deposit you make. You just have to transfer the bitcoins from your personal wallet address to the BitsPoker wallet address. The bitcoins you send will be indicated in your account as chips after two confirmations. You will get 4,000 chips for every mBTC transferred and confirmed. That means if you deposit 1 BTC, you are going to see 4 million chips reflected in your account after 2 confirmations.
Withdrawals, on the other hand, can be done to any bitcoin wallet address you specify. Despite the promise of instant withdrawals and deposits on its homepage, BitsPoker’s FAQ page actually says that withdrawals may take up to 48 hours. Still, the FAQ page also states that withdrawals usually get completed in just a matter of minutes.
At the time we were doing this review, the minimum buy-in for the 500/1000-bit table on BitsPoker is 20,000 chips or only 0.02 BTC. This is not a bad price. We are inclined to write in this BitsPoker review that this is an affordable price. This bitcoin poker site also has a relatively low rake of only 2% for each and every ring game it offers.
- Fully web-based bitcoin poker rooms
- Mobile-friendly bitcoin betting site
- Relatively low rake
- Supports anonymous online gambling
- No deposit bonuses and player loyalty rewards
- No live chat support and unresponsive email support (as of the time this BitsPoker review was written)
- Some issues (accusations) about the site have not been addressed publicly yet. They cast doubt on the credibility of the site.