September 14, 2006, 6:30 pm (15 years ago)
Virtual City Poker is another operator of the Prima Poker Network and has been since March 2003. The benefit of playing on the network is the continual strong flow of players, a result of many poker sites all feeding through to one big room. Because of the size of Prima, they also spread a good variety of games from very low limit (easy pickings!) to high stakes pot limit and no limit (great if you’ve got the bankroll or good to just watch).
Graphics / Software
Call me old fashioned, but there is much that you can do to convince me that I'm anywhere but sat in front of my computer looking at cards on screen. (I've tried True poker, but it's just too slow.) The graphics are clear here and your hole cards are easy to see. When the flop comes, the cards are always visible, and they even have an indicator that shows who has acted and what they did.. I did have a few issues with the software when they first introduced the Multi Table Tournament, as it always seemed to freeze and was really slow, but I think after constant calls from thousands of players, they have ironed out these glitches.
Deposits / Bonus
The reason that I chose this site was due to the fact that there are so quite a few different sites that operate for the prima network, but Virtual city is one of the few that has the backing of a large casino group. When putting down my hard earned dollars, I feel that security of information and credit details are a huge part of where I play, and knowing that Virtual City comes under the highly professional banner of CasinoRewards and is therefore heavily monitored, I am safe in the knowledge that all is secure, and when it comes to cash out it comes safely and without hassle. The bonus was the first thing that attracted me to virtual City Poker, as I did not want to have to put up $100 that some of the other sites have as a minimum deposit. $30 for $30 is good for me. As well as this Virtual City Poker offer a daily prize of $250 for the highest hand and a bad beat jackpot of a minimum $500.
Customer / Support / Security
Customer support is important to me as things in the online world inevitably go wrong. The Poker room shares the same support as the casinos attached to it, so there is always someone on the phone 24/7, and even though for big technical issues, the support has to contact the Prima network (why the player can't contact Prima Poker direct, I don't know) you usually have any questions resolved within a 24 hour time frame. Most quick questions I had about my account or withdrawal were answered right there on the spot.
This site has 5 Card Stud!! Not many online poker rooms cover this game anymore, but as an old school player, it's great to find a site that not only has it, but also has a whole bunch of players ready and willing to play. Virtual city has all the big games such as Holdem, Omaha and as mentioned above 5 Card and 7 Card Stud. It also has a whole spread of games with heads up action, so if you can find a willing partner, you can sit at a private table and go back and forth.
I'm a middle limit player so Virtual City Poker is right up my alley, but they do have all limits, from very low 25c/50c all the way up to pot limit 50/100. A lot of people I come across say that they like the micro limit (2c/4c) games offered at other poker sites, but I find that no one is willing to lay down a hand at that level, so I'd rather stick to playing for fun than playing for such small limits.
If you had asked me about Tournaments at Virtual City a couple of months ago, I would have told you that the site was all about the ring games, but low and behold, they introduce a multi-table tournament platform. The site has gone up and up since this, with player traffic shooting through the roof. They offer daily freerolls starting at $200 and going up to $3000 (Although you must have played in at least 50 raked hands to qualify for this one). They also run a couple of daily satellites that feed a big end of month tournament, where the prize is usually flights and entry fee into a major land based tourney (yes, we're talking the World Series of Poker or many of the WPT). Not bad on the back on a $15 buy in. In summary because of the tournament spread at Virtual City Poker, the ring games are getting better by the minute and the money is flowing right into my pocket.