Poker Through the Eyes of an Amateur

March 06, 2006

Absolute... Crap

This weekend I started on the long list of PSO (referral link) promotions by signing up for an account with Absolute Poker. I have to tell you, I was not impressed at all. The signup process was painless, but it went downhill from there.

First off, there are the graphics. While the tables and cards don't look bad, they don't look great either. The worst thing, though, is the player icons. For some reason, Absolute decided to go with oval shaped pictures, a decision I will never understand. It ends up making the pictures look ugly and distorted. Although no distortion actually occurs, the oval shape plays a trick on the eye, making it look pretty awful. Couple this with the fact that the textbox doesn't allow you enough space to type a normal sized sentence, and you have every reason to dislike the software.

Second, they are very unstable. I played some on Friday night and a lot on Saturday. In that less than twenty-four hour time span, the server crashed on me twice. I've never had that problem at any of the other three sites I've played at. So, minus points for technical aspects as well.

Third, games were pretty scarce. I don't know how long the site has been around, but there was only one 2/4 full table ring game going, and one for 1/2. There were a few full six max tables, but that was it. I checked out their tourneys to see if they had anything good, but I didn't see anything special. All the guaranteed tourneys are smaller than the ones I've seen on Poker Stars and Party Poker. I just couldn't find anything really impressive or unique about the site game-wise. Minus points for bleh games and limited competition.

Fourth, after completing my PSO promotion, I wanted to use up some of my AP points that I'd earned, since I'd never be going back. I think I had slightly over 750 or 800. At Poker Stars, that could get me at least a decent prize of some sort. At Absolute, I think the minimum cost for a prize was three or four thousand points. Screw that. Minus points for crappy points store.

In conclusion, unless you're swooping in to clear a PSO bonus and get out, I would stay away from this site. If you're wanting to do a new player money clearing bonus, don't bother. You'd have to be involved in 100 hands raked $.50+ for each $10 you want to clear. That's definitely not worth it. I still have $60 pending in my bonus there, and I'm leaving it.

Hopefully someone will find this info useful. I know Kip was thinking about moving over there. You may want to try somewhere else, buddy. I know there are definitely a lot better sites out there.


  • I think you should check out PokerShare...I think they are back up and running after the ordeal with Ultimate Bet. I don't have an account at PokerShare, but I've heard good things. I dig UB so you could try them as well.

    Of course, as I mentioned the other night, Full Tilt is a good way to go...good luck.

    By Blogger TripJax, at 3/06/2006 5:13 PM  

  • I plan on doing as many of the promotions as I can. I think Full Tilt will be last a) because I hear the bonus is harder to clear and b) because I know I will stay there once I'm done with the bonus. I think my next stop will be Bodog, as it looked incredibly easy to finish. PokerShare wasn't listed on PSO, but I may try it out once I'm done with the promotions.

    By Blogger Matt Silverthorn, at 3/06/2006 5:30 PM  

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