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CARBON POKER REVIEW

 

Quick Summary

Carbon Poker is a small to medium-sized room with about 5,000-plus players at peak hours. This is actually the re-birth of the site which first launched in February 2005 under the name Poker.com.  As part of the Merge Network, they do accept players from the USA.  They do not seek endorsements from big named pros like Full Tilt Poker or PokerStars, instead they focus on offering great promotions to attract new players.

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Room Details

Quick Facts

 
    • Name
    • Carbon Poker
    • Country
    • Australia
    • Network
    • Merge Gaming
    • Established
    • 2007
    • Telephone
    • N/A
 

Bonuses

 
    • Deposit Bonus
    • 100% up to $1000
    • Bonus Code
    • CARBONPK
 

Rakeback

 
    • Rakeback
    • 35%
    • Statistics
    • Daily
 

Deductions

 
    • Tournaments
    • Included
    • Bonuses
    • Not Deducted
 

Payments

 
    • Payments
    • Daily by poker site
    • Deposit and Withdraw Methods
    • Room
 

Pros:

    • Rabbit hunt feature shows the players what cards would've come if they hadn't folded.
    • New, detailed tournament lobby with release of 6.0 software in June 2012
    • The avatars show the tournaments that the players have won.
    • Wide game variety.
    • Advanced Filter Options
    • Game List Expanders 
    • Set your own local timezone opposed to using the client server time
    • Dedicated window for table stats
    • Tiling & Cascading Tables plus customer resizing options

Cons:

    • The software is slow.
    • Resource intensive software.
    • A misclick on a player' seat brings up all his/her details.

Main Review:

As the main brand of the Merge Network, poker players can always find a game but general traffic during peak hours typically reaches the 6-7000 mark. Carbon's industry leading software platform makes for easy navigation through the main lobby to find any variety of game at virtually every stake level. With their wide variety of games offered, this is a site that isn't only for Hold'em players as those who prefer Omaha, Razz etc can generally find some action.

It's the lower stakes (up to $2/$4) that get the majority of the play at Carbon and although Texas Hold'em is where the bulk of that action is, the loose games and below average skill level across these games make for some juicy pots no matter the stake. With players from all over the world and a growing US base, these action-filled tables will only grow in numbers during the coming months, and that's when poker novices don't wonder over to the virtual felt from Carbon's Casino or Sportsbook.

Carbon Poker - Game Types:

The highest stakes offered at Carbon Poker is at the $25/$50 limits and they can be found at the Omaha (limit or pot-limit) and Hold'em (limit or no limit) tables. These two poker games drive the bulk of the action at Carbon Poker and it can get quite concentrated at the Hold'em tables only. However, they do offer plenty more variations of poker at Carbon as you can find Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, 5 Card Stud, 5 Card draw, Razz, Triple Draw and Badugi. All these games keep their clientele pleased with the poker variations available to them although make no mistake about it, it's the Hold'em tables that see the majority of the players.

The Hold'em games at the lower levels – up to $2/$4 – tend to be very loose and are very beatable for skilled players but those looking for action at much higher stakes might have a tough time finding a consistent game outside of peak hours. As far as the other games go, the different forms of Omaha and Razz are the only other two that see consistent action and it's generally at the lower stakes only. Carbon's Omaha games start at the $0.10/$0.20 range so it can be a great place to learn the game and expand your poker knowledge for cheap and even enjoy some winning success a long the way.

Tournament players can have great success at Carbon Poker with their endless lineup of tournaments daily. Guarantees, Freezeouts, Rebuys, Turbos, Satellites, qualifiers are all offered daily and with over $10 million offered in guaranteed tournaments each month, there is a good chance you next big score will come at Carbon Poker.

Freerolls are also a big part of Carbon's tournament circuit and are a big part of padding's one bankroll while at this site. There is a new depositor $500 freeroll tournament, $1000 freerolls every day during the week, $2000 freeroll each Saturday and a $10,000 freeroll every Sunday except for the last one of the month when there is a $50K freeroll available to players at Carbon. All players can earn a seat in these tournaments simply by earning the required amount of VIP points for each tournament and those levels can be easily reached by regular players.

Carbon Poker - Software and Features:

Since upgrading their software back in 2012, Carbon Poker has really set themselves apart from other brands in the online poker world. They have many features that aren't available anywhere else such as the ability to “rabbit hole” the remainder of the hand (see what would have come up), the ability to show one or both of your hole cards when you are the last to fold or are mucking your hand without a caller, and they have a great note-taking system that is very easy to use from the get-go. Icons are made available for individuals to assign to players that remain visible the entire time that player is at the table.

Carbon also has a detailed, state of the art lobby (tournament and cash) that shows you all the vital information you need before choosing a table to sit at or a tournament to begin playing. For cash games, thinks like hands per hour, average pot size, and players per flop are all listed in the lobby to help with table selection and with all the advanced filter options, Carbon makes searching for that particular game or player very simple.

There is a bit of a downside to this tremendous visual software and it's that it makes frequent multi-tabling hard at Carbon. Two or three tables can be run with relative easy, but for players looking to play many more table than that will have to play around in the “Settings” menu to get a handle on things. The default “tab” option makes other tables just flash instead of opening up when the action is on you but once you find the 'New Window' option in the settings menu that headache corrects itself.

Sportsbook and Casino

Carbon's Sportsbook and Casino serve to help filter new players into the poker room. Their sporting odds are some of the best in the business – especially if you like underdogs – and there is a plethora of Casino games available to those that want to get away from the poker table. These are just two more great options those involved in gaming at Carbon Poker can earn some money with and are a big part in why their poker games are so soft.

Carbon Poker - Behind the Scenes:

Carbon's support staff is readily available for players to contact via live chat or email should any questions/concerns arise. With the mantra of always putting the player first, quick, timely responses are the norm from this support group and protecting your privacy is always Carbon's #1 priority. With 128-bit data encryption software your data and funds are always safe and secure.