BetOnline is a privately held company licensed by the Panama Gaming Commission, and has been around for over 15 years. BetOnline Poker was a ‘skin’ or white-label poker site running on the Chico Poker Network, but have since developed their own poker platform (with Connective Games in 2016). BetOnline is one of the few remaining networks to still operate in the US market – great news for American poker players, as it provides an excellent alternative to Americas Card Room and Ignition poker, and by all accounts, has ‘softer’ games than ACR.
Due to the integration of the BetOnline sports book, casino, and bingo site, this creates an overflow of recreational players trying out the poker room, which in turn makes for some very soft games and at times a total fish frenzy. They also have some of the easiest deposit methods, which combined with the above makes for great action on the tables.
It’s 100% legal for Americans to play poker online, there are currently no US laws that restrict American citizens from playing poker online with the sole exception of Washington State. Statutes that exist including but not limited to UIGEA and the wire act apply solely to the people operating the poker sites.
BetOnlinewas once a troubled operator due to painstakingly slow payouts, thankfully this was remedied in 2011 when new ownership and management took up the helm. In a short space of time not only did the new ownership cure the payment issues but they honored all past withdrawal claims. That’s a pretty safe bet, and with the continued positive actions we can confidently recommend BetOnline to be a safe and secure place to play.
Customer service is the only area that lets this site down, they have 24/7 customer support but it usually has a wait time so don’t expect quick results. Live Chat is reserved solely for the use of players whom have placed a deposit. Hopefully this gets better in time as they have improved everything else to a very high standard its sad to see such poor customer service.
BetOnline country restrictions
BetOnline poker accepts players from most countries, with a few exceptions.
- Central African Republic
- Cote Divoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- French Souther Territories
- Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
- Myanmar (Burma)
- North Korea (Republic of)
- Sierra Leone
- Syrian Arab Republic
How does the Welcome Bonus work at BetOnline?
As a new depositor you will receive a very generous 100% bonus up to a maximum of $1000. Earning comp points triggers the release of the bonus with 1 comp point earned for every $0.01 you contribute to the rake and every $0.01 you pay in tournament fees. It takes 5000 Comp points to release $5 of bonus into your account. To qualify for the welcome bonus you must opt to receive it by depositing a minimum of $50 and using the code NEWBOL in the cashier section. You will have 30 days to clear the bonus in its entirety and to be clear a withdrawal before all the stages are released will result in any unreleased bonus stages being forfeited.
Are there promotions for new players at BetOnline?
The New Player weekly freeroll with $10,000 up for grabs is not to be missed; with an average small field of 300 players the odds are very favorable. You receive an entry ticket upon depositing, which isn’t locked into one date; the freeroll runs weekly on Sundays.
Cash games at BetOnline
The cash tables at BetOnline are always filled with action; the easy deposit methods appear to eliminate the fear in some players of losing their bankroll as they can easily top up. The overflow from the casino and sportsbook also is apparent in the loose players that populate the tables, adding a bit of fire to the games.
Game selection is pretty standard Texas Holdem, mainly No Limit (NLH) games with a few Limit (LH) games, Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) both hi and hi/lo, Limit Omaha (LO) and No Limit Texas 6+ – which is a short-deck, action packed game with cards ranked deuce to five removed from the pack. One downside to the cash games are that the Micro Stakes start at .05 -.10 there are no .01-.02 games as commonly seen at other sites not so maybe not ideal for someone wanting to dip their toes in the water for the first time.
How easy is it to deposit at BetOnline ?
BetOnline have the easiest deposit methods in the business and especially for American players. They accept:
- Cash Transfer
- Wire Transfer
What are the current ongoing promotions at BetOnline?
The Million-Dollar Windfall Jackpot
A lottery style 3-player hyper turbo sit & go with buy-ins between $3 and $30, fast and furious 3 minute blinds, starting stack of 500 these tournaments last approx 5 minutes. As soon as 3 players register a random prize is drawn, up to 100,000x buy-in with the new 1 Million-Windfall Jackpot, on average the prize is in the region of 2 x the buy in, the chances of hitting the jackpot are miniscule but … the chance is still there
This is a $2,500 weekly freeroll held on Sundays at 11 am ET for players who have completed 4 missions. Mission requirements change regularly but they are essentially about getting hands in a defined situation e.g. quads on the flop, making a flush on the river, taking a pocket pair to a showdown etc some are easy to fulfil some are harder but it all adds up to create a little more excitement in the game. Players need to opt-in to participate in the Mission Grinders promotion.
$10,000 Weekly Cash Race Leaderboard
This is a promotion for cash games only and doesn’t include heads up or tournament play, it does include the bad beat jackpot tables and the boost tables. To qualify for the Cash race you need to opt in and earn points via your rake contribution, 1 point for every dollar. The $10,000 is awarded to the top 100-point earners on a tiered payout as well as the top 10 receiving an entry ticket for the $150,000 guaranteed Sunday Main Event tournament
The $5,000 Weekly Sit & Go (SNG) Leaderboard
If you are an ICM wizard who likes to crush the bubble and win SNGs, then this is an added bonus not to be missed. Points for this SNG promotion are earned as follows:
1. Play Sit & Go: 1 point.
2. Place in the money: 2 points.
3. Runner Up (2nd place): 3 points.
4. Win Sit & Go: 4 points.
5. For every Knockout on Sit & Goes: 1 point.
6. For every $1 in Sit & Go fees: 3 points.
The top 50 on the leader board qualify for the following cash prizes with the top 5 also receiving an entry ticket into the $150,000 Guaranteed Sunday Main Event.
The Main Event $150,000 GTD Sundays
BetOnline have been increasing their tournament offers but the one that should have your eye on the prize is the weekly Main Event with a guarantee of $150,000 up for grabs.
The Main Event runs every Sunday at 1.00 pm ET with a buy-in of $100+9 and a starting stack of 10,000 chips. There are numerous ways other than the regular buy-in to gain entry to the Main Event by means of free entry tickets rewarded from the weekly cash race leader board and the weekly sit and go leader board. There are also week long satellites running for as little as $5.50 entry fee and if you’re lucky enough to win multiple entry tickets then these can be used as re-entries whilst the tournament is in the late registration period
The BetOnline Bad Beat Jackpot
The bad beat jackpot tables are found at Texas holdem cash tables with stakes of $0.50-$1.00 and higher, they are marked with Bad beat jackpot next to the table name. To qualify for the bad beat jackpot at BetOnline, Four of a kind Queens or a better hand must be beaten. There are further rules in place to qualify for the jackpot, the hand must go to showdown, and both hole cards must play for both the winner and the bad beat. If you are sitting at multiple bad beat jackpot tables you can only share once in the prize and if you are sitting out when the bad beat jackpot is hit you don’t qualify for a share of the prize.
The contribution to the progressive jackpot prize is $0.10 for every $4 in the pot with a limit set at $0.50.
When the jackpot is awarded it is shared as set out in the table below:
- 20% player with Bad Beat
- 15% winner of the hand
- 12.5% players at the table
- 12.5% players at other BBJ tables
- 35% reseed
- 5% fee
To sweeten the pot as the jackpot prize grows, BetOnline make the qualifying hand easier to hit, which increases your odds of sharing in the big win prize.
The Boost Bad Beat Jackpot
Boost tables are BetOnline’s “fast fold” format Texas holdem and they have their own bad beat jackpot although its never as high as the main bad beat jackpot due to the lower volume of players on the boost tables. To qualify for the Boost bad beat jackpot at BetOnline, Four of a kind deuces or a better hand must be beaten. There are further rules in place to qualify for the jackpot, the hand must go to showdown, and both hole cards must play for both the winner and the bad beat. If you are sitting at multiple bad beat jackpot tables you can only share once in the prize and if you are sitting out when the bad beat jackpot is hit you don’t qualify for a share of the prize.
The contribution to the progressive jackpot prize is $0.02 for every $1 in the pot with a limit set at $0.10.
When the jackpot is awarded it is shared as follows:
Winner of Bad Beat (Losing Hand): 40%
Winner of the Hand: 20%
Players at the table where the BBJ was triggered: 15%
Players playing on bad beat boost tables: 10%
Reseed value: 15%
Surprisingly the house doesn’t take a % from this progressive jackpot all the funds are distributed to the players and the reseed pot.
Jackpot sit and go’s and flip sit and go’s
Betonline’s Hyper Turbo sit and go format with 3 player make for a super fast exciting game. Similar to the windfall format whereby the random prize is served up where it can be as much as 5000 times your buy-in and with a progressive jackpot sharing 85% of the jackpot prize the remaining 15% is reseeded. The jackpot prize is dependant upon the buy-in but it can go to 150,000 at the maximum buy-in. The jackpot fee is 2% of the buy-in.
The payout structure of the jackpot prize is split between all 3 players:
• 1st place receives 65%
• 2nd place receives 25%
• 3rd place receives 10%
How do I deposit at BetOnline ?
BetOnline has numerous deposit methods in place, all you have to do is visit the cashier and choose which payment method you would like to use. We recommend using bitcoin the most popular of the crypto currencies as BetOnline do not charge any fees for depositing or withdrawing with crypto currency, all other deposit methods incur a fee, which is standard practice. Below is a chart of minimum and maximum deposit options.
|Bank Wire||$1,000||No Maximum|
|Person to Person||$100||$600|
How fast are withdrawals from BetOnline?
The speed of withdrawals at Betonline depends on the payment method you select, although they have a reputation of having some of the fastest payouts online. Worldwide players can withdraw using all the methods they used to deposit, however American players are restricted to the following withdrawal methods:
|Bank Wire||$1,000||No Maximum|
|Person to Person||$100||$600|
Poker HUDs that have proven to be compatible with the BetOnline software are:
- iHoldem Indicator for Mac
- Holdem Indicator for PC
- Drivehud for PC
- PokerTracker 4 for Mac and PC
- Holdem Manager 3 for PC
What are the BetOnline Software features?
BetOnline was originally part of the Chico network before they changed to proprietary software designed by connective games in 2016. This has provided a huge improvement in the overall quality and user experience. The software can be downloaded or played directly from your browser, the choice is yours. It’s fantastic that BetOnline put the choice in the player’s hands rather than force a download. The software both download and browser-based runs smoothly with great graphics and options, downloadable for Mac and PC users alike. The carpet colour and the felt on the table can be changed as well as the colour of the back of the deck of cards, you can select your audio preferences, all adding up to a customised user experience. Usernames and balances are displayed on the table along with the usual information bet size and pot size. The addition of a Buddy list is a cool feature whereby you can add friends that you want to play with and also mark players you don’t want to play against
Can I play BetOnline on my Mobile or Tablet devices?
BetOnline have a free app you can download to your mobile or tablet device, the app supports Android, Apple and Blackberry devices, however you must put your device into landscape mode to use the app. You can create your account from the mobile app or login to an existing account created on a PC or Mac. There is a cashier function in the app so you can deposit straight from you mobile device. Once you are in the lobby there are 3 tabs to select from, cash games, sit and go’s, and tournaments. The animations and sound can easily be toggled off and on, with chat features available also. The graphics are sharp and the games run smoothly, unlike other many other poker apps on the market, its quite impressive.
BetOnline Poker – Review Summary
We love the generous 100% Welcome Bonus, the value added via the Weekly Leaderboard, the bad-beat jackpot and freerolls. The site is part of a good-sized, USA facing network – which gives more choice to USA based poker players. Compared to sites like PokerStars and ACR, the player-base is a big more recreational, due to crossover from the BetOnline Sportsbook product. The software is good and works on Mac, PC, Mobile (IOS and Android). Games on offer are plenty, including fast fold poker and 32card poker. Deposits and payouts are really fast and easy with Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies).
BetOnline Poker is an excellent poker room with a great range of small to mid-stakes action, and a big focus on promotions to reward players. BetOnline is growing fast, especially in the USA, and has proven itself to be a serious destination for poker players worldwide.