Global Poker Review

Global Poker is a sweepstakes-based online poker room that opened its virtual doors in February 2017. Customers play using virtual currencies, but have the chance to win real money prizes and experience the thrill of serious online poker contests.

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How does Global Poker work?

The primary virtual currency used on Global Poker is called Gold Coins. Aside from the 5,000 Gold Coins you receive for free, this currency can be purchased using real-world money. Every Gold Coins pack is bundled with a predetermined number of sweepstakes tickets called $weeps Cash.

These tickets can be used to play on sweepstakes tables or to enter sweepstakes tournaments. They can also be exchanged for real cash prizes. From a legal standpoint, the Gold Coins are worth nothing outside the Global Poker ecosystem, and the sweepstakes tickets awarded to players are part of an ongoing promotion designed to attract more people to the site.

The legality of sweepstakes-based promotions is well established, and gambling laws don’t apply to things that hold no real-world value, which means that playing on Global Poker or LuckyLand Slots (Global’s sister site focused on casino games) in California and other US states is available.

Global poker fact sheet:

Available in California:Yes
Sign-up bonus:No
Promotions:Challenges and leaderboards only
Play-money tables:Yes
Real-money tables:No; replaced by $weeps tables
Real-money payouts:$weeps can be exchanged for cash
Banking:VISA/Mastercard only

Global Poker software

Global Poker doesn’t require you to download any poker software. The client runs on HTML5 and is entirely browser-based, which makes it compatible with most modern computers and mobile devices. The size of the buttons and the card graphics make it evident that the interface was designed with the latter in mind, but that’s not a problem as everything scales well with higher resolutions.

The available multi-tabling options are impressive for a mobile poker app. You can open 20+ tables at once and switch between a full-screen view with a table selection tab and a split-screen view that allows you to follow the action on all tables at the same time. The table browser gives you access to basic statistics, such as the number of hands per hour, average pot size, and the percentage of flops seen, which makes table selection straightforward.

Global poker supports three poker variants: Texas Hold’em (No-Limit and Fixed-Limit), Omaha (Pot-Limit), and Crazy Pineapple (No-Limit). Crazy Pineapple is not a very popular poker game, but its rules are very similar to Texas Hold’em. The only difference is that players draw three cards instead of two and discard one of them after the flop, which facilitates more aggressive play.

Global Poker cash games

The available stakes range from $0.02/$0.04 to $10/$20 for Hold’em and Omaha and $0.02/$0.04 to $1/$2 for Crazy Pineapple.

Full-ring tables are on offer, but players tend to flock to 6-max games outside peak traffic hours. The traffic is noticeably lower than on international or multi-state poker networks, but all NLHE stakes ranges tend to be populated around the clock. The situation is worse for FLHE, PLO, and Crazy Pineapple, so players who enjoy those games should stick to playing in the evenings.

The competition level is low, especially at lower stakes, and it’s easy to find tables with ridiculous percentages of flops seen even at medium stakes. Players who barely survive in the live poker rooms of California should be able to turn a consistent profit here. However, we recommend adjusting to online play before taking advantage of the multi-tabling functions as it can get overwhelming if you’re not familiar with this mode of play.

Global Poker tournaments

Global Poker hosts daily multi-table tournaments for all of the supported games and sit-and-go games for Texas Hold’em and Omaha.

The MTT lineup isn’t as impressive as in traditional poker networks, such as PokerStars or 888, but the guarantees are still high and can reach $50,000 for high buy-in NLHE events. In most NLHE tournaments, players compete for $1,000-$3,000, with the buy-ins ranging from $0.1+$0.01 to $200+$18.

The Sunday Scrimmage deserves a special mention as it typically features a $50,000+ guarantee and can be joined via satellites. Satellite buy-ins range from $2+$0.02 to $50+$5, so even budget players have a chance to compete for the largest payouts.

If you run out of $weeps or want to boost your bankroll without putting your premium tickets at stake, you can also participate in $1,000 and $1,500 freerolls. Unfortunately, these tournaments are typically only available for NLHE.

PLO and Crazy Pineapple MTTs are a different story – the number of available events is significantly lower. NLHE players get to choose from dozens of tournaments every week, while Omaha and Crazy Pineapple fans have to make do with two $5+$0.5 or $10+$1 MTTs per day.

The same holds true for S&Gs. Hold’em players enjoy access to a variety of 4-max, 6-max, and 9-max tournaments, with the buy-ins ranging from $0.5+$0.05 to $200+$18. Meanwhile, Omaha fans only have 4-max and 6-max S&Gs to choose from, with the buy-ins ranging from $1+$0.1 to $10+$1. On a brighter note, Turbo and Hyper-Turbo tournaments are available for both NLHE and PLO.

Global Poker banking

Global Poker sells bundles containing 25,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, 500,000, 1,500,000, 2,500,000, 3,750,000, and 5,000,000 Gold Coins. All of these bundles, except the 3,750,000 pack, come with free $weeps, which are awarded at the rate of five sweeps per 25,000 Gold Coins.

Twenty-five thousand Gold Coins cost $5, which means that one $weep is currently worth one US dollar. Purchases can be made using any major credit card with the Visa or MasterCard logo. American Express and PayPal aren’t currently supported.

Global Poker promotions

Global Poker’s business model precludes it from offering the standard deposit and reload bonuses one would expect to find on a traditional poker site.

Global Poker doesn’t even run a loyalty program, which prevents it from competing with old-school poker networks on the markets where both options are available.

Fortunately, the site’s owners are well aware of this shortcoming, which is why they introduced challenges and leaderboards that allow their customers to win some free $weeps.

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