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Absolute Poker is known for their bonuses. They offer a large welcome bonus, and players can expect 6 or 7 reload bonus opportunities every month.

They do accept US players, and have deposit methods in place for US players. ePassporte is accepted at Absolute, and allows for deposits as low as $20. I've been able to successfully deposit via Credit Card, but it took 2 attempts.

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In A Nutshell:

Absolute Poker is a solid poker room, and if you are looking for a US-friendly poker room that pays attention to their players, they are worth adding to your list. I'm a VIP at Absolute, and I wouldn't have played there long enough to acheive that if I didn't think it was a good place to play. Also, if you're interested in poker bonuses, there is no better place on the internet than Absolute Poker.

Bonuses and Promotions

Absolute is at the top of the class when it comes to poker room bonuses. They offer a generous sign up bonus, and they follow it up with a steady stream of redeposit offers.

The bonuses are released in $10 increments, so you don't need to clear the enitre bonus at once. They are also "stackable". You can have bonus money in your account, and add to it when another deposit bonus is offered.

The bonuses do expire, so you can't keep them forever. But, the amount of time you are given to play off the bonus money is more than reasonable, and you'll receive several alerts from the room before bonus money expires.

In my experience, I never have to play at Absolute without earning bonus money.

Tournaments

Absolute Poker is a large enough room to offer some exciting tournament action. They are involved in a steady stream of what I call "Feature Tournaments". In these events players will compete for prizes like a trip to the 2007 Aruba Poker Classic, or an "Absolute Dream Package" (a tournament entry package worth $125,000).

Besides these major events, the room hosts a weekly series of Guaranteed money tournaments that includes a $150,000 and a $60,000 guarantee every Sunday.

Of course there are regularly scheduled events, Sit and Go's, Freerolls, and even Private tournaments.

Software

The poker room is constantly updating their software, adding new features and making navagation throughout the room easier. Right now, they have both a downloadable, and a Mac-Comaptible "Instant Play" version.

The room is Poker Tracker compatible, so serious players can keep track of their play and also use the Poker Ace HUD at Absolute.

You can play at several tables at once, and the tables are now resizeable, so you won't have to switch between windows to keep track of the action.

Once you are at the tables you can access options like a 4 color deck (great for multi-tabling), rabbit cam, and instant hand histories and video replays. The betting buttons do not include "bet pot" or "half pot" options, but the pot and bet amounts are displayed at the table.

Player Numbers and Skill

There are regularly over 10,000 players in the room, although not all of them are playing for real money. That does, however, mean that there are enough players there to provide a good table selection and reasonable Sit and Go start up rates.

The poker room bonuses at Absolute are quite a draw, so you can expect to find skilled opponents at your table. Don't be disappointed if they aren't all skilled, but if you're looking for a fish-fest you'd be better off playing at a room with a sportsbook attached.

Overall Grade - B+

It's really a matter of preference. I've knocked off points because the software lacks some features that I've found myself to rely upon. Having to use the slider to bet is bothersome to me. And I do miss the "bet pot" button as well as resizeable tables.

These are features that can be added at any moment though. The things that are hard to change, like player traffic, are positives to me. There is a reasonable amount of tables to choose from, and the bonuses are wonderful.

At first I disliked the 9 man tables, but I've become accustomed to them. I also think that the blinds of $2/$3 unfairly juices the game at the $3/$6 limit tables. But, I like being able to buy in to the No Limit cash tables for 200bb instead of 100 like at some other rooms. So there's give and take in those situations.

The experiences I've had with customer service have all been great, so I know that there are people at the room that know that there are people playing at the room. That's a plus.

It's hard for one poker room to do everything right for everybody, but Absolute does a lot of things right.