Pacific Poker does not accept players from the U.S.
Pacific Poker has earned the eCogra seal of approval.
Poker has gone through a significant software update since this review was written, and many of the software shortcomings have been addressed. An updated review is scheduled, and should be posted shortly.
Please consider the following review to be out of date.
Pacific Poker is an online poker room that I've been meaning to
review for a while now. Pacific is one of the older and larger
cardrooms on the web, and they're reasonably well-known, since
they're the poker component of the 888 casino organization. I only
recently got around to actually opening an account and playing at
PacificPoker.com because of a freeroll I was participating in there,
but now that I've played there, I'm glad that I did.
Pacific Poker Software
The first thing I noticed is that the software at Pacific Poker
is quite a bit behind the times. You cannot play multiple tables at
PacificPoker.com at all, and the graphics and sounds just have a
primitive feel to them, like you're playing on an older computer a
few years ago. Playing poker at Pacific has a sort of "retro" feel,
almost like playing an Atari 2600 for kicks.
Even the chat function is oddly hard to use, opening on a
different screen that's appended to the edge of the poker table. I
also didn't like that I received a generated password, and as far as
I can tell, there is no way for me to change that to a password of
This software is at once Pacific's biggest strength and it's
biggest weakness. It's a weakness for obvious reasons (No one wants
to play on lackluster software.), but it's a strength too, and
The software is weak enough that most of the better players are
going to play elsewhere. Really good internet poker players maximize
their hourly returns by playing multiple tables. They like good
graphics and a pleasant poker experience. As a result of
Poker's graphics and software being what they are, they've become
what I like to think of as the biggest fish farm on the poker web.
The Players at PacificPoker.com
The software is not the only reason that Pacific Poker is a fish
farm. They're also well-known for being one of the most aggressive
marketing machines on the internet, and I can't imagine that you
haven't seen a flashing banner for PacificPoker.com at some point
while you were surfing the web. This aggressive advertising approach
from Pacific keeps the poker tables there full of players, and like
I say, most of them are pretty weak.
Weak players means more profits for you and me.
Pacific Poker Bonus Codes
You don't actually need a bonus code to receive your signup bonus
at Pacific Poker; it's available to all new players there. They
offer a standard 25% bonus on your first deposit, up to $100. This
bonus offer is pretty much the same bonus offer they've had in place
for quite a while now, and it's certainly nothing as exciting as
some of the newer cardrooms are offering. But the players are so
weak that it's almost like getting free money in the bank and being
guaranteed a really high interest rate on it.
Pacific Poker Games
Texas holdem is the most active game at Pacific Poker, but they
also offer Omaha and Seven Card Stud, in both high only versions and
in high-low versions. There are probably 20 or 30 holdem players for
every player of each other game.
PacificPoker.com also has a diverse range of tournaments, both
sit-and-go tournaments and multi-table tournaments.
Pacific Poker's software and bonuses would only make it a "C",
but the number of weak players playing there is definitely worth an
"A". So my overall grade for PacificPoker.com is a solid "B", which
is simply an average of the two scores. In fact, I think that having
a lot of good games (and by good I mean profitable games full of
weak players) should probably be weighted more heavily than whether
or not the software is glitzy.
This page was last updated on February 8, 2006.