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Prima Poker Network

 
With nearly 50 poker rooms on the Prima Poker Network, Prima (also known as the "Microgaming Poker Network") is one of the ten most popular poker networks online.

The rooms that comprise the prima poker network have stopped taking new players from the U.S.

Room Bonus Notes
Intertops Poker 500% - $10,000 Insane Bonus
Purple Lounge $1,000 Bonus High cash sign up offer
Poker Rewards $200 Bonus Free Hand Calculator & Strategy Book
Up to $500 free
U.S. Players Accepted


In A Nutshell:

As a network, Prima Poker offers a quality playing experience. There are rooms on the network that are closely partnered with casino and sportsbetting operations, so expect a lot of different playing styles at the tables. And, there should be a steady supply of fish.

Several of the rooms on the network focus on the European market. This is great for players who want a place to play where tournament times don't start at 3 AM for them. There are also non-english approved tables, so players can chat in their native language and not run the risk of a reprimand.

For European players who are not native English speakers, one of the Prima Poker rooms may be the best place to play poker online.

Bonuses and Promotions


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The bonuses will be different at each of the different rooms on the network. Some bonuses are more creative than others.

There are "room dependant" promotions as well. For instance, some rooms have teamed up with Sky TV to have certain tables featured on their Poker Night Live broadcast (with a 10 minute time delay). Other rooms will run different promotions.

The Prima Network itself takes advantage of the healthy player base and runs guaranteed money tournaments regularly. They have a network-wide Bad Beat Bonus, and Magic Hands Bonus.

The promotions and bonuses are where each of the individual rooms on the network are given a chance to shine. The two top performers in this area are Royal Vegas and Poker Time.

Tournaments

Of course Prima rooms run different types of tournaments. There are the standard Sit and Go events, that come in both single and multi-table formats. There is a schedule of multi-table tournaments that includes freerolls and guaranteed money events.

The network also makes an effort to send players to land-based events, so there are online satellites to many of the major poker tournaments.

One fun feature you'll find at prima poker is that players have the ability to create their own poker tournaments. You can have a closed tournament, where you set different variables like buy-in totals, max number of players, starting time, game type, betting style, etc.

Software

There are several things I like about the software that most other rooms/networks don't provide. The oversized chat box makes keeping track of who said or did what a lot easier.

The ability to set up personal tournaments and cash games is convenient. The betting options tabs are great, giving me a chance to automatically bet increments in pot size instead of standard dollars.

I also like chat bubbles.

Several, but not all of the rooms offer a no download version of the poker client so you can play on someone else's computer (or a Mac) without having to download any programs.

Player Numbers and Skill

There is often over 10,000 players in the rooms. Not all of them are playing for real money, but Prima Poker definitely has enough player traffic to provide good table selection, and reasonable Sit and Go start up rates.

Because the different rooms on the network provide different gaming services, to very different markets, the player skill level can vary considerably. Sportsbettors and casino gamblers can get mixed in with the more dedicated poker players, so expect a cross section of fish, and those who are trying to catch them.

Still, you have have an easier time at the tables of a Prima site than you would at say, Full Tilt or Poker Stars.

Overall Grade - B+

Once again, a lot of a final grade is made up of personal preference. While the software has some features that I really like, there are others that I find bothersome. But, it's just impossible for one software to have everything for everyone.

As far as the player pool, and the opportunity to find good games, Prima draws a check in the plus column. They also manage to cater to a lot of different people, which is no simple task.

With each independant room having to go through Microgaming (the network parent) to resolve particular player issues, and Microgaming having so many concerns other than poker, I think their customer support has cracks in it. While I myself haven't had any troubles with any of the many prima poker rooms I've played with, I can understand why the top online pros flock to rock-solid rooms like Poker Stars.

But, that should stop regular players like myself from enjoying the things that Prima has to offer.


Here is a list of the Microgaming Poker Operators.