Action Poker is owned and operated by Ecom Enterprises, a fully-owned subsidiary of Playsafe Holding AS which is a publicly-listed company in Norway. Action Poker is licensed and regulated under the rules of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. The network does not accept American players and tax free winnings are not offered for European players.
The rake is stabile at 10% for all tournaments, even when the buy-in is $240. Tournaments are divided into the normal tabs: Regular tournaments, satellite tournaments, special tournaments and freeroll tournaments, with the following subcategories: Guaranteed tournaments, freezout tournaments, rebuy tournaments POP tournaments and super stacked tournaments where entrants start with 5000 chips each.
In a normal freezout tournament each player starts with 3000 chips whereas the starting blind level is 10-20. This is a slower structure than what you usually see for regular freezout tournaments and should give an edge to skillful players. Real money play is awarded with Player Option Points (POP) which can be exchanged in prizes. For every $1 you pay in tournament hosting fees you will earn 10 POP Points. Tournament POP is calculated in $1 increments. In order to earn POP from tournaments the fee must equal or exceed $1.
The set-up for graphic and sound is simple, with a diagonal table with black squares containing player aliases. The table stats are not extensive, but a more thorough version can be opened in a window of its own. We had some problems activating the hand history but it turns out we had to enable it from the lobby menu. The customer support representative explained this fast and easily to us through a convenient live support.
The playing cards are big which makes them easy to see. There is no additional time bank, and the tournament payout is usually dynamically divided between players that reach the paid places. Breaks are not synchronized and there is no room for late tournament registrations. The poker tournament language is pleasantly correct, and for a change it says re-raise instead of raise when you are actually re-raising. On the other hand, the network is still relatively small, and there are not many tournaments for high rollers just yet. The largest tournaments starts daily at 21 EST.