If the aim of Point Poker was to keep it simple when they set up their card room, they have seriously succeeded. Everything from blinds to graphics to promotions is kept at an easy understandable level, for better and for worse.
There is a fair amount of deposit options and no deposit fees. The first deposit is €50 free, but there are not many promotions to speak of in addition to the first deposit bonus and the €50 bonus for referring friends.
The tournament portal on the Point Poker website stays “to the point”. You are not at all bothered with useless information. There is one tab for the tournament leader board, one for the tournament schedule, one for the tournament lobby, and one for tournament rules. The website also contains a poker school.
Once you download the client and enter the lobby and the tables, the theme is still clean and simple. The tournament currency is kept in Euro as US players are not allowed on the network. The lobby has three drop down menus: ‘File’, ‘Options’ and ‘Help’. They contain everything which is need but not much more. There are four tournament tabs in addition to the Sit & Go tab: Regular tournaments tab, freeroll/VIP tournaments tab, satellite tournaments tab and special tournaments tab.
One place where Point Poker exceeds compared to most other poker rooms, apart from the fact that it works with Linux and Apple installations, is the variety of games and limits. This is the impressive list of games offered for tournaments: Texas Hold’em tournaments, Omaha Hi tournaments, 5-Card tournaments, Omaha Hi tournaments, Omaha Hi-Lo tournaments, 5-Card tournaments, Omaha Hi-Lo tournaments, Soko tournaments, 7 Stud Hi tournaments, 7 Stud Hi-Lo tournaments, 5-Draw tournaments, 32-Draw tournaments, 2-7 3-Draw tournaments, Americana tournaments, and Telesina tournaments. Another rarity is the ½ pot limit tournaments, and sometimes even the Point pro team comes out to play in additional bounty tournaments.
You cannot easily see how much rake is taken for each tournament entry as there is no plus sign and rake amount after the tournament buy-in amount as you usually see on other poker sites. However we did the math and it shows just less than 10% rake for a tournament with a €50 buy-in. The tournament buy-in amounts are often kept in round amounts like €50, €100 and €200. With an EU license in Malta, Point Poker offers tax free winnings.
The simple tables at Point Poker are surrounded by empty chairs and squares with poker aliases within them. There is a ticker on the bottom left showing time left of the current tournament blind level, in red digits. You don’t have to go to the tournament lobby either to see smallest, average and largest stacks, or your place among how many remaining entrants. The tournament lobby is a small pop-up window showing the most important information including hand history based on text and numbers.
Tournaments at Point Poker has the most traffic in the European evenings, with peak times around 20:00 CET. Tournament breaks are not yet synchronized and there is no late registration available for tournaments.