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- Uncommon games like Badugi & Razz
- Lucrative 5-tier rewards program
- US players welcome
- Bad Beat Jackpots, Deal it Twice & Rabbit Hunt
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Featuring a stylish and modern design, Aced Poker is one of the younger members of the Merge Network, formed in 2008. Aced Poker is new enough to suffer from traffic issues, especially at high stakes tables. The emphasis at Aced Poker is on tournaments, though the soft competition at low to middle stakes in ring games is a good reason to wander away from tourneys from time to time.
All skins on the Merge Network use the same software—a versatile and customizable piece of coding that includes all sorts of options under the “settings” tab to fine-tune your poker playing experience.
The table designs at Aced are nice to look at but pretty basic in terms of interactions. The lobby at Aced, like lobbies at any of the more modern poker rooms, offers lots of filtering options to find the right game for you, with a smooth transition to finding a table and grabbing a seat.
Aced Poker is young so there’s still not a lot of traffic, especially at off-peak playing times. The average number of players at any given time is 3,500, thanks to their tie-ins with other Merge skins, with that traffic concentrated mostly on the No-Limit holdem tables. Lucky for Aced Poker members with a high level of poker ability, a small pool of players means more chances to beat up on your competition. Small sites attract casual poker players who aren’t able to play every possible angle or calculate odds.
Aced Poker offers a 5 tier rewards program, allowing VIPs to earn more for their reward points. Aced reward points can be exchanged for tournament entries, cash, entrance to Live Seat satellites, merchandise from the rewards store, and to unlock special deposit bonuses.
Players at Aced earn 10 rewards points for every $1 they contribute in rake. Players also earn points for paying tournament fees at MTTs or Sit 'n' Gos. You can earn 10 Rewards Points per dollar spent in tournament fees.
Aced Poker’s deposit bonus is worth up to $750 with a 100% match. To earn your $750 in bonus money, you exchange 75 VIP points per $1 of bonus cash. To clear the full $750 bonus, you’ll have to earn 56,250 comp points within ninety days, not a feat that most poker players I know could pull off.
Aced Poker offers more hand-specific bonuses than the average poker room. At Aced Poker, rare hands like a royal flush or four of a kind pay you a little something extra: 100x the big blind for a royal flush using both hole cards and 40x the big blind for a hand consisting of 4 aces. Don’t expect to earn that hand bonus for free--you have to earn VIP Points to clear the hand bonus.
Aced Poker uses an achievement system to pay out VIP Points for players performing specific tasks. Players receive VIP Point rewards for completing different tasks in ring games: you earn 100 VIP Points for winning 5 hands in a row, 50 points once you’ve played your 50th hand, and a laundry list of other special Outs that reward you with VIP Points.