My Netbet Poker review highlights the benefits of playing online poker at this well-established site. If you are willing to take my word that this is one of the best skins on the iPoker Network for player rewards and promotions, click “PLAY NOW” to go straight to the site, and register an account using the Netbet Poker VIP Code “PSITECO” to be eligible for a 200% bonus on your first deposit up to €1,500.
A short introduction to NETBET
Netbet is an online poker, sports betting and casino site that has been around since the beginning of the last decade. Although fairly well established before its unfortunate relationship with the ill-fated International Poker Stadiums Tour, Netbet Poker shot to prominence when it absorbed the database of Poker770 in September 2014.
Since September 2014, the site has introduced a much better first deposit bonus, improved its player rewards program, increased the number of poker promotions it hosts, and has overhauled its poker software. Compared with some of its rivals on the iPoker Network, Netbet Poker now provides one of the best online poker experiences for both new and experienced recreational players.
Value: The NetBet Poker Welcome Package
The headline promotion within the Welcome Package is the 200% match bonus on first deposits up to €1,500. This means that, if you deposit €750 when first funding your account, you will be eligible for a Netbet Poker bonus of €1,500. Please note that when the Netbet Poker bonus is advertised in other currencies, it is the Euro bonus limit that applies.
The bonus is released in increments of €2.00 as you collect Netbet Points for contributing to the rake deducted from cash game pots or for paying a fee to enter a Sit & Go game or multitable tournament. Points are awarded at the rate of 20 per €1.00 raked (23 per €1.00 raked in microstakes games) and 22 per €1.00 paid in Sit & Go or tournament entry fees.
The first €2.00 of the bonus is released when you have accumulated 100 points and the next four increments each time you collect 135 points. Thereafter the Netbet Poker bonus is released in increments of €2.00 for each 200 points earned for playing in cash games, Sit & Go games or poker tournaments. The bonus is active for forty-five days after your first deposit.
In addition to the Netbet Poker bonus, every player making a deposit of €20.00 or more after registering their account with the Netbet Poker VIP code “PSITECO” will be eligible for €20.00 in free poker money. The first €10.00 of the free poker money is released immediately, with the second €10.00 being released seven days after you start playing at Netbet. You will need to enter the code “FREE20” at the time of making your deposit to qualify for this offer.
On making your first deposit, you will also be credited with three entries into Netbet´s exclusive “VIP Instant Win” freeroll tournaments, and two entries into the site´s exclusive “Daily Final” freeroll tournaments – both events paying out hundreds of Euros in tournament tokens each week that can be used for entering live event qualifiers.
Value: The NetBet VIP Club
The Netbet VIP Club is a very simple concept to understand. As you earn Netbet Points towards clearing your poker bonus, the points also contribute towards your status in the Netbet VIP Club. The higher your status, the higher the multiplier applied to your points, and the more options you have to spend them. For example:
Once you have earned 20 points within a month, you achieve Silver Status. Players with a Silver Status have their points multiplied by 1.25, have access to all the cash bonus exchanges in the VIP Store and receive seven tokens for the “VIP Instant Win” and “Daily Final” freeroll tournaments.
Collect more points within a month and your status increases. At the highest level (Diamond) you will get your points multiplied by 4.5, have unlimited access to the VIP Store to exchange your points for cash bonuses, reload bonuses, tournament entries and gifts, plus have unlimited access to every freeroll tournament played at Netbet Poker.
Value: NetBet Poker Promotions
Promotions is another area in which Netbet Poker seems to stand head and shoulders above its rivals on the iPoker Network. In addition to having a comprehensive range of ongoing and seasonal online poker promotions, Netbet always tends to have them advertised first – either on its website or via it very active social media channels – enabling you to plan ahead with your poker action.
One of the ongoing promotions has already been touched upon – the freeroll tournaments rewarding players with tokens into live event qualifiers. Netbet sponsors a number of valuable live poker events throughout Europe and – because the freerolls are exclusive to Netbet players rather than open to the whole network – qualifying for these events is much easier as a Netbet Poker player.
If you fancy a time-out from poker, Netbet also has some exceptionally lucrative promotions on its sports betting and casino pages. Extra deposit bonuses are available, as are cashback offers and special jackpot promotions. You can win free spins on the slots in the casino or win tickets to major live sporting events.
Software: Poker Games and Tournaments
Other than Netbet´s exclusive freerolls, the choice of games on the site is determined by what is provided by the iPoker Network. This means that there is a good range of NL Hold´em, Six Plus Hold´em and PL Omaha games running around the clock, but other formats of poker – for example Seven Card Stud Poker – only really get going during the peak European times.
Sit & Go games and multitable tournaments are exclusively played at NL Hold´em and PL Omaha, but there is a great selection to choose from for players of all bankroll levels. The iPoker Network pays out more than €5 million in prizes each month – with the highlight of the week being Sundays, when more than €200,000 is guaranteed in the network´s Sunday Line-Up events.
Software: NetBet Poker Download
Netbet Poker uses the same Playtech software that is used by all the sites on the iPoker Network. Unfortunately the Netbet Poker download is only available for Windows, and there is no “Instant Play” no-download poker software available. So players who want to play Netbet Poker on a Mac will have to use a Windows emulator.
The Netbet Poker download itself is a bit resource-intensive. I recommend a minimum of 950MB free space and 2GB of memory, but most Windows computers built within the past few years should be able to cope with the demands of the software. Once downloaded and installed, the latest version of the Netbet software is very good and easy to navigate.
Software: NetBet Poker on a Mobile
Since originally compiling this Netbet Poker review, the site has introduced mobile poker apps for ioS, Android and Windows Phones. The apps can be downloaded for free from the Netbet Poker website and allow you to play cash games, online tournaments and Netbet´s three-handed, hyper-turbo Sit & Go games “Twister Poker”.
At the present time, you can create an account via the mobile apps but still have to fund your account through the Netbet website, although this might change in a later software release. Watch out for special offers and exclusive mobile missions while the apps are in their infancy and has the site encourages more players to play at Netbet Poker on the go.
Deposit and withdrawal options at Netbet are fairly extensive. The site accepts Visa, MasterCard, and payments from eWallets such as Skrill and Neteller (not PayPal however). You can fund your account with Bitcoin via Neteller, but watch out for some low deposit limits. For example, if you choose to deposit into your account using PaySafeCard, the maximum deposit is €100.00.
Withdrawals are processed quickly and usually back to the payment source from which your deposit originated. All withdrawals are free of charge and the minimum withdrawal amount is just €10.00. If you have a big win at the tables or at the online casino, please note that the maximum amount you can withdraw each month from Netbet Poker is €100,000.
Security: Currency Conversions
When you create an account with Netbet, you have the option of maintaining your account balance in Euros, US dollars or £ sterling. All the games at Netbet Poker are offered in Euros but, if you choose to create an account in US$ or £ sterling, you are not excluded from any of the games and the same exchange rate will be applied when you leave a table or cash in a tournament as was applied when you bought in.
Currency conversions may become an issue if you fund your account from a source maintained in a different currency or request a withdrawal in a different currency. Netbet will apply a lower exchange rate than you might get from a bank – affecting your profitability both when you make a deposit and when you want to withdraw your winnings.
Security: Customer Support
Whereas Netbet is very good at updating its website with promotions and special offers, it is not so great at keeping its online Help Centre current. Fortunately the site provides an excellent customer support service via telephone, email and live chat (live chat available in English only from 8:00am to Midnight GMT).
I found the customer support representatives very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I think that many sites could learn from the level of support offered by Netbet and, although I do not expect players to encounter issues with the site that often, felt reassured that the people I spoke with knew how to answer my questions quickly and efficiently.
My Experience Playing at NetBet Poker
The recent introduction of Netbet poker on a mobile has made a good site even better. The generous first deposit bonus, player rewards program and promotions make playing at Netbet Poker financially worthwhile and a great deal of fun. The level of competition – especially in Netbet´s exclusive tournaments – is remarkably soft at low to mid stakes, and there are plenty of opportunities for all nature of players at the cash game tables.
What could make Netbet Poker better? A native Mac client or Instant Play version of the software would help. I also believe that Netbet should allow players sixty days (rather than the current forty-five days) to clear the poker bonus. Those issues aside, if you are tired of missing out on great promotions because your online poker site does not bother to tell you about them, or would like to qualify for live poker events from freeroll level, give Netbet Poker a try. I am almost certain you will not be disappointed.