• Commodore Poker Room

    There is no question that Commodore Poker goes out of its way to welcome the novice player and give him/her as much help as possible. There is a device called "Hot Pocket" on the front page, where the player can open up a pop-up window and choose any possible two-card Texas Hold'em hand, as a way of analyzing the strength of that hand.

    The program will place a rank on that hand among all possible two-card hands, and offer advice on what the player may want to do in proceeding with that hand.

    For example, as we pick out a seven of hearts and 10 of hearts, Hot Pocket tells us that the rank is 57th out of 169 possible hands, and advises, "Play this hand with discretion. If the flop gives you the high pair, or you are playing in a late position then luck may be on your side."

    There are additional instructional pages, including a separate "hand rankings" page and a page with a poker glossary on it.

    Also, while playing, customers can review their recent hand history at any time through the software. This is often a useful tool in analyzing play.

    Games available include Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo, 7-Card Stud, and "Badugi," an interesting variation of poker in which the object of the player is to achieve the lowest possible hand of four cards with different ranks and different suits.

    The tournament schedule is extremely aggressive.

    In any given day, there can be nearly 200 tournaments going on. Some of these are qualifiers for bigger tournaments that may take place at brick-and-mortar locations, such as "Poker Face 2007," which is scheduled for May 11-18 of 2007 at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.

    There is a "Leader Board" available for display, which lets players know where they stand in the multi-table tournaments as compared to other players.

    All the player has to do is pull up the Online Leader Board, and not only will he be able to see who the leaders are, he can put his screen name into the "Search' box and find out exactly where he is positioned.

    Commodore Poker awards Action Points for loyal play in the poker room. These points are redeemable for prizes and fees for tournaments.

    Like many reward programs, the more the player competes, the more Action Points can be earned. Also, the larger the pot, the greater the number of Action Points available.

    The software allows players to maintains a "Buddy List," which keeps track of their poker-playing friends by alerting them as to when they are in the poker room and where they are seated.

    And speaking of buddies, existing players who "refer a friend' can earn a $100 bonus, and if the player they refer accumulates 2500 Action Points, that's an additional $25 bonus.

    Players can deposit funds through credit cards like Visa and MasterCard (where applicable), as well as FirePay, NETeller, NETeller InstaCash and bank wire. There is a chart indicating withdrawal time, withdrawal options, payment support and where the method is available.

    There is a very helpful and comprehensive FAQ page, and if your questions are not answered there, you can try Customer Support, which is available through email, chat, or toll-free telephone access 24 hours a day.

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