Empire Poker rakeback
Empire Poker is powered by the Party Gaming network (yes, it’s Party Poker’s own network), and as such, it is obviously a top-notch operation. If you’re looking for a great sign-up bonus deal, you’re probably better off going to a different site though. There isn’t any Empire Poker rakeback either.
Despite the fact that it doesn’t accept US players, Empire Poker gets very decent traffic and action. There is plenty of traffic on all limits, high buy-in SNGs included. The Million Dollar Tournament is only one of the mouth-watering promotions hosted by Empire Poker, as freerolls and various other tournaments are also available.
Empire Poker’s software is the same one Party Poker uses, so it’s great from just about any angle. The graphics are great and functionality is awesome. The lobby is user friendly, and the actual table graphics are more than satisfactory as well. Multi tabling is also supported.
Empire Poker’s traffic is outstanding. It gets the bulk of it from the Party Gaming network though, and the lack of an Empire rakeback deal means it’ll probably stay that way for a long time to come. There are literally tens of thousands of player connections at peak hours and there’s no shortage of action anywhere you look.
Tournament traffic is excellent as well. If you’re looking to play in high buy-in SNGs, Empire is the right place for that. MTTs get excellent registration rates too.
Game selection is average. There’s only Holdem, Omaha and 7-Card Stud on offer, in various betting structures. The quality of the competition is average. Since Party Poker ceased to be the fish-pool of the online poker industry, games have tightened up somewhat.
Support is only available through email, but the replies are fast and the crew is extremely helpful. I only once had to resort to Empire Poker support, but I have good memories about the encounter.