Sportingbet (Paradise Poker) rakeback
Before we delve any deeper into this review, let’s get one thing straight: Sportingbet’s poker room is Paradise Poker. Powered by the Boss Media network, Paradise Poker had gained a reputation lately for the juiciness of the games it offers and for the seemingly inexhaustible fish-pool it hosts.
For old online poker players, Paradise Poker doesn’t need any particular introduction. Founded in 1999, it has been one of the oldest online poker rooms around. It has lived through the big boom of 2003-2004 and it has been hit badly by the UIGEA in 2006. As it decided to stop accepting US traffic, Paradise Poker’s player base pretty much vanished, an issue which forced the company to join a well established network to secure liquidity again.
That network was Boss Media, and sure enough nowadays Paradise Poker can boast reasonably good traffic, (about 3,300 cash game players at peak hours and 13,000 tournament players) which makes it a medium size poker room.
Unfortunately, no Paradise Poker rakeback is offered (or sportingbet rakeback for that matter) which means that if you’re a rakeback player yourself, you’re probably better off taking advantage of our Interpoker rakeback or Diamond Bet rakeback deals, which offer you the same loose competition, topped off by a 30% rake rebate.
Paradise Poker’s merger with Sportingbet meant that the loose nature of their games would gain an additional boost. Tables filled with sports bettors and casino gamblers always make for nice EV, and Sportingbet (Paradise Poker) has plenty of both worlds. Their sign-up bonus is relatively good (by far not a reasonable substitute for a Paradise Poker rakeback deal though), and they offer a number of promotions which provide good value for their players.
The Paradise Poker rake is the usual 5%, up to a max of $3. With no Paradise Poker rakeback deal to take the bite out of it though, it can be pretty hard on your bankroll in the long-run. Again, for Boss Media rakeback deals, please check out the alternative sites mentioned above.
Paradise Poker support can be reached via email and live chat. Response times are good and the quality of answers is exceptional.