- Windows and Mac OS supported
- Great welcome bonus and Rakeback of up to 80%
- Soft tournaments and original game modes
- Rakeback up to 80% and 100% Sign up Bonus
- The only place to play Open Face Chinese poker for real money online
- Great software including mobile app
- Limited player numbers
TonyBet Poker was launched as an independent poker network in December 2013 and is licensed and regulated by the Estonian, U.K, and Danish gaming authorities. The main attraction to this fun offering from the Trash talking, Phil Hellmuth berating king of Poker personality Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga, is the fun game modes for real money, not provided on any other site such as Open-Face Chinese Poker cash games as well as Sit n Go’s.
Although momentum for this type of Poker has since subsided a little, it is still a well-loved game for many and this is the only place where you can play it online for real cash.
The TonyBet software is a solid effort on behalf of the team, hosting its own network with these original games, you can tell a lot of hours of development and love has gone into making this client very user-friendly indeed. With full downloadable versions for Mac OS and Windows.
As you would expect from a team that has obviously gone above and beyond with releasing a completely new site rather than just a skin on another network, they have even developed their own app and it’s Great! Letting you play Open Faced Chinese against people on the move for real money is super fun for lovers of the game.
Open Faced Chinese (OFC)
The site offers every type of Chinese Poker game there is Regular Chinese Poker, Pineapple Open-Face Chinese Poker, Turbo Open-Face Chinese Poker, 2-7 Pineapple Open-Face Chinese Poker, Progressive Pineapple Open-Face Chinese Poker.
Options to play OFC include cash games for money per point against your opponents, starting with €0.02 per point and going all the way to €100 per point games on offer. Players can play heads up, three handed or four handed games. There are also Heads up Sit n Go’s and OFC Tournaments with guarantees up to €250 daily.
The main of the cash stakes action is at micro and low stakes with 6max hold’em games making up most of the action on the site, however Pot Limit Omaha games do run and there are rooms to play up to $10/$20 so there may be the occasional whale pop by for some high stakes action.
Sit n Go’s
There is a lack of traffic in the sit n go section, with only really heads up and six max Sit n Go’s filling up. The site also offers up the option to play OFC heads up too with super turbo heads up Pineapple Chinese being the game of choice.
There is a decent variety in buy-in levels daily from €10 games to €300 and a Sunday €500, €5,000 Guarantee and with some soft competition it can be a nice place to build up a bankroll for an upcoming poker player, I would recommend playing some of these games alongside playing on other sites if you are looking to play seriously as there aren’t really enough games for someone looking to play seriously, the site more caters to a casual player. That being said the games are very nicely structured with games like Turbo Rebuys and Knockout games, hopefully, the player pools will swell as I can see this being a really good addition to any tournament grinders diet.
With this great new way of offering players with rakeback, losing players can gain some of there losses back by receiving 80% rakeback back and small wins and loses can equate to 25% rakeback, this is good for recreational players or players if you are having variance, however for winning players this means bagging €100 in your daily winnings will mean no rakeback, however I like this idea for player rewards and feel it is a positive move to the poker ecosystem.
As always all major Credit and Debit cards are accepted, you can also deposit using PaySafeCard, PayPal, Neteller, Skrill, EcoPayz and PaySera. These can vary depending on the country you are accessing the site from. Ewallet withdrawals as always are instantaneous, with Debit and Credit card withdrawals usually processed and in your account within 1-2 business days.
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All in all this site is a great addition to the poker world, with clean software and amazingly fun new games. A breath of fresh air and can be a fun home for any recreational poker player looking to play small stakes cash games or tournaments as well as catering to all the Open Face Chinese poker playing fans out there being the main draw of the site with cash games, tournaments and heads up sit n go’s on offer at all stakes. Downsides are that there isn’t a great deal of traffic, so if you are looking to be a serious player you would need to add other poker sites to your playing schedule alongside this one.