Betsson Poker Review

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Betsson Poker Review
  
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Betsson are the biggest gambling operator in the whole of Scandinavia, offering a full suite of online gaming products that includes poker, a fully featured casino, online sports betting via their sportsbook and betting exchange, as well as a unique online trading platform for trading stocks, shares, currencies and commodities online.

Licensed and located in the EU, Betsson provides tax free gambling for all European residents and their poker room is amongst the biggest and best on the Ongame network

  • Offer poker, casino, sportsbook and exchange betting.
  • Massive throughout Scandinavia and Europe.
  • Take a wide number of deposit and withdrawal options.
  • EU licensed and operated for tax free betting.

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About Betsson

Betsson Poker is owned by the Betsson Group, a Swedish gaming group that takes great pride in its over 40 years in the gambling business. Betsson Group consists of several hundred employees spread out among its poker, casino, live casino and sportsbook arms of the company and is also listed on the OMX Nordic Stock Exchange in Stockholm, Mid Cap (BETS).

Betsson Poker is located in Malta, run by Betsson Malta Limited on the Ongame Network, and is licensed by the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority. The Betsson Group also runs Betsson Euro Tables, an online poker site that operates on the Entraction Network, similarly licensed under Maltese regulations. Betsson's Live Casino Games operate through Evolution Gaming under a license issued by the Alderney Gaming Control Commission.

Betsson first appeared online in 2002, offering Live betting in the Exchange. Online casino games were launched in 2003, followed by Betsson Poker on the Ongame Network in 2004. Betsson began offering traditional sports betting the following year, and in 2007 expanded to offer its clients the ability to bet on stocks and indexes with Betsson Trader. The year 2010 saw the Bettson Group foray into the Live Casino industry in Italy, Turkey and Greece. The same year, Betsson Euro Tables became the group's second online poker site, albeit with the Entraction Network.

The website www.betsson.com provides acess to the numerous forms of gaming provided by the Betsson Group and can be viewed in 20 different languages.

Betsson Poker's Five Deposit Bonus Choices

A dizzying amount of 5 first-time bonus options to choose from are available at Betsson. Before we go through each of the five options, keep in mind that all five are payed to your account in full as soon as you rack up enough player points within the specified bonus period. There are no incremental payments to your account allowing for a gradual buildup of your bankroll! This fact bears repeating. Bonuses are paid in full and not in increments, as most other sites do! The bonus period is 60 days for all of the options, except for option 5, which allows only 29 days to clear the bonus.

Let's begin. Option 1 offers a 100% deposit bonus up to $150 and every 10 player points earned equals $1 in cash. The 2nd option is a 100% deposit bonus up to $555, but the minimum deposit required is $200 and the maximum allowed is $555. The twist on this choice is that you can claim the entire $555 with only a $200 deposit as long as you accumulate the required points at a rate of 8 player points per dollar within the 60 days. In other words, this is equivalent to slightly more than a 275% deposit bonus on a $200 deposit. However, one drawback may be that if you deposit only $200 in the hopes of obtaining the full $555, if you should happen to experience a run of dead cards which diminishes and eventually busts your bankroll, you will be broke without any incremented bonus payments to fall back on.

Moving along, Option 3 offers a 200% deposit bonus up to $1,000 with a minimum required deposit of $500 at 8 player points needed for each bonus dollar. Option 4 is set at a 100% deposit bonus up to $1,600, requiring a first-time deposit minimum of $1,000 to claim the entire $1,600 bonus. Ten player points earns $1 under this option. Finally, the 5th and final option allows you to claim a 200% bonus up to $2,000 with a minimum deposit of $1,000 at a rate of 8 player points per $1.

Remember, though, that this is the only option that allows only 29 days to redeem your bonus, while all the other choices expire at 60 days. Option 5 offers the most deposit bonus dollars available at $2,000, yet allows the least amount of days to clear the bonus at a timeframe less than half of the other options.

Any one of the five deposit options will reward you with two VIP Weekly Qualifier tournament tickets that give you the opportunity to win a seat at a $1,000 added VIP Weekly tournament. Each qualifier allots 10 seats to the VIP weekly event plus a $100 added prizepool.

Player Points at Betsson Poker

You receive 3.6 player points for every $1 that you contribute in rake at Betsson Poker. For example, let's say you paid $.40 in rake toward a pot, you would earn 1.44 points ($0.4 x 3.6 = 1.44). In tournament play, the points earned are calculated by the amount of the fee taken by the poker room. A tourney buy-in of $5 + $.50 awards you 1.8 player points, as the $.50 is Betsson's fee or rake for that particular tournament. Likewise a $30 + $3 event would credit you with 10.8 player points ($3 x 3.6 = 10.8). The player points earned at Betsson Poker can be used to acquire player point bonuses, to compete in player point races and to determine your Poker Club level where you can receive value or money back.

Speaking of player point races, a personal favorite promotion of mine at Betsson Poker are the player point races that are separated by country. Its fun to be in competition against your friends and fellow countrymen without having to take on the whole rest of the world. With a more limited player pool cordoned off by country, your shot at winning increases greatly.

The Poker Club

Betsson has been dealing poker online since 2004, but it expanded its loyalty program in 2009 to become The Poker Club. The club consists of five levels designed to give value back to its loyal players in a percentage scheme thats dependent upon your ranking in the club. The more poker you play, the more value back you become eligible for. Poker Club members will receive a mix of additional Betsson player points that can be redeemed for tournaments, bonuses, cash and prizes.

The five levels are identified as Challenger, Expert, Ultimate, Pro and SuperPro. The value back percentages begin with a miniscule 4% for the Challenger level, advancing to 11%, 16%, 26% and 36% through the remaining levels.

Why Should I Play at Betsson Poker

The deposit bonus options offer a good variety of choices that would fit somewhere in everybody's budget. But the lack of incremental payouts in any of the options, as well as a scaled-down 29 days of bonus clearing time allowed for the highest bonus offered (Option 5 at 200% up to $2,000) goes against the grain of logic for players attempting to build up a bankroll through a first-time deposit bonus.

Betsson has been in the gaming business for many years now and has built a reputation as a solid company that guarantees payouts to winning players, whether the gamblers are sportsbook, casino, stock traders or poker players.

Betsson Poker does have one unique offering that would be hard to match anywhere else. As one of the poker sites on the Ongame Network, as well as operating a second site at Betsson Euro Tables on the Entraction Network, Betsson allows you to use your bankroll at either of the two poker rooms. You can jump from playing in U.S. currency at Betsson Poker to playing in Euros at Betsson Euro Tables within a few seconds without having to deposit or cashout at either network. Kind of cool!

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