Hollywood Poker Review

Important OngameSkins.com Announcement June 2012 – Unfortunately Hollywood Poker has now closed it’s door and ceased all operations. The site is not expected to return in the future. For us, it’s a sad day as we say goodbye to one of the first ever online poker sites and the first site I ever played online poker on.

Our Old Review – Note: This is Just Kept Here for Nostalgia’s Sake, Hollywood Poker No Longer Operates

Hollywood Poker are one of the longest serving Ongame skins, first established in 2004. With VIP cashback deals that range between 20% and 40% depending on your VIP level, Hollywood Poker is at the top end of our Ongame skins list.

While not quite a contender for top 5, they easily make our top 10 list thanks to their large bonuses with reasonable playthrough requirements, as well their awesome cash for points deals that can be extremely lucrative for players who put in a lot of time at the tables.

“Where the Stars Come to Play” is the motto of HollywoodPoker. Boasting a roster of over 200 celebrities that play online and can be identified by a gold star next to their name, poker players are invited to join the online action at HollywoodPoker and engage in conversations while playing against the Hollywood stars. Among the celebrities who can be found playing at HollywoodPoker are James Woods, the three-time Emmy Award winning actor who was nominated twice for the prestigious Academy Award. In 2006, Woods finished 24th out of 692 entrants at the L.A. Poker Classic, winning $40,000.

Sharing endorsement duties with Woods for the celebrity poker site is actor Vince Van Patten, long-time commentator for the World Poker Tour. Van Patten is also a former tennis pro who defeated John McEnroe in 1981 on his way to winning the Seiko World Super Tennis tournament in Tokyo, Japan. Known as the “King of the Home Games,” Van Patten finished in-the-money at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, pocketing $27,519 for 481st place.

HollywoodPoker has been online since 2004 and is currently available in 19 different languages. Operated by Vista Global Ltd and licensed by the Gibraltar License Aithority, HollywoodPoker can be played on a no download java version, as well as the downloadable windows poker version.

First-time HollywoodPoker Deposit Bonuses

A wide selection of six first-time deposit bonus options are yours to choose from at HollywoodPoker. Sort of like trying to decide what TV show or movie to watch. From the Casual Player Bonus of 100% up to $25, payable in blocks of $5 requiring 200 points to clear, all the way up to the largest HollywoodPoker bonus offered known as the Professional Player Bonus, which pays a massive 400% of your initial deposit, up to $1000. Meaning that you only have to deposit $250 to earn a $1,000 bonus by racking up 8,000 points.

Your cash bonus will boost your account two times at $500 each time. Sandwiched between those two bonuses are the Active Player Bonus, calling for 200% of your deposit up to $50 and needing 400 points to clear, released to your account in $5 segments. The Enthusiast Player Bonus offers 200% up to $100, providing incremental payments of $10 and requiring 800 points to clear. The Aggressive Player Bonus and Grinder Player Bonus each are offering a huge percentage on your deposit of 500%.

These are among the highest rates offered in the online poker industry! If you elect the Aggressive Player Bonus, count on a bonus reward of $250 paid to you five times at $50 each, totalling 2,000 points. If you fancy yourself the ultimate grinder and choose the Grinder Player Bonus, you can reap $500 in bonus cash at 100 bucks a pop equalling 4,000 player points. All six of the bonuses are set at 8 player points equalling $1 in cash bonus. All but the Professional Player Bonus allow 90 full days to clear the bonus.

The Professional Player Bonus is designed for players who multi-table a high number of hours per day. As such, the expiration period for the pro bonus is reduced to 60 days. Choose any of the available first-time bonus options and receive four entries to weekly new player $100 freerolls.

Club Hollywood Poker

The loyalty program featured at HollywoodPoker consists of the five tiers of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Titanium. Each level achieved is distinguished by the number of player points earned by individual players on a monthly basis. From your first full point earned through the 500th point, you are a Bronze medalist at Club HollywoodPoker. Points 501-1,000 are for Silver medalists and 1,001 points through 3,000 earned in a month achieves the Gold ranking. Platinum members must tabulate from 3,001 up to 6,000 monthly points.

The highest monthly level at Club HollywoodPoker is obtainable with 6,001 or more player points. There is one additional yearly level in the club. You can proudly become a Club HollywoodPoker Walk of Fame member with at least 1,000 player points earned in each of the previous 12 months. Although none of the levels at HollywoodPoker will get you a date with Hollywood stars such as Sandra Bullock or Jennifer Lopez, the rewards are quite profitable as you’ll read in the next sections.

Hollywood Poker Player Points and Cashback

In addition to distinguishing your level in the loyalty club, player points can be used for cashback bonuses, free tournament entries and obtaining valuable merchandise. By playing in tournaments and ring games, 3.60 points are awarded for every dollar of rake contributed to a tourney entry fee and a cash game pot. The amount will vary slightly, either up or down, according to the strength of your opponents at cash tables.

Hollywood Poker’s tips on acquiring the most points include checking table statistics before sitting down to play at the virtual felt. Tables having a high percentage of players seeing the flop or a higher average pot in comparison to other tables at the same stake level are more likely to garner a greater amount of points. Also, no-limit games, even at lower stake levels such as .25/.50, are better for earning points.

The Cashback rewards policy allows all club members to exchange their points for a cash bonus once a month. The minimum cashback allowed monthly for all members is $25. The maximum cashback amount redeemable depends upon your club ranking and begins at $50 for Bronze members and continues to $100, $250, $500 and $1,000 through the rest of the Club HollywoodPoker tiers.

In value back percentage calculations, the higher your ranking, the greater your percentage of earnings on the amount you contributed to rake. Titanium club members receive 20% cashback, Platinum players earn in a range of 16%-20%, Gold medalists can expect 12% to 16%, Silver rank gets a value of 10%-12% and the lowest ranked Bronze player will still get a not too bad return of 8%, 9% or 10%. The largest cashback bonus rewards are reserved for the yearly Walk of Fame players who will receive anywhere from 20% to 40% of their rake returned in cashback dollars!

As you can see, the more loyal of a player you are to HollywoodPoker, the more your dedication will be returned in kind through higher cashback earnings.

As an example, if you are a Gold level player who happens to earn about 1,500 player points per month, your monthly cashback rewards would be $54, a percentage of 13% in value back. If you accrued that 1,500 points every month for 12 months, you would enter the Walk of Fame membership tier and receive 21% on your rake contribution, which shoots up to $88 per month. A solid consistency in your monthly point totals can really pay off.

Also, you don’t have to wait a year to achieve Walk of Fame status at HollywoodPoker. You are in the Walk of Fame as soon as you tally 12,000 player points. To maintain that elite status, just earn at least 1,000 points per month from that point forward.

Additional Player Benefits

Not only will you earn big bucks on the sign-up deposit bonuses and cashback rewards, but HollywoodPoker has a load of other promotions and benefits for its loyal players. Each player receives a newsletter specific to their club ranking with all the latest information about their membership level that details other valuable offers and promotions available. Several daily freerolls including the Red Carpet Welcome Freeroll are also hosted by HollywoodPoker designed to boost your bankroll without costing you a penny! Point exchange cash reload bonuses are also part of the HollywoodPoker script.

Coming attractions include the HollywoodPoker Celebrity Classic, a $20 + $2 event that pays you $40 for knocking out a celebrity. There is also the $10 + $1 buy-in Michael Woods Celebrity Invitational that rewards you with $20 for forcing a Hollywood star to exit the tourney stage.

If you want to play poker with the stars, HollywoodPoker is the place to be. But don’t expect to see celebrities every time you log on and play. Some of the featured deposit bonuses, such as the Grinder Player Bonus and Aggressive Player Bonus that pay a gigantic 500% bonus on your first deposit are prime value bonuses that the serious poker player should not overlook! For that matter, the casual player can also build quite a bankroll by taking advantage of these lucrative deals.

The novelty of playing alongside some celebrities is kind of cool, but let’s face it, most poker players are at the table for the money they can win or earn in bonus deals. With those 400% and 500% first-time deposit options, its better to see more dollars in your account balance than seeing Hollywood stars at the tables.