Winamax Review

Winamax Poker is operated by Winamax.com Limited, a UK-based gaming company with an address listed as 18 Bentinck Street, London. Since its founding in 1999, Winamax has offered pokersports betting to the European market, with a primary focus on players from France. It operated on the Ongame network up until 2010 at which point they left the network to concentrate on the regulated French market. They now only service this market through their site www.winamax.fr.

The company received approval from Autorité de Régulation Des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), France’s regulatory body that oversees poker licensing to companies offering services to the French market, on June 8, 2010. Winamax Poker’s French location is BP 20464, 75327 Paris Cedex 07.

The sportsbook allows wagers on all sports including football, basketball, tennis matches and Formula 1 races. But Winamax also features “special bets,” where wagers are accepted on reality TV shows, cinematic box office results and the news.

How to Play on Winamax in English

Many people are still unaware of the fact that Winamax takes players from every country in Europe apart from Italy, Liechtenstein, Belgium and Switzerland. If you are from, or reside in any other country, you can easily sign up and play at the site. One minor thing to note is that you will need a bank account in the country you are from/residing in.

To play on Winamax in English, you first need to visit their site here.

winamax splash screen

On visiting the Winamax homepage you will be greeted by this splash screen. Choose English to go through to the English site. After choosing your language, you will then be shown this screen.

winamax download

Once you get to the English homepage you simply need to click the play poker button circled in the image above. This button will download the Winamax poker software to your computer.

Now install the software:

winamax install

First, click the install Winamax button highlighted in red

winamax choose installation folder

Now choose the folder where you want to install the software. I usually leave this set to the default folder.

If you’ve done everything correctly, you will be greeted by the screen below. If you already have an account, simply login using your email address, password and date of birth. If you do not have an account you will need to set one up by clicking the “register for free button.

winamax English login screen

If you already downloaded the French version of Winamax you will need to completely uninstall the software from your computer. Once you’ve uninstalled it, clear the cookies in your web browser and click this link. Once you’ve done that,simply follow the steps laid out above to install Winamax in English.

Team Winamax

Winamax proudly sponsors a team of professional poker players who represent the skin on the live international tournament circuit. The team consists of such notable players as Antony Lellouche, Ludovic Lacay, Nicolas Levi, Almira Skripchenko, Manuel Bevand, Davidi Kitai, Vikash Dhorasoo, Michel Abecassis, Patrick Bruel, Tristan Clémençon and Marc Inizan.

Matching Deposit Bonus and VIP Status

Winamax offers a deposit bonus of 100% up to €500. Whatever amount you choose to deposit, Winamax will match it at 100%. Clearing the bonus requires earning poker miles, with 15,000 miles needed to obtain the full €500 bonus within a 90-day expiration period. But remember, you don’t have to go for the complete €500. You can deposit a fraction of that amount, such as €200 or €300, which would require the accumulation of fewer miles to earn the bonus that is paid to your account incrementally.

The bonus is released in 5 equal parts as you earn poker miles. If you deposit €50 for a €50 bonus, it will be released in €10 increments. If you choose the biggest bonus of €500, it will be released in €100 increments.

Becoming a loyal player at Winamax will afford you an according VIP status that entitles you to special treatment allowing for a number of free offers and promotions on a regular basis. The more time you spend playing poker and the more poker miles earned, the higher you will climb on the VIP ladder. You can exchange your poker miles for bonus cash and tournament tickets.

Reliable Choice For French & EU Players

Winamax is the biggest poker site servicing the French market, with traffic numbers higher even than those of Pokerstars.fr. In the beginning they offered poker services primarily in the French language. However, their continued expansion in France and Europe has seen them expand their marketing efforts to cater for non-French speakers. They now offer their website, software and customer service in English.

An added bonus is they offer Winamax mobile for poker players on the go. Winamax currently supports all Android tablets and smartphones. They’ve also recently launched an app for iPhone and for iPad, both of which have the ability to multi-table up to 4 games at once.

One last thing to remember is that Winamax is open to players from the European Union. If you want to take advantage of the fish filled games at Winamax, simply click the Winamax download link. The Winamax client is available in English as well as French, so playing against the French “poissons” is a piece of cake.