Hollywood Poker review
Hollywood Poker is a well-established online poker room, and part of one of the World's largest poker networks meaning you'll never be stuck for a game. Hollywood Poker is home to over 200 celebrities such as the face of the site Vince VanPatten, as well as James Woods, Jason Alexander, Donny Wahlberg and hundreds more, who regularly take part in online tournament as well as cash games.
Most of Hollywood Poker's traffic flocks to the Texas Holdem tables, but they also run Omaha and Omaha Hi-Low, both fixed limit and pot limit, along with fixed limit and pot limit 5 Card Draw and fixed limit 7 Card Stud, with both the high and hi-low variants offered.
The Holdem traffic is very good with plenty of action right up to high stakes, even during the day time. The same goes for Pot Limit Omaha; you'll have no problem getting a €5/€10 or €10/€20 at any time of the day or night, but don't expect to be able to mass multi-table at stakes above €1/€2. There will usually be 1 or 2 low stakes 5 Card Draw games running during the day, but the action picks up significantly in the evening time and at weekends. The same is true of the 7 Card Stud games.
For tournaments and sit'n goes Hollywood has very good traffic. They have lots of generous guaranteed tournaments every day and the field sizes are such that you'll be playing for big prize pool but you won't be playing all day just to cash!
The highlight of the week on Hollywood Poker is the $200,000 ChampionChip on Sundays which has a $200 buy-in. They run satellites to this tournament all week long, as well as satellites to live events such as the World Series of Poker, and in particular the Grand Series of Poker which is sponsored by the Ongame network, of which they're part.
Hollywood Promotions and VIP Offers
Hollywood Poker has a very well structured VIP scheme and they reward their regular players extremely well. New players are greeted with an array of deposit bonus options sure to suit any bankroll, from 100% up to $25 for casual players up to 400% to $100 for the serious grinders. The bonuses clear pretty quickly once you pick the right one for your level of play. All new players will also receive four tokens to enter the $100 new player freerolls.
Hollywood Poker are always running novel and innovative promotions, so much so that it's hard to keep track of them all! For example, as an incentive to give Omaha a try, they run a monthly Omaha points race, with a $1,500 prize pool for the most dedicated Omaha grinders. There are also points races where you can win Rolex watches and other great prizes.
The Value Back Player Programme is the main reward system for regular Hollywood Poker players, where they can earn up to 40% cash back on their cash game rake or tournament fees. All real money players receive a minimum of about 10% cash back, but the most loyal players who reach the annual 'Walk of Fame' status who earn 1000 points or more every month for a full year can expect to receive upwards of 40% back.
You can earn 1000 points by paying about $300 in rake, which is certainly achievable for anyone who plays reasonably regularly in the €0.25/€0.50 games or above. Not many sites allow you into the top VIP tier so easily.
What's more, you don't have to wait a full year to get to Walk of Fame status. As soon as you earn 12,000 points in a 12 month period, you're in!
As a member of the Ongame network, Hollywood Poker benefits from solid, reliable and secure software which will rarely let you down. The software runs very fast, so you'll get plenty of hands in per hour which is a bonus. The fact that players in shorthanded games can sit at any of the 10 seats at the table make things slightly confusing, particularly if you're playing multiple tables. One other criticism is that the game sounds are slightly irritating and 'tinny', but this doesn't affect the overall playing experience too much.
As a well trusted member of the Ongame network, Hollywood Poker represents a great place to play your poker, with plenty of traffic, reliable software and a very generous VIP system that really rewards loyal players.