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The Ignition Poker mobile client works incredibly well for both cash games and quick-fold Zone Poker. I did it on my iPhone 6s Plus , but the process is almost identical for Android.
You can do this from your PC, phone, or tablet. Tap the share icon, which is a rectangle with an arrow on iOS. You now have Ignition Poker saved to your phone just like an app. Tap its icon to launch the poker room and log in. Choose a Zone Poker or a normal Cash Game.
The same tables available on the desktop client are shown here. Play tables on mobile just like you would on desktop with taps replacing clicks. Now you just have that little challenge of winning to go. Zone Poker uses software magic that allows you to play hands per hour in rapid-fire format.
The first time I ever played quick-fold poker back in at the old non-Ponzi Full Tilt Poker, I was hooked in about -7 minutes. Without a doubt in my mind, quick-fold poker is the best and most original development in online poker since the Sit and Go.
The total player count for each limit is pooled together as a single entity, rather than tie everyone to a single table. I would love to see Zone Poker available in a 9-seat format, but Ignition Poker currently only offers it in 6-seat format. It also rendered websites keeping historical data on players useless. With games becoming tighter and tougher, Ignition Poker took action to make sure their perenially-soft games stayed inviting to inexperienced players.
Unlike many other poker rooms, you never see the screen names of other players at the table. Each player is simply identified by their chip stack and their seat number. This still allows the genuine and human-powered data-collection that poker players have been doing for centuries: What anonymous tables decisively eliminate is the software-driven data collection and heads-up displays that some experienced players swear by. This applies to Zone Poker, cash games, and tournaments. What this means is that new players can:.
Ignition Casino has a great, albeit limited, mobile client that instantly puts phone and tablet users in games without downloading a thing. The only big limitation is the lack of any tournament play , which is a boneheaded oversight that I hope Ignition fixes at some point. This is what Ignition is going to look like using this no-download method in your desktop browser.
And for good reason. I just finished an incredibly detailed guide on everything you need to do to get set up with Bitcoin for every online poker room. I have an overly-thorough as I usually like to be guide to Bitcoin here , but, really, this is the bare minimum:. You can also do this from the mobile client. Choose a deposit amount. I picked the Bitcoin Bonus, which was a mistake as it requires casino gameplay to clear. Copy the wallet address like I did.
You must send the exact BTC amount shown in the Ignition cashier. Your deposit will be added to your cash balance anywhere from instantly to about 30 minutes. LOL at the last option. When I first reviewed Ignition Poker at its launch, one area stood out as a missed opportunity: Many of the promotions, including the entire Ignition Rewards program, are geared entirely to casino players and exclude poker as a qualifying game.
Over time, I hope that Ignition Poker realizes the value of appealing directly to poker-only players , as they have been a significant part of the Bovada clientele for years. That being said, my overall philosophy of rating an online poker site places less significance on flashy deposit bonuses and promotions than most. As the poker industry has shrunk and dependable fish-filled sites have become the exception rather than the rule, bonuses and promotions have become more stingy, convoluted, and the exclusive domain of full-time grinders.
However, as I always preach, the release rate number is so much more important than the eye-popping PR-friendly bonus cap number. Standard cash games earned me about Poker Points per hour per table. Adjusting the stakes will alter your release rate. Personally, I care very little for what the bonus offer numbers look like and more about how easy they actually are to earn. Even though it is progressively a little tougher to unlock as you clear more, the overall release rate is still excellent.
The other 3 poker promotions come around very infrequently, but you still need to keep them in mind. Ignition Poker has a Royal Flush bonus that awards you 50x the big blind of the table you were sitting at for hitting that pinnacle of poker hands. You actually have to submit the hand number manually to the poker room, so you should keep in mind that this exists. Finally, there is a Poker Points exchange system, but it can only be done for tournament tickets and not direct cash.
As you see, the promotion section could use some work as Ignition Poker matures. Everything else this poker room has going for it speaks for itself. Earn Poker Points to clear. Not valid on first deposit. This offer has now expired. I apologize for the anticlimax. Ignition does this to get you to put their casino games in front of your eyeballs. This is the same group that operates casino-only brands like Slots. Think of it as free entertainment with the slim chance of turning it into winnings you can withdraw or transfer over to poker.
Bet the smallest you can per slot line if you want it to last longer. Just know this is available if, you know, you want to throw some shade on Cleopatra and Zeus with spinning reels to blow off some rec-fueled bad beat steam. In those days, they were one of the online sites that allowed direct checking account deposits and then withdrawals sent right back where they came. While those days have come and gone, this cashier remains one of the best in the business.
I think the financial connections the Bodog lineage has built over their 20 years in business gives them a major advantage. Two US deposit methods? Select the Bitcoin option in the cashier, get the unique payment address, and send over the exact amount the Ignition Poker cashier tells you to. The other alternative is using a credit or debit card, of which you probably have a half-dozen in your wallet right now.
That means you may have success even with pre-paid gift cards. Minimum deposit Maximum deposit Fees Approx. I think that, despite whatever bonus, Fish Rating, or software advance has brought players to this brand, over the years the payouts are what has really allowed their reputation to reach a cut above other US sites.
Payouts are streamlined to a few proven methods, which seems to be the prevailing theme of the cashier. You can request a maximum of 3 payouts per month. Ignition also decreased the processing time to as little as 6 hours. No other method can say that. Finally, Ignition Poker offers wire transfers, which is fairly rare in the US market. Gaming sites use third-party intermediaries of course, but it can still invite intrusive conversations when dealing with American banks.
However, Ignition Poker just does it a little better and a little faster. What it all comes down to is this:. Minimum withdrawal Maximum withdrawal Fees Allowed frequency Approx. When I think back on my many years at the ancestors of Ignition Poker, one of the most enduring positive feelings is about how loose the cash games have been compared to their peers. I always attributed it to the bleed-over from the gamble-centric cocky sports players that largely dominated the clientele.
It seemed to go hand in hand with old still? These days, online poker is a different beast where the tight-fisted sharks often outnumber the fish. The biggest poker room in the world — PokerStars — spreads games that sometimes literally offer single-digit flop percentages. Fortunately, Ignition Poker still beats out just about everyone when it comes to beatable games. That tells you that more players are seeing the flop and for larger pots. My personal evidence shows that this is one of my most profitable sites, allowing me to play at even lower limits than I would elsewhere simply because my expected value is higher thanks to the higher action given.
As Zone participants can literally see a new hand at any time, there is much less incentive to play bad hands simply out of boredom or an itch for some kind of action. Ignition Poker seems to agree. Whereas many poker sites are embracing the trends of eternal late registration and nearly unlimited get out of jail free card rebuys, Ignition Poker offers very few events with rebuys.
For as much as I love to tear down barriers for recs in cash games, I get particularly annoyed when any player is given unlimited chances for re-entry. It allows them to change the entire nature of the early rounds and places a greater emphasis on luck over skill.
They have so many players at this point that they can simply offer straightforward formats that regulars will appreciate. Both draw about 1, players with the latter sometimes giving a slight overlay. The most popular variations are:. Players also only start on a short chip stack , which makes the action devolve to all-in fests often. That will usually be 2x or 5x your buy-in. However, the 5x does come around fairly frequently and can help soothe the frustration. Ignition Poker likes to push them to mobile players, and that seems about right.
For more strategic players, the novelty of Jackpots will probably wear off quickly. Ignition Poker gives the winner the entire prize pool. The group behind Ignition Poker has offered poker since and because of the trustworthy product, players stay loyal to them.
Simply put, the traffic at Ignition Poker is excellent and unmatched in the US. If Ignition can fix the occasional glitches, this is in my top 3 of poker software clients worldwide. Anonymous tables, a download-free mobile client, Zone Poker, and easy on the eyes?
In fact, they beat most of their US brethren by launching it back in Full tables are not displayed, which is a first to me. There are also no waiting lists , which, again, is probably tied in to Ignition Poker wanting to keep the games loose. How does displaying less information help keep games loose? Average hands per hour is also not shown, although it has always felt snappy enough in my time with it. As for the actual table experience, I find Ignition Poker extremely intuitive and attractive.
The felt and carpet can be changed to a half-different colors and the table shape from racetrack think old Full Tilt if you were around back then to one big segment with line dividers.
One is the rabbit card , which shows the next card that would have been dealt if a hand ends before the river. The other is the ability to show only one card after a hand ends, which is always vastly entertaining to me. Each window can be resized from the default size, which is fairly low in total resolution. You can watch hands play out move by move, which shows you exactly how the hand played out.
The only knock that I have on the software that brings the score down a bit is the occasional connection glitch. Other players have reported similar random lapses. For me, closing and reopening the software was the only way to resolve it.
Anonymous tables put it over the top. Ignition Poker recently made another change that should be the last piece of the puzzle in deterring advanced table-finding tactics. Even though bum hunting following players identified as weak from previous sessions and sitting at their tables was already foiled way back in via anonymous tables, smart players could still hunt the lobby for open tables with better metrics.