The Quick Summary
CarbonPoker was established in 2007 and resides on the Australian-based Merge Gaming Network. The U.S.-friendly poker room offers the best sign-on bonus in the industry, a huge 200% deposit bonus up to $5000, allowing players to improve their game while cashing in on a massive bonus on a network growing by the day.
Popularity: 7.5 of 10 — Good
As part of the Merge Network, CarbonPoker caters to U.S. players and has seen a significant traffic increase since industry leaders like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker closed their doors to the States. You’ll find as many as 10,000 players on the site during peak hours (cash and tournament players combined). The site offers a wide variety of games, including Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Razz, 5-Card Stud, 5-Card Draw, Ace to Five Lowball, Deuce to Seven Lowball, and Badugi. Players can find a game at any time or even create their own tournament and play with friends.
Security: 9 of 10 — Excellent
CarbonPoker supports SSL with 128 bit encryption, meaning it has advanced encryption technology that constantly monitors illegal or suspicious activity across all gaming platforms. The Merge Network is very serious about keeping its players safe from theft and their poker software is licensed, regulated and tested to ensure the games are not only fun but also honest and secure.
Player Competition: 8 of 10 — Good
Many novice players shy away from the major online poker rooms to avoid the sharks, so CarbonPoker is filled with inexperienced newcomers at the lower stakes. If you’re looking for juicy cash games, CarbonPoker is your place to find juicy action and fishy competition 24 hours a day.
Site Software: 7 of 10 — Good
CarbonPoker’s software is quick and easy to download and offers special table features not available on many other poker sites. Two of the most popular options at cash tables are the “Rabbit Hunt” (what card would have come next) and “Expose One Card” features, which add a fun dynamic for players. Users can also find “All in Percentages,” where the relative win percentage is displayed when two or more players are all-in.
Customer Support: 8 of 10 — Very Good
Players can contact CarbonPoker support via email with a guarantee that they will have a knowledgeable, helpful response within 48 hours. In case of an emergency, CarbonPoker also provides a support staff 24 hours a day that players can access through live chat.
Company Ethics: 8 of 10 — Very Good
CarbonPoker’s VIP team has created a program designed to make sure that all players will be able to cash in on extra rewards. The VIP Program has 5 loyalty levels; Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Ether. The site provides exclusive freerolls every day, and VIP players can exchange points for cash, exclusive tournaments entries, and even daily VIP cashback rebates.
As stated above, CarbonPoker takes pride in providing a safe, fun and exciting environment for players that separates it from any other poker room on the Internet.
Site Promotions: 7.5 of 10 — Good
As more players join CarbonPoker the room continues to respond by cranking out additional prize pools and promotions. The site added $15,000 in new daily guaranteed prize pools in April and boosted its total guaranteed monthly prize pools from $3 million to $4 million.
CarbonPoker also offers a Tourney King promotion, which tracks players’ tournament results and awards prizes based on leaderboard points. $20,000 is up for grabs every month. And if you like juicy bad beat jackpots, look no further than Carbon Poker. The site handed out the largest Bad Beat Jackpot in online poker history that totaled over $1 million on February 13, 2009!
Overall Review: 7.5 of 10 — Good
Carbon Poker is positioning itself to be a leader in the U.S. market by providing poker games suited to the needs of all players as well as a rewarding VIP program. The addition of innovative software features like the “Rabbit Hunt” and “Expose One Card” will keep games fun and bring more new players on board by the day. For U.S. players unable to play on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, CarbonPoker is definitely worth a try.
Final Result: We give Carbon Poker a final overall score of 7.7 out of 10.