The Quick Summary
Chilipoker was established in 2006 and resides on the iPoker Network. Chilipoker’s objective is to offer entertainment with their gaming products, whilst ensuring stability, safety and service to their players. The company’s founder, Alexandre Dreyfus, said he intends to make Chilipoker “the most innovative and the favorite alternative online room for every poker player.”
Popularity: 7.5 of 10 — Good
As a member of the iPoker Network, Chilipoker players have access to one of the largest networks in the online poker universe. As of May 2011, the iPoker Network was ranked fourth in the world in cash game traffic by PokerScout.com. The network is not available to U.S. players, but has still maintained an average of nearly 4,000 real money players at a time. Other sites residing on the iPoker Network include Titan Poker, Sun Poker, and Paddy Power Poker.
Security: 9 of 10 — Excellent
Chilipoker uses two different sources to create a flawless Random Number Generator (RNG). One source is based on mouse movements and successive actions. The other source creates a number based on the systems thermal noises. The two numbers are then combined in order to determine the deal.
The site uses 128-bit encryption for its financial transactions and all players’ personal information. No information related to the credit cards used by players is saved, either. The iPoker Network is very serious about keeping its players safe from theft and its 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 — Very Good
Many novice players shy away from the major online poker rooms to avoid the sharks, so Chilipoker is filled with inexperienced newcomers at the lower stakes. And, since the iPoker Network doesn’t allow rakeback, a lot of the serious players don’t bring their game to Chilipoker. If you’re looking for juicy cash games, Chilipoker is your place to find fishy competition 24 hours a day.
Chilipoker offers a variety of games such as Limit/No Limit Hold’em, Limit/Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, and 5 Card Stud.
Site Software: 9 of 10 — Excellent
The Chilipoker software runs fast and smooth and the graphics are eye-catching as Chilipoker runs a purple and gold theme on the standard iPoker table. The latest version of the Chilipoker software supports play at eight tables simultaneously with re-sizable tables.
Chilipoker became the first online poker room to integrate social media into its poker client in April 2011. The platform, called ChiliConnect, allows players to interact with one another by linking their poker accounts with Facebook and Twitter to share their results and set up challenges with friends.
Using the new ChiliConnect toolbar located within the client, Chilipoker members can challenge opponents to games, make last-longer bets, and sell percentages of their action. In the past, players looking for side action would have had to set it up on their own. Using ChiliConnect, it can all be accomplished within the client, making the process easy and clean.
Customer Support: 9 of 10 — Excellent
Chilipoker support is offered through phone, email and live chat functions in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian. Players can expect to receive a timely and helpful response via e-mail, but the quickest method is through the live chat option found on the website or in the client lobby. Chilipoker also lists a free phone number listed by country on the site in case players need immediate help.
Company Ethics: 8 of 10 — Very Good
Chilipoker offers a nice range of bonuses for players. The standard deposit bonus gives players a bonus worth up to $600, but they can now earn a massive $1,000 deposit bonus as part of the “Purple Day” promotion. On top of this players can have their loyalty rewarded by gifts such as iPods, laptops or even cash prizes. Players become a VIP Club member as soon as they earn their first Frequent Player Point.
Site Promotions: 6.5 of 10 — Good
Chilipoker offers plenty of promotions: bad beat jackpot, Hot Shop, world class tournaments, deposit and reload bonuses, daily freerolls, refer a friend, and even play against top level poker pro Liz Lieu.
Chilipoker offers a special Sit’N Go Jackpot where you can win up to $50,000 for placing 1st or 2nd in a set number of SNG tournaments. You can also qualify for the biggest live tournaments in the world through satellite tournaments, such as the EPT, APT and several country-specific events like the Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour or Belgium Cup.
Overall Review: 8.5 of 10 — Very Good
Players are raving about the ChiliConnect feature that had never been seen before in online poker. It adds a new, fun and exciting dynamic to your poker experience and makes the game more enjoyable. If you’re looking for a fresh start on an up-and-coming poker room, we highly recommend giving Chilipoker a try.
Final Result: We give Chilipoker a final overall score of 8.3 out of 10.