Black Chip Poker is a popular Bitcoin-friendly online poker site on the Winning Poker Network – a network that has grown significantly since 2011 due to innovative promotions, one of the most lucrative player rewards programs in the world and for hosting the most valuable online poker tournaments available to players in the US.
Black Chip Poker promises to “provide our clients with the best user experience in the industry”. In many ways the site has delivered on its promise since it was first launched in 2008; and, in January 2014, the site extended its “best user experience” by allowing players to fund their online poker accounts with Bitcoin.
Black Chip Poker offers new clients a 100% match bonus on first deposits up to $1,000. The Black Chip bonus is fairly straightforward to clear and, while players are clearing the bonus, they are also earning points towards their VIP status and the site´s non-contributory rake race – “The Beast”. Points earned towards VIP statuses can subsequently be exchanged for cash, tournament entries or packages to live poker events.
As the first deposit bonus is the headline promotion at Black Chip Poker, we have compiled a dedicated page explaining about the bonus, how to clear it, and the combined benefits of the Black Chip Poker bonus and the Elite Benefits player rewards program. Visit our page about the Black Chip Poker Bonus Code for further information.
In addition to its non-contributory rake race, Black Chip Poker has one further permanent promotion – “Sit & Crush”. Sit & Crush is a weekly leaderboard competition based upon the volume of Sit & Go games entered by players. Typically paying out around $20,000 in cash and tournament entry tickets each week, the Sit & Crush promotion ensures there is always plenty of action at the Sit & Go tables.
Other promotions are offered on a seasonal basis and often include reload bonuses, and low buy-in qualifiers to high-value events, including the site´s unique “Cage” events – five-hour “locked-in” cash games with a tournament structure and a buy-in of $1,000. Black Chip Poker also frequently hosts “Million Dollar Sundays” – NL Hold´em tournaments with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Black Chip Poker offers a choice of cash tables with a good range of stakes in NL, PL and FL Texas Hold´em, NL, PL and FL Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo, and 7 Card Stud. Sit n Go games are available in Texas Hold´em and Omaha, and the site also hosts “On Demand” tournaments – which are a mix between a Sit n Go game and an MTT tournament; where each game will start when a pre-set number of players have entered, but late registration is allowed for up to six levels.
Black Chip Poker has a comprehensive tournament schedule in a wide variety of formats. The site has recently updated it schedule to include “Top Ten” tournaments – in which each player who makes the final table receives an equal share of the prize money – and “Final Table Experience” tournaments, in which players start with a massive chip stack and huge blinds.
The volume of traffic at Black Chip Poker has increased significantly over the past couples of years – aided by the site´s innovative program of promotions, soft tables and a reputation for reliable cashouts. Peak-time traffic can often exceed 1,000 cash game players, with many more players playing the site´s three-handed, hyper-turbo Jackpot games, earning points towards their position in the Sit & Crush promotion or aiming for valuable cashes in Black Chip Poker tournaments.
Unlike many US-facing online poker rooms, the traffic does not have massive peaks and troughs throughout the day. This is attributable to Black Chip Poker being a popular destination for players from Europe and Asia and recent changes to the site´s tournament schedule reflect the contribution that “Rest of the World” players make to the volume of traffic at Black Chip Poker.
As the volume of traffic has improved, so has the software. Black Chip Poker appears to have sorted out many of the bugs that used to cause disconnection problems and the network is constantly upgrading the software to improve the “best user experience”. More navigable lobbies have been complimented by a much improved Player Admin section. Players can also click on a new “Rewards” tab to measure their progress clearing the Black Chip Poker bonus.
In the event that players encounter difficulties with the games, the software or the administration of their accounts, Black Chip Poker provides a comprehensive customer support service which offers a live chat facility in addition to email contact. The site is also very active on Facebook and Twitter which provide further options for players to contact customer support on the rare event that an issue arises.
Banking and Withdrawals
Using Bitcoin to fund a Black Chip Poker account is quick and easy. Once in the Cashier´s page, players should select “Deposit” and, when a new Window appears, click where it says “Bitcoin accepted here”. Players will be asked to insert a dollar value for their deposit (a handy live BTC conversion appears on screen) and, on the following page, the 34-digit address to send the deposit from Bitcoin wallets is provided.
To withdraw Bitcoin from Black Chip Poker, you simply provide a new Bitcoin address for every payout you request. There are no fees for depositing or withdrawing at Black Chip Poker with Bitcoin, transactions are processed almost immediately, and transactions using Bitcoin have much lower minimum limits and much higher maximum limits than transactions using fiat currency.
Please note: Some players using the exchange service “Coinbase” have reported problems with their transactions due to Coinbase´s reluctance to be associated with online gambling. We recommend that players transfer their Bitcoin in and out of Black Chip Poker via an alternative wallet for the present.
Although we may not necessarily agree that Black Chip Poker provides players with the “best user experience in the industry”, we would suggest that it is one of the better offshore sites serving the US market and definitely one of the best US-facing poker rooms that accepts Bitcoin as a deposit option.
We played on the site even before Black Chip Poker started to provide a service for Bitcoin poker players and found it a really good site for promotions, rewards and overlays. We guess that the overlays might disappear as the popularity of the site increases, but that should be compensated by increased promotions and bonuses.
Consequently, we are very happy to recommend Black Chip Poker as an excellent site for Bitcoin poker players.