Aced Poker: US legal online poker, fun features, clean modern look

Aced Poker review

If you're looking for USA friendly poker sites where you can play free poker for fun, or sit down with real cash at ring games and real poker tournaments, then Aced is a really worthwhile alternative to the better-known sites.

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Aced Poker review: Father Ashley's first impressions

The front end of Aced oozes class. It's clean, modern, dark and well designed. You will soon get used to the blacks and greys of the site and find the more colourful sites cheap and garish in comparison.

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Mini avatars can be uploaded by the player and sit alongside their name. You can also make notes on a player and select a little cartoon icon to place above this, such as a shark, muppet, fish or buddy. Cute and easy to read. Little trophies are also displayed alongside this area, like the winner of a $1000 freeroll event. A nice touch.

Promotions at Aced Poker

The effort that was put into the presentation of the site has extended to the promotions. While many are fun, I did find the admin required might be beyond the average player to keep track of.

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How Many Outs Do You Have? is a great example of both the pros and cons of ideas at Aced Poker. It's an absolutely brilliant concept. Achieve one of a number of set tasks (such as, win two or three hands in a row, while playing at least six-handed in a cash game) and you receive points to be used for rewards.
The downside is, you have to remember to claim this, which means pasting the hand ID# into the cashier section. Some people won't be aware of the promotion and others will not remember to do this. A shame it's not fully automated, but it is a fun promotion. The good news is, you can enter your nickname and it will tell you whether you've unlocked any of the outs
Another is Four of a Kind Aces. Amazingly, only ONE of your hole cards needs to be an Ace for this to qualify. You receive 40x the big blind for hitting four Aces, but again, you must remember to contact support to claim your bonus. They also pay 100x the big blind for a Royal Flush, but BOTH hole cards must be used.

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There's no store currently, but you do get to cash in loyalty points each month. The maximum is $750 per month, but you need to be a BIG player to achieve that. Silver allows you to cash in $50 per month, Gold $100 and Platinum $250. They call this system SWAGGER.

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There's also a bad beat jackpot at Aced Poker. Four 7s must lose to qualify. Unfortunately the lowest limit it's spread at is $0.50-$1 NL, though limit players can sit down at $1-2 FL and compete for the jackpot at potentially a cheaper level. At the time of writing, it's well over $400,000!

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The site accepts credit card, MoneyBookers, PIC-Club.com, Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, ECO, wire transfer and eWallet Xpress  for deposits.

All the tables, like everything else at Aced Poker, are gorgeously designed, if plain and simple (aka "stylish"). Few visual gimmicks distract you from the business at hand.

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This site is loaded with nice touches, though it's not without some weak points. For example, it's quite hard to tell whose turn it is, even though their name is highlighted during their turn. The "glow" is a bit too subtle. As is the "your turn" sound, a tiny, tinny drum beat sound that is weedy and quite easy to miss, even if you barely step away from the computer.

The game seems to progress slowly, though this is no fault of the site, perhaps just the players. The hands are dealt very fast.

It's a shame the hidden table doesn't pop to the front when you're multi-tabling. Mind you, many people dislike that, so fair enough.

There are lots of useful bet buttons in NL, 1/4, 1/2 pot etc. Although the All-In button does exactly that: one click and your roll is on the line! Better be careful with that mouse pointer.

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Aced Poker review: Games and player traffic

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You can play Texas Holdem, Omaha, Stud, Draw and various casino gambling games like roulette, blackjack and Caribbean stud.

No limit games are offered from $0.02-0.04 all the way up to the titanic $50-100NL. Returning to the real world, you can play fixed limit from $0.10-0.20 up as high as $50-100.

Sit and goes start at micro limits and go up to $415 per seat, while regular tourneys include the resident pro, Jamie Gold's invitational, which features a $500 bounty on his head if you eliminate him!

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Traffic is very low on Aced Poker currently, with around 3,000 mainly US and Canadian players online on Friday night, but surely that figure will grow -- this site has excellent features.

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Aced Poker review: Conclusion

Aced Poker is really outstanding in its style of presentation. When word gets around, they're sure to attract better traffic. A VIP points store with merchandise would be a sensible addition to their marketing mix.

Aced Poker: Father Ashley’s Rating!

Visual presentation: 95% -- Clean, stylish design. Lots of excellent features
Audio: 65% -- Needs a better "your turn" sound effect
Software features: 92% -- Everything you need and some extra things you'll love
Ease of use: 90% -- Be careful of the All-In button
Fishiness: 80% (no limit) –- Some good players and a few loose geese

OVERALL SCORE: 91%

Aced Poker is about the best poker site from a technical perspective I've played at for a long time. It must continue to win market share. Once tried, you will probably return.

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