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Hits

- very attractive design
- well organized lobby layout
- they have a bad beat jackpot
- their card shuffling is reviewed by independent auditors
- use your poker account to play at their casino or to wager at their Sportsbook
- passed the random card fair play audit

Misses

- no major traffic anywhere except with No Limit Hold'em
- withdrawals may NOT be possible to non UK issued credit cards
- the sign up bonus and reload bonus are only good for poker addicts
- filtering options aren't as obvious as a lot of other sites

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Stan James Poker

Summary

Located on the Microgaming (formerPrima) network, Stan James Poker is attached to esteemed British betting company, Stan James. With a strong European player base, you can expect up to 16,000 players online during peak periods.

At peak times you can expect between 7000 and 10000 seated players whether at ring games or cash tournaments.  About 3000 can be expected at ring games during busy times.

Action dwindles severely above €5/10, with most play confined to heads up. Since there is a strong European core playing on the site, off peak hours can be a real bore. Because Stud is more of a staple in America, and US players are forbidden, don't expect these games to be heavily populated.

The Microgaming network is connected with several sports betting sites.This means you get alot of sports bettors looking for a quick gamble, meaning low and mid stakes games are quite soft. However, the influx of Scandinavian regulars over the past few years mean the games have toughened up. Scandinavian players are regarded as some of the shrewdest opposition online.

 

Key Tournaments

Stan James offers guaranteed tournaments ranging from €1 to €109, with an emphasis on smaller tournament buy-ins for aspiring bank roll builders. There isn''''''''''''''''t much joy here for the MTT high roller, however the numerous satellites into live events make the site more appealing.

Game Variety

Hold'em (NL, Fixed, Pot Limit), Omaha (Hi, Hi-lo), Razz, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud and 5 Card draw are all available, which is pretty impressive for a smaller network. However, there are no mixed games, which is disappointing.

Stan James offers guaranteed tournaments ranging from €1 to €109, with an emphasis on smaller tournament buy-ins for aspiring bank roll builders. There isn't much joy here for the MTT high roller, however the numerous satellites into live events (steps to the European Poker Classic in Austria are running at the moment) make the site more appealing.

Traffic

At peak times you can expect between 7000 and 10000 seated players whether at ring games or cash tournaments.  About 3000 can be expected at ring games during busy times.

Action dwindles severely above €5/10, with most play confined to heads up. Since there is a strong European core playing on the site, off peak hours can be a real bore. Because Stud is more of a staple in America, and US players are forbidden, don't expect these games to be heavily populated.

Rake

-Rake on low stakes ring games is about 10% while at the medium or higher stakes it is only about 5%.
-They cap the rake at certain values though (that's good); for example, for all tables with blinds $0.05/$0.10 and up the most rake they will collect on a hand is $3
-On Sit'n' Go tournaments the rake is 10% at virtually all levels although our staff found that $100 Sit 'n' Go tournaments gave a very slight deal at 9%
-Scheduled tournaments are basically the same: 10% applied against low entry fees with better rake ratio for higher stakes
-The best rake our staff found was 7.5% on a $200 entry fee. 

Competition

The Microgaming network is connected with several sports betting sites, including Ladbrokes and Unibet. This means you get alot of sports bettors looking for a quick gamble, meaning low and mid stakes games are quite soft. However, the influx of Scandinavian regulars over the past few years mean the games have toughened up. Scandinavian players are regarded as some of the shrewdest opposition online.

Support

Stan James offers comprehensive player support, with 24/7 email support, live chat, and a freephone number all available.

Deposit & Withdrawal Options

(1) Credit card (VISA, Mastercard, Visa Electron, Solo, or Delta), (2) Neteller, (3)  Instacash, (4) Western Union Transfer (5) myCitadel Wallet, (6) MoneyBookers, (7) Paysafecard, (8) Mail (Cashier Cheques - Money Orders - Bankers Draft - Personal Cheques), (9) Bank Transfers

Withdrawal Options:

(1) UK issued debit card.

(2) UK issued credit card - no transaction costs.

(3) Customers are allowed 1 free Neteller refund per 30 day period from the date of their 1st Neteller payment, additional withdrawals in that period invoke a $20 charge.

(4) If you have deposit via moneybookers Stan James will pay back any balance into your moneybookers account for free at this time.

(5) Stan James can send you a personal cheque upon request if you have deposited via cheque method.  The minimum withdrawal is £25 or currency equivalent for cheques.

(6) Bank transfer - if you deposit with a non-UK credit card and won money then you could request a bank transfer to withdraw. Stan James doesn't charge you for this, but your bank might.

Take note that before withdrawals can be made there is a standard authorisation procedure.  They will likely require the following from you:

(1) Card verification - a copy of both sides of the credit card registered to your account, clearly showing your signature.

(2) Identity verification - a copy of your passport or driving license.

(3) Proof of address - a copy of your Bank statement, Utility bill or official document showing address.

Bonus Details

Bonus Summary

Promotional offer: Bad Beat Jackpot

Bad Beat Jackpots are offered by various poker sites and they make your worst nightmare as a poker player into a dream come true. 

Typically you win a Bad Beat Jackpot if you are playing at a ring game table (they are usually designated) and you get an absolutely killer hand that ends up being second best. 

An example would be pocket kings on a board with two kings and two aces and another card.

In that case you would have quad kings and of course you would be raising and calling another player's all in right?  What if, all of a sudden, that player springs pocket aces on you and his quads are better.  Usually you lose your entire stack and in a way that still happens to you, but with a Bad Beat Jackpot at least you get it back (many times over).

This is how your qualify for the Bad Beat Jackpot at Stan James Poker:

1.  At least four players have to be dealt hole cards in the hand.
2.  The losing hand, the hand that takes the 'bad beat' must be at least quad eights.
3.  The hand of the winner and loser must use both hole cards and the hand must go to a showdown.
4.  The hand must have contributed to the jackpot to qualify (you have to be playing at a table where a portion of the rake goes into the bad beat jackpot).
5.  50% of the jackpot is awarded to the loser of the bad beat, 25% to the winner of the hand and 25% goes to the rest of the players in the hand. (A portion of the jackpot is retained by the house in rake and to seed the next jackpot).

Some players get confused by the third statement.  Basically what it means is that both of your hole cards have to play in your hand in order for the Bad Beat Jackpot promo to apply. For example say you have 9s 2s and your opponent had As 5s on the board was as follows:

Ts Js Qs Ks Ad

Both of you have a straight flush, your opponent's being a Royal Flush yours being to the king.  However, since your 2s does not play because you play four cards on the board, you would not qualify.  Also since your opponent's 5s doesn't play that would also disqualify you as well, even if you weren't already.

Signup Bonus

$20 - $1,250 First Deposit Bonus

Double your first deposit at StanJames Poker with our 200% First Deposit Bonus; for every dollar deposited, you receive a $2 bonus, up to a total of $1250.

Once you get started on the tables, you won’t have to wait long to get your bonus – the cash is released directly into your account as your StanJames.com Points total grows.

Bonus Payout Release

$8,000 New Player Tournaments

Build your bankroll by playing in a series of six New Player tournaments, running every Wednesday with a total of $8,000 in prize money to be won.

Once you create your Poker account, you will have access to our New Player Tournaments for the next six weeks and you will compete against other new players for your slice of the cash. There''''s no deposit required to access the New Player tournaments.

Reload bonuses

The reload bonus is by invitation only and our staff believe that it will be used by Stan James to retain the interest of customers that may be moving on or are dormant.  The reload bonus is subject to change but for June 2009 you had to make a $100 reload deposit and then earn 3000 loyalty points (more on earning loyalty points in the "Sign-up bonus" section) in the month that the bonus is applied to.  Basically to earn those kinds of loyalty points you will have to either play tons and tons of poker on a $100 deposit or you will have to play at really high stakes against good competition and risk losing your deposit quickly.

Unless you are some kind of wicked poker ace this bonus is not going to work for you.


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